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cdj
01-29-2015, 12:34 PM
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MLB The Show Community Manager Ramone Russell has posted some new MLB 15 game information (http://blog.us.playstation.com/2015/01/29/mlb-15-the-show-new-details-worldwide-gameplay-reveal-feb-5th/#sf7171553) and plans for the first gameplay reveal for the title.

February 5 at 2 PM PT on Twitch, Sony San Diego Studio will show off the game and some of the new features.

The blog from Russell reveals some new features such as 10 new minor league stadium (PS4 only), new General Manager Contracts and new Performance-based Player Progression as part of a Franchise Mode refresh, use of Legends within Diamond Dynasty and Franchise Mode, and the "Inside the Show" news suite designed to bring the latest news from around the league to the forefront for the user. A more complete feature list can be found here (http://forums.theshownation.com/showthread.php?t=27897).

Continue on to see the entire blog from Russell and then share your thoughts here with the TGT community.


Take a look at some of the features we’re particularly proud of below. Be sure to head over to The Show Nation to see the full feature list.

Year-to-Year Saves
(PS4, PS3, PS Vita)
Users who purchased MLB 14 The Show will be able to continue their Franchise and Road to the Show progress in MLB 15 The Show with the Year-to-Year Saves feature. Saves between the two versions will be forward-compatible, meaning you don’t have to worry about starting your Franchise or Road to The Show seasons over!

Gameplay Improvements
(PS4 & PS3 Only)

Advanced AI logic results in outfielders taking more realistic routes to the ball
Upgraded motion system allows for dynamic speed matching from run to catch to throw
User controlled cut offs
All new slide and tag system
New speed paradigm for fielders and base runners
Enhanced ball physics for pop ups, fly balls, and shots into the gap
Dynamic pitch breaks: allows for more realistic pitch recognition when batting
Simplified Analog swing controls
Dynamic Difficulty 2.0
New situational base covering intelligence allows for new animations to play when a player has time or is in a hurry to get to his base
More than 70 new situational third out fielding animations
New Input Type option for hitting
We’ve separated swing input as a separate option



Licensed Equipment
(PS4 & PS3 Only)
For the first time ever MLB The Show will include licensed equipment from some of the most recognizable brands in baseball. Earn as you play to enhance your RTTS or Diamond Dynasty players and partner with iconic brands by bringing sponsorships to your Franchise team!
(Equipment on PS3 version is not seen during gameplay.)

Graphical Improvements
(PS4 Only)

Real-time seasonal sun and shadows
Player Skin tone realism. More variations of skin tones with gloss and specular improvements
Revamped night lighting
More accurate and photorealistic rendering system
PS4 gets 10 more Minor League stadiums



Franchise Mode Refresh
(PS4, PS3, PS Vita)
With the addition of General Manager Contracts, you now have to consider Ownership Expectations when running your team, and your performance will determine the job offers that come your way. Building a championship-caliber team is more fun and dynamic than ever before, with the new Performance-based Player Progression, as well as much improved Trade and Contract logic. Partner up with Brand Sponsors, giving your broadcast elements an official sponsor and earn some extra dough to spend on your team.

Directional Hitting Interface
(PS4, PS3, PS Vita)
Featured for the first time in MLB 15 The Show is the new Directional Hitting interface, which allows you to influence the direction of your hits in real-time while you swing. Using the L-Stick, you can attempt to influence fly balls, ground balls, pushed hits, pulled hits, or any of those in combination.

Universal Rewards
(PS4 & PS3 Only)

Virtual Baseball cards to be collected and easily assembled into a competitive Diamond Dynasty team
Licensed Bats, Gloves, Batting Gloves, and Cleats that enhance your Road to the Show or Diamond Dynasty players’ abilities
Brand Sponsorships for your Franchise team that spice up your in-game interface and earn your team some extra income
Collect entire teams to unlock MLB legendary alumni players from each MLB team



Legends
(PS4, PS3, PS Vita)
We partnered with the MLB Player’s Alumni Association to make a total of 30 Legends playable in MLB 15 The Show. Collect an entire MLB team, and you’ll unlock an iconic alumni player from that team. There’s one from each team, and though you’ll have to find or unlock the card to slot them into your Dynasty squad, you can simply opt in to utilizing the whole pool of Legends in your Franchise mode.

“Inside The Show” News Suite
(PS4, partial PS3)
Franchise, RTTS, and Season modes all feature a new suite of features centered on providing news updates from around the league. Inside The Show is a new radio broadcast that will be heard at the beginning of each new day and will discuss recent scores, notable performances, team news, milestones, records, standings, and more. In addition, the new League Updates panel, found in season based modes, gives the user a quick snapshot of updates from around the League so you don’t have to dig through multiple screens to get the basics.
As you can see, our goal this year was to build off the solid foundation of MLB 14 and expand on the game we love to make MLB 15 The Show the best baseball game ever made.

Worldwide Gameplay Reveal on Twitch
We’re also excited to announce the worldwide gameplay reveal of MLB 15 The Show on February 5th at 2:00PM pacific on Twitch. Tune in to the livestream via the San Diego Studio Twitch channel to get an exclusive look at MLB 15 and hear from our team on the features we’re most excited about for MLB 15. We can’t wait to show off what we’ve been working on and interact with our amazing fans!

MLB 15 The Show will be launching on March 31st for PS4, PS3 and PS Vita so stay tuned to our Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch pages for more info coming soon.

CLW
01-29-2015, 12:47 PM
This game is so.... solid and without NCAA now and my current feeling that Madden is rental material only I've decided that The Show is going to become my primary sports game to play on so I'm going to pick this bad boy up on release day.

steelerfan
01-29-2015, 01:15 PM
Nothing earth-shattering, imo.

That said, I am looking forward to continuing my Astros Franchise this year. :)

#TheScriptIsDead

jaymo76
01-29-2015, 07:16 PM
I love the "inside the show" aspect. That will really help bring the game alive. Also looking forward to seeing if Steeler can get his 'Stros to the playoffs.

steelerfan
01-29-2015, 08:50 PM
I love the "inside the show" aspect. That will really help bring the game alive. Also looking forward to seeing if Steeler can get his 'Stros to the playoffs.
:)

#TheScriptIsDead

Rudy
01-30-2015, 05:31 AM
Nothing earth-shattering, imo.

That said, I am looking forward to continuing my Astros Franchise this year. :)

#TheScriptIsDead


I agree. Most of those things are repeated every year. I am curious to know about easier pitch recognition. I also want to see the new graphics. Doesn't sound like they did much in that department although the animations are supposed to use a new engine.

GatorfanStovy
01-31-2015, 05:32 PM
Wish I coukd get thr ps4. I miss MLB the show. Was such a better game then madden.

JeffHCross
02-01-2015, 01:57 AM
Wow, I had no idea that the Year-to-Year saves were on the PS3 version too. Might have to think about that.

SmoothPancakes
02-01-2015, 03:26 AM
I'll be honest, I had no clue either Jeff. Last year they made it sound like it was PS4 only. They must have found a way to get it working on PS3 for Show 15.

#TheScriptIsDead

jaymo76
02-01-2015, 09:20 PM
I'll be honest, I had no clue either Jeff. Last year they made it sound like it was PS4 only. They must have found a way to get it working on PS3 for Show 15.

#TheScriptIsDead

Really excited but also very anxious about this feature. I want it to work perfectly but there are just so many variables. Fingers crossed gents.

steelerfan
02-01-2015, 10:14 PM
I'm still skeptical that it will work PS3 to PS3. I'm thinking they mean PS3 to PS4. That was already the case last year.

#TheScriptIsDead

jaymo76
02-01-2015, 10:59 PM
Personally I want to continue my new Jays franchise but I may restart the RTTS as I became too good too quick. I might move from the hot corner to say relief pitcher/closer.

CLW
02-05-2015, 04:59 PM
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CLW
02-05-2015, 05:06 PM
I'll try to post things:

1st thing they showed was how the lighting changes at a stadium depending on what month of the year the game is at (used Dodger stadium as example)

CLW
02-05-2015, 05:12 PM
African-American skin tones are greatly improved

CLW
02-05-2015, 05:21 PM
showed the new hit direction thing for timing setting looked good now talking about picking up pitch types easier

CLW
02-05-2015, 05:26 PM
new cutoffs when throwing to home allows you to mannually cut off the throw to stop the runner from advancing to 2nd

CLW
02-05-2015, 05:35 PM
Challenges in the game this year

CLW
02-05-2015, 05:40 PM
slowed the speed down for slower players to increase the gap between the speedsters and the fat guys

Rudy
02-05-2015, 05:44 PM
Colours and lighting looks good but the rest of the game looks the same. Player models and animations look exactly the same. I wouldn't be able to tell the difference between 14 and 15. It's hard to tell from a video feed sometimes but they commented on that it's easier to pick up the pitch type. I just hope that is true.

Fairly boring presentation. There was a throw home to a player covering WELL in advance of a runner and the guy didn't apply the tag. That used to annoy me. Was that an issue in 14?

They will have challenges. I still want to know about this new animation system they talked about since I do not see anything other than the same old stuff. They said they redid a ton of that stuff. Hopefully it is noticeable.

Honestly - this doesn't look like it's worth a full upgrade. Seems more like a big patch. I know it's early but I'm hoping to see more real improvements. If commentary is the same I can't see me dropping $70C + tax. I'd like to see defensive ratings for every position done so true utility guys are treated properly instead of just primary and secondary. Some guys play two positions equally well - impossible in Show.

One nice thing they added - they split the fielding sliders between OF and IF for throwing errors. I like that.

Rudy
02-09-2015, 10:14 AM
Q & A thread was posted for those that haven't seen it. Not much else revealed since then.

http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?8757-Show-15-Q-amp-A-on-OS