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EA Purchases Metalhead Software to Grow Super Mega Baseball Franchise & Develop Other Sports Games

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EA Purchases Metalhead Software to Grow Super Mega Baseball Franchise & Develop Other Sports Games

EA has purchased Metalhead Software, developer of the Super Mega Baseball franchise, to continue growing the franchise and develop new gaming and sports experiences.

Scott Drader and Christian Zuger started the company back in 2009, developing the Super Mega Baseball franchise into what it is today. The series has won plenty of OS awards, including the most recent Best Franchise Mode in 2020 award.

“We’re all players of Super Mega Baseball, and we’ve long admired the work of the Metalhead team. It’s a unique and beloved franchise among sports gamers – the balance and depth of gameplay, and the unique style of the content, makes it super fun to play with friends. We look forward to supporting and investing in the team so they can continue to build out more amazing games that delight sports fans around the world,” said Cam Weber, EA SPORTS EVP and GM. “EA SPORTS continues to expand, and we’re deeply excited to create more unique and interactive experiences that blur the lines between sports and entertainment.”

“Our team has worked hard over the years to refine a formula that uniquely mixes an arcade style with deep on-field gameplay and innovative co-operative and competitive multiplayer experiences,” said Scott Drader, Co-Founder of Metalhead Software. “In this next chapter, we’re excited to leverage EA’s power and reach to bring our titles to a broader audience and to take some ambitious next steps in the development of our future titles.”

EA has been putting a stamp on the sports gaming scene recently with the announcement of both EA Sports College football and EA Sports PGA TOUR featuring all four majors exclusively. They also outbid 2K in purchasing Codemasters for $1.2 billion.

Metalhead is currently working on update #7 for Super Mega Baseball 3. More details will be revealed at a later time.

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  1. RIP Suger Mega Baseball.
    Make no mistake, they deserve to cash out cause nobody works harder than than these guys.
    However, I'm not gonna simp for EA of all companies which is a plague on sports gaming and, given what historically happens when a great little company gets bought out, this is the death of a great baseball franchise.
    I hope for their sake they don't meet the fate of many smaller developers that get bought up with all the promises in the world, and then within 5-years the company is shutdown and everybody is re-assigned to different projects or let go.
    DrPhibes
    RIP Suger Mega Baseball.
    Make no mistake, they deserve to cash out cause nobody works harder than than these guys.
    However, I'm not gonna simp for EA of all companies which is a plague on sports gaming and, given what historically happens when a great little company gets bought out, this is the death of a great baseball franchise.
    I hope for their sake they don't meet the fate of many smaller developers that get bought up with all the promises in the world, and then within 5-years the company is shutdown and everybody is re-assigned to different projects or let go.

    The Golf Club going to 2k reminds me of this move. I know its popular to crap on EA but if this goes at all like how that went, I'll be ecstatic. PGA 2k21 is by far the best version of that series IMO.
    CujoMatty
    The Golf Club going to 2k reminds me of this move. I know its popular to crap on EA but if this goes at all like how that went, I'll be ecstatic. PGA 2k21 is by far the best version of that series IMO.

    If you excuse the worst career mode in any golf game that featured a career mode, yeah. For the career mode player, it’s actually broken. I know that term is thrown around, but it’s legit broken lol.
    Well, you have to assume we are going to see an Ultimate Team mode of some sort. And if I was going to play a CC version of a game online, I would much prefer to do it with SMB3, as Pennant Race is just nearly perfect 100% of the time.
    They could license real players, current and legends, and add them into the mix. And I think they could easily do a SMB4: MLB version with actual players and stadiums in the same style the game uses now.
    I've been playing The Show since it launched on Game Pass, but the last few nights, I've gone back to SMB3. It's just about 1 million times more fun to play in game. I don't think SMB3 needs real players, but I could get behind it, as long as they keep the current franchise mode as is, and don't try to mimic real world labor agreements.
    I did think it is funny that they are talking about how the agreement just happened and they want to sit down and plan out the future, like that future wasn't planned out when they bought them out.
    I do bet we see some SuperMega football and other sports, too. It's a good brand to leverage.
    Honestly could be worse for Super Mega fans. At least San Diego Studios didn't buy it then shelve it permanently like 2K playgrounds. But yeah, microtransactions and packs are incoming.
    Seeing it from a positive view. It could be good for the franchise. If EA can get the MLB license, it'll bring in tons more casual baseball fans. I don't think MLB the Show has an exclusive license, so I'm sure EA can afford to get the MLB license. Plus with their brand and marketing, it can be more mainstream. With their resources, it'll allow them to be more ambitious.
    The biggest thing is EA allowing Metalhead to have creative freedom. Don't force the Frostbite engine on them. High chance of microtransactions, but don't bleed that into their established modes.
    Wonder if this bring other projects. I wouldn't mind seeing a Super Mega Football or Basketball.
    Culture Rot
    It is indeed a great day for Metalhead Software ($$$), not so much for the fanbase of the game.

    Yep, I feel the same. I am happy for Metalhead Software (they deserve every dollar they are getting!), but I am pessimistic about what EA will do to their product.
    Have half you guys being negative even read the article? I have no love for EA at all but it doesn’t seem like they are scrapping the game at all.
    Keirik
    Have half you guys being negative even read the article? I have no love for EA at all but it doesn’t seem like they are scrapping the game at all.
    Can't speak for everyone but I did read the article. Still doesn't change my opinion that most sports titles EA touches turn to ****.
    Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
    don't know what to make of this.
    EA can easily outspend its next competitor.
    I have to admit that I would have felt better if 2k had bought Metalhead Software.
    Keirik
    Have half you guys being negative even read the article? I have no love for EA at all but it doesn’t seem like they are scrapping the game at all.

    EA bought it to make money,,not to make a great game..how to make money these days? Not by selling games, but, by the microtransactions within the games.
    If this ends up being a foot in the door towards more arcade/hybrid experiences like SMB offers but with other sports, then I will be all for this move. I also am very skeptical as EA's reputation for buying small studios, milking them for money, then letting them die rather quickly speaks for itself. Hopefully MH can keep the strong baseball game going and EA can leverage MH's knowledge and passion into football, hockey, basketball, etc.
    Well dam, that makes the 3rd game that was a regular in my library to go bye bye. EA has bought two of them, so there are going to become UT micro transaction cash grabs. The other just went that way thru the natural progression of catering to the almighty dollar. Oh well thats the way it goes. They make games to make money, they just used to care about other things to.
    Good for MetalHead getting paid, but I wonder how many of their Devs are like "oh crap, well this sucks"?
    It is ashame how bad EA Sports reputation has gotten over the years. The height was in the 6th generation and it went down hill from there. Especially in this era where we down to 3 major publishers for sports games(not counting racing games). One positive is that at least EA Sports is trying to expand its portfolio with this, F1 racing, College Football, and PGA Tour. We don't even know about the future(if there is one) of NBA Live. As a whole, this past decade of EA Sports games have been lackluster. It's easy to blame UT, but other companies use them as well. EA Sports issue is that they provide the depth you see in other games. I still don't like the idea of forcing Frostbite on most games outside of UFC.
    The major thing is EA's only involvement be as a Resource primarily. Hopefully, they let MetalHead keep their creative freedom and just be there as a resource. I'm curious to see what other future titles we see. I assume we hear more on this around EA Play
    EA, please don't mess this beauty of a game up......just leave it as is and slap on the MLB license. yes, microtransactions are inevitable, but please don't make it the focus of this game. i can see mlb the show players (me included) picking it up because it's an arcade version of MLB and easily accessible and fun to play.
    They had to expect the hammering they are getting on social media from this right? From the tone of their post, it is almost as if they didn't. It's even more brutal than I thought though.
    illwill10
    It is ashame how bad EA Sports reputation has gotten over the years. The height was in the 6th generation and it went down hill from there. Especially in this era where we down to 3 major publishers for sports games(not counting racing games). One positive is that at least EA Sports is trying to expand its portfolio with this, F1 racing, College Football, and PGA Tour. We don't even know about the future(if there is one) of NBA Live. As a whole, this past decade of EA Sports games have been lackluster. It's easy to blame UT, but other companies use them as well. EA Sports issue is that they provide the depth you see in other games. I still don't like the idea of forcing Frostbite on most games outside of UFC.

    It is deserved, in my opinion.
    I can't remember the last time they came up with something original. They just buy ideas. Although, I guess the real shame is, that ingenuity is up for sale in the first place..
    I don't think this industry will truly improve until this nonsense stops.
    Madden08PCgmr
    It is deserved, in my opinion.
    I can't remember the last time they came up with something original. They just buy ideas. Although, I guess the real shame is, that ingenuity is up for sale in the first place..
    I don't think this industry will truly improve until this nonsense stops.

    I'm not saying it isn't deserved. I won't blame microtransactions because of most companies does that. EA tries to "compete" with other sports games instead of trying to create the best game. When I see Longshot/FotF, I see them trying to create their own career mode that they abandoned after Superstar mode. The Yard and Superstar Ko are just new content and back of box features.
    In the last decade, EA has been mostly stagnant. Look what happened to Live series. That series is pretty much canceled if we don't hear anything this year. NHL is ehh. Fifa is good, but is benefiting off of brand and global soccer fondness. Fifa has been easily selling 10 million copies for the past 10 years. Madden isn't "terrible", but it is always a wait and see approach. I haven't been excited for Madden in a long time. NCAA Football was my favorite because it did the best job of recreating the sports atmosphere. Recruiting and Coach Carousel gave it depth. But even with NCAA 14, it started to streamline Dynasty and make the mode more simple.
    The hope is that EA is just a resource and doesn't get in the way
    face2face
    EA bought it to make money,,not to make a great game..how to make money these days? Not by selling games, but, by the microtransactions within the games.

    No they bought it so they make money off of a great game. I have no love for EA but let’s be realistic here. There isn’t any indication they intend on burying this game specifically. Maybe it changes, maybe it doesn’t. As of right now, it’s just a game that increased its resources with an already great foundation.
    You have to think EA realizes the revenue opportunity available by expanding the Super Mega Baseball series to other sports such as football, basketball, and hockey. This would be amazing.
    rom3
    You have to think EA realizes the revenue opportunity available by expanding the Super Mega Baseball series to other sports such as football, basketball, and hockey. This would be amazing.

    An EA rep said this is something they're going to consider.
    I'd be all over a Super Mega hockey title.
    I'd love to see them do a boxing game as well. Something similar to Ring King, but with updated graphics and a fully fleshed out career mode. Take my money!
    Money99
    An EA rep said this is something they're going to consider.
    I'd be all over a Super Mega hockey title.
    I'd love to see them do a boxing game as well. Something similar to Ring King, but with updated graphics and a fully fleshed out career mode. Take my money!

    I would be interested into other Super Mega sports games. But, I do wonder how that game engine translates to other sports. Baseball is different in that it isn't a collision sport. How does the engine handle real time physics, constant multi-man interactions, AI, etc.
    I'm curious to see if that engine can translate over. I don't want to see Frostbite or any other EA engine.
    illwill10
    I would be interested into other Super Mega sports games. But, I do wonder how that game engine translates to other sports. Baseball is different in that it isn't a collision sport. How does the engine handle real time physics, constant multi-man interactions, AI, etc.
    I'm curious to see if that engine can translate over. I don't want to see Frostbite or any other EA engine.

    I always thought EA's sports titles really lacked in the "little things" department. Metalhead is a company that seemed to get those "little things" right so I'm actually not as worried about the tech as I am losing the feel/TLC that went into the game. EA's games are all lifeless. They have zero atmosphere, no passion for the respective sports they're trying to emulate imo.
    HipNotiiC_x
    I always thought EA's sports titles really lacked in the "little things" department. Metalhead is a company that seemed to get those "little things" right so I'm actually not as worried about the tech as I am losing the feel/TLC that went into the game. EA's games are all lifeless. They have zero atmosphere, no passion for the respective sports they're trying to emulate imo.

    I agree with that.
    I do think the College games had a good atmosphere. Both NCAA Football and Basketball had good atmosphere. I always felt their devs had more creative freedom as long as the series were profitable. But I do agree that EA Sports almost has the worst atmosphere/passion compared to other sports games. Ever since start of the 7th generation, the overall presentation/atmosphere has been poor .
    They don't have the "little things". They don't specialized in the finer details of the respective sports. Madden, for the last couple generations, has always felt lifeless. Every game felt the same and nothing special. Especially now, with the whole "fast to fun" approach. Where they cut out the "little things" like huddles, huddle breaks, refs, coin tosses, etc. I get that most of that was memory constraints, but in this new generation , that shouldn't be an issue
    That's why I say EA Sports should only just be a resource. Let Metalhead do it's thing.
    illwill10
    I agree with that.
    I do think the College games had a good atmosphere. Both NCAA Football and Basketball had good atmosphere. I always felt their devs had more creative freedom as long as the series were profitable. But I do agree that EA Sports almost has the worst atmosphere/passion compared to other sports games. Ever since start of the 7th generation, the overall presentation/atmosphere has been poor .
    They don't have the "little things". They don't specialized in the finer details of the respective sports. Madden, for the last couple generations, has always felt lifeless. Every game felt the same and nothing special. Especially now, with the whole "fast to fun" approach. Where they cut out the "little things" like huddles, huddle breaks, refs, coin tosses, etc. I get that most of that was memory constraints, but in this new generation , that shouldn't be an issue
    That's why I say EA Sports should only just be a resource. Let Metalhead do it's thing.

    100% agree. Funny enough, NCAA 2004 is one of the games that really got me into sports gaming. The atmosphere was incredible (for the time and for my age lol) and the game was just non-stop fun. NHL/Madden/FIFA all lack immersive crowds imo right now. NHL and Madden specifically lack so much pre-game excitement that exists IRL so it's almost impressive that their respective video games are more boring and mundane than real life lol...
    HipNotiiC_x
    100% agree. Funny enough, NCAA 2004 is one of the games that really got me into sports gaming. The atmosphere was incredible (for the time and for my age lol) and the game was just non-stop fun. NHL/Madden/FIFA all lack immersive crowds imo right now. NHL and Madden specifically lack so much pre-game excitement that exists IRL so it's almost impressive that their respective video games are more boring and mundane than real life lol...

    The NCAA games got into to college sports. I watched College Football faithfully until after NCAA 14. Over the past 6+ years, I don't watch it as much. I always felt NCAA devs had more creative freedom since it wasn't one of the flagships. So as long as they weren't losing money, they could do what they want. And since they were using a lot of the Madden's assets, they could focus on content more
    But, it is puzzling how lackluster the atmosphere has been for Madden and other EA Sports games. I'm not sure if it hasn't been a focus. I wouldn't say it's developers because some key NCAA devs are on the Madden team. I wouldn't say it is the lack of a real broadcast package like ESPN for NCAA games. It was a letdown that they didn't Utilize the ESPN broadcast in all games since it had the license.
    I do think the best outcome is EA has a resource only. I can see a next gen release next year 2022 and them maybe talking about Metalhead more during EA Play Live

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