MLB The Show 20: Release date, cover athlete, trailer, Diamond Dynasty, Franchise Mode, RTTS, PCI, gameplay, minor leagues, PS4, PS5, editions, pre-order and everything you need to know

The new trailer is live and it tells us a lot about what to expect from this year's baseball sim.


Javier Baez the cover star of MLB The Show 20

The baseball season is fast-approaching and MLB The Show 20 is now just a month away.

MLB The Show 19 was an impressive game. It captured the excitement and atmosphere of baseball in a way that many sports games fail to do. So we could not be more excited for MLB The Show 20, the 15th anniversary of the game.

You can look forward to a lot of new features in The Show 20 – a new class of Legends to join the roster, as well as some new ways to play with your friends!

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Here is everything you need to know about MLB The Show 20.

Cover Athlete

COVER STAR: Javier Baez in action for the Cubs in The Show 19

Chicago Cubs superstar Javier “El Mago” Baez is the cover athlete for MLB The Show 20, becoming the first member of the Cubs to grace the cover of the game.

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Whether Baez is stealing a base by evading a tag, making impossible catches look easy or pulling off his signature no-look tag – his skills are unparalleled and he always does it with swagger.

Báez also produces at the plate too, hitting 34 home runs in 2018 with a .290 batting average.

Release date

The game releases on March 17, 2020, exclusively on PlayStation 4. If you are loyal to Xbox, you’ll have to wait until the Easter holidays have passed in 2020.

This could be the last exclusive PlayStation release for the game, with news that in 2021 The Show will be a multi-platform game, opening the door for Xbox Series X players and those on Switch.

Trailer

The gameplay trailer is officially live!

The trailer gives us the first glimpse of some new fielding controls, some shots of RTTS gameplay and even teases a new Diamond Dynasty game mode called Showdown.

It sneaks a lot of teasers and includes shots of legends including David Ortiz, Mariano Rivera and Shane Victorino.

Closed Beta

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POA: There will be no shortage of options to play over the next week

The closed beta ran January 14-20, and unfortunately there won’t be another one.

Player ratings and team ratings weren’t final, but three online modes and player-vs-CPU Diamond Dynasty were there for gamers to test out.

Early Access & Pre-order

Early Access Weekend is back! Those who pre-order any of the collector’s editions (below) will get access to the game four days early starting on March 13, 2020.

PRE-ORDER: There are plenty of options when it comes to pre-ordering The Show 20.

Pre-orders are already available for the game in any of the editions. And boy are there a lot of editions!

Editions

You can pre-order the Standard Edition for $59.99 and get a solid bonus along with the early access.

  • 1x Gold Choice Pack
  • 5,000 Stubs
  • Early Access

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There are also details on the MVP Edition, the 15th Anniversary Edition and the Digital Deluxe Edition, where you can get more bang for your buck:

MLB The Show 20 MVP Edition ($79.99)

  • Double Dailies
  • 30x Avatars
  • 1x Diamond Variety Pack
  • 2x Gold Choice Pack
  • 10x Show Packs
  • 10,000 Stubs
  • Early Access

15th Anniversary Edition ($99.99)

  • Limited Edition Steelbook
  • 25,000 Stubs
  • Early Access
  • Double Dailies
  • 30x Avatars
  • 1x Diamond Variety Pack
  • 2x Gold Variety pack
  • 20x The show Pack

Digital Deluxe Edition ($99.99)

  • Double Dailies
  • 30x Avatars
  • 2x Diamond Variety Pack
  • 5x Gold Choice Pack
  • 20x Show Pack
  • 25,000 Stubs
  • Early Access

Over the past five years, The Show has been the most consistent sports franchise on the market, and we hope it can continue in 2020 with the same energy.

Gameplay

The gameplay of MLB The Show, especially Franchise Mode, has traditionally been very strong, with accurate pitch mechanics and user-friendly swing controls that make gameplay a smooth experience.

SIE San Diego has been typically tight-lipped about the improvements made to MLB The Show 20’s gameplay, but as we get closer to the release more information is available

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Hitting timing has been addressed. Gone should be the mistimed swings still resulting in a foul, but with that comes more rewards for timing up your swing and locating your PCI.

There are also improvements to the way fielding works, with an extreme catch mechanic to make those diving grabs, but beware of getting too overeager and missing it!

This series usually has the most consistent and realistic gameplay of any major sports franchise, so we have the utmost trust in SIE San Diego!

Minor Leagues

Baseball teams often rely on their minor league stars to drive the team forward in the long run.

It’s how the Houston Astros got to the World Series (one of the ways anyway) and is how small market teams attempt to compete with the financial muscle in Los Angeles and New York.

Now for the first time, MLB The Show will include full Minor League rosters!

That means Tim Tebow will be in the Mets farm system and squads like Baltimore can be upgraded with some home-grown talent.

This is an enormous edition for both franchise mode and Road To The Show players. The latter game mode was filled with fake players that decreased the realism of your journey up to the Big Leagues.

Next-gen & PS5

2020 will be the last year of the PS4 for millions of gamers, as the PS5 and its mighty performance capabilities is on its way.

Slated for a holiday 2020 release, it is unlikely that MLB The Show 20 will receive a remastered edition for the new console, but backward compatibility for PS4 games is confirmed, so don’t worry about a shorter life-span for this year’s game!

Develop Livestream Schedule

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REVEAL: We can’t wait to find out more

With the launch of the trailer, San Diego Studios also announced the dates and topics for each of their developer livestreams.

Even the descriptions for these streams sheds more light on what we saw in the trailer, so we can’t wait to dive even deeper into all of the new features.

Julian Sims

First Console: Game Boy Advance / Favourite Game: Just Cause 3 / Currently Playing: Breath of the Wild