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Out of the Park Baseball 19 Road to Release 1: 3D Animations

Out of the Park Baseball 19

Out of the Park Baseball 19 Road to Release 1: 3D Animations

Out of the Park Baseball 19 will ship worldwide on March 22, but there’s still time to pre-order it for $35.99 and get the game 3 days early, on March 19.

The Road to Release series has been a long-time staple of OOTP’s history, and this year we thought we’d lead off with a look at the amazing new 3D graphics engine found in the game. 3D came to the OOTP series in version 15, when 3D stadiums were introduced, and “peg people” who moved around the field arrived in version 17.

However, this year, for the first time, you get to experience animated players pitching, hitting, running the bases, fielding balls, and even celebrating walk-off wins. As impressive as it looks, this is just the start of some exciting advances in the game. Every feature introduced to OOTP is improved upon every year, and this one is no exception.

An immersive experience

OOTP’s 3D stadiums are a perfect example of a feature that’s made large strides since its introduction. All 30 MLB stadiums are rendered in exquisite detail in OOTP 19. Fenway Park’s Green Monster, Citizen Bank Park’s Liberty Bell, and Kauffman Stadium’s fountains are all there, among many other unique ballpark features. You’ll even see the usual billboards, video screens, and luxury boxes.

Combine the new 3D player models with the improved stadiums and you have an immersive experience every time you call the shots from the dugout. The pitcher winds up and throws, the batter makes contact with a satisfying crack, and the fielders take realistic routes to balls in play. The pitcher will even run behind the catcher, or the first or third baseman, to provide back-up, and after a strike-out with no one on base, the catcher will initiate a throw around the horn, just like in real life.

When a batter gets a base hit, he’ll take a wide turn at first, thinking about going for two, and he’ll run past the bag on a ground ball, hoping for a “Safe!” call. Call for a steal and he’ll run with the pitch, diving in headfirst as the catcher zips a throw. After the third out, the players run off the field, and a walk-off win brings teammates streaming out of the dugout to celebrate.

The OOTP Developments team has much more planned for this part of the game, so watch for improvements during the rest of this year and beyond.

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  1. Eyeman79
    The next logical step will be some sort of optional "arcade type" involvement- why else would EA be involved?* Heads up Sony!

    EA isn't really involved. They're just a distribution partner through their Origin service.
    They have no involvement with the development of the game and more than likely never will.
    OOTP is pure sim, arcade will not be an option for this series IMO
    Ballparks look great. Hoping someday they create all of the old, now demolished ballparks.
    Would love to see all of them, for example:
    Ebbets Field
    Old Comiskey
    League Park (Cleveland)
    Forbes Field
    Early Tigers Stadium (Navin Field?)
    Shibe Park
    Sportsman's Park
    Etc.
    Even the less-than-great stadiums like Three Rivers, Veterans and Riverfront would be incredible to have as options.
    I'm fairly new to OOTP so maybe there are ways to make this happen? If so, how do you guys go about making it happen?
    These animations may seem like nothing to some, but this is everything to me and may be the reason I get this game and not The Show this year. As deep as this series tends to be, I need visual stimulation in my games. It's just how I am. I had fun playing past games, but I got tired of just simming games quickly or reading the commentary log to understand what was going on. Even though the animations will be a bit basic in year one they will really change the game for me.
    Hopefully they continue to build on these animations. Who knows, if they do, we may have a game in a few years that has this deep franchise and some really realistic looking parks/players/gameplay.
    @MikeShot: There will be a mod for OOTP 19 shortly after (or even on) launch day that includes 200+ historical ballparks. :) We did not add them to the game itself due to licensing issues, but a OOTP community member (silvam14) made it happen via the mod. Just awesome.
    canes21
    These animations may seem like nothing to some, but this is everything to me and may be the reason I get this game and not The Show this year. As deep as this series tends to be, I need visual stimulation in my games. It's just how I am. I had fun playing past games, but I got tired of just simming games quickly or reading the commentary log to understand what was going on. Even though the animations will be a bit basic in year one they will really change the game for me.
    Hopefully they continue to build on these animations. Who knows, if they do, we may have a game in a few years that has this deep franchise and some really realistic looking parks/players/gameplay.

    Yes, this is just the start, we'll continue to add and fine-tune animations throughout the year. They already look great and add a lot to the in-game experience, but it will evolve in the next years and become totally awesome once we add that nifty 3D ballpark construction kit we have planned ;)
    MarkusOOTP
    @MikeShot: There will be a mod for OOTP 19 shortly after (or even on) launch day that includes 200+ historical ballparks. :) We did not add them to the game itself due to licensing issues, but a OOTP community member (silvam14) made it happen via the mod. Just awesome.

    Thanks for the info. I'm sure I'll be back on this board trying to figure out how to implement them. But great news nonetheless!
    One more noob question: Does the game's AI actually take each ballparks dimensions into account? E.G. Power hitting lefties at Yankee Stadium homer more...Or would the mod of old parks be more cosmetic to see during in-game sims? Thanks again for the info. Very excited to get going in OOTP! Been 10 years since my last game.
    MikeShot
    Ballparks look great. Hoping someday they create all of the old, now demolished ballparks.
    Would love to see all of them, for example:
    Ebbets Field
    Old Comiskey
    League Park (Cleveland)
    Forbes Field
    Early Tigers Stadium (Navin Field?)
    Shibe Park
    Sportsman's Park
    Etc.
    Even the less-than-great stadiums like Three Rivers, Veterans and Riverfront would be incredible to have as options.
    I'm fairly new to OOTP so maybe there are ways to make this happen? If so, how do you guys go about making it happen?

    Would this link be what you are looking for? It has a decent bit of 3D stadiums and the forum post contains instructions on how to use them.
    You'll have to un-RAR them and then go into the "edit ballpark" for each team you want to update and point OOTP at the correct files. This is for what I assume will be the classic 3D mode and they should work for the new 3D as well.
    Wow, this is great, thanks for the link and additional information! Very helpful. Downloading the park files now! Looking forward to a historical league with proper environments.
    MarkusOOTP
    Yes, this is just the start, we'll continue to add and fine-tune animations throughout the year. They already look great and add a lot to the in-game experience, but it will evolve in the next years and become totally awesome once we add that nifty 3D ballpark construction kit we have planned ;)

    So excited to get rolling on this. Coming from '11 this will be a fine upgrade lol
    MikeShot
    Thanks for the info. I'm sure I'll be back on this board trying to figure out how to implement them. But great news nonetheless!
    One more noob question: Does the game's AI actually take each ballparks dimensions into account? E.G. Power hitting lefties at Yankee Stadium homer more...Or would the mod of old parks be more cosmetic to see during in-game sims? Thanks again for the info. Very excited to get going in OOTP! Been 10 years since my last game.

    Park factors are a part of the game.
    If it is like past years the mod isn't only graphical. It will be a ballpark you can select to play in. With that will come the ballpark factors for that park.
    Gosens6
    EA isn't really involved. They're just a distribution partner through their Origin service.
    They have no involvement with the development of the game and more than likely never will.
    OOTP is pure sim, arcade will not be an option for this series IMO

    Never say never.
    I can think of another largely sim-oriented series that had an "arcade" or at least a "you can watch them play" mode...
    Baseball Pro.
    OOTP might be heading closer to that direction.
    dave360
    If anything can tear me away from my 816 hours of Football Manager 2018, this can.

    Two of the absolute best franchise/gm/manager games in all of sports gaming:
    - Football Manager
    - OOTP
    Hands down. :)
    KBLover
    Never say never.
    I can think of another largely sim-oriented series that had an "arcade" or at least a "you can watch them play" mode...
    Baseball Pro.
    OOTP might be heading closer to that direction.

    Stop, just stop. Can we go one week without this crap? There are zero indications that this will be the case, zero.
    There's always one.
    TarHeelPhenom
    Based on the past anyone have an idea what time on Monday we will get to dig i ?
    Last year it was around 4 pm EST.
    Sent from my Pixel 2 using Tapatalk
    CMH
    Last year it was around 4 pm EST.
    Sent from my Pixel 2 using Tapatalk

    Perfect.. I should be home around 5:30 from golfing. Shower, eat....
    Disappear for 2 days..
    Yari
    Would this link be what you are looking for? It has a decent bit of 3D stadiums and the forum post contains instructions on how to use them.
    You'll have to un-RAR them and then go into the "edit ballpark" for each team you want to update and point OOTP at the correct files. This is for what I assume will be the classic 3D mode and they should work for the new 3D as well.

    Is there editing you have to do on the fields once in the game to get these custom 3D stadiums to work in 19? I saw a video on youtube where the guy was editing the wall placements and other things, but that was for the 16 version I believe. is this still required?
    C
    capa
    Is there editing you have to do on the fields once in the game to get these custom 3D stadiums to work in 19? I saw a video on youtube where the guy was editing the wall placements and other things, but that was for the 16 version I believe. is this still required?
    C

    Yeah I tried a 3D stadium I downloaded and you have to edit a good bit.
    Wall placements.. and a lot of reference points.
    I tried for a good while and game would lock up as the pitches/ throws etc.. would disappear etc.. due to stadium not being quite right.
    Just to make sure it wasn't the game I removed the stadiums and went with the ones included in game and all was well.
    I'll try again sometime but right now I'm fine with what the game has.
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