March 4, 2008
2K Sports’ Major League Baseball 2K8 Hits
Retail Store Shelves
Fans to enjoy the most fun and complete
baseball experience available on the virtual diamond
2K Sports, the sports publishing label of
Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), announced today that the
highly anticipated title, Major League Baseball® 2K8, is now available on retail
store shelves nationwide. As the most fun and exciting baseball experience on
the market, Major League Baseball 2K8 revolutionizes player control in the
latest installment of the popular franchise with brand-new pitching, fielding
and base running, as well as a completely overhauled batting interface.
To bring fans closer to the action than ever
before, Major League Baseball 2K8 will also feature authentic Major League and
Minor League™ stadiums that have been redesigned for accuracy, complete with the
details and specific architecture of each ballpark and city. Other in-game
features include a wholly unique trading card system to reward special
achievements, robust Minor League system including 90 playable teams, all-new
Signature Style™ animations complete with home run celebrations and unique
player walk-ups, and much more.
“We’re excited to offer our dedicated fans an
incredibly fun and enriching baseball experience with Major League Baseball
2K8,” said Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. “With the added level of depth
and realism this year, including the new intuitive player controls, online
trading card system and fully playable minor league teams, Major League Baseball
2K8 provides fans the opportunity to enjoy playing baseball like never before.”
Some of the exciting new features** and added
content in Major League Baseball 2K8 include:
- Total Pitch Control — A new, innovative
pitching interface allows players to emulate the realistic motion of pitching
a baseball. Speed and accuracy are achieved by matching specific gestures and
release with the right analog stick, simulating the arm and wrist action
involved in throwing that particular type of pitch.
- Swing Stick 2.0 — Improved batting controls
offer players unparalleled ball-to-bat contact that is determined by timing,
direction and pitch location for a greater variety of realistic hits,
including grounders, blooper singles, dribblers, gappers, and long home runs
using the right analog stick.
- All-New Baserunning — Simplified controls
allow fans to easily select players with the left analog stick and guide them
toward specified bases with ease.
- Precision Throw Control — Provides
unprecedented control over throw accuracy using the right analog stick,
bringing a new level of realism to playing defense.
- Full Minor Leagues — Fans will be treated to
90 playable authentic Minor League teams, along with 18 Minor League stadiums
in franchise and exhibition modes.
- Two of the Best Commentators in the Business
— 2K Sports proudly brings back to the broadcast booth the popular duo of Jon
Miller and Hall of Famer Joe Morgan, delivering the most entertaining and
deepest commentary available in any baseball franchise.
- 2K Trading Cards — Earn them, share them,
collect them, trade them, and then take a card-based team online to compete.
Unlock and open trading card packs for the most in-depth card trading system
ever, taking the Major League Baseball 2K community to a new level.
Online Additions — Experience all-new
multi-player offerings, including new online lobbies to help users match up with
others who want to play with a similar style, including a “Strikes Only” lobby,
where pitchers can only throw in the strike zone, and lobbies where players use
the advanced analog stick controls or the controls from previous iterations of
the Major League Baseball 2K series. With more than one million dedicated gamers
in the 2K community, it’s always game time.
A Smashing Soundtrack — 2K Sports has partnered
with Pitchfork Media to construct an epic and cutting edge in-game soundtrack
for the diverse tastes of today’s gamers. Some of the featured artists include
Modest Mouse, Peter Bjorn & John, the Cure, the Strokes, LCD Soundsystem, The
Cool Kids, and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.
**Certain features will vary between platforms.
Major League Baseball 2K8, rated E for Everyone
by the ESRB, is now available for Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system
from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 and PlayStation®2 computer entertainment systems,
PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, and Wii™ home video game system.
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