Korean developer Com2uS unveiled its upcoming title Baseball Slugger to us from the E3 showroom floor a short while ago.
The home run derby-style game is due for tentative release in about two weeks, according to North America General Manager Don Lim. Featuring simplified touch-to-hit and tilt-to-aim controls, Lim said the game is designed to appeal to casual gamers, as opposed to its more involved 9 Innings title.
‘It’s a sports game, but still targeted to casual users,’ he said. ‘I have a 3-year-old son, and even he knows how to play the game. It’s see the ball, hit the ball.’
The game also will feature customization in everything ranging from bats, batting gloves, uniforms and even facial hair, all of which affect the performance of the player. Com2uS secured a sponsorship with Louisville Slugger, so the famous manufacturer’s wares will be on display.
Customization is the name of the game.
The game’s premier feature, and what Lim considers the main selling point, is its online multiplayer gameplay. Unfortunately, the spotty wireless coverage in the Los Angeles Convention Center didn’t allow Lim to log in, so all we were able to see was the single-player game.
Lim was able to rattle off a list of online features once the game goes live in its worldwide launch, though. Players will be able to select matches based on a ranking system, which will help cut down on more experienced players picking on newbies, he said. For example, with a points-based ranking system, a high-ranked player will get fewer points if he beats a low-ranked player. The game also will feature a rivalry database, which will allow players to select between 20-30 total players they would like to dub a ‘rival.’
To help build the community, Lim said the game would begin at a low price point at launch, and to compensate for the initial lack of players, the servers will be populated with bots to start. As the community populates, players will be able to identify each other by name and by nationality through the worldwide leaderboard. Though the servers are currently housed in Korea, Lim said he hopes for expansion should the community require it.