MLB 09 The Show – Road To The Show Enhancements

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Hey everyone, Aaron Luke (Designer) here to bring you the next installment of the MLB 09 The Show blogs. This entry will focus on the enhancements to Road To The Show. This year’s edition of RTTS has received enhancements to nearly every aspect of the mode.

Starting with the front-end aspects, the PS3 Create Player system has received some new additions that will allow you to customize even more aspects of your player. With the new Sounds Of The Show feature, we’ve been able to support audio customizations that will allow you to pick not only your batter walkup music, but also your reliever entry music and a home run celebration song. In addition to editing custom music, you can also create custom fan chants, cheers, and jeers to assign to your player (or any other player using the Edit Player feature). The player accessories have also seen upgrades to support a variety of new items including: wrist tape, batting gloves in pockets, glasses, eye black, baggy pants, and stirrup socks for your old schoolers. But the player customization doesn’t end with the Create Player process — we’ve also added in the ability to edit your player any time after creation. You won’t be able to edit his position or attributes, but you will have full reign on editing his appearance, accessories, and the all-important player number.

MLB 09 The Show screenshot - RTTS Create Player

MLB 09 The Show screenshot - RTTS Create Player 2

Once you’ve settled on your player’s look, you now have a choice – enter the draft and let your fate be decided by the powers that be, or for those OCD heads not willing to let fate decide, you will still have the ability to select your favorite team.

MLB 09 The Show screenshot - RTTS Enter Draft

Another new, yet subtle addition sure to make an impact is RTTS specific fast-forwarding options. We’ve heard your calls and answered by giving you more control over the appearances you take part in. The new options include the ability to set how many fielding opportunities you take part in, with settings ranging from: All = same as before, you’ll take part in all fielding opportunities, Half = you will only participate in non-routine chances, or None = any fielding for your player will be skipped.

You will also be able to set what types of baserunning opportunities you’d like to participate in: All = you will participate in all baserunning opportunities for your player, Lead Runner = you will only be involved in situations where your player is the lead runner, or None = all your opportunities will be fast-forwarded.

Lastly, to allow you to control how much CPU teammate hitting you want to watch, we’ve given you the option to choose between the following settings: All = you will see all pitches of the at-bat, Half = half the at-bat will be fast-forwarded, and Quarter = three-quarters of the at-bat is fast-forwarded.

As some of you may have read in the first blog: Franchise Mode Enhancements, we’ve made several roster related additions this year, including 40-man rosters, Arbitration, Waivers, and more. These additions will also be a part of the Road To The Show experience. Your player will be subject to exposure to these elements, just as the real-life counterparts have to deal with. Now managing your contract negotiations will be even more important as a club may try to undercut you, offer you a contract to buy out some of your arbitration-eligible years, or even string you along until they are able to simply renew your contract.

MLB 09 The Show screenshot - RTTS Arbitration Offer

MLB 09 The Show screenshot - RTTS Arbitration Counter

Moving on to the gameplay portion, one of the big goals this year for the in game aspects was to provide the user with a more immersed experience by incorporating RTTS player-oriented presentations. Now when you win a big game, you’ll be able to see the team celebrations. The presentation aspects aren’t just focused on winning big games — we’ve created custom game intros for your player as well. So if you’re a shortstop starting on defense, you’ll see an intro of your player warming up on the infield. We’ve taken the presentations even further to revamp the in game goals so that it too is presentation based. You’ll now see your goal, or situation, but you’ll also get player specific stats relevant to the situation you are in.

MLB 09 The Show screenshot - RTTS Goal Pres

The gameplay experience itself has also seen one major new addition. The baserunning controls have been customized to use the left analog stick to control all your runner movements. No longer is baserunning as simple as a single button press. Now you will have to maintain his movement by pressing on the analog stick in the direction you’re heading (or retreating). If you’re in the old mind frame of looking for the CPU to take over your runner at a certain point, you’ll keep looking, as that won’t happen now. If you’re on first and the CPU attempts a pick off, you are responsible for getting him back. On a ball hit in play, your runner will be left out to dry if you’re not paying attention and sending him yourself.

MLB 09 The Show screenshot - RTTS Baserunning Controls

To round out the gameplay experience, we’ve also made improvements to the training points you receive. The stats in the past were a little too simple and needed more depth. This year, we’ve included conditions to certain stats so that getting 1 hit in 1 at-bat is worth more points than getting 1 hit over multiple at-bats. This is especially important for a pitcher in that working deeper in the game will reward you higher points than before. The training area has received a major improvement above just the points you’re awarded; we’ve created an all-new training mode for batting and base stealing. I’m not going to divulge much on the topic here, as Eddy Cramm (Senior Designer) will be elaborating on this in a blog post to come soon.

MLB 09 The Show screenshot - RTTS Training Points

As you can see, Road To The Show in MLB 09 promises to be a different experience than before with both major additions and minor subtleties to round out the mode. Thanks for your time and good luck with your Road To The Show.

MLB 09 The Show screenshot - RTTS Celebration Pres

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  • sounds boring

  • Great. I love the MLB The Show games and am getting this one on day 1. Is there anyway we can have the list of the soundtrack to the game? I love the music picked for these games.

  • I can’t wait to get back into baseball. Any word on release date or trophies for the game?

  • I remember the launch of MLB 08 when the game was froze on main screen cause the servers were down and everyone was returning the game cause they thought they had a bad copy ahahha hopefully this year it all goes smooth

  • @ graciousone – ‘sounds boring’ hypocrite much? i hope you get banned just for that lame post.

    if my wallet isn’t crunched too badly when this gets released then I will be purchasing it. there are just too many enhancements that you guys have packed into this to pass it up!


  • Hey Luke,
    Never played the MLB09 franchise beyond the PSN demos (hopefully we’ll see one again), but thinking of picking it up this year. I really find sports games the most replayable, and I’m excited to see what you guys do with trophies.

    *shameless question* Any chance will receive a copy of this to review?

  • Looking good! It keeps getting better…thanks SCEA.

    @acerazer1 – March 3rd, and I do believe trophies are confirmed

  • Can not wait!!

  • I’ll definately be picking this game up, but why not make the game saves compatible with the PSP version so we can really take our game ‘on the road’ with the PSP?

    The stats are all that are really needed.

  • You’ve proven yourself to be not only the best baseball game on the market, but the best baseball game DEVS out there too. Make an NFL game too!!

  • The best sports game last year was MLB 08 The Show. Kudos to you guys on continuing to make such a brilliant baseball game!

    One question: Does the game now support AAC tracks along with MP3? This is especially frustrating for those of us who use AAC files (the native audio format on PS3).

  • The Show is my favorite baseball sim, mostly because of the progressive commentary by Vasgersian/Campbell/Hudler … and it’s a game I can return to between other action or RPG titles. Keep up the good work.

  • WE NEED A DEMO!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks for the update, these changes look awesome!

  • I cant wait for this game espically the create your own chants so this cardinals fan can hear “the cubs suck” no matter what team im playing haha

  • hi aaron i’m just wondering is mlb 09 going to come to australia coz it looks awesome if it does i’ll buy it for sure…

    p.s my first comment in the playstation blog

  • Nice features!

  • Looks cool, a demo would be awesome though

  • Is there any chance that the new baserunning set-up can be reverted back to last year’s controls?

  • MLB the Show one of the best sport franchise around

  • I’ve been playing the show since you guys began making it. Love it, just wanted to make a request and hope someone sees it. When I play a season I like to play it as my favorite team plays their games. So Id like either an option to use roster update to update your current season and if thats not possible, allow a togglable option to force trades and do trades with other teams. I want to face current players with their current teams with my current roster. Hope it isn’t too late to add that. I got tired of Frank Thomas battling cleanup for the Jays all year lol.

  • Man, I’m on a tight budget for gaming in 2009, and I was just going to rent this game. But with all the improvements, I just might have to buy this game. Damn you guys! :P

    Looks great, can’t wait to get my hands on a demo *wink wink*

  • Love it. In all honesty, this is my favorite sports title out there and can not wait for this game to hit the shelves.

    I am SO happy to hear about post-creation edit of your player. I also like the idea of the custom walk-up music and after home runs too? Awesome.

    While talking about editing your player, I have a quick question to ask. Are you able to turn off the sleeves option for games? I hate seeing my player wearing sleeves on night games, especially since I usually play as a D’back, where Chase Field hardly ever gets cold enough to warrant wearing long sleeves. If it’s the same, no big deal, but it would be nice to option them off completely, except maybe for colded games.

  • MLBTHESHOW just keep’s getting better.

    I have one question,when is this game coming out.

  • great.

  • What I hate the most are the loading times for RTTS. Has this been addressed or will I be twirling my thumbs again for 5 minutes each time waiting for a game to load?

  • Where can these “Official PSN Bullitens” be found that all these websites are reporting? Also can you post them on the Blog Jeff?


  • Can we see some Hi-Def action on Game trailers please? The new feature on RTTS are sweet, but you and I both no if RTTS had a CO-OP It would be out of this world. Maybe next year ?

  • So awesome!! I can’t wait to pick this up on both PS3 and PSP. Now how about the ability to take my RTTS character on the Road with the PSP too?
    I’d love to be able to continue my career on both systems.

  • I want this game so badly. MLB The Show was the reason I got a PS3, and I don’t regret it at all.

  • Again with the baseball? This blog is getting really boring it seems like the same games every day.(Still a great blog I’m just sayin’)

  • @12 they can’t make an nfl game. Ea sports or whoever makes madden have an exclusivity deal with the nfl and nflpa. But they could make a blitz or all pro type football type game.

  • i wish you could bring your player from mlb 08 into this game instead of starting back in the minors with a brand new player

  • how many trophies will this game have??

  • OH YEAH! I am so pumped for this game, you guys are terrific!


  • 2P online with multiple PSN sign-in supported?

  • Agreed with # 11

    I would like to take the game anywhere :)

  • how can i buy this game in australia?

  • WOW. All my prayers about RTTS have been answered. Thank you.

    You guys have done everything imagineable to make this the best baseball game in the history of baseball.

    I know this is about RTTS but I have been trying to find out how Turner Field looks on this year’s game? Does it finally look as good as the others? I thought it looked bad compared to the other stadiums in last year’s game.

  • The screenshots look GREAT! Just one question… you mentioned training drills for batting and baserunning. Are there going to be pitching and fielding training drills as well in 09, or can we look forward to this for 2010? Thanks for all your hard work!

  • why does everyone keep asking if trophies are in each game. If they do not have trophies the game can not be released on the ps3.


  • I’m with bitsthecat… the loading times were brutal in 08 even with the mandatory HDD install. Any improvement there?

  • One more question, Aaron. Have you guys added in any single A teams? If not, this is something that would be AWESOME for 2010. I need my Daytona Cubs and even some Peoria Chiefs!! :)

  • I love how much effort you guys are putting into this game. I mean, honestly there aren’t too many baseball fans, but the fact that you’re supporting it more than almost any other companies support their game is amazing.

    I’m not completely sure if I’m going to get this game or not. As I’m not into sports all that much. But you guys get +9001 respect points from me : D

  • Does fast forwarding events like fielding or baserunning still get you points or do you only accumulate points when you are controlling your player?

    Sounds like some great additions.
    Can’t wait for this to come out!

    • You still receive training points for stats accumulated during a fast-forward. The same goes for simulating games.

  • Ive got a question Mr. Luke…Are the mets all white home uniforms in the PS3 version of this years game?…last year they were only in the PS2 version

  • this sounds cool!!

    I think I’ll rent this game.. even though I hate sports games.. You guys make it sound really fun.

  • As the game gets going, will the chalk lines start to get messed up?? I think that would be pretty cool

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