MLB The Show 20: All the new features, game modes animations and updates in the latest trailer

SDS have rewound the trailer to give details on new features, here is the latest information.

by Remy Cabache
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The MLB The Show 20 reveal trailer got every baseball fan excited, and San Diego Studios’ deep dive into it only ramped that up.

The release of the trailer last week marked the start of the eight week countdown to The Show 20 and brought with it the release of the developer livestream schedule, showing the dates they would be delving into all the new features of the new game.

 

Now just five weeks away from the release of the game we have gotten a big update from SDS, as the new update features commentary of the trailer explaining a lot of the teasers we saw in the gameplay trailer.

So what exactly did those teasers mean?

NOW WATCH BELOW: The Official gameplay reveal trailer

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Uniforms update

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SWOOSH: Every team will be donning their new Nike uniforms

Throughout the initial trailer, fans were keen to spot their team in their brand new Nike uniforms, however many were left wanting more as some uniforms didn’t don the trademark swoosh.

Well, that would be because the gameplay trailer used footage from the beta version of the game which did not include all of the Nike uniforms.

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However, they clarified the full game will feature the Nike uniforms for every team, so you’ll be seeing the swoosh on all uniforms in the game.

Animations overhaul

The main learning from the trailer is the amount of animations that have been updated and added to make the game more realistic with more flare than ever!

  • Juan Soto ‘Shuffle’ – Pitch take animation
  • Over 50 new baserunning animations
  • New first baseman catches to set up more efficient and realistic double play turns
  • Over 700 new gameplay animations: Catches, dives, throws and tags
    • Including new catcher tags that start directly at the catch
  • Dozens of new infield, dugout and homerun animations
  • Over 30 new home run swings
  • Over 40 bat slams used last year were captured for The Show 20
  • New home run rob animations and transitions for makes and misses
  • All new block ball animations with a new block ball system to make catchers’ defense and block ratings matter more

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Road to the Show

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INTUITIVE: Updated Dynamic Challenges pic the biggest moments

A big focus on the RTTS experience is making sure you are rewarded, in live time, for big plays and moments.

All attribute gains will now be displayed in real-time based on how you perform, making the game feel more alive and fluid.

Dynamic challenges have also been improved and made ‘more intelligent’ at recognizing the most important situations for both your player and team.

This extends into your relationships, too. As your play and performance on the field will build and grow your relationships on the field.

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New fielding mechanics

Perhaps the biggest new feature of the entire trailer was the emphasis on outfielders and everything that goes into their fielding.

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One huge new feature is ‘subtle start transition variations’. The video explains this isn’t the same the same as a bad jump on a hit, but it instead rewards fielders with higher ratings.

The small steps your player may take after the batter makes contact will better reflect their fielding and reactions rating, making playing OF far more realistic – and making it tougher to hide your DH in LF.

Extreme Catch Indicators

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ALL-STAR: Fielding ratings have a bigger impact than ever

Extreme catches are the next aspect of defensive play to be overhauled, giving you more control while also highlighting the importance of each player’s ratings.

The new indicator paves the way for a ‘few different outcomes depending on the ability of your outfielders and how you decide to attack those sinking line drives’.

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Being aggressive can lead to spectacular diving catches or you missing the ball and it going past you for extra bases. Whereas you could let it drop but limit the runner to a single.

Alternatively you could get caught in between the two and not do either very well – it’s a very fluid and realistic addition to the outfield.

Button Accuracy meter

This is another feature that has been completely revamped.

It has become more dynamic and fluid, as the speed it moves will now change depending on many variables, such as the throw difficulty, the throw distance and the arm accuracy of the defender.

Showdown

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FRESH: Showdown is a brand new game mode for The Show 20

There is more to come on Showdown in a specific episode of the developer livestreams, but this latest video explains the basics.

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You will be able to draft players, upgrade them, apply perks and then take on the most feared pitchers in the game.

March to October

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MOMENTS: March to October is getting some second year love

March to October was a brand new mode last year which offered a streamlined season experience, focused on getting you on the field for crucial moments in your season.

Now it’s being improved for its second season.

It will now include more front office moves and decisions for you to make, giving you more power over the development of your players, and more control and flexibility within the settings of your season.

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There has also been a complete overhaul to the reward structure, we just don’t know exactly what.

Legends

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PAPI: Signature moves from legends of the game are coming to The Show 20

Everyone saw a host of legendary players in the trailer, but SDS have now confirmed the first wave of legends along with some extra nuggets of info. Here is all the info:

  • Gary Sheffield along with his signature bat wiggle
  • John Franco
  • Shane Victorino
  • Ken Griffey Jr.
  • David Ortiz along with his signature clap
  • Mariona Rivera

NOW WATCH BELOW: The official trailer rewind video!

Remy Cabache