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Is EA Sports jumping back into baseball? Check out the article from Jon Robinson, over at ESPN The Gamer.

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"Taking a closer look at the deal between 2K Sports and Major League Baseball explains it all as the original third-party exclusive license only granted the rights to "simulation, arcade, and manager-style games on the current and next-generation Xbox, Nintendo, PlayStation, PC, and handheld systems." This opens up a loophole in the fact that digital games like EA Sports' recent "Madden NFL Superstars" and "FIFA Superstars" were not covered by the contract. And now, my sources are telling me that EA is in fact developing a new digital baseball game, complete with the MLB license, for Facebook."

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# 1 The GIGGAS @ 03/22/11 02:55 PM
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Taking a closer look at the deal between 2K Sports and Major League Baseball explains it all as the original third-party exclusive license only granted the rights to "simulation, arcade, and manager-style games on the current and next-generation Xbox, Nintendo, PlayStation, PC, and handheld systems." This opens up a loophole in the fact that digital games like EA Sports' recent "Madden NFL Superstars" and "FIFA Superstars" were not covered by the contract. And now, my sources are telling me that EA is in fact developing a new digital baseball game, complete with the MLB license, for Facebook.
Just wanted to point out that the game that will be released sooner than later is not MVP, but a UT game on FB. However, I don't doubt it could be a precursor to MVP returning.
 
# 2 aimiami @ 03/22/11 05:35 PM
needs to be college theres already enough MLB games IMO
 
# 3 Scott @ 03/22/11 05:37 PM
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Originally Posted by aimiami
needs to be college theres already enough MLB games IMO
Enough? There's 2.
 
# 4 HARTSTOPPER @ 03/22/11 05:48 PM
*Kanye Shrug* I've got MLB The Show. I don't need EA to make a baseball game.
 
# 5 Joborule @ 03/22/11 05:55 PM
First Facebook. Than back to consoles...
 
# 6 khaliib @ 03/22/11 06:18 PM
This has to be more about utilizing the Facebook medium since millions are on there.

EA just could not compete what the Show is bringing to the table.
There history says they can't. They are too far behind.

I guess the thinking is putting out an NBA Jam type of game on the Biggest Social Network.

I wouldn't be suprise if EA tries some type of EXCLUSIVE offer for Facebook.

Again, must be more about the Facebook medium than anything.
To dump College Basketball then attempt to jump back into Baseball with the Show as the standard is odd!!!
 
# 7 Canes305 @ 03/22/11 06:47 PM
EA should stick to football and soccer
 
# 8 tj1182 @ 03/22/11 06:57 PM
I hope EA is secretly developing an engine for the consoles. We need MVP back! I can't stand playing MLB 2K, it still doesn't feel like a Baseball sim.
 
# 9 GOBLUE_08 @ 03/22/11 07:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Canes305
EA should stick to football and soccer
Yeah no thanks EA, because in all reality, MVP 05 wasnt a very good game out of the box. If it wasnt for all the mods we would have forgotten about it a long time ago. The college games they made were pretty good, but two pretty damn good baseball on the market is plenty
 
# 10 playball11 @ 03/22/11 11:25 PM
Sony does a great job with The Show. However, I would welcome EA and other companies to make baseball games. This is best for us - the consumer. Competition breeds innovation. I long for the days when there were 3 to 4 baseball games a year. Since baseball is the best sport, this would be great news. Exclusive rights are bad!
 
# 11 HARTSTOPPER @ 03/23/11 07:43 AM
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Originally Posted by osubeavs721
Ummm. MVP 05 does things that The Show still doesnt do. As much as I love the show, MVP is still better. They have full Single A minors which add even more depth to franchise, plus in owner mode you could create new stadiums. No other SPORTS game does that. Plus they have just as good fielding, batting and pitching mechanics, and MVP NCAA was the first to use Analog controls. If the same dev team was put together to bring back MVP, the show would have to watch out and it would probably bring out the best in SCEA, cause 2k cant
SCEA already puts out a great product. EA bringing a baseball game to the surface would not push them any harder. Sure, SCEA devs know that 2K is the lesser of the two, but that has not stopped them from making changes to their product to better please their fanbase. They get it, and that's why they now have such a huge following. People have literally went out and bought a PS3 JUST for MLB The Show (I am one of them). It is THAT much better than 2K.
 
# 12 Kearnzo @ 03/23/11 09:19 AM
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Originally Posted by osubeavs721
Ummm. MVP 05 does things that The Show still doesnt do. As much as I love the show, MVP is still better. They have full Single A minors which add even more depth to franchise, plus in owner mode you could create new stadiums. No other SPORTS game does that. Plus they have just as good fielding, batting and pitching mechanics, and MVP NCAA was the first to use Analog controls. If the same dev team was put together to bring back MVP, the show would have to watch out and it would probably bring out the best in SCEA, cause 2k cant
Man, gotta love how with age, people only remember the good. I honestly thought the hitting system was terrible. Aiming up for a flyball and down for a groundball? No thanks.

The Show's analog pitching has surpassed MVP's by a mile. I'd have to purposely try to throw a ball in MVP.

On top of that, the overwhelming amount of little things puts the Show way over the top. MVP was good in it's day, but if I pop it in now, I can't even get through an inning, even with the great mods people put out.
 
# 13 videlsports @ 03/23/11 10:15 AM
Great thing for gamers they might have A CHOICE IN BASEBALL GAMES SOON. NOW WHAT ABOUT FOOTBALL?
 
# 14 ComfortablyLomb @ 03/23/11 03:06 PM
I'm all for choice. I adored MVP05 but it hasn't aged well (just IMO, of course). The only thing that I think is still superior to what we see in The Show is the fielding just because it's so much more fluid in responsive. Otherwise it was a game that at the time felt more sim than most baseball games we had seen but compared to what we have now... well not so much.
 
# 15 daflyboys @ 03/23/11 06:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Kearnzo
Man, gotta love how with age, people only remember the good. I honestly thought the hitting system was terrible. Aiming up for a flyball and down for a groundball? No thanks.
I'm not gonna argue your other stuff because it's games that are now 6 years apart. If you took guitar lessons the last 6 years, you'd probably be punching out some good licks by now.

The batting in MVP is not simply aim up for flyballs and down for groundballs. Plenty of MVP vets will tell you that you can go down after a low pitch and jack it or line it to somewhere in the park and that aiming up will cause you to top a ball into a weak grouder..... sort of like the real thing.
 
# 16 slickdtc @ 03/23/11 09:41 PM
EA was on track to doing baseball right. Yeah, going back to play MVP 05 now, 6 years later, leaves a lot to be desired. At the time, it was nearly perfect for fun and realism.

I love The Show, think it's amazing, I can't even think of a flaw that comes to mind right now. But as with most everything, competition is a good thing! Seeing EA and SCEA face off in which MLB game is better year in and year out... well, just think about it. It would be great! I think EA would instantly jump to #2 behind SCEA and in front of 2K, and then it would be a dogfight. I honestly don't know what I'd do. I'd have to try out the new EA ballgame.

I compare baseball games to MVP 05. I played 4 or 5 seasons on that thing, I loved it. I can see myself doing that with MLB 11, because when I play that game I get the same feeling I had when I plyaed MVP.
 
# 17 DickDalewood @ 03/26/11 09:05 AM
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Originally Posted by GOBLUE_08
Yeah no thanks EA, because in all reality, MVP 05 wasnt a very good game out of the box. If it wasnt for all the mods we would have forgotten about it a long time ago. The college games they made were pretty good, but two pretty damn good baseball on the market is plenty
Up until this year's The Show, MVP was still my all time favorite, and I never once touched it on a PC.

So no.
 
# 18 Keirik @ 03/26/11 10:29 AM
i still don't get it. Why in the world would ANYONE not welcome ANY company to produce a baseball game if possible. It's not as if the company has one dev team that works on every game. Heck, i'd be all for 100 different baseball games. Who cares? Choice is always a good thing and at the very least, every company might bring something to the table that another company like SCEA could look at and say "hey, that was a good idea. Lets impliment something along those lines" u know, like how they implimented meter pitching which MVP did years prior?
 
# 19 DickDalewood @ 03/26/11 09:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Keirik
i still don't get it. Why in the world would ANYONE not welcome ANY company to produce a baseball game if possible. It's not as if the company has one dev team that works on every game. Heck, i'd be all for 100 different baseball games. Who cares? Choice is always a good thing and at the very least, every company might bring something to the table that another company like SCEA could look at and say "hey, that was a good idea. Lets impliment something along those lines" u know, like how they implimented meter pitching which MVP did years prior?
Exaaaaaaaaaaactly.
 
# 20 Chef Matt @ 03/27/11 03:00 PM
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Originally Posted by slickdtc
EA was on track to doing baseball right. Yeah, going back to play MVP 05 now, 6 years later, leaves a lot to be desired. At the time, it was nearly perfect for fun and realism.

I love The Show, think it's amazing, I can't even think of a flaw that comes to mind right now. But as with most everything, competition is a good thing! Seeing EA and SCEA face off in which MLB game is better year in and year out... well, just think about it. It would be great! I think EA would instantly jump to #2 behind SCEA and in front of 2K, and then it would be a dogfight. I honestly don't know what I'd do. I'd have to try out the new EA ballgame.

I compare baseball games to MVP 05. I played 4 or 5 seasons on that thing, I loved it. I can see myself doing that with MLB 11, because when I play that game I get the same feeling I had when I plyaed MVP.
Umm, yeah this pretty much sums my exact thoughts on the matter. MLB 11 has taken the crown of fav since MVP 05. I played numerous seasons myself on MVP. Numerous.
 

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