Last week, 2K Sports revealed that its was done making baseball games; the publisher just decided that MLB 2K as a series was done and went about scrubbing all mention of the game from its website. A 2K Sports representative told Joystiq that the publisher "decided not to renew our MLB 2K series for 2014."
"We are very proud of the achievements made by the MLB 2K team and look forward to their contributions to our future titles, including NBA 2K - our industry's #1 rated and #1 selling basketball franchise," the spokesperson added.
The problem with 2K Sports withdrawal from the baseball game arena is that it leaves behind a single baseball game franchise: Sony's MLB The Show. That means baseball fans on Nintendo or Microsoft platforms would be without a digital fix in the future.
Luckily, Major League Baseball has your back, folks. Their in-house studio, Major League Baseball Advanced Media, is developing a baseball game for current-gen consoles, next-gen consoles, and mobile devices. The announcement came via a single tweet and press release, with not much more information being available. The odd part is MLB is also bringing back an old name for their baseball title: R.B.I. Baseball.
R.B.I. Baseball was the first game to feature real MLBPA-licensed players when it was released on the NES way back in 1988. The series' last entry was R.B.I. '95 for the Sega 32X in 1994, meaning the franchise has been dead for 20 years now. R.B.I. Baseball '14 will be coming out in Spring 2014, but no pictures of the game have been released yet, just a teaser website. Original R.B.I. publisher Namco (now Namco Bandai) doesn't seem to be involved, so the MLB organization must've purchased the rights to the name.
If it goes well, could we see other sports organizations making their own video games instead of relying on partners like 2K Sports and EA Sports? That'd be an interesting future.