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R.B.I. Baseball returns for 2015 with online play, stats tracking and MLB stadiums

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

R.B.I. Baseball returns with another edition this year, following up last year's reboot of the 1988 classic with new features such as authentic major league ballparks, stats tracking, leaderboards and online play. R.B.I. Baseball 15 will launch this spring.

R.B.I. Baseball 15 will be available on Windows PC and Mac for the first time, as well as PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and iOS and Android mobile devices. R.B.I. Baseball 15 remains the only baseball game, licensed or otherwise, for Xbox One.

Online play will support ranked and unranked play with friends; the ballparks will be designed to reflect the major leagues' 30 real-life venues. Each team will have an expanded 40-man roster, from which players may set their lineup, modify their batting orders and pitching rotations.

Three difficulty settings also are being added in this year. Stat tracking, which R.B.I. Baseball lacked last year, will be available in the game's season mode. Judging by this trailer, which begins with the San Francisco Giants' Madison Bumgarner (Correction: That's actually Jeremy Affeldt. I was off by one digit in the uniform numeral), it also appears the player models will have a little more detailing than last year's more generic lineup of body types and skin tones.

R.B.I. Baseball 15 is an arcade-style game, reflecting the simplified gameplay of its namesake. It doesn't appear the Xbox One is any closer to getting a "simulation" style baseball game in the mode of the MLB The Show series on PlayStation 3 and PS4.

Though it is a digital release, R.B.I. Baseball 15 does have a "cover" star, Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who was an All-Star selection in his second full season in the majors.

A specific release date and price were not given. R.B.I. Baseball 14 sold for $19.99 last year. For more on the series, see this preview of R.B.I. Baseball 14, in which MLBAM laid out its creative vision for bringing back the franchise.

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