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Fan-favorite baseball video games like Metalhead’s Super Mega Baseball must know something about fan-favorite players. The studio has created dozens of these players over the past decade for three critically acclaimed games, from Ham Slamus to Beefcake McStevens, Joseph Broseph to Johnson Swanson. The point is that they are all imaginary.

Well, super mega baseball 4, Launching June 2, it’s finally getting real-life MLB stars, thanks in no small part to Electronic Arts, which acquired Metalhead two years ago. It’s not the entire current membership of the MLB Players Association or any of the 30 teams in the National or American Leagues – just a free agent pool of 200 people that you can hire on any super mega baseball 4Odd Teams (or not; your choice). Instead, they’re past pros who fit the super mega genre, says Scott Dreder, director of Metalhead studios.

The marketing copy accompanying Tuesday’s announcement mentions all-timers like Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth, as well as two of the 2004 Boston Red Sox gang of “idiots”, Johnny Damon and David Ortiz, the latter of whom appeared on the cover of the game. There are stars, it has been mentioned. In super mega style. (His co-star is the fictional Hammer Longbow of Sirloins.)

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The cover of Super Mega Baseball 4, David Ortiz, rendered in a semi-cartoon style, is on the left wearing sunglasses.  The fictional slugger Hammer longball is on the right.  there's a ballpark in the background

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Courtesy of When Metalhead met David Hammer.
Image: Metalhead/Electronic Arts

“In trying to find out what is the right fit for licensed players in Super Mega, we are not just looking for big names; We’re looking for a good spread of positions and ages so that it fits from a game design perspective,” Dreder told me last week.

“Of course, we’re looking for all those things,” he continued. “We’re also seeing, like, super mega personalities as well, and players who just feel like they just have to be in this take on baseball, right?”

As if?

“Bartolo Colon – Big sexy,” Dreder said, his smile widening as one’s mouth usually does when speaking the name. “Is anyone more super mega than him?”

No there isn’t.

Colon was a four-time All-Star and 2005 American League Cy Young Award winner. But after a 21-year career spent almost entirely in the American League, he joined the New York Mets, whose fans celebrated him as much for his, well, Zaftig proportions as for his zany batting. For appearances that ranged from the slapstick ridiculous to the hallowed-off. The famous sublime and something in between. And he was never a joke on the mound. Finishing out his career at Texas, the 44-year-old Colón threw a nearly perfect game.

Rooster Tees—and Including the Colon— For Super Mega Baseball fans since the indie days of metalhead, it’s part celebration and part reassurance. Getting licensed to real, well-known bowlers is such a moment for the fans we’ve built up, who have been with the series since 2014 and can’t believe an unlicensed indie. Play Video games have come so far.

And it’s an assurance that the game, its appeal, and its tone aren’t being tainted or co-opted by a giant publisher accustomed to writing hefty checks for game licensing.

Talking about what happened when EA bought his studio in May 2021, Dreder said, “They accepted the same things that you have now.” [EA saying]’We’re not going to tell you what you’re going to do next, but we’re going to have a conversation about what the next next step is for the IP and the studio.

so you get something super mega baseball 4, which will be the first console baseball title published by Electronic Arts mvp baseball 2005: A The game with the mass-market appeal of real-life stars that doesn’t sacrifice the rollicking, grounded feeling that makes Super Mega Baseball unique.

“What we’ve tried to do here is to allow, Do you want to play with legends? Does it resonate with you? ok so there she is“, said Dreder. “Do you want to stick with the classic material? That’s good too. Are you all about customization, and you want all your friends and family to create and adapt their own games? That experience is there too.

super mega baseball 4 There aren’t just over 200 big names gracing the 2020 extravaganza’s lighthearted update super mega baseball 3, Dreder promised. There are six more stadiums, again done in Super Mega style for players to barnstorm. But with 26 total venues, each team could have its own ballpark at the game, Dreder said.

A team of three baseball legends - Willie Mays, Babe Ruth and Ernie Banks, celebrate in Super Mega baseball uniforms after the end of the game

You’re Not Seeing Things – He’s Celebrating Walk-Offs at Willie Mays, Babe Ruth, and Ernie Banks super mega baseball 4,
Image: Metalhead/Electronic Arts

Players will also be able to see and use some of baseball’s modern developments, such as two-way performers and the new extra-inning baserunner. Broadly speaking, new features follow what any game developer, big or small: should respond to requests from fans.

The biggest one-of-a-kind deck-building feature, the Shuffle Draft, can be used by players to quickly build their league with multiple parameters – (or without) legends, super mega rosters, or custom-built players. Can – and start a career playthrough. There are also several prebuilt league types for those who just want to jump in and leave the personnel management to the CPU.

“Classic Super Mega League exists, so if you want to play with classic content, that is it,” Dreder said. “Has a League of Legends, roughly era-based, it’s the simplest way to connect with licensed legendary players.” Players can also start a league entirely with the Super Mega gang and have a free agent pool of legends.

super mega baseball 4 Launches June 2 on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC (via Steam), Xbox One and Xbox Series X, with support for cross-generation and cross-platform play.

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