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Arcade-style indie sports game Super Mega Baseball launches Dec. 16

Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

Super Mega Baseball, the indie sports video game that seeks to bring back the rollicking action of sports' arcade heyday, launches Dec. 16 on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, developer Metalhead Software announced today.

The game will cost $19.99 and be available on PlayStation Network, and it will support cross-buy. The release is only for the Americas, with other regions to follow.

Super Mega Baseball isn't licensed by Major League Baseball or its players' association, putting greater focus on the gameplay and customization options. The visual style harkens back to beloved series like Atari's old Backyard Baseball but the developers caution that it's not an entirely over-the-top game. Games are designed to last about 20 minutes. They rely on a realistic physics engine, Metalhead says, and don't feature zany powers. Super Mega Baseball will also feature full stat-tracking across games and full seasons, and an in-game character editor to personalize the squad.

Polygon took an in-depth look at Super Mega Baseball back in September. Metalhead notes that the game supports local multiplayer in head-to-head, 2-on-1, 2-on-2 or cooperatively against the CPU, but there is no online multiplayer available.

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