The heads are smaller, but the game is bigger in Super Mega Baseball 2

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Super Mega Baseball was something of an underground sports hit. The goofy big-headed players and cheery presentation evoked strong memories of kids’ titles like Backyard Baseball, but hiding underneath all the cartoon charm was a damn good single player baseball arcade game. Metalhead Software have announced Super Mega Baseball 2, and the developers are keen to refine the experience so the sports audience won’t mistakenly dismiss the sequel as another kiddie game.

First, Super Mega Baseball 2 will have multiplayer gameplay. Either online or in the same room, players will be able to pit their teams against one another. Second, Metalhead is revamping the art style so there isn’t as large of a disconnect between the playful look and the serious sim. Everything still looks bright and exaggerated, but the cartoony assets have been taken down a notch. Finally, the sequel will offer more team customization and stats reporting, so players feel more invested in their teams.

Super Mega Baseball 2 will launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in 2017.