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MLB The Show 20: Extended Gameplay Reveal Trailer Quick Hitters

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MLB The Show 20: Extended Gameplay Reveal Trailer Quick Hitters

The MLB The Show team released an extended version of the MLB The Show 20 gameplay trailer that was originally released last week. It provides some cool little tidbits, so we just wanted to quickly run through some of the bullet points from the trailer.

Graphics/Presentation

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  • All the Nike logos will be there at launch
  • Dozens of new infield, dugout and home run animations/celebrations
  • Over 40 new bat slams after home runs
  • Some more real stadium advertisements have been noticed, like the Citgo sign in Boston
Gameplay
  • Over 50 new baserunning animations were added
  • There are new first baseman catches/fielding animations that will set them up to make more realistic and better double-play turns
  • Over 700 new gameplay animations — tags, throws, catches, etc. go into this
  • New catcher tags that start right as the catch is made, so hopefully tags happen more quickly
  • New subtle start animation transitions.
    • These are not the same as bad jumps but rather another new way to separate the best fielders from the bad ones.

  • The “extreme catch” indicator — the red pulses around the indicator for where the ball will land in the field — are there to help you determine how to attack the ball in the outfield.
    • You can be aggressive or pull up early, otherwise known as risk versus reward
    • You’ll want to pick one or the other as getting caught in between will lead to bad outcomes
  • Button accuracy meter in the field has been tweaked
    • Now the meter will be faster and it will change based on difficulty, distance and arm accuracy of defender
  • New rob home run animations, plus branching animations for more versions of negative and positive reactions depending on the outcome
  • New block-ball animations for catchers, and a more advanced block-ball system to better highlight a catcher’s attributes
Legends

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  • Sheffield, Franco, Rivera, Papi Ortiz, Victorino mentioned as just some of the new ’90s and 2000s legends who will be added
    • So it seems like the focus with retired players will be in that specific era
Road To The Show

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  • Attribute gains displayed in real time based on how you’re performing
  • Dynamic challenges in RttS should be smarter about noticing what’s important to both you and your team
  • You’ll now build and strengthen relationships to teammates on the field via actions
Miscellaneous

  • The new Showdown mode is based around drafting players, upgrading them with perks, and then taking on the most intimidating pitchers
  • March To October brings more front office news, player development, more flexible settings, and a revamped awards structure
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  1. Definitely an increased focus on fielding this year with the new throwing animations, catcher tags and blocks, the start transition thing and the extreme catch indicator.
    Bit disappointed they didn't address the minor league thing, although they did use one of the same clips with a real player in it again. At this point I feel like it wasn't an accident.
    Loving the new blocked balls by catcher system and new catcher tags animations
    Also the new defensive improvements
    Looking forward to seeing more
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    Looking good! I wonder about the “strengthening the relationship with the fielder” would include pitchers having personal catchers this year based on performance when so and so is behind the dish. I’m hoping. Either way, super excited!
    Would have liked to heard that that added new animations of the batter, base runners and first and third base coaches interactions after less important hits!!!
    MLB The Show really needs this!
    tnixen
    Would have liked to heard that that added new animations of the batter, base runners and first and third base coaches interactions after less important hits!!!
    MLB The Show really needs this!

    They mention that they add new base running animations this year. I think it was 50
    countryboy
    They mention that they add new base running animations this year. I think it was 50

    Not quite sure if those comments would be referring to what I mean. But I sure hope so :)
    I am talking about like after a batter singles there should be animations where they show him walking back and standing at first with the first base coach talking into his ear, padding him on the back you know stuff like that.
    Basically all we get in all versions of MLB The Show up till 19 are either very excited player animations like pumping fist or pointing at things basically "showing off" on meaningless hits. Or we just get to see the batter standing their by himself doing nothing at all like a dummy.
    Seeing way less over excited player animations like pumping fist on meaningless singles and instead more interactions between the batter, runners with first base and third base coaches would make the game look even more realistic.
    I definitely love all the excited player animations like pumping fist and so on. But I only want to see them when the situation calls for it.
    tnixen
    Not quite sure if those comments would be referring to what I mean. But I sure hope so :)
    I am talking about like after a batter singles there should be animations where they show him walking back and standing at first with the first base coach talking into his ear, padding him on the back you know stuff like that.
    Basically all we get in all versions of MLB The Show up till 19 are either very excited player animations like pumping fist or pointing at things basically "showing off" on meaningless hits. Or we just get to see the batter standing their by himself doing nothing at all like a dummy.
    Seeing way less over excited player animations like pumping fist on meaningless singles and instead more interactions between the batter, runners with first base and third base coaches would make the game look even more realistic.
    I definitely love all the excited player animations like pumping fist and so on. But I only want to see them when the situation calls for it.
    Those things you mentioned would add so much to the overall presentation of the game on the field.
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    tnixen
    Not quite sure if those comments would be referring to what I mean. But I sure hope so :)
    I am talking about like after a batter singles there should be animations where they show him walking back and standing at first with the first base coach talking into his ear, padding him on the back you know stuff like that.
    Basically all we get in all versions of MLB The Show up till 19 are either very excited player animations like pumping fist or pointing at things basically "showing off" on meaningless hits. Or we just get to see the batter standing their by himself doing nothing at all like a dummy.
    Seeing way less over excited player animations like pumping fist on meaningless singles and instead more interactions between the batter, runners with first base and third base coaches would make the game look even more realistic.
    I definitely love all the excited player animations like pumping fist and so on. But I only want to see them when the situation calls for it.

    Nothing I hate seeing more than getting a one out single in the 3rd inning and the player acting like he just drove in the go ahead run. Your ideas would be great to see, especially for a little more variation.
    Gameplay additions sound nice.
    They have no problem showing off modes such as "Showdown", "March to October", "RTTS" and new "legends" for DD. I wonder why they have problems showing off anything new for "Franchise" mode.
    S_pierce10
    Nothing I hate seeing more than getting a one out single in the 3rd inning and the player acting like he just drove in the go ahead run. Your ideas would be great to see, especially for a little more variation.

    I get what you guys are saying but at the same time , I think most teams have a signature celebration they do at first base that would lead you to believe they drove in a winning run lol
    TheBleedingRed21
    Very disappointing to see almost every mode on the main menu show NEW except franchise.

    I will say, I think it's probably riskier to say anything about franchise mode in such a short snippet here when they already know the heat is there. They've dedicated time to it for a stream, they probably would want to get a total story out there rather than just saying "hey we did this one thing" for this video because then people could be like "oh, so that's all they added?"
    One thing I didn't see mentioned in the thread thus far that might have been a misunderstanding - the "tiered perks/quirks" thing appears to be tied to the new mode "Showdown" and not RTTS.
    Personally I cringe every time I hear that they added yet another new mode when every year so many current things need work so that’s a negative for me . I am really hoping for full real players in minors but deep down I know better, we shall see. Honestly I would be over the moon happy if :
    1) the cpu managed the bullpen better
    2) the cpu doesn’t issue Too many walks this year
    3) they finally fix the wild pitch madness
    4) The most important one is , I really hope that I don’t always feel like I know what is about to happen and then it does , the last 2 years have been so predictable feeling for whatever reason ?? Not saying it’s predetermined but man it has felt like it to me.
    GR5Noles
    I hope the relationship building transfers over to franchise as well as RTTS...but that's probably a pipe dream

    This would be awesome. Could even tie in to a revamped morale system.
    Hey, we can dream.
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    ChaseB
    I will say, I think it's probably riskier to say anything about franchise mode in such a short snippet here when they already know the heat is there. They've dedicated time to it for a stream, they probably would want to get a total story out there rather than just saying "hey we did this one thing" for this video because then people could be like "oh, so that's all they added?"

    I’m referring to the main menu that shows NEW tags. I would imagine if there was anything substantial, it would show the tag as well.
    Usually not one to point these things out, but at this point, I don’t trust SDS as I did a few years ago. Atleast on the franchise side, I just can’t. I truly hope I am wrong.
    Those outfield changes are a big deal to me. The outfield definitely needed more player differentiation.
    Edit:I hope those systems apply to the CPU as well though. I assume the subtle start will, but I'm worried the new catch system won't. I still have PTSD flashbacks of 14 and earlier where if it were possible for the CPU outfielder to make a catch, it was a 100% guarentee that they would. I want parity with the CPU.
    I worry now with DD being the bigger cash cow that CPU behavior will take a backseat. There are still major flaws in the system, like CPU baserunners having pre-cognition of how good a throw is going to be or if the human player will get stuck with a terrible animation.
    TheBleedingRed21
    I’m referring to the main menu that shows NEW tags. I would imagine if there was anything substantial, it would show the tag as well.
    Usually not one to point these things out, but at this point, I don’t trust SDS as I did a few years ago. Atleast on the franchise side, I just can’t. I truly hope I am wrong.

    Oh okay, gotcha
    countryboy
    Loving the new blocked balls by catcher system and new catcher tags animations
    Also the new defensive improvements
    Looking forward to seeing more
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    Pretty sure I can mention little things like this, but I played the beta. First play was a hot shot waist high line drive directly at my 3B and he caught it with a really cool new animation that hasn't been shown in the trailers. I also got to see the ball handcuff an outfielder a couple of times, but that animation at 3rd was awesome.
    I don't know how I feel about the catch indicator flashing red. Is this basically telling you that it's a play where you have to dive?
    I feel like that's pretty gimmicky, but maybe I'm understanding it wrong.
    I personally LOVE playing in the field on defense in MLBTS19, so seeing even more upgrades to outfielder defense, subtle start animations, rob home run animations and end transitions, catcher blocking, first baseman catches, infielder throws, the outfielder throw perfect throw home meter, and the revamped button accuracy throw meter is just AMAZING to me!
    I feel that a lot of people put way too much stock into the lack of Franchise details. The way i look at it is every improvement that they make to animations, pitching, hitting, etc is an upgrade to the Franchise mode. I think a lot of people want to see big things like building stadiums, moving teams, etc. that when you look at SDS as a company has very little money making opportunity, whereas adding card games and quick new games where you can challenge you friends and it doesn't take 3 hours to finish a game are what makes money.
    I really like that they are still improving the game by making it more realistic, even though the majority (perhaps unfortunately) of people buying the game are more interested in quick fun, card collecting games. Customers have changed and I don't begrudge a company trying to change with them.
    So, I am very excited for the changes that they have made to game play because in my mind, those are big changes to Franchise mode.
    speels
    I feel that a lot of people put way too much stock into the lack of Franchise details. The way i look at it is every improvement that they make to animations, pitching, hitting, etc is an upgrade to the Franchise mode. I think a lot of people want to see big things like building stadiums, moving teams, etc. that when you look at SDS as a company has very little money making opportunity, whereas adding card games and quick new games where you can challenge you friends and it doesn't take 3 hours to finish a game are what makes money.
    I really like that they are still improving the game by making it more realistic, even though the majority (perhaps unfortunately) of people buying the game are more interested in quick fun, card collecting games. Customers have changed and I don't begrudge a company trying to change with them.
    So, I am very excited for the changes that they have made to game play because in my mind, those are big changes to Franchise mode.

    I see what you mean. But I just can’t accept the “gameplay improvement is improvements to franchise” mantra anymore. Especially when they haven’t touched the mode in almost 5 years other than cosmetic changes. Although my girlfriend did recently move in so now I am going to have to hide my unhealthy obsession of playing franchise modes for hours on end, and most likely won’t be able to play as much as years past lol
    speels
    I feel that a lot of people put way too much stock into the lack of Franchise details. The way i look at it is every improvement that they make to animations, pitching, hitting, etc is an upgrade to the Franchise mode. I think a lot of people want to see big things like building stadiums, moving teams, etc. that when you look at SDS as a company has very little money making opportunity, whereas adding card games and quick new games where you can challenge you friends and it doesn't take 3 hours to finish a game are what makes money.
    I really like that they are still improving the game by making it more realistic, even though the majority (perhaps unfortunately) of people buying the game are more interested in quick fun, card collecting games. Customers have changed and I don't begrudge a company trying to change with them.
    So, I am very excited for the changes that they have made to game play because in my mind, those are big changes to Franchise mode.

    hahah This statement is preposterous. You basically found a round about way of telling people to stop complaining about franchising mode not being updated for 5 years .
    Red_Ted_is_back
    Check out this one from 19:
    MLB The Show Mets infield shows off its skills
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    sweet. if that's happened in any game I played, I must have been snoozing. I play auto-defence, dunno if that matters, but I'll definitely be paying attention more when runners are on.
    Sayheykid01
    I don't know how I feel about the catch indicator flashing red. Is this basically telling you that it's a play where you have to dive?
    I feel like that's pretty gimmicky, but maybe I'm understanding it wrong.

    To be fair the size of the indicator would slowly shrink as a way to indicate when it was about to hit the ground. I guess this just makes it even more dummy proof.
    speels

    Customers have changed and I don't begrudge a company trying to change with them.

    That is a falsehood, and we must call this out everytime it gets repeated. It's a self fulfilling prophecy. The customers didn't magically change when they decided to abandon improving, updating, or fixing franchise modes. But after so many years of neglect, of course the interest in the mode will drop off. The customer didn't change, they moved on to other things, modes, or games entirely.
    Culture Rot
    That is a falsehood, and we must call this out everytime it gets repeated. It's a self fulfilling prophecy. The customers didn't magically change when they decided to abandon improving, updating, or fixing franchise modes. But after so many years of neglect, of course the interest in the mode will drop off. The customer didn't change, they moved on to other things, modes, or games entirely.
    yeah, the customer doesn't usually change, rather WHICH customers a company shifts their marketing to is what changes.
    and speaking of shifting...
    ...now, back on topic:
    I really wanted to give MTO an honest chance in 19, and though it wasn't my exact cup of noodles in the first iteration, I haven't entirely given up hope for it, it still has great potential IMO, and reading that it has ‘‘more flexible settings’’, I'm genuinely interested in giving it another go in 20.
    Yeah I still think MTO is a good idea, just needs some nurturing. And it should absolutely be a part of 'chise at some point because the whole point of it is making individual seasons go more quickly while being engaging.
    An issue with baseball franchises to me in while I have played 162 games of a season, a franchise is about getting through some years -- otherwise just play season mode. So if you find engaging ways to make simulations enjoyable and matter, you can get through more seasons.
    https://twitter.com/OperationSports/status/1222973711751548928?s=20
    Also four of the changes that have been found so far for in-stadium real advertisements are there. One dude was saying in the beta Chick-fil-a was on the foul poles in Houston, but I didn't see it in this trailer.
    New block ball animations which make catcher defense and block ratings matter more.
    That's great. I trust they got it right and it doesn't mean a return to too many wild pitches which was a big problem a couple years ago.
    I wonder what the numerical attribute threshold will be for catchers who can block efficiently and catchers who allow wild pitches on balls in the dirt. 60?
    baseballguy99
    Hope we can disable the home run camera this year!

    We have been asking for years now to have the option to turn it off but clearly they don't want it.
    So not likely for 20 either :(
    tnixen
    We have been asking for years now to have the option to turn it off but clearly they don't want it.
    So not likely for 20 either :(

    Ive heard people mention the HR camera here and there for years. What are you specifically referring to? On no doubt HR's when the camera jumps to a low shot behind the batter as the ball flies? The no doubt homer camera???
    Really excited about the new tag animations for catchers and the new blocked ball system. Catcher tag animations, specifically how slow they can be, has been a pet peeve of mine for forever with this game. The inclusion of more front office decisions in MTO is also intriguing - I'm hoping Franchise got some improvements, too.
    Still a lot more info to come out, but this is the most promising The Show has looked prior to launch in years.
    jimmy13
    Ive heard people mention the HR camera here and there for years. What are you specifically referring to? On no doubt HR's when the camera jumps to a low shot behind the batter as the ball flies? The no doubt homer camera???

    I’ve always wondered that too. I think what people don’t like is it gives away the result and people feel it breaks their immersion? I dunno I’m just guessing. Personally I love that camera. But I do think it should be an option to turn it off.
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    jimmy13
    Ive heard people mention the HR camera here and there for years. What are you specifically referring to? On no doubt HR's when the camera jumps to a low shot behind the batter as the ball flies? The no doubt homer camera???

    That's exactly the camera they're referring to, some people hate it. I love it, it's so satisfying.
    PhilliesFan13
    I love the home run camera. Really lets you know you crushed it.
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    it'd be nice to have the option to have it on or off. It's all about choice
    So if the Citgo sign in Fenway and the Delta sign in Yankee are in, the cow in Turner better be in.
    is that a Chik-fil-a cow? if so, I'm betting it's in.
    I’ve always wondered that too. I think what people don’t like is it gives away the result and people feel it breaks their immersion? I dunno I’m just guessing. Personally I love that camera. But I do think it should be an option to turn it off.

    actually, for me, it helps with the immersion. it only happens on no-doubters, and since I dont always immediately ''know'' when I killed it, this cam gives me that. I would be less than thrilled if happened every homer.
    Caulfield
    actually, for me, it helps with the immersion. it only happens on no-doubters, and since I dont always immediately ''know'' when I killed it, this cam gives me that. I would be less than thrilled if happened every homer.

    i'd like the player to still do his bat flip, stare etc but I just dont want to be forced to view it in the hr cam. From the player just doing that and not tearing off out the box, you'd still know he crushed it.
    Of course each to their own though, which is why i'd advocate choice
    Drop_ya_mitts
    i'd like the player to still do his bat flip, stare etc but I just dont want to be forced to view it in the hr cam. From the player just doing that and not tearing off out the box, you'd still know he crushed it.Of course each to their own though, which is why i'd advocate choice

    absolutely. an ON/OFF option is the only way to go. and I sure hope 70% of batters have no bat-flip/stare down.
    Caulfield
    is that a Chik-fil-a cow? if so, I'm betting it's in.
    actually, for me, it helps with the immersion. it only happens on no-doubters, and since I dont always immediately ''know'' when I killed it, this cam gives me that. I would be less than thrilled if happened every homer.

    I don't hate the HR cam quite as much as others, but I've been one of the ones clamoring for an option since it was removed.
    I MUCH prefer the pull-back camera on no-doubters. Still get that satisfying sense of crushing it, but it looks just like a broadcast and, for me at least, is far more immersive. Plus, the replay shows the bat-flip, so it's win-win (again, for me). To each their own though, of course.
    Not a deal-breaker or anything, but I still hold out hope that one day the option returns. For now, I have learned to appreciate the rare moments when I get the pull-back over the zoom-in on the player.
    To add to the HR cam, I really wish you could choose the option to use the dynamic camera you have when your team is in the field for when your team is batting. The dynamic camera when you bat is too zoomed out when the ball is put into play and makes it difficult to make good base running decisions. At least give the user the option to choose between the 2 dynamic camera views
    SkeeLo15
    To add to the HR cam, I really wish you could choose the option to use the dynamic camera you have when your team is in the field for when your team is batting. The dynamic camera when you bat is too zoomed out when the ball is put into play and makes it difficult to make good base running decisions. At least give the user the option to choose between the 2 dynamic camera views

    I still don’t understand why they took out the dynamic cam from 18
    Like you said the one we have now is too zoomed out.

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