Off of last weekend’s interview with Brad Cook of OOTP, below is a list of all the new features in MLB Manager 2015. Scroll down to see screenshots of the game, which include a quick look at Corey Kluber‘s improved ratings.
MLB Manager 2015 will feature an official MLB.com license when it’s released for Android and iOS at the Google Play Store and Apple App Store, respectively, in March 2015. Like Out of the Park Baseball 16, which was unveiled on January 23, 2015, MLB Manager 2015 will feature the official Major League Baseball logo, as well as official logos for all 30 MLB teams and historical MLB logos. (OOTP 16 will also include over 150 Minor League Baseball team logos as well as MLB and MiLB player jerseys with team logos.)
MLB Manager 2015 will also feature Opening Day rosters, a Shop a Player function, and other new additions detailed below. The game will offer the most immersive experience for armchair baseball GMs who want to guide their favorite teams to glory on mobile devices. It will sell for US$4.99, with historical seasons available as in-app purchases.
“We’re thrilled that MLB Manager 2015 will follow in OOTP 16’s footsteps with a feature that will help it stand out among other mobile baseball games,” said MLB Manager lead developer Sebastian Palkowski. “Between the MLB.com license and all the other great new features, MLB Manager remains the perfect way to get in a little baseball managing while on the go.”
In addition to the MLB.com license and iOS and Android support, MLB Manager 2015 will also include these features:
• 2015 Opening Day rosters: Each team will have its projected 40-man Opening Day roster, as well as 20-25 top prospects, for a total of 60-65 players. A subsequent free update will include the official Opening Day rosters.
• Shop a Player: This option was brought over from OOTP to allow GMs to suggest a player for a possible trade and field offers from other teams.
• Simulate to Date X: GMs can now simulate to a specific date, and a new Don’t Disturb feature allows uninterrupted long-term sims.
• Player Shortlist: GMs can now add players to their shortlists so they can quickly return to their profiles any time. It’s a useful feature for tracking players’ careers after they leave a team.
• Career Stats Leader Boards: Retired players with 10 or more years of experience automatically join the career leader boards for home runs, strikeouts, and other stats.
• Improved In-Game Subs: When a GM makes a substitution during a game, they can easily see the current game situation.
• Better Trading AI: AI-controlled GMs make better trade offers.
MLB Manager’s predecessor, iOOTP Baseball 2014, is now available for free at the Apple App Store.
Pre-orders are still being accepted for OOTP 16, which will also be released next month.
The PC/Mac version:
The Linux version:
MLB Manager 2015’s core features include:
• Three game modes:
• Major League: Mobile managers guide their favorite Major League Baseball teams through the 2015 season and beyond
• Fictional: A fresh customizable world full of fictional players, providing a unique challenge each time
• Historical Major League: Three exciting past seasons to recreate — 1919, 1939, and 2012 — with the ability to buy more through in-app purchases. (Historical seasons are $0.99 each, 10 for $4.99, or all seasons dating back to 1901 for $19.99.)
In Historical Major League mode, real players show up in the draft when they made their actual major league debuts, assuming the user owns those seasons.
• Managerial options that enable players to set lineups, pitching rotations, and depth charts before taking the field to make in-game calls, including when to issue hit-and-run and steal signs, how to configure the defense, when to pull pitchers and put in pinch-hitters, and more.
Players can also let the computer handle those decisions and set a series of sliders that dictate overall strategies, such as aggressiveness on the base paths, how often to pitch around batters, and more. They can simulate the season a day or a week at a time, jumping back in to manage games whenever they want.
• A play-by-play text stream that describes what’s happening on the field during the game, making it feel like a radio broadcast.
• An in-depth financial system that allows players to unleash their inner GMs. Are they looking for undervalued players who might help the team win while keeping payroll low, or are they free-wheeling spenders seeking high-profile free agents for the big win?
Players oversee trades, negotiate contract extensions, sign free agents, draft players, cultivate minor league prospects, move players between the active roster, minor league roster and disabled list, and more.