Out of the Park Developments announced its upcoming baseball management simulation, Out of the Park Baseball 16, will feature licenses from Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball. This means the game will feature official league logos, team logos, alternate team logos, jerseys, and historical MLB logos.
OOTP 16 includes complete MLB and Minor League Baseball rosters, with ratings based on the Baseball Prospectus' PECOTA forecasting, as well as individual research by the development team. OOTP 16 also features several international leagues, as well as independent leagues within the US, all with researched rosters and ratings. Those who played OOTP 15 will also notice other features like new team owner goals and improved 3D ball flight presentation.
While Out of the Park Baseball is coming on PC, Mac, and Linux, the iOS version of the game, iOOTP Baseball, has been renamed MLB Manager to take advantage of the new licenses and will appear on Android as well.
Out of the Park Baseball 16 hits PC, Mac, and Linux in March, while more information on MLB Manager for iOS and Android will be revealed in coming weeks.
With the MLB 2K series halting a couple years ago, MLB: The Show remains the only triple-A series to maintain the MLB license. With several lower budget franchises like R.B.I. Baseball and Out of the Park Baseball developing partnerships with MLB, we could be witnessing a shift to the future of MLB video games.
It will be interesting to see if EA Sports (or any other developer for that matter) picks up the MLB license in the future now that the MLB 2K exclusivity has expired, or if most developers are conceding that big budget MLB games don't work anymore.