ESPN Major League Baseball (PS2,Xbox) Preview
Publisher: ESPN Games/Sega Sports
ESPN Videogames has announced its
newest sports title set to debut in Spring 2004 - ESPN Major League
Baseball. Formerly known as the "World Series(R) Baseball 2K" series, ESPN
Major League Baseball will deliver the exhilarating drama and heart-pounding
action of the "Major Leagues." ESPN Videogames is proud to announce that
New York Yankees(R) slugger Jason Giambi will be the official spokesperson
and cover athlete for ESPN Major League Baseball. Providing players with
the complete ESPN experience, ESPN Major League Baseball will feature two
stalwart ESPN baseball veterans: Jon Miller and Karl Ravech. Miller, who is
set to begin his 15th season on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball, will handle
the play-by-play duties on the virtual diamond, while Ravech, the host of
ESPN's Baseball Tonight, will provide the in-studio analysis.
"Baseball fans instantly recognize the names of Jon Miller and Karl Ravech,"
says Greg Thomas, president of ESPN Videogames. "Jon is considered one of
today's best baseball commentators and his voice instantly registers a
comfortable warmth for baseball fans when they listen to him call the balls
and strikes. Meanwhile, Karl brings a distinguished poise to his broadcasts
for both ESPN's Baseball Tonight and SportsCenter. Together, they bring a
new level of ESPN integration into our game."
In addition to adding these two ESPN heavyweights, ESPN Major League
Baseball will feature brand new ESPN integration elements to enhance the
broadcast atmosphere. New television-style cut scenes and dynamic close-ups
build the drama of the game. ESPN-styled wipes, overlays, the innovative
K-Zone(TM) and GameCast are additions gamers will also see this spring.
K-Zone is an exciting, exclusive visual tool integrated by ESPN used to
visually create each batter's unique strike zone. GameCast is another
innovative tool that gives the user an in-depth, pitch-by-pitch analysis of
simulated games, and also allows the player to join in a simulated game in
progress at any time. Developed by Blue Shift Inc., ESPN Major League
Baseball is scheduled for release on both the PlayStation(R)2 computer
entertainment system and the Microsoft(C) Xbox console. ESPN Major League
Baseball and other ESPN Videogames titles are produced by Visual Concepts -
Sega's sports studio.