OOTP 17 has been released

Here’s the press release.


Out of the Park Baseball 17 Now Available Worldwide



OOTP 17 is an Official Licensee of MLB.com, MiLB.com, and MLBPA



OOTP 17 Features 2016 Opening Day Rosters, a Redesigned Interface, an Improved 3D Mode, and Much More



Out of the Park Developments, an official licensee of MLB.com, MiLB.com, and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA), today announced that Out of the Park Baseball 17 (OOTP 17) is now available worldwide through the company’s web site, Steam, the Mac App Store, Amazon, and other online outlets.



OOTP 17 added an MLBPA license this year, a first for the long-running series, in addition to the license from MLB.com and MiLB.com that was introduced last year. The MLBPA license allows OOTP 17 to include realistic FaceGen images of MLB players, adding another layer of immersion on top of the game’s official MLB and MiLB league and team logos.



OOTP 17 is available at the OOTP Developments web site through this link:





And it can be purchased on Steam through this link:





OOTP 17 runs on PC/Mac/Linux and, like last year, it features the American League and National League logos, the World Series trophy, team logos and jerseys for all 30 MLB teams, over 150 MiLB league and team logos, and historical MLB logos.



“Every year we make the most exciting, most immersive baseball management game in history even better, and OOTP 17 is no exception,” said lead developer and lifelong baseball fan Markus Heinsohn. “We’re thrilled to have the game fully licensed by MLB.com, MiLB.com, and the MLBPA, and we can’t wait for armchair GMs to try out the amazing new features available this year.”



New Features



In addition to the MLBPA license allowing the use of realistic FaceGen images of all MLB players, OOTP 17’s new and improved features include:


2016 Opening Day Rosters



The brand new 2016 roster sets include all Opening Day MLB rosters, via a free update to be released shortly after Opening Day, as well as the complete minor league system down to the rookie leagues. Will Jake Arrieta build on his historic 2015 performance and lead the Chicago Cubs to the promised land? Can David Price help turn around the fortunes of the Boston Red Sox? Will Johnny Cueto give the San Francisco Giants the boost they need? Can Mike Trout recapture MVP honors in the AL? Can Bryce Harper get even better in his 5th season? Will Giancarlo Stanton regain his form after his season-ending injury in 2015?



All MLB (and more than 2,000 MiLB) player ratings are based on ZiPS, the projection system created by well-known baseball writer and SABR member Dan Szymborski. The remaining MiLB players are rated manually by OOTP’s established research team.



OOTP 17 also features several US independent minor leagues and eight international leagues in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Mexico, Cuba, Italy, Australia, and The Netherlands. All of those leagues feature real rosters, with countless hours of work invested in researching realistic player biographical information, statistics, and ratings.



Historical minor leagues



OOTP has always featured the most comprehensive historical play available in a baseball management game, and OOTP 17 makes a huge leap forward in that area with accurate historical minor leagues from 1919 through 2015. Now when a player starts a league in the past, their team will have the correct minor league affiliates, including rosters full of real players, thanks to a new database containing over 150,000 MiLB players.



As the historical seasons pass by, the minor leagues evolve as they did in real life, with teams moving cities, changing their names, and switching MLB affiliations. For example, the Sacramento River Cats began in 1978 as the Oakland A’s AAA affiliate, switched to several other teams (including a second stint with Oakland) between 1979 and 2014, and became the San Francisco Giants’ AAA affiliate in 2015. Those changes will now be accurately represented in OOTP.


Beautiful redesigned game interface



OOTP 17 features a redesigned user interface that makes it easier than ever for armchair GMs and managers to get the information they need and access important game functions.


Improved 3D engine with moving player symbols


OOTP’s 3D in-game view has steadily improved since it was introduced in v15, and this year it’s better than ever, with improved MLB stadium models and player symbols that move around the field as the action happens. This is the next step toward showing 3D players on the field.



Automatically generated game headlines and recaps



OOTP has always featured a robust news system that rep

orts on exciting events from around the league, and now it also offers an automatically generated headline and recap after each game, just like a real world news article.



Historical exhibition mode



Ever wonder how great teams of the past might fare against the modern era’s best clubs? That has always been possible in OOTP by creating a custom league, but now such “What if?” scenarios can also play out in a new mode that’s as simple as choosing any two historical teams and playing a single game or a series.



New GM and manager preferenc




AI-controlled GMs and managers are even smarter in OOTP 17: They now evaluate players in unique ways, and GMs now have individual trading tendencies, so some wheel and deal on a regular basis, some prefer to stand pat, and others exhibit a mix of behaviors. In addition, GMs now have unique preferences for drafting, scouting, and development, so they’ll apply that personal style to their teams when setting budgets.



Recoded scouting algorithms



Scouts have always added realism to OOTP by introducing some “fog of war”: As in real life, they might be spot-on in a player evaluation, or they could be very wrong, and often they’re somewhere in between. That part of the game has been improved so it’s more realistic, offering an even greater challenge than before.



More realistic player career curves



OOTP 17 features even better player de

velopment algorithms, so their career arcs will feel more realistic than ever.



Better trading with defined team needs



Need to bolster the bullpen and bring in someone to create a platoon at third base? Players facing such situations can now define their team needs and expect other GMs to make trade offers accordingly.



AI improvements in trading, roster management, and dugout decisions



Opposing GMs and managers are now even better at trading, handling their rosters, and calling shots from the dugout during games. In addition, the game simulation engine has been improved for even more realistic results.



Redesigned in-game defensive engine



OOTP 17 features even more defensive shift options for human managers to choose from, allowing the AI to also better mimic many real world managers’ tendencies.



Multi-core processor support for fast sim speed



OOTP’s simulation engine, which was already the quickest in the sports text sim world, is now up to 40% faster than before, thanks to support for multi-core processors.



Steam Workshop support



Valve’s Steam Workshop enables gamers to find the best user-created content for their favorite titles, and now OOTP players can do the same. OOTP’s large user community has long been a source of unique and interesting logo packs, Quick Starts, and other add-ons, and now they’ll be able to easily share them with the world through Steam Workshop.



Much more



As in past versions, OOTP 17 features a variety of other small improvements and new features throughout the game.




About Out of the Park Developments



Out of the Park Developments is the developer of the award-winning OOTP and MLB Manager series of baseball management simulations, Franchise Hockey Manager, and Beyond the Sideline Football. German-based OOTP Developments was founded by Markus Heinsohn and Andreas Raht in 1999. OOTP Developments has consistently produced games that have met with critical acclaim, including winning Metacritic’s coveted “Game of the Year” for the 2007 edition of OOTP, which remains the second highest-rated PC game on Metacritic of all time. Further information on the company and its games is available from the OOTP Developments website, http://www.ootpdevelopments.com



About MLB.com



Established in June 2000 following a unanimous vote by the 30 Major League Baseball club owners to centralize all of Baseball’s Internet operations, MLB Advanced Media LP (MLBAM) is the interactive media and internet company of Major League Baseball. MLBAM manages the official league site, MLB.com,and each of the 30 individual Club sites to create the most comprehensive Major League Baseball resource on the Internet. MLB.com offers fans the most complete baseball information and interactivity across computers and mobile devices, including up-to-date statistics, game previews and summaries, extensive historical information, online ticket sales, baseball merchandise, authenticated memorabilia and collectibles, fantasy games, live full-game video streaming and in-progress and on-demand highlights, live and archived audio broadcasts, Gameday pitch-by-pitch application, Statcast tracking technology, around-the-clock hosted and specialty video programming, complete blogging capabilities, console and mobile video games and the award-winning At Bat and Ballpark mobile applications. MLBAM powers more live events across the Internet than any other company in the world.



Major League Baseball Players Association


The Major League Baseball Players Association (www.MLBPLAYERS.com ) is the collective bargaining representative for all professional baseball players of the thirty Major League Baseball teams and serves as the exclusive group licensing agent for commercial and licensing activities involving active Major League baseball players. On behalf of its members, it operates the Players Choice licensing program and the Players Choice Awards, which benefit the needy through the Major League Baseball Players Trust, a charitable foundation established and run entirely by Major League baseball players. Follow: @MLB_Players; @MLBPAClubhouse; @MLBPlayersTrust


Major League Baseball trademarks and copyrights are used with permission of MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Minor League Baseball trademarks and copyrights are used with the permission of Minor League Baseball.  All rights reserved.

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