MLB 14 The Show steals a 2014 release date

The world’s best baseball simulator hands down is coming to PS4 as well as PS3 and Vita with the next iteration, MLB 14. This year, the professional baseball players of the MLB voted Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera as the cover athlete.

A new cover athlete isn’t the only thing to change. San Diego Studios is working the grass stains out of the game with a ton of new features and enhancements this year, believe it or not. The one feature I’m most excited about is the fact that MLB 14 will be the first in the series to allow Road To The Show, Seasons, and Franchises modes progression to carry over to future versions.

The biggest improvement the devs want to point out is of course the massive bump in polygons for the stadiums and ball players, plus the lighting tech and reflections off different surfaces. The PS3 only allowed for 42 different of crowd models. With PS4, they can generate 1000 different crowd models.

Can we expect an all around 23x improvement in the entire game? Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Take a look at the list of preliminary improvements they’ve announced on the PlayStation Blog:

  • We know how much time and effort our fans put into their Seasons, Franchises, and Road To The Show players. So beginning with MLB 14 The Show, you can now carry over your saves to future versions of MLB The Show. MLB 14 The Show lays the foundation for year-to-year saves, meaning you never have to worry about starting your Franchise or Road to the Show seasons over!

  • Thanks to the power of PS4, MLB 14 The Show is going to be the most beautiful baseball product we’ve ever created.

  • For some of you, full 9-inning baseball games may be too long for your liking, so we’ve created an all-new Quick Counts option, which utilizes generated pitch counts allowing gamers to play through full games faster than ever. Realistic statistics in this shortened gameplay experience have not been compromised. Users will now be able to play a full 9 inning game in less than 30 minutes, essentially cutting traditional game times in half.

  • We think Road To The Show is the deepest, most realistic single-player experience in sports video games, and we’re making it even better. A few of the new features include a new advancement system, new intuitive player creation process, and all new pre-draft prospect showcase.

  • And finally, what makes baseball great are those “big moments.” The power of PS4 will allow gamers to share those moments using the new “share feature” by capturing and publishing their most thrilling baseball moments, from hitting a game-winning grand slam, to picking off a runner at first for a crucial win in a World Series game.

Rollover the embedded images below and see the next-gen effect take place for yourself. With millions more polygons than before, we’ll finally get a game that will look day-and-night better than the previous generation.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]

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  • bizzy gie

    OH MY GOSH!!!!!! THAT LOOKS NEARLY REAL!

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    • jfelts

      Are you rolling over the images? I was actually disappointed because I thought at first that the PS4 image were the ones being displayed.

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      • bizzy gie

        The pictures are still a work in progress however I’m talking about pure physical models. The actual objects look nearly real.

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  • Mikey Styles

    This is now on my official List for Next Yr! #Winning

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  • jfelts

    Where’s the bump mapping? Everything is too ridiculously flat.

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    • Suraj Alexander

      take your cursor off the pic to see ps4 version.

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  • David

    With all of the additions being made to cater to the PS4, what happens to the PS3 format for those of us waiting to upgrade?

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  • frank ford

    You damn right the Yankees are in first place!

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  • redemption

    MLB The Show is about as close to standing up to a 95 plus mph fastball without actually doing it, and ball movements as well. Overall it is certainly a great game.

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