Even before a ball had been hit, Metalhead Software promised gamers a new game mode post-launch for Super Mega Baseball 3. It was meant to be called Custom Pennant Race, but instead that’s now rebranded as Online Leagues, which brings versatile cross-platform leagues to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC. We’ll see it launch next week alongside another mode as they both arrive as part of the upcoming update.
That’s right, Update 4 includes the Online Leagues which will enable you to set up custom leagues and invite friends from other platforms. Leagues can be set up and played casually via matchmaking within the league, or alternatively, competitive users can play according to their own externally coordinated schedule via a match-against-specific player feature. Unlike Pennant Race mode, Online Leagues with default settings will allow usage of all Standard teams, full visual customisation, and user-controlled Ego settings.
“We’re excited to give our users a really interesting way to recruit friends into the game,” says Metalhead Software co-founder Scott Drader. “Between the cross-platform invite codes and the fact new users can get started in Online Leagues with just the trial or demo version of the game, we’re stoked for the potential this mode has to massively grow the SMB community.”
As mentioned by the Metalhead co-founder above, the Super Mega Baseball 3 demo/trial version offers the possibility to join a league created by a friend – as long as the league is configured with default settings. Additionally, a brand-new watch mode is being introduced and this provides a cool way to simulate AI versus AI games. You’ll be able to control various cameras around the stadium; these camera angles let you observe the on-field action at different dynamic angles and viewpoints, allowing for an altogether different gameplay experience.
Features in Online Leagues:
- Use invite codes to set up private leagues to play cross-platform with friends.
- Play in short-term or long-term seasons, with statistics tracked throughout the season.
- Customize settings and rules, such as Ego (difficulty) level and game length.
- Play with SMB3 standard teams or fully customized user teams.
- Create large leagues – up to 32 players.
- Queue for games against any opponent in the league, or queue against a specific user.
Keep an eye out for Super Mega Baseball 3 Update 4 hitting Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC on 29th September. And, if you haven’t already done so, check out our full review of Super Mega Baseball 3!