Major League Baseball Advanced Media, MLB's in-house development studio, finally unveiled the first details for the upcoming RBI Baseball franchise reboot last month, and this week they've officially announced that RBI Baseball 14 will be heading to Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and iOS on April 9th. There hasn't been a new RBI Baseball game in nearly 20 years, and MLBAM's aim for this latest iteration is to be a throwback to those classic games, focusing on simple "two button" gameplay but using the MLB's trove of statistics to provide a realistic experience behind the scenes.

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Polygon has posted a nice preview of their experience with the Xbox 360 version, and unfortunately it appears to them that MLBAM's goal of providing a simplistic, throwback baseball game might be a tough sell for today's more evolved gaming crowd. It sounds like a very pared down experience, but despite that, Polygon did end up enjoying their time with RBI 14. Personally, I'm ready for a more simplistic sports game that focuses on the basics, especially on a mobile platform like iOS. Be sure to check out the full preview at the source link below for more impressions, and watch for RBI Baseball 14 on April 9th which could mean it hits international App Stores as early as tomorrow morning US time.

[Polygon]

  • joaquin_ondamoon

    I have been dying for an iOS baseball game that doesn't involve cards, power ups, in game currency, timers, etc. RBI sounds like it could be it.

  • Rob G

    I just want MVP 2005 with updated rosters/stats/stadiums.

  • FrehleyzComet

    The original RBI Baseball on the NES is my favorite baseball game. I don't even like sports games anymore. They're too complex for me. All I want to do is swing the bat and run the bases. This sounds like it's right up my alley with the simplistic controls. :)

  • curtisrshideler

    Ideally, iOS would have a premium baseball game where you could play an arcade mode and delve into a manager mode if you wanted to... However, we've got a great premium manager series in iOOTP. But what we haven't had is a solid MLB licensed arcade game. And I have been sold the moment I heard it will be premium with no IAP! If I want to manage, I'll play something else. But I'm definitely ready for some Arcady action!

    • anabolicMike

      Im buying it just for that reason my friend!

    • timmfox

      Spot on man. I love Out of the Park. That's all the sim I need. Now it's time for some arcade action. I wonder if there will be a gigantic Green Monster like the Genesis version of RBI Baseball. It was always so hard to hit it over wall. Memories.

  • bigjack66

    Who cares!

    • StealthDawg

      Apparently you cared enough to comment...

  • HarryWarden

    I know what I'll be spending part of my iTunes gift card on this week. Wonder how much it'll cost since there are (thankfully) no IAP?

    • Tim

      $4.99

  • ImJPaul

    CHRIS DAVIS!!!!! HOMERUN!!!!! ORIOLES WIN!!!!! Something's I haven't been able to say much lately. We're hurting in Baltimore. This will most definitely help.

  • spsummer

    Getting ready to get this on the iPad. Wasted no telling how much of my youth playing R.B.I.

    • curtisrshideler

      Universal, right? Can't wait to put it on the iPad 2 too!

  • Lamar Taylor

    Count me in on this game...day one. Glad to see a new baseball game for the new season.

  • Jacob Gehman

    As baseball video games have become more realistic, they've also become much less fun. The simplified controls on this one make it sound like it could strike a really nice balance. Which would suit me just fine. BRING BACK THE FUN!

  • MikeAndersonWA

    RBI 95 on SEGA Genesis was a staple of my childhood! I'm stoked to see this come to iOS :)

  • ralongtin

    No MFi controller support, and no 7th inning stretch. Still a great, simplistic baseball game though.