The OOTP crew announced today that their new installment, Out of the Park 18, will have, for the first time in history, a “digital cover”. The particularity is that the game won’t have a single athlete, but the “Perfect Team”, that is the best 11 players as voted by the community.
“As a deep strategy game, we feel that nothing better represents what Out of the Park Baseball is about than putting the best possible team on our first-ever digital cover,” said lead developer, and Out of the Park Developments CEO Markus Heinsohn. “Baseball is the ultimate team game, and our fans argue every day about what makes us the best possible lineup. What better way to represent what we are all about than having them vote on the best players and manager to put on the digital diamond?”
— OOTP Baseball (@ootpbaseball) February 23, 2017
As announced earlier, Out of the Park Baseball 18 will be officially released on March 24, 2017. The “Perfect Team” voting contest opens February 23 and closes on March 9, 2017. Fans will be able to choose from two players at each position as well as a manager. Winners of the vote will be officially named the “Perfect Team” and will be enshrined on the digital cover of Out of the Park Baseball 18.
The players in the contest that will be voted on are:
C: Gary Sanchez (NYY) vs Buster Posey (SF)
1B: Freddie Freeman (ATL) vs. Paul Goldschmidt (ARI)
2B: Jason Kipnis (CLE) vs. Robinson Cano (SEA)
SS: Trea Turner (WSH) vs. Carlos Correa (HOU)
3B: Nolan Arenado (COL) vs. Manny Machado (BAL)
OF: Yoenis Cespedes (NYM) vs. J.D. Martinez (DET)
OF: Starling Marte (PIT) vs. Christian Yelich (MIA)
OF: Jose Bautista (TOR) vs. Nomar Mazara (TEX)
SP1: Jake Arrieta (CHC) vs. Max Scherzer (WSH)
SP2: Clayton Kershaw (LAD) vs. Chris Sale (BOS)
CP: Zach Britton (BAL) vs. Seung-hwan Oh (STL)
M: Joe Maddon (CHC) vs. Bruce Bochy (SF)
You can vote for the contest here: OOTP 18 Perfect Team Virtual Cover Contest
Out of the Park Baseball Community Manager T.J. Lauerman will live stream the winning team next March 15 on the Out of the Park Developments Twitch channel. The event will be archived to the Out of the Park Developments YouTube page for later viewing.
From today to March 23, customers may pre-order OOTP 18 for $35.99 (prices may vary if you are an international customer). All pre-order purchases include early access to the Gold Master version on March 20, four days ahead of the official launch on March 24.