2K Sports’ troubled MLB 2K series has several glitches in its latest installment. That’s already a problem for folks who just dropped the usual $60 on the game. Thanks to the Perfect Game Challenge, the glitches could cost somebody a cool million. Among the problems reported are players being slow to field the ball and tossing it to the wrong base. When you’re trying to retire all 27 opposing batters, those are the sort of things that send controllers airborne.
2K Sports is working on the problems, but has opted not to release a patch until at least May. Part of the reasoning is that it would be unfair to people already trying to win the contest. That is, more unfair than trying to achieve perfection with players that sometimes make little league level gaffes.
Waiting on the patch is probably the fairest thing for those in the contest. It’s not much fun for people who just bought the game because they like baseball. The Perfect Game Challenge is supposed to bring 2K positive publicity, but that’s going to be a tall order now. 2K Sports’ baseball license expires this year and comments from Take-Two Interactive Chairman Strauss Zelnick don’t sound promising.
2K Sports has done a number of things to turn a profit from baseball, including signing Spongebob and his fellow Nicktoons up for a game. It will be interesting to see what happens if 2K doesn’t bid on the license again. Sony’s MLB: The Show has been a huge hit. It’s exclusive to Sony’s device, of course. Baseball fans on Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii could be out of luck unless EA puts in a bid on the MLB license.