Following the game’s announcement in September, developer Metalhead today released the first gameplay trailer for Super Mega Baseball 2. In addition to providing a first look at how the game plays, on display in the video is its more realistic-looking art style.
Metalhead co-founder Scott Drader explains in the video that Super Mega Baseball 2’s presentation aims to retain the first game‘s goofiness–but dialed back somewhat. “That vibe has moved in a more mature direction,” he explains.
You can see that the players’ bodies are more proportionally realistic. While the wacky look of the characters was one of the best parts about the first game, Drader explains why the change stands to benefit the sequel. “I’m personally very excited about that because I’m looking forward to the gameplay animations conveying a better sense of athleticism,” he said.
Additionally, Super Mega Baseball 2’s stadiums will be more detailed, while Metalhead is using a new rendering technology to makes surfaces react to light “in a more interesting way.”
Note that what you’re seeing in the gameplay video is an unfinished version of the game, so things could change.