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10 gameplay features and tips you need to know about MLB The Show 20, out today on PS4

It’s opening day and we’ve got details on new modes and updates for The Road to the Show, March to October, and more

MLB The Show 20 launches today. Here are our Top 10 reasons that you should get it:

1. Brand new online game mode: Showdown

Take on a gauntlet of challenges to earn huge rewards. Start each Showdown with a draft and pick your squad MVPs. In each draft, you also will select perks, which boost your team’s performance in clutch situations. Then, play Moments with your newly crafted squad.

Conquer the Final Showdown to earn huge rewards in the form of Program progress, Stubs, XP, Packs, and other items.

2. Brand new game mode: custom online leagues allows you to play seasons with friends*

Playing video games with friends is fun. Beating your friend in Game 7 of the World Series in your own Custom League is even more fun. In MLB The Show 20, you can create or join the gameplay experience that’s customized for you and your friends.

  • Choice of 40-Man Live MLB Rosters or Diamond Dynasty Collection
  • Season long format with Postseason
  • Flexible schedule
  • Competitive or Relaxed Atmosphere

*Active PS Plus subscription required for online multiplayer.

3. Relationships matter more in Road To The Show, our full baseball RPG

Relationships matter in Road To The Show. We all do better when the team is clicking, so build those relationships with your teammates. Doing so brings out the best in them and in you. Challenges have been improved and expanded to give you more targeted options, better outcomes, and bigger rewards that you can see in real-time.

  • New Challenges identify and surface the highest leverage moments for you to impact your team’s win expectancy.
  • Choose your challenge based on what attribute, cap or personality you want to advance.
  • New multi-reward Challenges include on-field Personality gain opportunities, speeding up your perk progression.
  • Rewards now earned for completing new “Boss Battle” Challenges.

4. Minor League rosters make Road To The Show more realistic

For the first time ever in MLB The Show history Minor League Rosters will be in the game at launch! Through a collaboration with Scott Spindler (AKA RidinRosters) and his team you will now see the future of your favorite team’s franchise on day one.

You’ll find these guys in Road To The Show, Franchise, and March To October.

5. Franchise allows you to relocate and customise your team

For the first time ever in Franchise Mode you can change your team’s name and logo. Bring your idea to life with our Logo Creator tool. Not the artistic type? Then search through the Logo Vault and download one of the thousands of stylish logos uploaded by players just like you.

Have you always dreamed of your favorite team being a little closer to home? Then change the location of your team and pick the stadium they play in for home games.

6. March to October gives you more of what you want

Variety is the spice of life, right? Well this year March to October has greatly broadened the variety of unique game situations with which your team will be challenged. So be ready to evaluate the situation and execute clutch play from the very first at-bat of each game!

  • New Gated Rewards System
  • New Call-Up Opportunities
  • New Dynamic and Beginner Difficulty Options
  • More Compelling Variety of High-Leverage Situations
  • New Trade Hub Enabling Strategic Trade-Making
  • More Trades and Call Ups

And with The Show 20’s addition of 1500+ real Minor Leaguers, when you choose to make a suggested roster move you will immediately get a Player Lock game (with a chance for a Player Boost) with one of the actual top prospects that your favorite team is in the process of grooming!

7. David Ortiz, Mickey Mantle, Mariano Rivera, and other beloved Legends

Have you ever wondered how David Ortiz would do against Nolan Ryan in his prime? Or how Mickey Mantle would stack up against Ken Griffey Jr.? Then you’re going to love the list of Legends that are in MLB The Show 20!

Play with all of these Legends in a home run derby, get them on your Diamond Dynasty squad, or add them to the pool of free-agents in Franchise.

8. Perfect-perfect hitting system rewards great at bats

Hit the sweet spot and get rewarded. Perfect-Perfect batting is a true hitting reward system that allows the best players to shine. Whenever your swing timing and plate coverage indicator are both the best you will trigger a perfect timing and perfect contact feedback grade.

9. Defense is more fun and matters more than ever with extreme Catch And Throw Home Indicators

Do you go all-out for that hard sinking line drive, or will it eat you up? The Extreme Catch Indicator will help you decide if your outfielder is confident enough to make the big play or if it would be smarter to play it off the bounce.

Hitting the catcher at the plate from the outfield is not easy. Neither is hitting the needle in the new Outfield Throw Home Indicator, but you’ll have to do it if you want to make that play at home in The Show 20.

Reaction time and first steps are huge differentiators in the MLB. With the new First Step System, you will feel the hesitation of an average fielder or the smooth quickness of the elite players. In MLB The Show 20 player ratings matter more than ever!

10. Featured programs and bosses return In full force to MLB The Show 20

In Diamond Dynasty* you build a custom squad to face-off online against other players from around the world. Some of the best player items that you can get will be found in our Featured Programs.

Progress far enough in a Program and you will earn the coveted Boss Choice Pack. That pack lets you pick one of the three bosses (each boss is guaranteed to improve your squad)!

How do you progress in Featured Programs? By playing Missions, Showdown, Moments, Conquest, by Collecting items, or just by playing the game and earning XP.

*Active PS Plus subscription required for online multiplayer.

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