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OOTP 15 Features Opening Day Rosters, 3D Ballpark Support, 7 International Leagues, and Much More
Hollern-Twielenfleth, Germany — Out of the Park Developments today announced the worldwide availability of Out of the Park Baseball 15. The game sells for $39.99 and runs on PC/Mac/Linux. 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.
“Baseball is a sport played worldwide, even in my home country of Germany, and I’m thrilled that we can make OOTP 15 an international game with its inclusion of real leagues, with real teams and players, in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China, and other countries,” said lead developer and lifelong baseball fan Markus Heinsohn.
“OOTP 15 somehow found a way to take the best game of the year last year (non-console division) and improve upon it,” wrote Brandon Warne at GM Games:
Civilization V designer Jon Shafer consulted on OOTP 15’s new user interface, and he said in an interview published on the OOTP Developments web site: “I’m a huge fan of deep, complex experiences. … OOTP is great because it scratches that itch while giving me something I can constantly tinker with.”
OOTP 15 can be purchased now through OOTP Developments’ web site:
The game will also soon be available through Steam, the Mac App Store, Amazon, and other outlets.
Writers who need images can download a bundle of OOTP 15 screenshots from this link:
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
(While the 3D feature is in a working state in OOTP 15, there are still some noticeable problems, and OOTP Developments is committed to fixing those issues with free updates throughout the summer. The company has hired a full-time 3D programmer whose only focus is this functionality. Please contact PR and Marketing Manager Brad Cook if you would like more information about 3D in the game.)
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 player age minimums and maximums, options to limit contract lengths, spring training length customization, a playoff matchup editor, 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 and unretire uniform numbers (OOTP 15’s default 2014 setup includes all teams’ retired numbers, with biographical details about each player)
• 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
• An “Acquired” field in player profiles that lists the last trade involving the player, if applicable; clicking it takes the user to that transaction
iOOTP Baseball 2014
iOOTP Baseball 2014 for iOS (iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch) made its worldwide debut in the App Store last Thursday, April 17, at the following link:
Touch Arcade gave iOOTP 2014 4 out of 5 stars and said it “is the kind of game that numbers junkies will go nuts over.”
Reviewers interested in an iOOTP 2014 code should contact PR and Marketing Manager Brad Cook. Details are at the top of this press release.
The oft-requested Android version of iOOTP is in development, but a release timeframe has not been set.
About Out of the Park Developments
Out of the Park Developments is the developer of the award-winning OOTP and iOOTP series of baseball management simulations, Franchise Hockey Manager, Beyond the Sideline Football, and Inside the Park Baseball, a role-playing game. German-based OOTP Developments was founded by Markus Heinsohn and Andreas Raht in 1999. OOTP Developments has consistently produced games that have met with critical acclaim, including winning Metacritic’s coveted “Game of the Year” for the 2007 edition of OOTP. Further information on the company and its games is available from the OOTP Developments website, www.ootpdevelopments.com