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Highlights From IGN's MLB The Show 20 Road to the Show Improvements Video

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Highlights From IGN's MLB The Show 20 Road to the Show Improvements Video

Each week, along with SDS Twitch streams, IGN puts out little features with MLB The Show Show developer Ramone Russell to hype up the new game. They’ve been doing these for four or so years now, and generally provide some fun easter eggs for the general public.

The focus this week was Road to the Show and the changes coming this year. It seems the big needle mover this season will be relationships with fellow teammates and how they impact your performance on the field.

Relationships

Relationships will have a big impact on how well your Road to the Show player can perform. In an example provided by Russell, as a third baseman, a good relationship with your first baseman will be important to ensure your errant throws are dug out and handled. In another example, as a starting pitcher, a good relationship with your catcher is important to help ensure balls in the dirt are blocked. Alternatively, playing any infield position will require strong bonds with your fellow infielders to ensure the best double play combinations possible.

Every relationship with another player has a synergy to some degree. If you provide your catcher a blocking bonus through relationship building, that catcher, for example, may provide you a confidence bonus. Another example as a second baseman is providing a fielding bonus to your shortstop. Your fielding bonus to your cohort may provide you a reaction bonus. There’s a lot of give and take, but if you’re looking to optimize your performance on the field, especially as you meet new teammates as you work your way up the ladder, relationship building will be key.

In-Game Attribute Adjustments

Depending on your performance in-game, your attributes will increase and decrease fluidly with the introduction of immediate feedback. If you get a big hit with runners on, expect your clutch attribute (among others) to go up for your next at-bat. If you make a good play at third base, expect your fielding grades to move up, as well as your arm accuracy and arm strength depending on the play made. Relationships with teammates work in the same way. Make a good play on defense? Expect the relationship with your pitcher and fellow teammates to grow.

Dynamic Challenges

When big situations come into play — situations that will absolutely impact the end result of the game — you’ll receive additional bumps to your attributes if you complete the challenge. This is just another way to incentivize you as the user to lock in and play your best game in the biggest moments.

Real Minor Leaguers

It would appear, almost without question, San Diego Studio is bringing some semblance of true minor league rosters to MLB The Show 20. It remains to be seen just how many minor leaguers will be featured, but given the variety of top prospects and lower-level guys we’ve now seen, it can be expected it will be a pretty robust effort.

Faces for the minor leaguers have been given at least some level of attention as many of the faces previewed in these sneak peek videos are reasonably close to their real-world counterparts. At worst, they’re passable create-a-players, at best, they may be low-fidelity face-scan quality.

Final Thoughts

Much more information will be provided on minor leaguers, Road to the Show, and Franchise mode on Thursday at 3 p.m. during the San Diego Studio live Twitch stream. We’ll have a full breakdown on the outcome of that stream as well.

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  1. RTTS has become unplayable for me. The in game challenges etc just ruined the experience for me. It's gone from being one of my most played and enjoyed modes to now sitting beside DD in the untouched pile.
    I appreciate them trying to add depth to the mode, but I feel they went about all wrong.
    jeffy777
    Loving these highlight articles. Keep up the good work.

    Charles Bliss
    Nice work! I enjoy reading these highlight articles, and I'm definitely looking forward to MLB The Show 20.

    All credit goes to Joe Doyle, plus you guys for the assists on the Easter eggs. But happy to hear the feedback!
    Retropyro
    RTTS has become unplayable for me. The in game challenges etc just ruined the experience for me. It's gone from being one of my most played and enjoyed modes to now sitting beside DD in the untouched pile.
    I appreciate them trying to add depth to the mode, but I feel they went about all wrong.

    Yep. There’s just so much on the screen now. I really hope they at least allow us to remove all of those new pop-up/instant notifications.
    It’s enough that they removed some of the more realistic fielding opportunities options. They now make all of these gimmicks a requirement. It’s really taken a step back, in my opinion.
    I think I’m missing something. I know you guys said you saw the Jordan cleats at the 9 and 11 minute marks. Are you guys referring to the catcher’s cleats in those screens? They just look like Nike cleats to me. Unless I’m missing something or not looking close enough 
    Cdubb4
    I think I’m missing something. I know you guys said you saw the Jordan cleats at the 9 and 11 minute marks. Are you guys referring to the catcher’s cleats in those screens? They just look like Nike cleats to me. Unless I’m missing something or not looking close enough*

    They’re Nike Jordan 1 Retros
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    ^^^Thank you! Would be awesome if they give us options between the 1’s and 13’s since they’ve both been popular the last couple years. Hopefully have Jordan batting gloves. Has anyone see anything remotely close about new brands in the game? I have a few I’m hoping for, but I won’t hold my breath. I am ecstatic that it seems Jordan is atleast in clear wise
    I have an idea. Look up a AA minor leaguer, one with a twitter account. And ask him if he is in the game. Then you will know how deep the rosters go. Or just wait a day and a half.
    Cdubb4
    ^^^Thank you! Would be awesome if they give us options between the 1’s and 13’s since they’ve both been popular the last couple years. Hopefully have Jordan batting gloves. Has anyone see anything remotely close about new brands in the game? I have a few I’m hoping for, but I won’t hold my breath. I am ecstatic that it seems Jordan is atleast in clear wise

    Victus is the only new brand I’ve seen. I’ve noticed some new models of brands already in the game but nothing that interesting yet besides the Jordans.
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    I like Road To the Show. One of my favorite game modes. The videos and highlights show some additions and improvements but it's pretty much the same as in the Show 19. I'm waiting for more info on franchise mode and March to October. This will decide whether this game will be a purchase for me this year. 
    Every new game they release, it makes me realize even more how much they half-assed the new features in the game prior.
    They supposedly updated the tag system last year - this year players can now tag from any position.
    They added relationships last year - this year it impacts performance in ways you may expect.
    They made it where bad players get exposed last year - this year they're applying it to the throw meter and separating players even more with "choppy feet".
    I would bet money next year the throw home indicator will be applied to all bases as it should have been this year.
    da_centa_fielda
    Every new game they release, it makes me realize even more how much they half-assed the new features in the game prior.
    They supposedly updated the tag system last year - this year players can now tag from any position.
    They added relationships last year - this year it impacts performance in ways you may expect.
    They made it where bad players get exposed last year - this year they're applying it to the throw meter and separating players even more with "choppy feet".
    I would bet money next year the throw home indicator will be applied to all bases as it should have been this year.

    While I understand your general point, this can be said about every sports game ever just about. Features get built upon, animations get built upon, etc. etc. Also I don't think it's wrong at times to trial balloon certain things. I tend to agree with you that the indicator should be for all bases, but until they get feedback from everyone, perhaps it's a hedge. It's something else that's not crazy in video games to do.
    So building a good relationship with my first baseman will save me errors. Do people find that realistic? He's going to try harder because we like to play fortnite together?
    ty5oke
    So building a good relationship with my first baseman will save me errors. Do people find that realistic? He's going to try harder because we like to play fortnite together?

    When you know enough about each other that you can predict each other's moves?
    Yes. That's how chemistry works.
    I see. If it's just a matter of experience playing with eachother on the field, then I get it. The word "relationship" made me think it was outside the field but the screen shots seem to point otherwise.

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