MLB The Show 21 is gearing up to launch Early Access in just a few short days, and this Thursday we get the final Feature Premiere taking a look at Diamond Dynasty.
Ahead of the final MLB The Show 21 Feature Premiere, a brief Q&A has given us a sneak peek at some of the updates and changes we'll see this year in Diamond Dynasty.
All cards grindable, some features not coming to Diamond Dynasty
Ahead of this Thursday's Feature Premiere, Sony San Diego released a Q&A between Coach and MLB The Show 21 Product Development Communictions and Brand Strategist Ramone Russell that has revealed several new pieces of information about Diamond Dynasty.
Russell confirmed all cards will be grindable and players will not be forced to purchase them, stating they've even "added more ways to earn some of the most difficult cards from previous versions of MLB The Show."
There was mention of a few things we won't see in Diamond Dynasty, specifically Battle Royale with friends and and Designated Hitter, but Russell's answer both indicated we could see that in a future version of MLB The Show.
Roster Updates, Online Marketplace, and more
Russell also answered a question about roster updates, stating that new players and transactions would be updated as they had been in previous years, but the timing of attribute updates was yet to be determined.
Moments are back, Showdowns return with new ones to earn progress in Team Affinity and elsewhere, and they've apparently revamped the entire Prestige system and will reveal more details on that revamp during the Feature Premiere.
As far as new stadiums in Diamond Dynasty goes, that'll only be enjoyed by those on next gen systems, as the focus there goes to Stadium Creator which is exclusive to next gen.
Russell was also asked about the online marketplace, which he confirmed will be singular and shared between all platforms, and not an independent marketplace on each platform.
40 40 Club card series teases four MLB The Show 21 Diamond Dynasty Legends
Finally, when asked whether there would be new card art and any new card series in MLB The Show 21, Russell confirmed both are coming.
On top of that, we actually got this sneak peek at one new card series coming to Diamond Dynasty when MLB The Show 21 launches.
The card shown of Alfonso Soriano with 40 40 Club, which can actually tell us who else will be joining that coveted card series in Diamond Dynasty by looking at who else has hit 40 home runs and stolen 40 bases in the same season to join that coveted club.
40 40 Club Players:
- Alfonso Soriano, Washington Nationals, 2006
- Alex Rodriguez, Seattle Mariners, 1998
- Barry Bonds, San Francisco Giants, 1996
- Jose Canseco, Oakland Athletics, 1988
Of these four players, only Alfonso Soriano has actually been confirmed as a member of the Legends Roster in MLB The Show 21.
While it's not guaranteed Rodriguez, Bonds, and Canseco will be joining him, this certainly makes it seem likely they'll be found this year in Diamond Dynasty.