RBI Baseball Coming Back From the Dead

Luckily for baseball fans, there will be more than one baseball game coming out in 2014.

News by Mike Williams, .

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.

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  • Avatar for Daikaiju #1 Daikaiju 4 years ago
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  • Avatar for #2 4 years ago
    That's got to be the most desperate grasp at nostalgia I've seen yet, attaching this old name to a new series.

    And it does bring back some fond memories! None that'll make me take the exploitive bait on a modern game by name alone (executives really do think gamers are idiots, don't they?)....but fond memories all the same.
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  • Avatar for Captain-Gonru #3 Captain-Gonru 4 years ago
    Honestly, give me a good game, and you can name it whatever you like. Just hire the guys that did MVP Baseball 2005, and you're all set.
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  • Avatar for Critical_Hit #4 Critical_Hit 4 years ago
    -Major League Baseball's in-house media publishing wing? That has never done anything before? And absolutely no mention of a developer? Or any notable industry talent at all?

    -Announcing the game via a Tweet?

    -It's coming out in time for spring? As in, like, 3-4 months from now?

    -And it's coming to multiple platforms; ranging from mobile to consoles?

    All signs point to AWFUL. I'm hoping for an entertaining Ashes Cricket 2013-type disaster.

    MLB, as a sport, is dying. They had to pay 2K, basically, to put out the last two MLB 2K titles. It stopped growing awhile ago, as other sports like UFC, NASCAR and... *rolls eyes* soccer (I guess) grow every year. I just love the idea of MLB not wanting to lose face so bad that THEY HAD TO MAKE A GAME THEMSELVES. They couldn't get a new publisher to bite. No one wants this license.
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  • Avatar for DiscordInc #5 DiscordInc 4 years ago
    It is weird that they bring it back. Though part of me wonders if this will be less of a competitor to MLB the Show and more of a Facebook or mobile game. Suppose that we'll need more information on it first though.
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