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2K Sports Announces New Features for Major League Baseball 2K8

2K Sports Swings For The Fences With New Features In Major League
> Baseball® 2K8
>
> Intuitive Pitching, Batting, Fielding, and Throwing Mechanics Provide
> For Most Realistic Baseball Simulation Experience Ever
>
> New York, NY - February 12, 2008 - While dedicated baseball fans eagerly
> anticipate the start of Spring Training(TM), the next installment of the
> wildly popular Major League Baseball 2K franchise steps up to the plate
> and swings for the fences. 2K Sports, the sports publishing label of
> Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), today unveiled a
> host of exciting new gameplay features and added content for Major
> League Baseball 2K8, as fans will have the opportunity this season to
> play the most enjoyable and authentic baseball simulation experience
> available.
>
> "With Major League Baseball 2K8, our goal was to bring fans of the
> Major League Baseball 2K series closer to the exciting baseball action
> than ever before," said Ben Brinkman, Executive Producer of the Major
> League Baseball 2K franchise. "We read the message boards and forums,
> and spoke to MLB® players in an effort to deliver realism and tap into
> what the fans want in a baseball video game. From the new pitching
> system, and fielding and baserunning controls, to a completely
> overhauled batting interface, and addition of a robust Minor League(TM)
> system, Major League Baseball 2K8 will deliver players a fun experience
> they will want to play year round."
>
> Some of the exciting new features and added content in Major League
> Baseball 2K8 include:
>
> Total Pitch Control - A new, innovative pitching interface that allows
> players to emulate the realistic motion of pitching a live baseball.
> Execution of speed and precise accuracy involves matching specific
> gestures and release with the right analog stick, simulating the arm
> and wrist action involved in throwing that particular type of pitch.
>
> Swing Stick 2.0 - Improved batting controls that offer players
> unparalleled ball-to-bat contact that will be determined by timing,
> direction, and pitch location for a greater variety of realistic hits
> including grounders, blooper singles, dribblers, gappers, long home
> runs, and more using the right analog stick.
>
> All-new base running - Simplified controls that allow fans to easily
> select players with the left analog stick and guide them toward
> specified bases with ease.
>
> Precision Throw Control - Provides unprecedented control over throw
> accuracy using the right analog stick, bringing a new level of realism
> to playing defense.
>
> Full Minor Leagues - Fans will be treated to 90 authentic minor league
> teams, along with 18 minor league stadiums in franchise and exhibition
> modes.
>
> Two of the Best Commentators in the Business - 2K Sports proudly brings
> back to the broadcast booth the popular duo of Jon Miller and Hall of
> Famer Joe Morgan, delivering the most entertaining and deepest
> commentary available in any baseball franchise.
>
> **Certain features will vary between platforms.
>
> Along with a host of other new features, Major League Baseball 2K8
> includes added Signature Style(TM) animations such as new and improved
> player walk-ups, batting stances, home run celebrations, steps-ins and
> step-outs, and more to make each unique player true to life. For
> competitive players, Major League Baseball 2K8 allows fans to have fun
> while competing against each other online, testing their skills in a
> single game, tournament or full league season against more than one
> million elite online gamers in the 2K community. New online lobbies
> have been added to help users match up with others who want to play
> with a similar style, including a "Strikes Only" lobby, where pitchers
> can only throw in the strike zone, and lobbies where players use the
> advanced analog stick controls or the controls from previous iterations
> of the Major League Baseball 2K series.
>
> Major League Baseball 2K8, rated E for Everyone by the ESRB, will be
> available in retail stores on March 4, 2008 for Xbox 360® video
> game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 computer
> entertainment system, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, PSP®
> (PlayStation®Portable) system, and Wii(TM) home video game system from
> Nintendo.
>
> For more information about MLB 2K8, please visit www.2Ksports.com

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