It was a game-changer (literally!) because when it was released in 1988, "R.B.I. Baseball" was the first game licensed by the MLB player's union and thus, it was the first to use players' real names. There hasn't been an "R.B.I." title since 1995.
Video games have changed a lot since "R.B.I. Baseball" was popular, obviously, but there's a need for a new baseball video game, since 2K Sports recently canceled its MLB title. So why not bring back a familiar name? It works in Hollywood, after all.
The announcement by MLB Advanced Media didn't give us too many details. But it was enough to whet appetites and inspire hours of 8-bit memories on Twitter:
MLBAM today announces that R.B.I. Baseball 14, a video game brand not seen in nearly two decades, will return this spring. R.B.I. Baseball 14 is being developed by MLBAM for multi-platform distribution across current and next generation consoles and smartphones and tablets. For the latest developments on R.B.I. Baseball 14, please visit rbigame.com and follow @RBIGame.
Here are a few additional tidbits from Bryan Wiedey of sports gaming site Pasta Parade:
RBI Baseball 14 officially announced. Developed by MLB, published by Take Two. XB1/PS4/360/PS3/Mobile. Might have fantasy ties. — Bryan Wiedey (@pastapadre) January 15, 2014
R.B.I. Baseball 14 will be an arcade game, not a sim competitor to The Show. — Bryan Wiedey (@pastapadre) January 15, 2014
Here's a reminder of what "R.B.I. Baseball" looked like. If you were born in the 1990s, this probably looks ridiculous to you, but trust me, it was pretty excellent back in the day. While we're on the subject, if you've never seen it, you owe it to yourself to watch this "R.B.I. Baseball" re-enactment of Game 6 of the 1986 World Series:
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