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MLB The Show 19 Closed Alpha Starts on December 13 - Today is the Last Day to Sign Up

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MLB The Show 19 Closed Alpha Starts on December 13 - Today is the Last Day to Sign Up

Sony San Diego Studio announced their MLB The Show 19 closed alpha, during their Twitch stream today. If you missed it, you can watch the archive here.

This year’s closed alpha starts on December 13, with the main focus on hitting, pitching, bunting and online gameplay. Fans can sign up for the MLB The Show 19 closed alpha here, which is not a guarantee to gain access.

There are a lot of changes to gameplay for MLB The Show 19, many of which will not be shown in the alpha, but will be revealed during their Twitch gameplay stream, leading up to launch.

UPDATE: (11-27) This is just a reminder that sign ups end tonight at 11:59 PM PT.

Check out the details below and post your thoughts.

  • When:
    • Currently, our target date is from December 13th through December 19th.
  • How can I participate and play in the closed alpha?
    • You can sign up below for your chance to participate! Make sure you’re signed in, read the EULA, and hit the sign up button. Please note: signing up does not guarantee you access to the closed alpha test – participants will be chosen at random.
    • The sign up period will end at 11:59 PM PT on November 27th.
  • Can you stream or share content on the closed alpha?
    • No. If you do, you run the risk of getting banned from MLB The Show 19 and get your Twitch or YouTube channel banned as well.
  • Will there be multiple PCI options in the alpha?
    • All of them will be available.
  • How will I know I’ve been selected to participate?
    • Those that receive an invite will be notified in mid-December via the PlayStation Messaging System. Further instruction will be provided at that time.
  • Is the closed alpha available in all regions?
    • The closed alpha is only available in North America.
  • Will I be able to pre-download the alpha?
    • Yes. It will be available to download the day before the alpha.
  • Which modes will be available to play?
    • Events, Battle Royale, Play with Friends, and DD vs CPU.
  • How can I provide my feedback?
    • Similar to last year, we will have an exclusive forum built for those who are participating in the alpha test. If you don’t have access to the alpha game, you will not have access to the Alpha forums.
      • Access to the alpha forum will open once the servers are live.
    • We are also considering other ways of receiving feedback. Whatever is decided, we will make sure to let everyone know as soon as possible.


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  1. Closed Alpha!
    Also, looks like Ramone's on the mend.
    There are some juicy gameplay tidbits. I'll let someone else throw up the screens. Bunting improvements, Faster pitch speeds in H2H, and HR/9 gameplay impact among them.
    Closed Alpha is DD focused, but Play vs CPU within the mode is an option.
    Signup: https://theshownation.com/alpha
    countryboy
    I'm thinking they will cover the different editions .

    this sounds about right, maybe announce Canada's cover. might be a bit early for the twitch stream schedule, maybe after new years? or has it been being set this early? I forget every year lol
    bcruise
    Closed Alpha!
    Also, looks like Ramone's on the mend.
    There are some juicy gameplay tidbits. I'll let someone else throw up the screens. Bunting improvements, Faster pitch speeds in H2H, and HR/9 gameplay impact among them.
    Closed Alpha is DD focused, but Play vs CPU within the mode is an option.
    Signup: https://theshownation.com/alpha
    Wait Bcruise was this a prediction or is this what they said in the stream?
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    underdog13
    Wait Bcruise was this a prediction or is this what they said in the stream?
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    That's no prediction - I was watching the stream.
    bcruise
    Closed Alpha!
    Also, looks like Ramone's on the mend.
    There are some juicy gameplay tidbits. I'll let someone else throw up the screens. Bunting improvements, Faster pitch speeds in H2H, and HR/9 gameplay impact among them.
    Closed Alpha is DD focused, but Play vs CPU within the mode is an option.
    Signup: https://theshownation.com/alpha

    I think the bolded might wind up making A LOT of people very happy
    that hr/9 impact sounds intriguing
    Caulfield
    I think the bolded might wind up making A LOT of people very happy
    that hr/9 impact sounds intriguing
    Yeah bunting needs it and Hr/9 being meaningful is exciting imo
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    Real talk - I'm pretty surprised about bunting being one of the first things mentioned about '19. It's not a "selling point" topic to say the least, but this obviously means that they've heard the feedback and are looking to/have addressed it.
    bcruise
    Real talk - I'm pretty surprised about bunting being one of the first things mentioned about '19. It's not a "selling point" topic to say the least, but this obviously means that they've heard the feedback and are looking to/have addressed it.

    yep, maybe file it under Little Things
    might also be a positive sign for us franchise guys, maybe this is a step in the right direction for franchise to get plenty love in 19
    *crosses fingers*
    Caulfield
    yep, maybe file it under Little Things
    might also be a positive sign for us franchise guys, maybe this is a step in the right direction for franchise to get plenty love in 19
    *crosses fingers*
    I wouldn't get your hopes up unless they have committed more than one programmer to Franchise.
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    One thing they made very clear during this stream (at least to me) was that this was all related specifically to head to head online play, with some changes happening to vs. CPU play in Diamond Dynasty. I'm sure the feedback could be applied to offline, non DD play, but they made it clear their priority is fixing H2H online play first and foremost.
    My memory's failing me a bit - last year did they do a signup (and hope you're selected) or was it just strictly invite only? I seem to recall it being just invites.
    I think this is a better move as it at least ensures the people selected will actually participate.
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    Just signed up.
    Have to admit, seeing this on the alpha sign up page has me intrigued:
    We are making a lot of changes to gameplay for MLB The Show 19, many of which will not be shown in the alpha, but will be revealed during our Gameplay Stream leading up to launch. Stay tuned!
    bcruise
    My memory's failing me a bit - last year did they do a signup (and hope you're selected) or was it just strictly invite only? I seem to recall it being just invites.
    I think this is a better move as it at least ensures the people selected will actually participate.
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    I'm 99% sure it was invite only
    Although this years had it's warts and I for sure had my gripes with some of the new stuff, this is still the best sports game on the market IMO. As a longtime player of this series I can't wait to see what's to come!
    I’m sure it’ll ship with mostly really good gameplay with one issue. Then everyone will bitch so much about that one issue that they will proceed to nuke the gameplay over the course of several patches back to the garbage we’ve wound up with by all star break the last two years.
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    They got to do something or figure out about that online hitting feature they added to prevent lag where it hesitates for a split second when the ball meets the bat..I'm sorry but that is not baseball as I know it IMO.  It is awful to watch let alone playing with it. 
    I don't know how these Twitch streamers compete/play this game with that annoying hesitation.  But I give them credit..  I am old school so maybe I am the one out of touch with what's new in baseball games these days..lol 
    Formula1Racing
    They got to do something or figure out about that online hitting feature they added to prevent lag where it hesitates for a split second when the ball meets the bat..I'm sorry but that is not baseball as I know it IMO.* It is awful to watch let alone playing with it.*
    I don't know how these Twitch streamers compete/play this game with that annoying hesitation.* But I give them credit..* I am old school so maybe I am the one out of touch with what's new in baseball games these days..lol*

    You know that’s purely cosmetic and only happens from the pitchers point of view. It has no impact on gameplay.
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    Caulfield
    Any OS'ers picked? Did they happen to say how long an embargo on info from the participants would last?

    When would we know if we were picked? May have missed that part. I thought it said sometime in mid december but didnt hear of a specific date.
    ckarlic
    When would we know if we were picked? May have missed that part. I thought it said sometime in mid december but didnt hear of a specific date.

    It's mid-December via message thru the Playstation network.
    Haven't seen any explosions of "I got in" anywhere on TSN or social media (the reddit post is a troll, ignore it). So it's probably safe to assume the invites haven't gone out yet.
    Should start sometime today though. Remember it's not even noon yet in San Diego.
    Mercury112491
    Anyone get one?
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    I still don't think they've gone out to anyone yet. I know people won't be allowed to talk about the contents of the alpha, but that definitely won't stop people from saying they got in. And I've seen none of that yet.
    Invites are going out

    Alpha invites are now going out. Make sure you check your Notifications Menu from the PS4 home screen.
    Please note: It may take some time to reach everyone, so if you see other people saying they see it but you don't - give it some time.
    IMPORTANT REMINDERS:
    You are allowed to acknowledge you've been invited to the Alpha, but otherwise ALL ALPHA DISCUSSION MUST BE HELD WITHIN THE CLOSED ALPHA FORUMS. Violating this rule will get your account banned. Be careful!
    If you do not have access to the Alpha, you will not have access to these forums.
    Alpha Forums will open in about 3~ hours.
    Streaming or making video content of the closed alpha risks your account being permanently banned. Don't do it!
    Servers will go live tomorrow morning (exact time will be posted).
    The alpha is schedule to run from December 13th, to December 19th.
    Got one. Looking forward to diving in and giving feedback.
    Edit: The notification didn't show on the PS app, but on console. So, fire up your PS4 and see if its there
    Edit* NVM!! After downloading the new system update and restarting my invite showed up!!! Can’t wait to check it out!!
    I’ve played almost exclusively DD the last 3 years if we’re comparing who got in 🤷🏻*♂️
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    metovics8
    I got one... Thoroughly surprised as I only play franchise
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    dansaint
    I just got mine. Downloading now. Unfortunately, I don't ever play DD. So I don't know how big of a help I'll be. I'm mainly a franchise player

    adamj2281
    Ditto - same here.

    Hmmm...:y11:
    WOW, caught me off guard. Today 12/12/2018 at 6:18 PM PST a notification popped up and said: "MLB The Show 19 Closed Alpha Invite"
    I clicked the notification aqnd it took me to a page where it insert a code and let me click on download. it was a 16.10 GB file. Installed the game after it finished but cannot connect to a server yet. I believe I just read a page that said the Alpha begins 12/13/2018 at 10:00 AM PST
    Got mine too, strange thing is I didn't even sign up for 19 (i did it for last year's alpha though and didn't get an invite). Besides I'm a franchise only player, it all baffles me a bit, I will enjoy DD anyway, thanks SCEA.
    Notification was there when I turned my PS4 on this morning. I never even signed up for this so it's a very pleasant surprise. I'm guessing they have the ability to see that I've been playing the show since MLB The Show 08 hence the invite. Leaving work early today so I can get some decent time in this afternoon.
    Peter_OS
    Got the invite. Looking forward to trying it out. Where do we go to post feedback/impressions on the alpha?

    You log into the show nation and there will be a forum that only the people invited see.
    Received an invite. Like a few of the others I only play franchise, but I also use auto fielding. I’m going to use this opportunity to actually get heard on some of the problems I have seen over the past several years. Most notably for me is the third baseman, they rarely make plays to their right near the line and even more rarely dive to their right.
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    lemarflacco
    Anyone else getting the “a network error has occurred” message when trying to play?

    I believe the servers are down until 10am PDT or 1pm EST.
    tharealcstylez
    10:18 on my side and im still getting the server issues

    PhilliesFan13
    Yup. It still isn't working.
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    Servers are still offline
    Hope to have them up and running by 11am PST or 2PM EST
    EDIT: If you received an invite, you can log into the Alpha Closed Beta Forums at theshownation.com and they are providing updates on when the servers will go live.
    PhilliesFan13
    Got in. Made a team and played a few innings a bit ago.
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    AIAIII!!! TMI!! there were some of us who were hoping the game would be quicker in 19 with 4 five minute quarters. That's shot now :signball:
    Jeffrey Smith
    Here’s hoping they announce franchise mode as their focus this cycle 🤞🏻

    Keep wishing. I've been hopelessly wanting that since, well, pretty much forever. Until Diamond Dynasty stops making the most money for them franchise will continue to get neglected. They quite literally have one developer that works on franchise mode every year.
    I'll be honest, if we can just get rotating interleague schedules I'd be happy.
    videobastard
    I like the stadium announcers voice in 19.

    What part of not posting feedback in the forums other than the one at the show nation are you not understanding?
    Its been a while since i have posted. I was surprised to get a alpha invite and forgot they only wanted impressions in the alpha forum. I posted on both thinking this big thread had impressions.
    videobastard
    Its been a while since i have posted. I was surprised to get a alpha invite and forgot they only wanted impressions in the alpha forum. I posted on both thinking this big thread had impressions.

    Not a big deal man.
    Just delete your previous post so that you don't risk having your account banned by SDS.
    Oh, wow. Been bust with finals this week and have hardly been using my PS4. Mainly my wife has been watching Netflix and playing her games.
    Booted up today and got the invite without signing up this year or last...not going to complain about that, haha.
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    Gagnon39
    I'll be honest, if we can just get rotating interleague schedules I'd be happy.

    This one is mind boggling.
    I could code this in a few hours. Seriously. I used to mod the NHL games on PC so I have a pretty good understanding of how games generate schedules. This requires adding ONE additional step to the Show’s rotation formula.
    CgyFlames
    This one is mind boggling.
    I could code this in a few hours. Seriously. I used to mod the NHL games on PC so I have a pretty good understanding of how games generate schedules. This requires adding ONE additional step to the Show’s rotation formula.

    Well lets all hope they see this post and hire you.
    Me too!..I didn't even think I was going to be invited. Good thing I turn on the PS4!..lol So, we can test the Alpha now? I am downloading something so I guess that is the Alpha...no?
    Grentthealien
    I just noticed I got an invitation. I assume it is too late to accept?
    Oh, yes...I am not saying a word anywhere but at the Alpha forms at The Show Nation!. Thanks for the reminder Country!
    countryboy
    You're welcome.
    Reminder that you cannot post impressions of the Alpha anywhere, except for the closed alpha forum on the Show's website....www.theshownation.com
    I got an invite to the Alpha. Which is extremely surprising considering I only play RTTS and Franchise, AND I only just got a PS4 back around June-July. Is everyone getting an invite?
    itsmb8
    I got an invite to the Alpha. Which is extremely surprising considering I only play RTTS and Franchise, AND I only just got a PS4 back around June-July. Is everyone getting an invite?

    I don’t know
    I’ve seen a few people that said they didn’t get one
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    Turned on my ps4 this morning to see I had an invite, weird cause I hardly play the game (boring) and I only play play now games. Well will see what's this is all about.
    I got an invite as well, despite the fact I did not register.
    I am downloading but it says the install will be ready in ten hours lol
    16 GB’s should only take a 1/2 hour or so.
    countryboy
    I don’t know
    I’ve seen a few people that said they didn’t get one
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    Haha def not everyone...... considering how many hours i put into it I didnt get one lol ......enjoy the guys who got it, provide that feedback and congrats to all who did get it.
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    RidinDwnKingsley
    Haha def not everyone...... considering how many hours i put into it I didnt get one lol ......enjoy the guys who got it, provide that feedback and congrats to all who did get it.
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    Check your PM Ridin you have been invited!!! :cheers444
    ya i never got one, considering its pretty much the only game i play. but i dont really care tbh, all ur doing is testing changes they made and to give feedback on what you like and dislike about the changes.
    id rather just enjoy the game when it releases.
    CgyFlames
    This one is mind boggling.
    I could code this in a few hours. Seriously. I used to mod the NHL games on PC so I have a pretty good understanding of how games generate schedules. This requires adding ONE additional step to the Show’s rotation formula.

    Yeah, just coding in a rotating interleague schedule isn't the real challenge. If only SDS had built the game from the very beginning with that in mind. No, the real problem is that when they've tried to implement that, it breaks something else within franchise. They've just got too much tied to schedules that the best way to do it now is rebuild the game from the start. Thats not realistic. So much is tangled with schedules but hopefully SDS hasn't completely given up on doing something with it but without having to completely tear everything down
    RidinDwnKingsley
    Haha def not everyone...... considering how many hours i put into it I didnt get one lol ......enjoy the guys who got it, provide that feedback and congrats to all who did get it.
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    Ridin, YOU not getting an invite just seems wrong to me...
    -GW-
    Bullit
    Really? What part of "Do NOT post information or talk about the ALPHA" do you guys not understand?

    It doesn't say anything in the first post. So how was I to know?
    Vercingetirex
    It doesn't say anything in the first post. So how was I to know?

    When you signed up for the Alpha, it states that you are to only post in their specific dedicated forum on the show nation website. (www.theshownation.com)
    This thread was never for impressions, for that reason. This thread was simply to remind people to sign up and when the Alpha started.
    ejf0255
    It is same game. I haven't seen any changes (am I supposed to say anything ?). Opps.
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    When you signed up for the ALPHA you signed a NDA that you would not say anything outside of The Show Nation ALPHA forum. You can post whatever and wherever you like. But when you get your account banned by Sony you can live with your own choices then.
    Bullit
    When you signed up for the ALPHA you signed a NDA that you would not say anything outside of The Show Nation ALPHA forum. You can post whatever and wherever you like. But when you get your account banned by Sony you can live with your own choices then.

    ya, the only thing people can say is that they got into the alpha, but other than that they cannot say anything about their findings in the testing and stuff.

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