23 Feb 2021 6:54 AM +00:00

MLB The Show 21 First Features REVEALED

With still two months to go until the arrival of MLB The Show 21, we thought we would need to wait a lot longer for gameplay details after the game's announcement.

Well, San Diego Studio couldn't wait and have opened the door on what's to come - with regular drops arriving throughout March.

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First Gameplay Tease

In the first gameplay drop, Coach and MLB The Show 21 cover star Fernando Tatis Jr discuss tailored gameplay.

According to the PlayStation Blog, the new gameplay styles that allow you to tailor the type of gameplay experience you are looking for.

Are you looking for a casual experience where you can put up some runs? Or are you looking for a more traditional experience that plays more intense and truer to life? Maybe you want a true test of your skills on the sticks, where your abilities with the controller are paramount. 

Sports games tend to struggle with the battle between realism and excitement - with San Diego Studio putting this choice in your hands.

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EL NINO - The honour of MLB The Show 21 cover star goes to Fernando Tatis Jr

"Tailored gameplay is just the tip of the iceberg", however.

The San Diego team has invested significant development time working on other areas of gameplay - the biggest focus being fly ball catches, at the wall catches, (jumping/reaching/rob home runs, crashing into the wall, etc.), and catches that come off the z-axis.

This means if you are taking a route that’s not exactly perfect, there is a lot of new catches you’ll see play off the axis you’re running.

A new pitching mechanic also arrives, details of which will be shared in March.


Techincal Test Beta

Starting on February 23 and ending about a week later, a limited number of users* can participate in the MLB The Show 21 Technical Test.

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TRAIL BLAZER - MLB icon Jackie Robinson fronts up the Deluxe Edtions

San Diego Studio needs your help to stress test: the servers, online match-making, cross-platform play, as well as gather feedback on gameplay.

You can sign up here on February 10.


Feature Premieres

This year, SDS will be rolling out Feature Premieres, which will be broadcast across Twitch, YouTube and Facebook Live.

Feature Premieres will give an in-depth look at the new features and changes that we’ve been working on that makes this year’s game better than its predecessor. Clear your afternoon schedules on Thursday afternoons as a new Feature Premiers will air every Thursday at 3 PM PT starting on March 11.

For what we want to see in MLB The Show 21 - head here.

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