Konami has announced that Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2016 will be receiving a free update for 2017 player data.

The update will update player data fro the 2017 season, but that’s not all the update will also include a “Championship Mode” as well as other adjustments. The Championship Mode will allow players to take part in online tournaments and earn points to spend on rewards, there are no further details on how this mode will work exactly.

To help clear up any questions Konami also provided a short Q&A covering major topics.

What happens to the 2016 season data after you update?

Current player data remains the same, and player data for the 2017 season is added. When you start the game, you can choose which data to use. If you choose the 2017 season data, the pennant schedules and such will also reflect the new season.

After the update, can I still use my previous save data?

Save data will remain the same, so you can continue to use it if you play in the 2016 season. Data will be automatically carried over to the 2017 season, but since some of the included players are different, some data will not carry over.

Will there just be update support without releasing a new title from now on?

We’re not quite at the stage where we can say much. We’re currently preparing a new title for next year. We’re planning to release a physical version, so I hope you can look forward to it.

What future developments can you share?

We’re preparing various things. We’ll start with updating the player data, so please enjoy Powerful Pro in 2017 as well.

So what do you make of this update then? Eager to see the player data updated every year as opposed to a new release? Let us know in the comments below.

Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2016 is out now in Japan on PS4, PS3 and PS Vita. If you’re interested then check out our review of the game here. Stay tuned to The Vita Lounge for more information as we get it.

  • Lester Paredes

    More sports games should do this. Tempted to import it.