NEWS - Saturday, October 26, 2002

Sega World Series Baseball for Spring 2003

The King of the Virtual Baseball Diamond to Deliver ESPN Telecast-Style Presentation, Historic Ballparks, New Gameplay Enhancements and Improved Visuals SAN FRANCISCO – (October 25, 2002) – SEGA® of America, Inc. officially announced today the upcoming release of “SEGA Sports™ World Series® Baseball 2K3” for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and the Xbox™ video game system from Microsoft®. Critically acclaimed and heralded as a genre-defining franchise, “SEGA Sports World Series Baseball 2K3” will launch in March 2003 with a host of gameplay and visual enhancements, including an ESPN telecast-style presentation. Produced by Visual Concepts Entertainment, a SEGA development studio, and developed by Blue Shift Inc., “SEGA Sports World Series Baseball 2K3” will once again be in a league of its own. “‘SEGA Sports World Series Baseball 2K3’ comes from a long legacy of quality baseball simulations that have been both entertaining and innovative,” said Tom Nichols, vice president of sports marketing, SEGA of America, Inc. “Building on last year’s acclaimed Xbox release, ‘SEGA Sports World Series Baseball 2K3’ will deliver a host of exciting features, including classic ballparks, an all-new jump button, new awards and the deepest Franchise Mode around.” Designed for the discriminating baseball fan, “SEGA Sports World Series Baseball 2K3” will include a variety of gameplay enhancements such as home-run robbing jumps at the wall, dramatic running grabs in the outfield, user-controlled leadoffs and power swings, silky smooth double play and relay animations, offline throws, and a behind-the-pitcher cam that brings an exciting new perspective to the game. The unrivaled gameplay will be complemented by the deepest Franchise Mode in any baseball video game. Extending through an unlimited number of seasons, users will be able to assemble a full coaching staff by selecting from a pool of managers, batting and pitching coaches, Minor League directors and scouts. In addition to the Franchise Mode, “SEGA Sports World Series Baseball 2K3” will also include modes such as Exhibition, Big League Challenge™, Season, Playoffs and the SEGA Sports Challenge. Appearing in all SEGA Sports 2K3 games, the SEGA Sports Challenge allows fans to compare their offline stats against other players nationwide on On the visual front, “SEGA Sports World Series Baseball 2K3” will remain the most graphically stunning baseball game on the market. Built to take full advantage of the capabilities of each individual console, “SEGA Sports World Series Baseball 2K3” will feature intricately detailed ballparks and improved player models. From classic ballparks such as the Polo Grounds to the ballparks of today including Great American Ballpark, the new home of the Cincinnati Reds -- no detail is too small in “SEGA Sports World Series Baseball 2K3.”


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