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Sony San Diego details MLB The Show 17’s Retro Mode and Twitch livestream schedule

Pitchers and Catchers report in just 19 days… which means the 2017 Major League Baseball season is right around the corner. That also means that Sony San Diego is putting the finishing touches on MLB 17 The Show, which will launch exclusively for the PS4 on March 28.

And like any good skipper, Sony San Diego’s Ramone Russell wants his players to be ready to step into the batter’s box on Opening Day, so the Community Specialist took over the PlayStation Blog to deliver a few more details on the SNES-styled Retro Mode:

Retro mode is pretty much a one-button mode, but with surprising depth, and all the new animations, gameplay additions, and improvements found in the regular version of the game.

For example, in an effort to simplify the batter vs. pitcher battle, we’ve taken all the pitching attributes out and boiled them down to velocity, break, and control. Because there is no high and low in the strike zone, you have three pitches at your disposal that you can trigger with the touch of one button. To throw a fastball you hold down on the left analog stick and press X. To throw a changeup you hold up on the left analog stick and press X. And to throw a slider you press to the left or right on the left analog stick after the pitch is released.

One of the wrinkles we’ve added is that velocity is controlled by holding down or up on the analog stick just before the pitcher releases. In closing, you choose velocity before the pitch is thrown and you can affect movement (left or right) after the pitch is thrown.

Russell also revealed that Sony San Diego will provide a full scouting report on MLB The Show 17’s new modes and features with weekly livestreams on Twitch and Developer Blogs on YouTube beginning February 7.

Finally, if you’re planning to purchase MLB The Show 17 in Canada or Taiwan, Sony also revealed the special cover athletes for those regions. The Canadian cover will feature Aaron Sanchez of the Toronto Blue Jays. Meanwhile, Wei-Yin Chen of the Miami Marlins will appear on the Taiwanese cover.

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Sony shines a spotlight on what’s coming to PS4 in 2017 including Detroit: Become Human

PlayStation Europe definitely kicked the year off right after they unveiled a new video highlighting the many exclusives coming to the PS4 in 2017.

In addition to games such as Gran Turismo Sport, Horizon: Zero Dawn, and the PaRappa The Rapper remaster, the sizzle reel also includes a glimpse of Quantic Dream’s Detroit: Become Human, which had previously been tagged with a “TBA” release date.

Here’s the full list of games featured in the video:

Coming to PS4 in 2017

  • Detroit: Become Human
  • Drawn To Death
  • Dreams
  • Farpoint
  • Gran Turismo Sport
  • Gravity Rush 2 (January 20)
  • Hellblade
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn (February 28)
  • Knack 2
  • Matterfall
  • MLB The Show 17 (March 28)
  • New Hot Shots Golf
  • Nex Machina
  • Nier: Automata (March 7)
  • Nioh (February 7)
  • Persona 5 (April 4)
  • PaRappa The Rapper
  • Pyre
  • Starblood Arena
  • Uncharted 4: The Lost Legacy
  • Wipeout: Omega Collection
  • World of Warriors
  • Yakuza 0 (January 24)

The first big event of the 2017 “Video Game Calendar” will be PAX South, which will be held in San Antonio beginning on January 27. We’ll surely hear more about at least a few of these games then.

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First MLB The Show 17 gameplay trailer also introduces fans to Retro Mode

Sony hosted their annual PlayStation Experience event this past weekend, and we’re still sorting through all the trailer and announcements unveiled during the showcase. And for all you baseball fans out there, here’s a look at the first gameplay trailer for Sony’s MLB The Show 17.

The trailer also gave us a quick glimpse at Retro Mode, an SNES-styled mode that transforms MLB The Show 17 into something that more closely resembles 1994’s Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball. Here’s what Sony San Diego’s Ramone Russell had to say about MLB The Show 17’s Retro Mode on the PlayStation Blog:

Introducing “Retro Mode,” a retro gameplay experience that pays homage to the classic baseball games many of us grew up playing. Retro Mode allows you to move the pitcher across the pitcher’s rubber and move around the batter’s box with ease, classic on-screen displays, an old school soundtrack, unique sound effects, a throwback pause menu and more.

MLB The Show 17 will be released for the PS4 on March 28.

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MLB The Show 17 will be available on March 28 with Ken Griffey Jr on the cover

Ken Griffey Jr. partnered with Nintendo to collaborate on four video games during the Super NES and N64 eras. As an avid gamer himself, this was probably quite the thrill for the man known alternately as “The Kid” and “The Natural.” Nowadays, baseball fans talk about him in hushed tones as the game’s newest Hall of Famer. But starting next year, we’ll also be able to refer to him as MLB The Show 17 Cover Athlete Ken Griffey Jr.

Set to launch for the PS4 on March 28, MLB The Show 17 will let players add Ken Griffey Jr. to the game as a playable “Living Legend.” In addition to the game-only Standard Edition, Sony also plans to scout out a lot of shelf space for three different special editions:

MLB The Show 17: Hall of Fame Edition (GameStop Exclusive) – $99.99

  • In-Game Items: Digital Diamond Dynasty New Era Hall of Fame Edition 9FIFTY Hat, Diamond Season Starter Pack, Gold Season Starter Pack, 11,000 Stubs, 1 Sponsor Pack, 10 Standard Packs
  • 31 MLB PS4 Themes
  • New Era Hall of Fame Edition 9FIFTY Hat
  • Limited Edition MVP Steel Book

MLB The Show 17: Digital Deluxe Edition (PlayStation Store Exclusive) – $99.99

  • In-Game Items: Digital Diamond Dynasty New Era Hall of Fame Edition 9FIFTY Hat, Diamond Season Starter Pack, Gold Season Starter Pack, Digital Deluxe Pack, 11,000 Stubs, 1 Sponsor Pack, 20 Standard Packs
  • 31 MLB-Themed PS4 Avatars

MLB The Show 17: MVP Edition – $69.99

  • In-Game Items: Gold Season Starter Pack, 5,000 Stubs, 1 Sponsor Pack, 10 Standard Packs
  • 31 MLB PS4 Themes
  • Limited Edition MVP Steel Book

More information on all three special editions can be found at the PlayStation Blog.

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