Plus, find out more about the pre-order incentives for this year’s trip to the ballpark
Today, we’re excited to dig a little deeper into the new Retro Mode in MLB The Show 17. We’re also outlining what you get by making the jump to our Season Starter Packs, and last but certainly not least, we’re revealing the Twitch livestream schedule leading up to launch.
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 analogue stick and press X. To throw a change-up you hold up on the left analogue stick and press X. And to throw a slider you press to the left or right on the left analogue 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 analogue 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.
MLB The Show 17 pre-order incentives
Pre-order now and be ready for action. The Show 17 launches 28th March 2017! When you pre-order, you will receive 10 bonus Standard Packs, a Ken Griffey Jr. Card for The Show 17 when you download the game and you will also INSTANTLY receive 11,000 in Stubs for The Show 16.
A few more clarifications on the content included in the different SKUs:
Gold Season Starter Pack Contents
- Includes one item for a mission starter that leads to a Gold player
- Five pieces of equipment to use in Road To The Show (RTTS) and three Franchise Sponsorships
- Includes one item for a mission starter that leads to a Diamond player
- Includes four players, one guaranteed Live Series Gold player and one guaranteed Flashback
- Eight total items, six Players and two items (either RTTS equipment or Franchise Sponsorship)
- The universal currency used in MLB The Show
Sponsor Pack Contents
Diamond Season Starter Pack Contents
Digital Deluxe Pack Contents
2017 Twitch livestream schedule
Some of the most fulfilling moments in game development are when we get to show our faithful fans what we’ve been working on to make each year’s game the best baseball video game on the market.
Over the last two years we’ve started to show off some of our work-in-progress updates in a series of video blogs and Twitch livestreams. We love hearing your feedback while we’re still tweaking some of the features and we hope you enjoy getting a sneak peek at what’s in store for the upcoming year’s game.
The 2017 video blog and Twitch livestream schedule can be seen below. Don’t forget to call in sick or clear your calendars accordingly!
Stay tuned for the next video blog on 2nd February that focuses on all things gameplay and our first Twitch livestream on 9th February that takes a deep dive into all the new changes to game play!