Atari and Major League Baseball have shipped their Backyard Baseball for PlayStation 2. Starring newly acquired New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, the latest game in the award-winning Backyard Sports franchise was developed by Atari’s Humongous Ent., which is working on a PC version, Backyard Baseball 2005, for shipment in June 2004.
In Backyard Baseball, players select to play as one of the 30 Major League Baseball teams or design their own team by choosing custom team names and uniforms. Kids create their lineups by choosing from the MLB pros and the 30 Backyard Kids. In addition to Rodriguez, Major League Baseball athletes include Carlos Delgado of the Toronto Blue Jays, Eric Gagne of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Nomar Garciaparra of the Boston Red Sox, Ichiro Suzuki of the Seattle Mariners, Alfonso Soriano of the Texas Rangers, Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs, Jim Thome of The Philadelphia Phillies and Dontrelle Willis of the Florida Marlins. As players progress through the game, they will be able to unlock six additional MLB stars including Randy Johnson of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Mike Piazza of the New York Mets.
The Backyard Sports lineup also includes Backyard Basketball for PlayStation 2, and Backyard Basketball 2004, Backyard Hockey, Backyard Football 2004 and Backyard Soccer 2004 for PC. Additional information about the Backyard Sports games and Atari’s other kids games can be found at www.atarikids.com.