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Old 02-26-2019, 05:39 AM   #1
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Lightbulb New features!

OK, here's what's new in OOTP 20 (incomplete, we are still in the process of adding features and will update this post regularly):

Integrated live services all season long!

For the first time ever, OOTP features Live Services for MLB rosters! You can start a new MLB game any day during the regular season and Postseason with up-to-date rosters, standings, stats and player ratings, or to update player ratings in your current game based on their current performances. Can you keep your favorite team’s hot start going throughout the season, or take control to turn around a disappointing start?

Our brand new 2019 roster sets include all projected Opening Day MLB rosters as well as the complete minor league system down to rookie leagues, including independent leagues.

All Major League (and over a thousand minor league) player ratings are based on Dan Szymborski’s popular ZiPS player projection system. The remaining minor league players are carefully rated by hand by our recently upgraded research team. Listen here to one of our OOTP Now Podcast episodes as the newest member of our roster squad explains how this is done.

In addition, OOTP 20 features 12 international leagues (Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Australia, Italy, The Netherlands, Mexico and Cuba, plus 4 brand new leagues with Germany, France, Spain and the Czech Republic) and several US and international independent leagues. All of the teams have accurate and projected 2019 rosters.

Improved 3D Animations

We hit the motion capture studio for the first time ever to create hundreds of new animations which take the 3D in-game action to a whole new level. Diving plays, shoestring catches, hitters celebrating a walk-off in style: it's all there (except for a fancy bat flip creation feature - sorry about that)!

Improved AI, Game Engine and Modern Strategic Options

Baseball is constantly evolving, as is our award-winning simulation engine. This year we have introduced several new strategic options, such as an opener and a follower as MLB teams continue to seek every possible advantage to winning in 2019. We have also improved the simulation engine and AI to handle and counter these new options and also make the smartest strategic decisions possible at any time during the game.

But that’s only the start! We’ve improved all AI-related aspects of the game, including trading, contract logic, general roster building, and player evaluation, which lies at the core of the entire OOTP AI, resulting in the most challenging and rewarding gameplay ever in OOTP 20.

Perfect Team Mode 2.0

Perfect Team was a massive success after we introduced the revolutionary online competition mode for OOTP 19 in November of last year. Over 12,000 total teams have competed in the exciting universe of Perfect Team, over 5,000,000 player cards have been pulled, history was written, and countless epic moments were created.

For OOTP 20, Perfect Team mode will return with more cards (over 3,000 total) and more features, including exciting tournaments (coming in April), collection missions (coming April / May), an improved auction house, more achievements, an additional league level (6 in total) and all the new strategy and AI improvements of the core game. Build your very own Perfect Team and battle the best OOTP managers in the world!

Much More
  • All new Spray Charts for players
  • Improved historical league player ratings and simulation accuracy
  • All new tiebreaker calculations
  • Added support to have players in lineup backup other positions, and substitute in starting lineups for them
  • Teams can participate in multiple tournaments at the same time
  • More to come, we will update this list once new features get implemented!

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Old 02-26-2019, 05:48 AM   #2
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Did feeders, personnel, or player development get a re-work?
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Did feeders, personnel, or player development get a re-work?
Player development was worked on. Feeders no. Personnel did get some tweaks and necessary changes relating to the new strategy options & AI.
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Are there any plans to work on feeder leagues in the future? It is an aspect which has a lot of potential, but doesn't really live up to it at the moment.
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Can you put back in the wind direction on the screen display. Dont know why you got rid of it in 19 version
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Any cosmetic upgrades?

Alternate jerseys
more facial hair
updated jerseys/logos for new teams
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“You can start a new MLB game any day during the regular season and Postseason with up-to-date rosters, standings, stats and player ratings, or to update player ratings in your current game based on their current performances.”

Does this mean we can essentially click a button and it will update ratings for every player in our existing game? What happens to players who don’t have updated ratings due to retirement, death, etc?

Super stoked about this possibility!
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Will we be able to use the historical minor league database without having to be restricted to the historical league structure?
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“You can start a new MLB game any day during the regular season and Postseason with up-to-date rosters, standings, stats and player ratings, or to update player ratings in your current game based on their current performances.”

Does this mean we can essentially click a button and it will update ratings for every player in our existing game? What happens to players who don’t have updated ratings due to retirement, death, etc?

Super stoked about this possibility!
Not exactly.

You can start a new game in 2019 from any given point of the year, with the current stats, standings, ratings etc. But it won't update any of that in an existing game you're already playing.
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Are there any plans to work on feeder leagues in the future? It is an aspect which has a lot of potential, but doesn't really live up to it at the moment.
No, not really. It's very complicated and only a tiny number of users actually use the feature, so it's not worth the time at the moment. Maybe that'll change in the future though.
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Will we be able to use the historical minor league database without having to be restricted to the historical league structure?
Nothing has changed there.

So it is possible, just like in 2019, but requires a lot of manual work to do.
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Not exactly.

You can start a new game in 2019 from any given point of the year, with the current stats, standings, ratings etc. But it won't update any of that in an existing game you're already playing.
You can update the player ratings of an already existing game though.
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You can update the player ratings of an already existing game though.
Oh, cool!

Didn't even realize that
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And what happens to players in an existing game that don’t play anymore?say a guy like Mauer who retired. Or, more tragically, Luis Valbuena who passed?
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The spray charts looks like my favorite part of this and it’s just casually thrown in at the end lol but that’s exactly what I wanted. I wanted to be able to get more information about players and this will certainly help.

One thing, are free agency compensation rules going to be updated to match the real life rules?


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Can we please get Manager of the Year added to the Awards History? Surely it can't be that difficult to add along with the other award winners.
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Is there a reason we can't click on and enlarge the images in the newsletter?
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Quick question for Live Services:

I know it goes against the "live" aspect, but are you able to load up a historical date and have the stats/standings from then as well? For example, would I be able to load to October 2nd 1987 to help the Jays win the division over the Tigers?

Regardless if this is possible, I am absolutely in love with the mode already.

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They don't change.
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Quick question for Live Services:

I know it goes against the "live" aspect, but are you able to load up a historical date and have the stats/standings from then as well? For example, would I be able to load to October 2nd 1987 to help the Jays win the division over the Tigers?
No, that is not possible, we do not have the data for historical seasons necessary to accomplish this.
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