2K Nearly Ready to Open up on MLB 2K10

2K Sports will soon be lifting the curtain on MLB 2K10; what are you hoping makes it into the game?

Now that Sony has laid its cards on the table (at least in terms of its feature list) with the upcoming MLB 10: The Show, the flood gates should soon be opening up for 2K Sports' upcoming Major League Baseball 2K10. Our man Giancarlo Varanini saw the game late last week in San Diego, and GameSpot's first look at the game will be published this Friday. Until then, check out 2K's first Developer Insights blog entry on the game. There's not a lot of hard info, but the team does promise a dozen write-ups on game details, including one per week until the game ships on March 2.

Based on this first entry in the blog, it seems like a lot of effort in 2K10 has been put into the pitcher/batter duel that is at the heart of baseball; a feature that 2K will supplement with an upcoming gameplay trailer and Insight blog entry:

To supplement that release, our development team will give you an inside look at the dynamic of the pitch batter battle as an at-bat drags on after a few pitches. I am skipping a little ahead in terms of upcoming Insights so let me first focus on our very next Insight: two of our presentation developers, Matt Crysdale and Alan Blouin, will be discussing art direction and what you can look forward to in terms of improvements in 2K10 and give us a sneak peek at the new Target Field!

It's clear that MLB 2K9 had plenty of problems, and that's putting it kindly. As the series enters its second full year of being developed in house at Visual Concepts, what are you hoping developers addressed for MLB 2K10?

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24 comments
redzed24
redzed24

I hope a decent game of baseball made it onto the disc this year. Owning both PS3 and 360, my baseball year after year has been solely provided by PS3. Would love to finally see a good game of ball on the 360 so I can play my friends with 360's.

oldschoolplayer
oldschoolplayer

My request is simple. I dont want the game to freeze up and watch my pitcher float off the diamond into the dugout and get stuck there. Do you think you can fix that before you add numerous features to game without taking care of the monumental problems this game has suffered from??

lethalfate
lethalfate

@FallenAngel You're absolutely right, this is an unfortunate trend with exclusive licensing in video games now-a-days. It just makes you wonder how much better games like EA's Madden and the 2K sports games would be if there was still real competition. They've not only disappointed and taken advantage of the fans of these sports genres but they've also hurt themselves by not putting their best foot forward with a genuine quality product. Of course their profit margins are most likely just as strong if not stronger than ever by the elimination of their competitors, so why bother? They can move along year after year at a snails pace finally implementing changes and additions they would have added years ago otherwise. This is truly sad. It's a lose-lose situation all the way around and I don't see it changing anytime soon.

FallenAngel
FallenAngel

no matter what 2K does, they won't be able to catch up to the Show. Ever since they got the third party exclusive license, they've done nothing but sit on their asses. After all, they got no incentive to try and improve, they know Xbox 360 and Wii owners who're baseball fans have no choice but to buy their game even if they release a pile of turd, which is basically what they've been doing since 2006.

NTSC-U
NTSC-U

mlb 2k is garbage....for shame.... mlb the show = AWEsome....... graphics gameplay everything commentary could be brushed up but its still hot

jon2286
jon2286

@shadow_shocker: THANK YOU! I was a huge fan of MVP Baseball. I thought it was the worst situation when EA got the rights to the NFL and 2K got the rights to MLB. It was the worst of both worlds as I preferred NFL2K5 to Madden then and MVP to MLB2K series.

Droogie_1
Droogie_1

if you want to play baseball on a console, go out and buy a PS3. MLB road to the show is an amazing game and by far the best baseball game ever made. that one game alone is worth the price of the PS3. i really feel sorry for anyone trying to play baseball on an xbox...

Shadow_Shocker
Shadow_Shocker

2K has annoyed me as a gamer the last couple years, they focus on the minor details like how many times nomar undoes his batting gloves at the plate instead of making a great game thats fun to play. BRING BACK MVP BASEBALL!!!!!

Memphis9317
Memphis9317

But in a Career mode for the love of god

Adubbb
Adubbb

I actually like the 2K baseball series, I love the complexity of the pitching and batting, not just mashing buttons. I also like the website integration and the replay tools and video uploads. Just because the game is harder to play, doesn't mean it sucks, on the contrary. But I guess to each his/her own. That being said, they will have to have Team UP in MLB 2K10 for me to even consider buying it, after the disaster that is NBA 2K10, that's still not fixed yet. 2K has absolutely the worst server integration, and even worse customer service. It will take a lot to get me to buy 2K again. Doubt I will buy any of their games till they fix NBA 2K10. I'll be playing a lot of Socom.

Nefarious13
Nefarious13

Bought a PS3 just for the Show. Love my 360 and think the PS3 sucks but the SHOW is the greatest sports game ever made. Period.

MBS923
MBS923

You better hope that this game will be much better than 2K9.

Obliviongeek9
Obliviongeek9

I bought a PS3 specifically for the show, and it's totally worth it i'm lovin 09 and 10 should be great! I was just tired of getting frustrated with 2K's garbage games. Not to mention Uncharted, Killzone, and Gran Turismo all PS3 exclusives and it's more then enough reason to buy a PS3!!! Read on IGN.com an editorial by a professional writer about why you should buy a PS3 instead of an xbox.

crippla87
crippla87

I know weezy, just wishful thinking.

weezyindamuluva
weezyindamuluva

@crippla87 about the show...never...developed at sony sooooo never

jpfeiffer000
jpfeiffer000

im calling it. this game is gunna blow!!!!!!!!

crippla87
crippla87

Fix all the bugs please. Let us actually be able to see pitches and pitch types. The last few installments made me feel as though I was always seeing the same one come to the plate. It also wouldn't hurt to update the player pictures too. Last year Adam Jones had his eyes shut for crying out loud! It also wouldn't hurt if 360 owners could get The Show.

Derek_3
Derek_3

all they have to do is poop in a box and it will be better than last years gameplay.

compton777
compton777

2k9 was a step up i dnt think theres really been a good one since 2k5 hopefully 2k10 will blow us away its about time they made a great baseball game

tony382
tony382

I'm hoping this is at least playable. It did get better from the debacle of 2K8. I really don't wanna buy a PS3 for just one damn game.

Gen_Warbuff
Gen_Warbuff

I would like to have a PLAYABLE game out of the box.... not something that needs 2, 3 or 4 patches before you can enjoy it.

SweetMusic
SweetMusic

Man I really hope MLB 2K10 is good. I really want to get it because I only have a 360 so i can't get The Show, but it's just the recent ratings of the latest games have been bad. Here is hoping MLB 2K10 will be good this year!