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HardBall 6 Scores Major League Baseball (MLB) License And A New 3D World

San Jose, CA, February 3rd, 1997 -- Leading entertainment software publisher Accolade is heating up the baseball simulation market with the upcoming release of Hardball 6. In addition to the currently held Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) license, HardBall 6 will now feature the Major League Baseball license which allows the usage of all team names, team uniforms and logos, and most stadiums.

"HardBall 5, released in late 1995, has sold over 250,000 units to date and is the #1 selling baseball series on personal computers," said Jim Barnett, president and CEO of Accolade. "We wanted to make sure that the release of HardBall 6 was just as successful, so we asked the consumers what they most wanted to see in the next version of HardBall; the answers - 3D world, and MLB license and even better game play!"

HardBall 6's new 3D engine will feature unlimited camera angles, allowing the game to make the jump into 3D while keeping all of the play mechanics that have made the series such a success. The game will also include all new motion captured polygonal players, both modern and old time stadiums rendered in full 3D (including the San Francisco Giants' new Pac Bell Park in San Francisco), consecutive season play with career statistics tracking, the draft, and much more.

According to the leading industry research report, PC Data, Accolade's Hardball 5 is currently the #1 best selling baseball simulation game on the market, outselling its competition nearly three to one.

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Headquartered in San Jose, California, Accolade, Inc. publishers action, sports, and strategy games for personal computers and next generation gaming systems, such as the Sony PlayStation game console. The company's products are distributed in North America by Warner/Elektra/Atlantic Corporation, a unit of Warner Music Group. Leading titles from Accolade include Bubsy, HardBall, Jack Nicklaus, Deadlock, and Star Control 3. Accolade games are available from major software specialty stores, computer superstores or direct from Accolade by calling 800-245-7744.

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