Super Mega Baseball 3 has received a slight delay, but now has a firm release date. The game, originally announced for April, will come out on May 13, and developer Metalhead Software has released an in-depth video revealing the various ways the game has improved on its predecessors.
The biggest changes, the video promises, are to base stealing and pick-off mechanics. Base runners now take off immediately when you press the steal button, so timing your move against what the pitcher is doing matters more. If you’re pitching, you can perform a pick-off with a press of the D-Pad (to indicate which base you’re throwing to), and whether the player is safe or not will depend on whether they’ve pressed the steal button.
Player traits have been added too, and they’ll change how each individual plays. It might be that a pitcher’s accuracy drops over time, for instance, or a batter is better at a specific kind of shot. There’s also a new dynamic swing reticule, so players will have a better visualization of exactly where and how they’ll hit the ball.
New pitcher role types have been added, while fielders have also been reworked in line with feedback the developers got from the second game. You’ll be able to experience all of this across the game’s new Franchise mode, where you guide a team through multiple seasons.
Super Mega Baseball 3 will receive both a demo and a trial version, the latter of which will let you play unlimited games in the competitive online Pennant Race mode, which will keep the game’s online mode occupied during the launch period.
Super Mega Baseball 3 is coming to PS4, Switch, Xbox One, and PC, with cross-platform play. It will retail for $45.