MLB Is Bringing Back ‘R.B.I. Baseball’ This Spring (Video)

R.B.I. Baseball 14

Well, it’s been 20 long years, but fans of classic sports video games are finally getting their wish. Come spring 2014, R.B.I. Baseball is back.

For you kids out there who’ve never really known anything but MLB: The Show, the original R.B.I. Baseball came out on the original Nintendo Entertainment System in 1988, and it was totally sweet because it was the very first baseball sim to feature real player names.  Of course, they didn’t have a licensing agreement with MLB, so they couldn’t use actual team names. But everyone knew the team from Boston with Roger Clemens was the Red Sox.

The revived R.B.I. Baseball ’14 will be launched across pretty much every available platform some time (one would assume) in March or April. We’re talking PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, smartphones, tablets—you name it.

What’s really interesting here is that the game, which was originally developed by Namco, is now being developed in house by MLB Advanced Media. That could be revolutionary. If sports leagues develop their own video games, think how much (more) money they would make.

Of course, we don’t know if MLB is doing this by choice or necessity. The announcement comes just a week after it was revealed that 2K Sports will not be renewing their licensing agreement with MLB, which will leave PlayStation exclusive MLB: The Show as the only baseball video game. So did MLB decide to bring back R.B.I. Baseball because they couldn’t just abandon fans who don’t have PlayStations, or was this the plan all along? Either way, it will be interesting to see how the first in-house, league-produced sports sim turns out.

Unfortunately, we have no idea what the game will look like. So until spring gets here, we’ll just have to imagine the possibilities…

Hat Tip – [Game Spot]

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