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Check out the latest MLB The Show 17 Road to the Show details, from the PlayStation.Blog. A vlog is scheduled to arrive later today and don't forget their Twitch livestream on Thursday, March 16 at 2:00 PM ET.

Road to the Show is generally considered the most popular of our three main modes of play. In this mode, you’ll guide a baseball player on a personal journey through the professional baseball world, going from a newbie in the minors to becoming a legend in the majors. Within this mode, you’ll be able to:
  • Create a player from scratch. How tall is he? Freckles? Don’t forget the facial hair! We have 22 new facial hair styles, 35 new hair styles, 49 new head shape archetypes, plus a larger palette of color this year to give your guy extra style.
  • Prove yourself in the Minor Leagues and earn training points along the way. Use the training points to make yourself stronger, faster, and more capable. New interactions can kick off 2x Training Point Earning periods that help you get stronger, better, faster. Want to be a bomb hitting fireball pitcher? No problem.
  • Unlock and activate Perks, which can help with hitting more home runs, putting the ball in play, and more opportunities to steal a base.
  • Earn and equip various stat boosting equipment, and rituals to also help you perform better each game.
  • Leverage your abilities to rise through the ranks in pursuit of the dream of playing Major League Baseball. Get a sports agent to represent you and put him to work to help pave your path.
  • If you have what it takes to make the big leagues, you’re one of a select few, but you’re not done yet. Turn your sites on the record books. Build yourself into a true legend, one epic moment to the next, to be exalted in the halls of Cooperstown.
Nothing is a Promise on Road to the Show
But this story isn’t all about you. Professional baseball is a big world, and you’re just a speck on the map. Each organization has unique needs. And coaches, scouts, agents, the media — they have their own responsibilities, too.

This year, Road to the Show will now sprinkle in true-to-life interactions in a documentary-style presentation. As your career unfolds, you will occasionally interact with coaches, managers, representatives, and more, facing choices that can influence your future path and your road to the show. Your actions, their effects, and the narrator’s insights explore beyond not only your on-field performance, but also your off-the-field aspects of being a professional ballplayer.

One Door Closes, Another Opens
During interactions with other characters in your baseball world, you’ll make choices on how you engage in dialogue. Bluntness or honesty is up to you and the possibilities are vast, but your future at your position, the public’s perception of you, and your role with the team hang in the balance. Will you help the team out and change positions to fit an organizational need, or stick to your guns on your personal mission to be the best left-handed shortstop of all-time?

As you play and make choices, a documentary style voice will narrate the twists and turns as though you’re watching a baseball documentary unfold live before you. To make the experience as realistic as possible, these interactions take place in settings never before seen in Road to the Show, like team locker rooms and managers’ offices.

This is just the beginning of MLB The Show’s non-linear narrative with Road to the Show. We’re looking forward to players enjoying all that this mode has to offer, and we can’t wait to see all the paths that you’ll blaze through our baseball world.

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Member Comments
# 1 HypoLuxa13 @ 03/14/17 08:30 AM
I like what I read, it initially seems that the focus is on your player's baseball career, and the different paths it can take based on what you do. Not the focus on the personal life stuff we seem to be getting forced through a lot with NBA 2k's career mode the last couple years. In RPG terms, this may be of an Elder Scrolls style of RPG that unfolds based on what you do, whereas NBA 2K may be more likened to a JRPG like FF13 that has a set story line and character(s) that you are dropped into.

I really dig the idea of a narrator telling the story like a documentary. Kind of like the old VH1 "Behind the Music" series or something. That will save us from having to listen to horrible voice acting at least. I'm going to guess that maybe the guy sitting with Ramone in the Facebook Live Q&A a few weeks ago could be involved here? He sure had a narrator's voice, anyway.
 
# 2 thaSLAB @ 03/14/17 08:35 AM
Their RTTS player's last name is DaBEST... 😁

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# 3 Dolenz @ 03/14/17 08:44 AM
Curious to see if this affects carry over RTTS players?


I already have a CF and a SP that are already in the majors. I was not really planning on starting another new character this year. I have never given the left side of the infield a fair shot so maybe I will create a player just to see the new stuff.
 
# 4 dalger21 @ 03/14/17 08:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Dolenz
Curious to see if this affects carry over RTTS players?
Same boat. I have one from 2014 and one I made this year. I likely won't be making another one any time soon.
 
# 5 Impetuous65 @ 03/14/17 08:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Dolenz
Curious to see if this affects carry over RTTS players?


I already have a CF and a SP that are already in the majors. I was not really planning on starting another new character this year. I have never given the left side of the infield a fair shot so maybe I will create a player just to see the new stuff.
I've been in the Majors for a while and this year I'm starting from scratch. I really miss those 1st MileStones and making it to the show. And, I really want to experience the documentary style/RPG elements I hoping SDS actually have you make decisions and the decisions affect gameplay and they have recall.
 
# 6 tarheelscf88 @ 03/14/17 08:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Impetuous65
I've been in the Majors for a while and this year I'm starting from scratch. I really miss those 1st MileStones and making it to the show. And, I really want to experience the documentary style/RPG elements I hoping SDS actually have you make decisions and the decisions affect gameplay and they have recall.
I have a CF that I plan to carry over, and plan to start with a new SP. Depending on how the SP experience goes, I may have to give up my CF and start fresh, as that's usually the more fun experience for me.
 
# 7 MetsFan16 @ 03/14/17 08:55 AM
Interesting. I love the idea of the role playing game/documentary. My only concern is I don't want the mode to be just glorifying Manager Interactions.

When I heard about the new PYP I put all of my focus on my RTTS and am close to finishing his career so I can be ready to make a new one in '17.


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# 8 jeffy777 @ 03/14/17 09:11 AM
I'm really loving the sound of this. I think I'll make a new hitter and pitcher just to get the best of both worlds. Can't wait.
 
# 9 etched Chaos @ 03/14/17 09:13 AM
I'm hoping this means free agency is more than just receiving offers in your inbox.
 
# 10 BSUFAN @ 03/14/17 09:15 AM
So excited for this new RTTS journey, I am glad SDS saved the best mode for last, come on March 28th.
 
# 11 WhiteBunny @ 03/14/17 09:16 AM
I'm really pump to see the Vlog later today. And the twitch stream, of course. I hope there's some decision/cutscene to give us a better known of our teammates.
 
# 12 garyjr33 @ 03/14/17 09:25 AM
This seems awesome. I will probably get back into this mode this year. I finished my career with my pitcher last year after simming a few years, and lost interest.
 
# 13 PhilliesFan13 @ 03/14/17 09:26 AM
Count me in as another hoping previous RTTS careers are part of this. I have a Rays first baseman in his third year in the big leagues and I am planning to keep carrying this RTTS over in the future. I have never finished a RTTS career.

I am thinking about creating either a starting pitcher or closing pitcher this year as well.

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# 14 EmmdotFrisk @ 03/14/17 09:39 AM
Steve Merka moving on from Madden to Sony Diego Studios to work on MLB The Show.
 
# 15 garyjr33 @ 03/14/17 09:47 AM
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Originally Posted by PhilliesFan13
Count me in as another hoping previous RTTS careers are part of this. I have a Rays first baseman in his third year in the big leagues and I am planning to keep carrying this RTTS over in the future. I have never finished a RTTS career.

I am thinking about creating either a starting pitcher or closing pitcher this year as well.

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I did a closing pitcher RTTS a few years ago. It was really fun b/c I was able to fly through seasons. I was attempting to break Rivera's record for saves.
 
# 16 McPizza @ 03/14/17 09:57 AM
RTTS is what lured me to start playing this game 7 years ago. I'm thrilled with the changes this year...and can't wait to play!
 
# 17 BigOscar @ 03/14/17 10:02 AM
Really interested to see what they do with the decision making stuff as baseball isn't a game that obviously fits that sort of system, teams kind of own you and you don't really have a whole lot of say in what they do with you for a long, long time. It would be cool if the decisions you make lead to getting different quirks and that sort of thing (although I've not seen any obvious ones that would apply, but if they had some kind of "team player" or "looks after number one" it would be pretty cool.)

I think RTTS has so much potential now they're opening up this sort of thing. I was kind of hoping they'd ditched the cheats/perks you unlock for getting your stats to certain levels, but you can just ignore them I suppose.

Very interested by is saying "earn and equip various stat boosting equipment". Does that mean they are gettable via in game sponsorships and decisions you make, instead of being buyable with stubs in the DD market place? As that would be a very nice addition if so, I'm all for you earning things in the mode that they apply to.

Just a personal point along those lines, but I wouldn't mind in the future seeing an overhaul to the way you level up, so perhaps instead of getting to chose what attributes to improve, they improved based on what you did well? Same goes for acquiring traits (hit well in night games, get the "night game" trait, hit for good power, get a power boost etc etc). Make the whole mode about the choices you make and the way you play.

The mode has so much potential, baseball is suited to it like no other sports game
 
# 18 SoxFan01605 @ 03/14/17 10:06 AM
Definitely interested to hear more about this. Usually RTTS is just a tide me over type mode for me (while I wait for or work on rosters for franchise), as logic issues and what feels like a relatively disconnected experience tend to get me burned out before I get too far in (for example, for me the tone/feel of the mode shines in the minors, especially the very beginning of my career, but fizzles out at the MLB level).

If the RPG elements meaningfully impact not only the ambience of my career but the trajectory of it, it should make things much more engaging over the long haul for me. I'm also interested to see what, if any, logic/AI changes were made to coincide with the story stuff and flesh out things like training, goals, contracts, etc.
 
# 19 Mitchrapp @ 03/14/17 10:12 AM
I hope we can have different personalities. NBA2K has just one, you being a dick. Madden doesn't have a story mode but if anyone has played Madden 17 your player gets focused on after every play and he struts around after every positive play like he's John Travolta winning a SB. Very annoying..
 
# 20 Threeebs @ 03/14/17 10:20 AM
Though I've been full franchise mode the last couple of years, I did enjoy RTTS throughly before that but did quickly get bored with it mostly because it got stale but also trade logic really drove me crazy. there was no team continuity.

The addition of the showcase a couple years back was top notch in my opinion so I'm really hoping that's still in and if so that with this new RPG addition will more than likely reel me back into the mode.
 

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