Digital Arts buys Tremendous Mega Baseball studio Metalhead Software program
Tremendous Mega Baseball 3, at first look, doesn’t appear to be a very critical baseball sim: Gamers are comically proportioned, and groups aren’t precisely a high-fidelity recreation of MLB lineups. However appears to be like will be deceiving: We referred to as Tremendous Mega Baseball 2 “the most effective on-field baseball sim on PC” in our 88% overview in 2018, and Tremendous Mega Baseball 3 is even higher.
The collection is now within the palms of Digital Arts, which introduced at this time that it has acquired previously indie developer Metalhead Software program.
“We’re all gamers of Tremendous Mega Baseball, and we’ve lengthy admired the work of the Metalhead crew,” EA Sports activities GM Cam Weber mentioned. “It’s a novel and beloved franchise amongst sports activities players—the stability and depth of gameplay, and the distinctive model of the content material, makes it tremendous enjoyable to play with associates. We look ahead to supporting and investing within the crew to allow them to proceed to construct out extra superb video games that delight sports activities followers all over the world.”
Weber informed Polygon that the acquisition is a part of a “deliberate progress technique” for EA Sports activities that features “re-establishing a presence in baseball, and taking a look at our choices there.” That does not imply that Digital Arts is seeking to flip Tremendous Mega Baseball into an officially-licensed MLB sport, nevertheless.
“My perception is that Tremendous Mega Baseball is properly differentiated from MLB The Present, and I believe it has its personal spot within the market,” he mentioned, though he allowed that SMB may “presumably” be used as the premise for a separate, formally licensed baseball sport.
As for Metalhead, the studio mentioned in a message on the Tremendous Mega Baseball subreddit that it wished to tackle larger tasks with better attain, and that Digital Arts “is the proper companion to assist us obtain that aim.”
“Our relationship with EA spawned over one thing that we hope you’ll be able to relate to: they like our video games,” the studio mentioned. “They like what we do and the way we do it, which implies that our studio will proceed as Metalhead, with the identical crew, in the identical metropolis, constructing video games in the identical spirit we all the time have. Besides now, with EA behind us, we’ll have entry to extra applied sciences, a wealth of experience, and a wider viewers. For us, that is additionally an unbelievable alternative to develop our native Victoria crew and tech sector with the assist of EA, and allow us to dig into some formidable new tasks.”
Shifting on to the following mission implies that future Tremendous Mega Baseball 3 updates might be smaller in scope, though a brand new replace is within the works and particulars on that might be shared quickly. And Metalhead emphasised that the SMB collection will proceed: “There’s a lot extra baseball on the horizon with the growth of the Tremendous Mega Baseball franchise, and possibly another issues down the road!” it mentioned. “However we don’t have any particular particulars to share at this time. Extra to return sooner or later!”