With Spring Training just a few weeks away, Sony San Diego has offered us a first look at gameplay for MLB The Show 20. Can you spot what’s new?
Following the recent closed beta for MLB The Show 20, Sony San Diego has finally decided to lift the curtain on this year’s installment in the annual baseball sim. The first gameplay trailer was shared and it’s filled with teases and reveals. Unfortunately, Sony San Diego is playing a bit coy and leaving it up to eagle-eyed fans to spot what’s new.
Right off the bat, I noticed Sony San Diego has injected way more flair into the game. We get multiple shots at team celebrations in the dugout. It looks like there’s a big emphasis on individual player personality, from the “Soto Shuffle” to that Javy Baez tag.
Defense, particularly fielding fly balls, also looks to have been tweaked. I didn’t actually play the closed beta, but from what I hear, fielding is supposed to be more challenging this year.
Beyond the gameplay, the trailer also gives us a look at some new Legends. Some players spotted include Gary Sheffield, David Ortiz, Mariano Rivera and John Franco.
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Perhaps the most amount of detail comes from Sony San Diego’s developer livestream schedule. Sony San Diego will be hosting its weekly developer livestream beginning on January 29 with the gameplay trailer rewind. However, looking at the schedule, we can get a read on what other changes and improvements we can expect to see in MLB The Show 20.
For starters, the blog post mentions new ways to play with your friends. The schedule mentions that on February 27, we’ll learn more about custom leagues and competitive events. These are described as “simple and flexible leagues with your friends” as well as “grass roots sponsored competitive events and tournaments.
Unfortunately, it looks like we won’t be getting a full-blown online franchise mode to play with friends. What franchise mode will be getting, however, are full minor league rosters and the ability to change your team name, location and logos.
On February 6, Sony will also go over defensive fundamentals in MLB The Show. This includes the new “extreme catch indicator,” which we get a glimpse of in the trailer. There’s also mention of “fielder skill matters, field efficiency improvements, outfield throw home indicator, button accuracy revamp” and more.
There’s also a new Diamond Dynasty game mode, “Showdown,” which is teased in the trailer but will be fully revealed on March 7. This is also when we’ll get our official look at the new wave of Legends stepping into the spotlight.
Overall, it looks like we’re in for some big improvements in MLB The Show 20. The trailer may not reveal much right now, but the coming weeks will provide us with plenty of exciting details.
MLB The Show 20 launches on May 17 exclusively for PlayStation 4. Remember, this sounds like the last year that the MLB The Show franchise will be exclusive to PlayStation as the MLBPA, Sony and Sony San Diego announced a new partnership agreement that will see the franchise expanded to new platforms as early as 2021. This could include Xbox and Nintendo, though nothing official has been announced.