Super Mega Baseball 2, the follow-up to one of the most acclaimed sports games in recent memory, will finally be released May 1, developer Metalhead Software announced today.
The oft-delayed game — it was announced in the autumn of 2016 for a 2017 release, but was later pushed back to 2018 after Metalhead had given a September 2017 launch window — will debut simultaneously on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One. Its new launch timing makes sense, considering that the real-life MLB season is well underway at this point.
Super Mega Baseball 2 will cost $29.99 on all platforms, although it will debut on Xbox One for free as part of Microsoft’s Games With Gold program. Metalhead will also sell three add-ons with “additional cosmetic customization content.” That will come in handy for the game’s expanded level of customization, which will allow players to tweak the look of leagues, athlete gear, uniforms and team logos.
In a new seven-and-a-half-minute gameplay video, which you can watch above, Metalhead co-founder Scott Drader goes through the mechanics of Super Mega Baseball 2. Drader explains the studio’s refinements and improvements to elements like the Ego difficulty setup, the “mojo” confidence system, and the tracking of errors and unearned runs, as well as additions such as the ability to save and resume season games. In addition, cross-play will be available across PC and each console, but not between the consoles.
For more on Super Mega Baseball 2, read our interview with Drader from PAX West 2016.
Update (April 23): The Xbox One version of Super Mega Baseball 2 will be available free for the month of May as part of the Xbox Games With Gold program. We’ve edited the article to reflect this.