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R.B.I. 18 available now on Xbox One, PS4

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R.B.I. Baseball 18 is now available for Xbox One and PS4, with iOS being released March 27 and Nintendo Switch and Android versions coming later this spring. Indians star shortstop Francisco Lindor is on the latest cover of the popular Major League Baseball game, which has all-new features for 2018.

Available now: R.B.I. Baseball 18 | Photos from the game

R.B.I. Baseball 18 is now available for Xbox One and PS4, with iOS being released March 27 and Nintendo Switch and Android versions coming later this spring. Indians star shortstop Francisco Lindor is on the latest cover of the popular Major League Baseball game, which has all-new features for 2018.

Available now: R.B.I. Baseball 18 | Photos from the game

This year's edition is packed with new features, including:

• Franchise Mode: Make trades, sign free agents or call up rookies across multiple seasons. A new player progression system allows players to develop, improve, and ultimately retire. 

• Home Run Derby Mode: Challenge a friend in local head-to-head play or the CPU in the ultimate slugfest.

• Authentic MLB players: Completely redesigned player models (more than 300 digitally modeled likenesses), along with hundreds of new animations and unique player-specific animations.  

• Ballparks: Enhanced lighting, textures, revamped 3-D crowd system and new dynamic camera angles and specially crafted cinematic sequences across all 30 MLB ballparks.

• MLB Legends: Available in Franchise Mode, add any of the more than 100 retired MLB players to a roster.

• Soundtrack: New tracks will feature music from more than a dozen popular recording artists.

• Roster updates: Keep up-to-date rosters throughout the 2018 season, including within Franchise Mode.

To commemorate this year's game and Opening Day, fans beginning today will have the opportunity to enter a sweepstakes for the chance to win an R.B.I. Baseball 18 Opening Day Xbox One S console. Fans should follow @RBIGame, @MLB or their favorite team accounts for complete details on the sweepstakes, which runs through April 13 at 5:59 p.m. ET.

Lindor graces the cover of this year's edition, following in the footsteps of past R.B.I. Baseball cover selections Corey Seager (2017), Mookie Betts ('16) and Anthony Rizzo ('15).

"It's unreal. It's a dream. It's a blessing," Lindor said. "I'm blessed to be playing this game -- and to have things like that [cover], that's a plus. I thank the Lord for everything, and I thank the Indians organization and everybody that made this posssible."

While Lindor said he would "take on anybody" who challenged him in R.B.I. Baseball 18, the shortstop admitted to having taken some losses on the video-game front lately back home.

"My nephew beats me all the time, so I definitely have got to get better," Lindor said with a laugh. "The first game, I beat him, and I beat all my friends. It was like a group of four. Then I don't know what happened. I went on a losing streak. I haven't won a game since. It's fun. I love whenever you can play against somebody and see what they've got. Competition, wherever it is, it's always cool."

MLB is demoing R.B.I. Baseball 18 in front of industry leaders and the press at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, which opened on Monday and concludes on Friday.

R.B.I. Baseball 18, officially licensed by MLB and MLBPA, will be available for $29.99 on Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch. Outside the U.S., fans should check with local retailers for pricing.

Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB.