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Super Mega Baseball 2 slated for September

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Samit Sarkar (he/him) is Polygon’s deputy managing editor. He has more than 15 years of experience covering video games, movies, television, and technology.

Super Mega Baseball 2 is scheduled to be released this September on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One, developer Metalhead Software announced today.

Depending on how late in September the game launches, it could constitute a delay. Metalhead said last December that it was aiming to release Super Mega Baseball 2 in mid-2017, and in March, the studio refined the window to “this summer.” The autumnal equinox falls on Friday, Sept. 22, this year, so a release date after Sept. 21 would mean the game missed the summer 2017 window.

In a new trailer focusing on Super Mega Baseball 2’s visuals, Metalhead co-founder Scott Drader said the game will bring back some stadiums from 2014’s Super Mega Baseball alongside the entirely new ones in the sequel. In order to make the old ballparks feel fresh, the studio is creating different lighting and weather conditions for them. Metalhead has rebuilt the franchise’s material and lighting model and increased the level of detail. In addition, the sequel features player models that are somewhat more realistic, and the studio adjusted the stadium proportions accordingly.

The redesigned player models also meant that Metalhead had to essentially redo all the existing animations. The studio also took the time to create distinct character models and animation rigs for the female players, so they won’t look and move like their male counterparts this time around.

For more on Super Mega Baseball 2, check out our interview with Drader from September.

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