Much like last year, this will be our “living document” that highlights everything you need to know about MLB The Show 24 as news rolls out, which includes info about game modes, its release date, new features, and so on.
Since MLB The Show 24 was just announced on January 30, we don’t have too much to go on quite yet, except of course that Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is the cover athlete. Still, we can still get you started as it’s a relatively tight pre-release schedule this year and so developer SDS will have a lot of ground to cover in the weeks ahead.
MLB The Show 24 Release Date And FAQ
As expected, MLB The Show 24 will be releasing on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox One Series X/S, and Nintendo Switch again this year (there remains no PC version). We are getting a March 19 release date, and this means early access will begin on March 15 for those who pre-order.
That said, we also now know about the collector’s edition and the other editions, so here’s the breakdown:
The Negro Leagues Edition (collector’s edition) will be $124.99 on the high end of the things and is limited in supply. On the lower end, the MVP Edition at $84.99 is the cheapest price you can pay to get in on early access. Again, this means just pre-ordering the basic version of the game will not get you early access.
One other slightly odd note is those on the PS5 who order the Negro Leagues Edition will not get a physical copy of the game, your steelbook will come with a download code inside. This means only folks on Xbox Series X can get the physical disc with the collector’s edition. This means you will need to order a standard version of the game if you want a disc on PlayStation 5 (all last-gen versions of the game are digital-only this year).
SDS also updated its FAQ for MLB The Show 24, and there’s some information here worth passing along.
Business As Usual:
- There will be no year-to-year saves once again
- Cross progression and cross play remain there for all platforms
- Custom stadiums and logos will transfer from one game to the next
- There is no PC version once again
- You can download MLB The Show 24 on day one via Game Pass on Xbox consoles
- There will be no tech test this year.
- The PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game will only have a digital release
It’s a bummer about the tech test, but my guess is this is happening because it’s a tighter release schedule than last year. It’s always nice to get a look at the game and give that feedback but SDS either must feel confident in their product or just not have the bandwidth to pull that off this year.
As for the digital-only release for the PS4 and Xbox One, this is likely a sign that we’re getting close to the end of the cycle for last-gen releases. Some folks want these consoles to stop getting releases because they feel it’s holding back the current-gen versions — and there probably is some truth to that — and this is usually the first step before phasing out those older versions.
I also wonder if SDS has to release last-gen versions to satiate some sort of agreement with Microsoft dealing with Game Pass, or MLB to give access to as many folks as possible, or Sony due to the company wanting all its platforms supported. In other words, I’m sure SDS would be happy to move on from last-gen consoles at this point if it’s stunting the progress on current-gen consoles, I just don’t know if that decision is ultimately up to them.
Storylines: Negro Leagues Season 2
The first major modes info comes from something SDS introduced last year with Storylines. Negro Leagues Baseball Museum President Bob Kendrick revealed Negro Leagues Season 2 and Hank Aaron, Josh Gibson, Buck Leonard, and Toni Stone (first woman to play pro ball regularly in a men’s league) will be the players in the game at launch.
From there, we will get three more players in a content drop in early April, and then a couple weeks after that we will get three more players. Every player that was in Season 1 of Storylines will also return. The Storylines aspect will play out the same way as Season 1 did for the most part, but a couple additions will be there.
Moments within Storylines Season 2 will be skippable, allowing players to progress through the stories being told even if they get stuck on a Moment. A few other worthy tidbits include the implementation of a new and improved video presentation style. The production was topnotch last year, so if any work was invested in that area then it should be even better. Finally, it was stated that defensive Moments will be in Storylines this year.
A redesigned version of Forbes Field will appear in MLB The Show 24. This version features some specific updates to right field. Additionally, it was announced that we’d be getting at least one new stadium: Greenlee Field. Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Greenlee Field was home to the Pittsburgh Crawfords who will be featured prominently in this season of Storylines.
It wasn’t stated how many new stadiums overall there might be, but there will be at least one new addition.
Three Negro League teams will also receive multiple uniforms. The Indianapolis Clowns will have three unique jerseys in the game, the Pittsburgh Crawfords will have four uniforms, and the Homestead Grays will feature six unique uniforms.
Storylines: Derek Jeter
Another big surprise last year was Derek Jeter’s re-entry into baseball video games — he was also on the collector’s edition cover of the game. This year, we’ve been surprised once again as Jeter will be getting a Storylines of his own.
We’re not sure if the production values will quite reach the heights of what’s put together for Negro Leagues, but we do know it will go through many of the biggest moments of Jeter’s MLB career.
As of now, we only know about the new legends coming via the Negro Leagues:
- Buck Leonard
- Josh Gibson
- Toni Stone
Feature premieres have returned for MLB The Show 24. Every week leading up to launch, SDS will drop information in video form on their respective Twitch and YouTube channels. The full schedule can be seen below, but SDS is being more cagey about what is going to be in each feature premiere as of now.