The developers behind Out of the Park Baseball, the greatest sports video game of all time and a personal favorite time-waster, have "leaked" the details of a football simulator they're working on to Operation Sports. The game is called Beyond the Sideline Football and appears to have all the same core features that make OOTP a terrific front office simulator:
- The ability to sim decades into the future and watch teams' fortunes rise and fall as dynasties emerge, crumble, and eventually renew themselves.
- You call the shots from the front office: Participate in the draft for your team every spring; trade players; and negotiate contracts with draft picks and free agents.
- All of the (non-playable) Division I colleges as well as many more, with real players, so you can draft the next crop of superstars every year.
You can read the full list of features over on Operation Sports.
Out of the Park Developments is also on the verge of releasing the fifteenth edition of their flagship title and is working through the first edition of a similarly-styled hockey game. Franchise Hockey Manager still has a long way to go before it can be called OOTP's NHL analogue, but maybe with a much bigger fan base to test and support it, Beyond the Sideline will catch up quicker.
At the very least it's a far cry from that old OOTP NFL roster mod that had Albert Haynesworth playing first base for the Titans.