February 12, 2008
2K Sports Swings For The Fences With New
Features In Major League Baseball 2K8
Intuitive pitching, batting, fielding, and
throwing mechanics provide for most realistic baseball simulation experience yet
While dedicated baseball fans eagerly anticipate
the start of Spring Training, the next installment of the wildly popular Major
League Baseball 2K franchise steps up to the plate and swings for the fences. 2K
Sports today unveiled a host of exciting new gameplay features and added content
for Major League Baseball 2K8, as fans will have the opportunity this season to
play the most enjoyable and authentic baseball simulation experience available.
"With Major League Baseball 2K8, our goal was to
bring fans of the Major League Baseball 2K series closer to the exciting
baseball action than ever before," said Ben Brinkman, Executive Producer of the
Major League Baseball 2K franchise. "We read the message boards and forums, and
spoke to MLB players in an effort to deliver realism and tap into what the fans
want in a baseball video game. From the new pitching system, and fielding and
baserunning controls, to a completely overhauled batting interface, and addition
of a robust Minor League™ system, Major League Baseball 2K8 will deliver players
a fun experience they will want to play year round."
Some of the exciting new features and added
content in Major League Baseball 2K8 include:
- Total Pitch Control – A new, innovative
pitching interface that allows players to emulate the realistic motion of
pitching a live baseball. Execution of speed and precise accuracy involves
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
that offer players unparalleled ball-to-bat contact that will be determined by
timing, direction, and pitch location for a greater variety of realistic hits
including grounders, blooper singles, dribblers, gappers, long home runs, and
more using the right analog stick.
- All-New Baserunning – Simplified controls that
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 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.
**Certain features will vary between platforms.
Along with a host of other new features, Major
League Baseball 2K8 includes added Signature Style animations such as new and
improved player walk-ups, batting stances, home run celebrations, steps-ins and
step-outs, and more to make each unique player true to life. For competitive
players, Major League Baseball 2K8 allows fans to have fun while competing
against each other online, testing their skills in a single game, tournament or
full league season against more than one million elite online gamers in the 2K
community. New online lobbies have been added 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.
Major League Baseball 2K8, rated E for Everyone
by the ESRB, will be available in retail stores in March 4, 2008 for Xbox 360,
PLAYSTATION 3, PlayStation 2, PSP, and Wii.
For more information about MLB 2K8, please visit