01:41 PM - January 25, 2014 by Steve_OS
Out of the Park Baseball 15 Features Support For 3D Ballparks, Real International Leagues, More
Pre-Orders Begin Now, With Giveaways that Include a 64GB iPad Air or a Microsoft Surface 2 Tablet
OOTP Developments today began accepting pre-orders for Out of the Park Baseball 15, the latest entry in the company's long-running series of best-selling, critically acclaimed baseball management games. OOTP 15's new features include: support for 3D ballparks, as well as 3D in-game ball flight; seven real international leagues, including Japan, Korea, and Taiwan; a new ratings system; a revamped interface; and much more.
"Every year we make OOTP even more immersive than before, and OOTP 15 takes a huge leap forward with support for 3D ballparks," said lead developer and lifelong baseball fan Markus Heinsohn. "We can't wait for our great community to come up with plenty of custom 3D ballpark models, so everyone will be able to admire the flight of a Jackie Robinson home run in Ebbets Field, or a ball smashed off Fenway Park's Green Monster for a looooong single by David Ortiz."
Now through February 15, 2014, everyone who pre-orders OOTP 15 at the discounted price of $34.99 will be entered in a drawing to win one of these great prizes:
• The choice of a 64GB iPad Air, a Microsoft Surface 2 tablet, or a $700 Amazon gift card
• One of three $100 Amazon gift cards
• One of three opportunities to become immortal by being included in the game as a prospect in the 2014 major league first-year player draft
Everyone who pre-orders OOTP 15, including those who do so after the February 15 giveaway, will also get the game three days before its April release and will receive a free OOTP 15 Steam key. The price will rise to $39.99 on February 16.
OOTP 15 can be pre-ordered for Windows and Mac OS X here:
Linux copies can be pre-ordered here:
OOTP 15's full list of new and improved features include:
2014 Opening Day Major League Roster Set
OOTP 15's 2014 roster set includes all Opening Day major league team rosters, as well as the complete minor league system down to the rookie leagues. OOTP 15 also features the Venezuelan and Dominican summer leagues for the first time. All major league (and certain minor league) player ratings are based on Baseball Prospectus' industry-leading player forecasting system PECOTA. The thousands of remaining minor league players are carefully rated by hand by our established research team.
3D Ballpark Support and 3D In-Game Ball Flight
OOTP 15 is the first step toward visualizing full 3D action on the field. Players can import 3D ballparks saved in the popular Collada (.dae) format, and the included ballpark editor lets them properly overlay the ball location diagram used by the game's simulation engine, including adjustment of wall heights, foul territory, and so forth.
The result is a new optional in-game view that renders realistic 3D ball flight in the stadium model. Future versions of OOTP will build on this 3D engine and will eventually feature thrilling 3D animations of on-field play. Exciting times are ahead!
Additional Real International Leagues
OOTP 15 includes seven new international leagues that add thousands of real players, including stats and carefully adjusted ratings, to your baseball game experience. Several league settings have been tweaked or added (for example, a free agent posting system) so the game can model league interactions in a realistic manner. OOTP 15 features these international leagues:
• Japan (including one minor league)
• Korea (including one minor league)
• Taiwan (including one minor league)
• The Netherlands
Each league is available as a template, so players can choose which ones they want to include in their OOTP baseball universe. They can scout the next superstar from overseas and watch grizzled veterans leave the US for playing time in other countries (Manny Ramirez, anyone?). Those ex-major leaguers may even eventually attempt a comeback in the US leagues.
Or players can try a totally different experience by managing a team in a small European league.
New Ratings System
In previous versions of OOTP, the player ratings were absolute numbers based on the hidden internal player ratings. The problem with this approach was that players didn't know if a 60/100 power rating was actually above or below league average. OOTP 15 introduces a new optional rating system that calculates average player ratings for all positions at the start of the season and then displays player ratings throughout the game in relation to those averages. So, for example, a 60/100 power rating is actually above the league average (which is always 50 in the 1-100 rating scale) - by one standard deviation, to be exact.
A Revamped Interface
OOTP 15's interface features an extensive overhaul, starting with a default design for widescreen resolutions (16:9 or 16:10), instead of the 4:3 ratio used in the past. This results in a cleaner look with more room for statistics and other information. The graphic design team also reworked the menus and added tooltips to most menus and buttons, so beginners will find the game easier to navigate.
In addition, the Manager Home, League Scores, League and Game Setup, and other screens have been overhauled, and there are new screens that take advantage of the multi-league baseball universes made possible by the addition of real international leagues. Those new screens feature all the news, scores, schedules, stats, and more from around a game world.
Historical League Improvements
OOTP 15 makes it much easier to create the historical league many players have always dreamed about. The league creation wizard has been completely redesigned and offers new functionality - for example, it's easy to set up a historical league with teams from different eras, or create a fictional league with a specific historical player pool.
More League Options
OOTP 15 also includes useful settings like minor league service time roster limits, options to limit contract lengths, spring training length customization, and more.
But Wait, There's More
And as in years past, OOTP 15 offers a lengthy list of other new features, including:
• Enhanced player history tracking (yearly salary, 2nd & 3rd place award finishes, grand slams, walk-off hits, 1-hitters, and other game performances)
• The ability to offer jobs to coaches and scouts while those jobs are still occupied
• Reworked team control options
• Teams may retire uniform numbers
• Improved news stories and in-game play-by-play
• Improved online league functionality
• Improved AI throughout the game
• Improved first-year player draft and negotiation
• Almost every other area of the game will be tweaked and improved
• Even more surprise features that will be revealed before the game ships
iOOTP Baseball 2014 for iOS (iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch) is currently in development for release in April too. OOTP Developments will reveal its new features in February. The oft-requested Android version is in development too, but a release timeframe has not been set.