‘MLB 14 The Show’ Release Date, Screenshots, and Community Roundup

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Yesterday we reported that there would be a huge chunk of MLB 14 The Show information released today.  We received even more than we expected.  Read on for the full details.

MLB 14 The Show Release Date

Lets start first with the MLB 14 The Show release date.  It will be available on April 1st on the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita.  The PlayStation 4 version of MLB 14 The Show won’t come out until May.  This is a minor surprise since historically MLB The Show games come out in early March.

It is often the case that the current generation games have much more features than the next generation games since they have had years to add onto the old systems.  That will not be the case with MLB 14 The Show.  All systems will have the same features and game modes.

PlayStation 3 Trailer For MLB 14 The Show

Key Features – Full Fact Sheet Coming Monday

  • Next Generation Baseball Has Arrived – MLB 14 The Show makes its next-gen debut on the PS4 system, utilizing the system’s vast resources to deliver exceptionally detailed and fluid gameplay. With improvements to presentation, a wealth of added animations, and a dramatic increase in environment and player detail, we are setting out to create the best-looking and best-playing baseball sim ever created.
  • Year-to-Year Saves (All platforms) – For the first time in franchise history, saves can be carried over from MLB 14 to future releases of The Show, meaning that gamers won’t have to worry about starting their Franchise or Road to the Show seasons over in years to come.
  • Player Lock (All platforms) – The new Player Lock feature (a.k.a RTTS anywhere) gives users the ability to lock-on to any single player and enter games using the Road to the Show gameplay mechanic, allowing for faster games and more focused on-field action.
  • Quick Counts (All platforms) – Users will now be able to play a full nine-inning game in less than 30 minutes, half the time it takes in previous iterations of The Show. Despite the shortened game durations, realistic stats will not be compromised.
  • Universal Profile (PS3 & PS4) – A new tendency-tracking system monitors and records gamers’ unique playing styles. Those patterns are stored in the Universal Profile, which can be viewed by anyone looking to get a quick scouting report on the player. The Universal Profile can also be subbed in in place of a CPU opponent in Diamond Dynasty and Online Franchise, making for more realistic head-to-head matchups when schedules prevent synchronous play.
  • Community Challenges (PS3 & PS4) – Players will be able to freely toy and tinker with game situations and scenarios on the fly, whether that’s the inning, score, who’s on base, or where the ball is hit. These custom situations can be bundled with a creative set of goals and put forth as a challenge to the community, whether it’s to relive the past, change history, or dream of new possibilities.
  • Online Franchise (PS3 & PS4) – Finally, Franchise mode can be shared with friends online, with most of the features from the offline version making the transition, including Scouting, the Amateur Draft, Free Agency and CPU Trades. The mode will remain highly customizable as scheduling, divisions, postseason spots and more are all commissioner options.
  • Stubs (All platforms) – Playing games in MLB 14 The Show rewards players with Stubs. Stubs can be used to purchase additional in-game content – like Road to the Show training points – or used in our new mode, Community Challenges. Stubs can be earned in any mode, and they are not required to progress through a mode. You can still purchase additional in-game content through the PlayStation Store.
  • Diamond Dynasty Extra Innings (PS3 & PS4) – In this mode, a player’s team is always looking for opportunities to challenge other users in an offline setting, which allows the user to earn bonus rewards the next time they log in. When online, the player has the opportunity to challenge other user-created teams in an offline game where the CPU controls their team. Players can only benefit positively in this mode even if their team does not perform up to their normal standards.

MLB 14 The Show Screenshots (Click Image For Hi-Res)

Community Impressions and Discussion

Cover Art For United States

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As you can see in the image above, the United States will see Miguel Cabrera on the cover. The cover art for MLB 14 The Show in Canada will feature Toronto Blue Jays 3rd baseman Brett Lawrie.

As we get more information on MLB 14 The Show, we’ll pass it along to you.  A full fact sheet for the game should be coming on Monday so be on the lookout for that.

Leave your early thoughts on the MLB 14 The Show in the comments section below.

Ian covers mostly sports video games for StickSkills.com as well as other games he finds interesting. He firmly believes that you can make any pizza a personal pizza if you try hard enough. Also plans on watching all 8 Harry Potter movies in one sitting.