Super Mega Baseball 3 has been announced for major platforms today. The cartoonish series with some deep sim mechanics is heading to stores just in time for the start of the baseball season. No firm date has been given yet, but developer Metalhead Software says to expect the game in April.
While lacking the MLB license, the Super Mega Baseball series has been lauded for its wide-ranging gameplay options that allow for players to make it a serious sim or casual arcade game or something in between.
This year's sequel delivers several new gameplay features like new base-stealing and pick-off mechanics as well as a reimagined Franchise mode that includes aging, player progression, trading, and free agency.
If you're new to the series, you can catch a good glimpse of its style and substance in the reveal trailer.
To date, the Super Mega Baseball series has been a critical hit, with reviewers tending to appreciate the game's customization options that allow for every athlete and every game to look and feel exactly as players may want. The original game earned an OpenCritic 80 on PC then came to consoles and earned the same score. The sequel did better, averaging an 82.
With the MLB license moving away from Sony exclusivity next year, the baseball gaming landscape is shifting dramatically, but hopefully Super Mega Baseball can once again be the rewarding simcade experience fans have come to appreciate for years.