Out of the Park Baseball 16 will feature the official logos for all 30 current Major League Baseball team and over 150 Minor League Baseball teams, Out of the Park Developments announced in a press release today.
“Getting OOTP officially licensed has been in the back of my mind for a long time,” game creator Markus Heinsohn said on the company’s official blog. “MLB.com has always known about us, and every so often they’d inquire about us getting a license, but it always seemed so daunting. We’re not a major game developer, with our own legal department and things like that…. As it turns out, they had pretty reasonable terms, and they were easy to work with, so one thing led to another last year.”
I really enjoyed getting to play with OOTP 15 last year, but not seeing the real MLB team logos on the pages took some of the fun out of being the New York Mets’ general manager. I’m looking forward to their addition to this year’s version of the game.
Other improvements announced for OOTP 16 include:
- The addition of the Australian Baseball League and several independent leagues in the US and Japan, all with real rosters. Maybe this year, I’ll have the chance to GM the Somerset Patriots or Camden Riversharks – I’m awaiting word if the Atlantic League is one of the US independent leagues being added to OOTP16. (OOTP 15 introduced international leagues in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Mexico, Cuba, Italy and The Netherlands.)
- A redesigned manager and coaches system, which will give managers and pitching coaches certain personalities, skills and preferences.
- An improved simulation engine that incorporates the latest research and trends, such as infield shifts and pitcher usage
- New play modes (Manager only, GM only, and GM + Manager)
Additional new features will be announced between now and the game’s March release date.
From now through February 15th, you can pre-order the game for $34.95 – $5 off of its regular price. OOTP16 will be available for PC, MAC and Linux. Everyone who makes the purchase before the deadline will also be entered for a chance to win one of three $500 MLB.com Shop gift certificates (or $500 Amazon gift cards).
For more information about the game or Out of the Park Developments, visit www.ootpdevelopments.com.
Have you ever played Out of the Park Baseball or another baseball simulation game?