NEWS - Tuesday, May 21, 2002
World Series Baseball Hits StoresSEGA SPORTS GOES DEEP WITH THE RELEASE OF WORLD SERIES BASEBALL FOR XBOX Enhanced Gameplay Options Provide the Most Authentic, Complete Baseball Simulation Possible Outside the Ballpark SAN FRANCISCO (May 21, 2002) – SEGA of America, Inc. today announced the release of “SEGA Sports (tm) World Series Baseball” exclusively for the Xbox (tm) video game system from Microsoft. Produced by Visual Concepts and developed by Blue Shift, Inc., “SEGA Sports World Series Baseball” includes a slew of new gameplay modes and features that will get baseball fans up on their feet and ready to play ball. “With ‘SEGA Sports World Series Baseball,’ SEGA Sports elevates America’s national pastime to new heights and pushes the boundaries of sports video games once again,” said Tom Nichols, group director of sports marketing, SEGA of America, Inc. “We have listened to our consumers and added the features they wanted such as enhanced graphics, a comprehensive franchise mode and improved gameplay mechanics. The end result is the best looking, best playing baseball simulation ever made and is a testament to our commitment to delivering the most authentic, true to life sports experience possible.” “SEGA Sports World Series Baseball” brings realistic action from the field straight to gamers, with enhanced features including new fielding animations such as sliding catches and throws from the knees, a highly customizable pitcher/batter interface and detailed player models featuring 3-D head scans and player-specific batting stances and pitching styles. An all-new presentation system delivers dynamic camera angles, instant replays and cut scenes that bring the game home just like a televised broadcast. Authentic in-game sounds including player-specific chants and taunts, vendors and stadium music, as well as broadcast quality commentary from a new two-man booth, immerse gamers in auditory bliss. Color commentator Mike Krukow of the San Francisco Giants ® joins the New York Mets ® Ted Robinson to bring in-depth baseball analysis and spot-on play-by-play commentary. Players can choose from an array of gameplay modes including Quick Start, Exhibition, Season, Playoffs, Home Run Derby (tm) and the most complete Franchise Mode offered in any baseball video game. The newly expanded Franchise Mode includes a full financial model, ability to hire coaches and managers who develop talent over the course of multiple seasons, minor league directors and scouts that help pick the stars of tomorrow, player trades and free-agent signings, contract negotiations with both players and coaches and more. “SEGA Sports World Series Baseball” offers gamers enough player options to fill an entire stadium. The fully licensed game includes every team and stadium, and updated rosters for the 2002 season including rookies. Users are also equipped with an improved Create-a-Player mode to create up to twenty-five unique players of their own. SEGA Sports goes the extra mile with the addition of the new Cooperstown Collection (tm) license, so gamers can also play as or against 25 of the greatest players ever to grace the game including Bob Gibson, Ernie Banks, Reggie Jackson and more. Gamers can also turn back the clock with classic uniforms including the Brooklyn Dodgers ® , 80’s Houston Astros ® , 70’s Oakland Athletics (tm) and more. Combined with advanced artificial intelligence and breathtaking graphics optimized for Xbox, “SEGA Sports World Series Baseball” brings the gamer closer to authentic baseball action than ever before. Endorsed by New York Yankees . slugger Jason Giambi, “SEGA Sports World Series Baseball” is available at retailers nationwide for $77.99. The game is rated “E” for everyone. Screen shots of “SEGA Sports World Series Baseball” can be found by clicking the product profile button.