EA sheds light on Triple Play 2002 for PlayStation 2.
Electronic Arts, widely recognized as a force in the field of third party development, has recently revealed details on their anticipated Triple Play 2002. Triple Play is only one game in a long line of sports titles being ported to the PlayStation 2 by EA, but there are several features which have the company particularly excited about the baseball title. The PlayStation 2 incarnation of the game boasts three modes of play: single game, season and playoffs. While these play modes were all present in the PlayStation version of the game, Triple Play 2002 for Sony's 128-bit console sports numerous improvements as well. For example, the AI has been significantly advanced and the field effects now boast more depth. Additionally, the upcoming title will feature new pitcher and batter interfaces, scripted animations of arguments with umpires (oh, boy), and visible end-of-game celebrations.
To intensify the experience of the original PlayStation game, EA has turned to the monstrous technical power of the PS2. Electronic Arts has incorporated into the game realistic real-time lighting (clearly visible in three game environments: the daylight, dusk, and night), reflections on surfaces and player equipment, a more realistic set of player models boasting authentic batting and pitching styles, realistic facial models for over 150 MLB stars, as well as enhanced stadium sounds. (Because who among us hasn't wanted to be jeered at in realistic sound?) Also, the title's atmosphere has been improved upon with the addition of newly-rendered ballparks designed using the blueprints from actual stadiums.
Adding to the realism of the title, recently hired Toronto Blue Jays manager Buck Martinez and popular game announcer Sean McDonough are to provide the in-game commentary. EA has further improved upon its PSOne product with the additions of newly-recorded commentary, which is to feature more relevance to the actual onscreen situation. Additionally, EA has announced that the popular MLBPA-licensed big league challenge mode will return. This mode of play features a home run hitting contest held at Cashman Field in Las Vegas. The home run hitting contest features 12 Major League Baseball power hitters from current rosters.
Treyarch is developing the baseball title, which is to support two player action. If nothing further changes in the title's development, Triple Play 2002 will hit retailers towards the end of March.
1/12/2001 Bryan Keers