The R.B.I. Baseball series has technically been around since the days of the NES, but you may not be familiar with its most recent incarnations. The R.B.I. titles of the modern era have struggled to recreate the simple joy of those classic baseball titles that managed to capture the attention of many young gamers just looking to pitch, hit, and catch.
This year’s installment of the series is a bit different. It’s being treated as a fresh start by a development team eager to show that they can recapture the glory of the name by delivering a purely fun video game baseball experience. With this refreshed focus come exciting new features and a much-improved graphical engine. Will it be enough? Only the final product can answer that question.
Until then, here’s everything we know about R.B.I. Baseball 18:
R.B.I. Baseball 18 Release Date
R.B.I Baseball 18 is set to release sometime in March for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch.
R.B.I. Baseball 18 Cover Athlete
Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor will grace the cover of R.B.I Baseball 18. Here’s your first look at those covers.
R.B.I. Baseball 18 Trailer
R.B.I. Baseball 18 New
The next installment in the recently revived R.B.I. Baseball series will be developed by Major League Baseball itself.
Specifically, the game will be developed by MLB Advanced Media; the MLB’s interactive branch. Until now, Advanced Media has largely been responsible for the operation of MLB.com. They had previously contributed input to the design of recent R.B.I. Baseball games. However, in an interview with Polygon, the team explained why they decided to develop this new game themselves rather than just hand it off to an outside studio.
There, MLBAM vice president Jamie Leece noted that previous R.B.I. games “felt like this betwixt-and-between product.” He stated that the visuals “in some ways looks like a Sega Genesis game, yet it’s on my Xbox 360,” and that the series in general “has suffered a little bit of an identity crisis in the past.” The team’s goal is to establish an identity for the franchise moving forward and to greatly improve its technological foundations.
R.B.I. 18 will also include quite a few new and improved features. The most notable of those features is the new franchise mode which will allow players to control and manage a team over multiple seasons. This year’s game will also feature a home run derby option – which is playable in multiplayer – and over 100 MLB legends that will be available in franchise mode and elsewhere.
It remains to be seen whether or not this installment of the series will be able to capture the simplistic brilliance of the first R.B.I. titles, but it does look like it’s on the right track to accomplish just that.