Happy Thursday! Spring training is drawing to a close and the 2021 Major League Baseball season is just around the corner. Everyone on our team is excited to show you the first extended preview of MLB The Show 21. We’ve got so much more to reveal, including a special Legends trailer coming out in a few weeks.
At San Diego Studio, we’re very excited about the release of MLB The Show 21, our first PlayStation 5 and our first cross-platform iteration (with cross play *) of The Show. We’ve been working on lots of new features for all of our fans, back and new. Here are some of the new additions to look forward to with MLB The Show 21 gameplay:
The friendliest show yet
Learn the ropes so you too can take impressive takes and improve your gameplay. We’ve added a route-to-the-ball indicator to help you out in the field, improved the throw accuracy meter to help you show off your cannon, and integrated aids to make jumps and dives more intuitive. New to MLB The Show, Casual mode teaches you all of The Show’s game mechanics while letting you hit dingers at your leisure.
For the first time in MLB The Show, your ball player can be a two-way player, increasing the flexibility of player position opti ons. Enjoy a revamped player progression system that emphasizes adaptability and variety. Finally, use your centralized ball player in Road to the Show, online in Diamond Dynasty, Programs and Moments.
Animations and positions
Want bat flips? We have bat flips. In fact, we’ve added over 100 new custom bat flips, home run swings, and bat throws. We also have 140 new batting positions, 250 remade batting positions, 160 new throwing animations, 180 remaking throwing animations and over 1000 new field animations.
MLB The Show fans have patiently waited for the chance to build their dream stadium in the game, and we’re happy to say the wait is almost over. Available on the PlayStation 5 version, MLB The Show 21 gives you the ability to build and customize stadiums with over 1000 pieces ranging from poles, panels, buildings and more. The developers have designed specific stadium kits ranging from realistic to fantastic, giving players the flexibility to create custom layouts, dimensions, wall heights, and more. while still being able to use stages created in Diamond Dynasty and Franchise modes. With an internet connection, the fun doesn’t stop there as players can share, edit and play in stadiums created by other members of the MLB The Show community.
This is just the tip of the iceberg, full of information to come on Ballplayer, Franchise / March to October, Diamond Dynasty and more …
MLB The Show 21 will launch everywhere on April 20, 2021. Pre-order digitally to receive a Gold Choice pack.
MLB The Show 21 Previews
Have you heard of MLB The Show 21 features like precise pitching, new playing styles, and our pitch redesign? So far, we’ve released the first two Feature Premiere videos which cover these and many more with in-depth commentary from the developers at San Diego Studio. If you missed them, don’t worry as they’re both archived on TheShow.com. The remaining videos will be broadcast simultaneously on Tic, Youtube and Facebook Live. Similar to our live streams from previous years, the early features will provide a detailed look at the new features and changes we’ve worked on to make this year’s game better than its predecessor. Continue to clear your schedules on Thursday afternoons, as a new movie premiere airs every Thursday at 3 p.m. PT until launch.
Timeline for the creation of the remaining feature films:
- Introduction to the ball player, more variety and ways of playing and never before
- Franchise and MTO allow you to make decisions for the future
- MLB The Show Goes To The Next Generation
- Diamond Dynasty Streamlined with New Paths to Rewards
Having trouble waiting? Early Access to MLB The Show 21 is available from 9 p.m. PT on April 15, 2021 with any purchase of the Collector’s Edition (Jackie Robinson Edition, Jackie Robinson Deluxe Edition, or Digital Deluxe Edition).
PlayStation will donate $ 1 to the Jackie Robinson Foundation for each Collector’s Edition of MLB The Show 21 sold in the United States from the opening of pre-orders until December 31, 2021. Donations will help establish the Jackie Foundation Robinson MLB The Show Scholars supported by PlayStation Career Pathways to help close the achievement gap in higher education. Visit www.jackierobinson.org for more information on the Jackie Robinson Foundation.
* Online multiplayer features require internet connection and console-specific online multiplayer subscription