Much like those classic games, the developer created three body types and preset batting stances for those character models as opposed to painstakingly differentiating every batter. And while NES games in the late 1980s were naturally restricted to two face buttons and a d-pad, Leece's team intentionally opted for two-button controls for the modern take on the baseball game. Leece believes that these decisions immediately separate the game from other sports games in the genre.
"When you take away the barrier of control, it leaves the competition pure," Leece told Joystiq. "It's you against me, it's not your dexterity versus my dexterity. Having to deal with button combinations and things like that creates an extra challenge that's, I think unnecessary and certainly gets in the way of the enjoyment of the product itself."
RBI Baseball 14 (03/12/2014)
Unlike other modern sports sims, RBI Baseball 14 doesn't include a career mode, but does have exhibition, season and post-season options. Each team will feature one unlockable jersey, available through custom team challenges in season mode, such as a Montreal Expos uniform for the Washington Nationals. Leece stressed of the game's simplified core experience that the developer "wanted to bring you back to the emotion that made this [genre of games] so well remembered and revered. And we needed to get that right first."
RBI Baseball 14 will be a digital-only game, so it won't appear on store shelves next to Sony's MLB 14: The Show next month. Leece, a 25-year veteran of the industry who worked at LucasArts, Interplay and Take-Two, stressed that RBI Baseball 14 won't include any pesky microtransactions either, though he also wouldn't reveal a price for the game.