Metalhead Software recently made an announcement that the game Super Mega Baseball 2 for home consoles and PC will be delayed from its original September release. The developers had to make the announcement ahead of the originally scheduled release set to take place next month for the PS4, Xbox One and PC.
The news came courtesy of a press release, where Metalhead Software acknowledged that the game was originally scheduled to launch in September, as it was announced several months ago. However, the September, 2017 release for Super Mega Baseball 2 just didn't seem viable as the release date was fast approaching due to "unexpected hurdles", making next month's release "no longer feasible".
In addition to the hurdles of trying to fix up some of the gameplay mechanics and polish the overall gameplay experience, there was also the issue of some features not being finished yet. According to the press release, it was considered to possibly release Super Mega Baseball 2 this upcoming December, where the team felt as if the full game could be finished by then... but the original Super Mega Baseball was released during December and it really hurt the game's sales.
Instead, Metalhead decided to delay the release of the upcoming baseball game to early 2018, where there are fewer titles to compete with and there are no worries about the game being completely buried under the holiday hype rush from games like Star Wars: Battlefront 2, Call of Duty: WW2, and Assassin's Creed: Origins, all of which will likely overshadow many of the smaller games released during that time.
The delay will also supposedly help give the developers more time to add new content and fix up some of the features that the developers had originally thought about cutting from the game if it was going to launch in September 2017.
This extra time will also be utilized to further beta test and QA test other features and get feedback on how to further refine the game.
As a way to help assuage some of the frustrations of the game being delayed, a new developer diary was released covering the game's line-up management feature, which can be altered before a match and during a match. You can check it out from the Metalhead Software YouTube channel.
The management system will enable players to designate which players perform in what positions on the field, as well as outline how the starting bench will look.
If at anytime you feel as if the bench isn't performing the way you expected, you can actually swap out the players and put in the ones that you want while you're in the middle of the game. A nifty feature for sure. You can look for Super Mega Baseball 2 to launch for home consoles and PC in early 2018.