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MLB 14 The Show Batted Back into May 2014 on PlayStation 4

Posted by Sammy Barker

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Sony San Diego needs a little more time to bowl you over with MLB 14 The Show on the PlayStation 4. Following a press event in North America this week, the developer has revealed that the inaugural next-gen iteration in its critically acclaimed baseball simulation will not arrive until May 2014 – a month or so after the game takes a swing at the PlayStation 3.

It’s undoubtedly bad news for fans of the USA’s biggest bat-and-ball sport, but the studio insists that the extra time will enable it to hit a home run on the Japanese giant’s new system. “The PS4 is the most powerful gaming console ever made,” community manager Ramone Russell explained on the PlayStation Blog. “There’s so much horsepower for us to take advantage of to make the most realistic, best-playing, most authentic baseball video game ever.”

In addition to beefed up visuals – and really messy beards – the sequel will feature future-proof saves, allowing you to carry your progress forward to next year’s iteration and beyond. It will also boast community challenges, providing you with the opportunity to create your own on-pitch scenarios and share them with the world. Other tweaks will include an overhauled user interface and a new add-on purchases system which has been unified under a universal currency named Stubs.

Irritatingly, there’s no PS4 footage for us to embed just yet, but the developer promises that it will show more soon. As such, you’re going to have to make do with the current generation video below. As already alluded, the game’s due out on 1st April on the PlayStation 3 and Vita, where it will still include all of the enhancements discussed above. Well, aside from the improved facial hair.

[via blog.us.playstation.com]

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User Comments (15)

Madd_Hatter401

#1

Madd_Hatter401 said:

This will be by far the biggest graphic leap we have seen yet out of this new gen. As a huge baseball fan, and massive fan of this series I am so excited to see what San Diego does with the new hardware.

get2sammybAdmin

#2

get2sammyb said:

@Madd_Hatter401 Even as a non-baseball fan, I was excited too, but these screenshots don't look that mindblowing to me. Maybe you need to see it in motion?

Carl-G

#3

Carl-G said:

Looks excellent :-P Shame FIFA14 on the PS4(& the Xbox ONE) still look last Gen tho :-/

rjejr

#4

rjejr said:

They need the extra time to add "Derek Jeter's last visit" to every visiting ballpark the Yankees play in. (said the long suffering Mets fan. I hope David Wright announces his retirement after the last game of the season.)

Jaz007

#5

Jaz007 said:

@get2sammyb I agree that the screenshots don't look mindblowing, I think that inFamous: Second Son still looks better by a good margin.

Gamer83

#6

Gamer83 said:

Even the good first parties can't get a game done on time to save their lives.

Shellybird27

#7

Shellybird27 said:

@Gamer83 uhhh really?? Do you always have to be this way? Who the hell cant wait a month anyways?? God, I thought this delay was a good thing. Too many games coming out soon anyways, delays are music to my ears right now.

AeroZeppelin

#9

AeroZeppelin said:

@Shellybird27 I don't like games being delayed but if it means the game will be better for it then i can wait I hear ya about Gamer83 why he gotta be like that all the time

Gamer83

#10

Gamer83 said:

@Shellybird27

Why am I always like this? I don't know, maybe because unlike you I'm not a Sony corporate c**ksucker? You love everything Sony does, I'm not willing to bend over for bs, get over it. I don't go making a comment about every post you make about how wonderful and perfect Sony is, and I'm damn sure not going to start posting the way you do just because that's what you and others want to read from every person on here. Last time I'm addressing this. Either get used to it, or ignore my comments.

Now to address this delay. First of all PS4 has nothing right now, it would be nice to at least get a f**king baseball game on time but no can't even do that right. And then the PR team decides to bullsh*t the public with the excuse of improving the graphics and facial hair and nonsense. The game is built for the PS3 and when the transition was made from PS2 to PS3 it took the series 3 years to start hitting its stride in next-gen visuals anyway. If the gameplay isn't broken- and if the studio was doing its job and had teams working on all 3 versions at the same time like a competent studio does this shouldn't be an issue- release all 3 versions at the same time. As far as I'm concerned another middle finger to the early adopters. Yes I know 'don't buy consoles early,' blah blah blah. Sorry, this isn't an epic, next-gen exclusive RPG or open world game, it's a f**king cross-gen baseball game from a first party studio. A release date with the other versions is something that should be expected. But once again, a delay and, once again, the defense force is out to pat Sony on the corporate back and say 'great job guys, you're doing it right.'

Punished_Boss_84

#11

Punished_Boss_84 said:

@Gamer83 Okay i should start addressing you, because its becoming repetitive in regards to this obsession with delays and calling studios incompetent.

No one is a corporate insert offensive word. If you want delayed games to launch when they originally supposed to launch and have various Battlefield 4 styled situations and play through a buggy, unplayable mess of game which to this day has its fair share of problems, then more power to you. I'm sorry a short term delay is usually good on any platform, if you want further less or no delayed games at all, buy Battlefield 4 and enjoy the bugs and encourage that to become the norm.

Delays are normally good (The Last Of Us & GTA 5) and normally bad (Duke Nukem... No!). Long-term delays such as Final Fantasy 15, Agent, The Last Guardian etc. etc. is in developmental hell, this is where you judge their capabilities and rightfully so. But to complain about a measly month delay, in order to take advantage of PS4 (Provide their consumers with something more than an lazy HD port) and call the studio incompetent because of this, is not only disrespectful but is close-minded. Delays have been happening forever and has happened to every studio, is Rockstar incompetent for delaying GTA 5 on platforms they have 8+ years of experience on? No they sold gangbusters and launch ed to rave reviews. Is Naughty Dog incompetent for the TLOU delay (Their first ever)? No Sold well and launched to rave reviews. Is Nintendo incompetent for delaying Donkey Kong TF? We will find out when more reviews come, it will sell on Wii U so thats one story.

Bottomline delays happen all the time in this industry, doesn't mean the studio is incompetent it just means their product is not ready and they will require weeks/months to polish it in order to usually provide with a better, almost perfect and playable product, and guessing from your POV this is just more incompetence and isn't acceptable.

Gamer83

#12

Gamer83 said:

This is a baseball game, no comparison to a massive open world game or a heavily cinematic, big setpiece adventure like The Last of Us. Sucker Punch also seems to be right on track with inFamous, a next-gen open world game, Sony San Diego is telling me it can't get this game out before the baseball season starts? Bullsh*t. Even more bullsh*t to say it's 'taking advantage of PS4,' no it's not, if they really wanted to, the game would be exclusive to that console but obviously given PS3's userbase, that wasn't going to happen. Also, April 1 is already later than the games usually arrive, so technically it's two months late on PS4 and what also happened this year? 2K dropped its baseball series. Now as crappy as the 2K baseball games were- and they were very, very crappy- it still provided competition. San Diego no longer has to worry about other games, so if they want to start pushing releases into July, they can, I want my sports games before the season starts and it's not impossible to do that and still make them play well. I also never said I want buggy games, but keep falling back on the lame excuses for these developers. A company that has developed baseball games for years and managed to get them out in March without major game-breaking bugs should be expected to get the first next-gen baseball game out well ahead of May.

Punished_Boss_84

#13

Punished_Boss_84 said:

@Gamer83
It doesn't matter what genre the game is, a delay is a delay and is possible within any genre. It does not become acceptable just because its an open world or TLOU game. You don't like the excuses coming at you? Deal with it. These companies aren't made of machines ready to always get the game out on time, I'm sorry unless you develop games don't just make assumptions that because its a baseball game it should be easy sailing and that its an open world game its harder.

"Sucker Punch also seems to be right on track with inFamous, a next-gen open world game" Game on one platform, right.

"Sony San Diego is telling me it can't get this game out before the baseball season starts?" Game on three platforms, i see. They promised Spring 2014.

"Bullsh*t." Is it? Is it really?
"Even more bullsh*t to say it's 'taking advantage of PS4,' no it's not" Oh look someone has seen the PS4 build and has made his judgement.

"if they really wanted to, the game would be exclusive to that console but obviously given PS3's userbase, that wasn't going to happen." No it wouldn't and PS Vita says hello in regards to userbase.

"Also, April 1 is already later than the games usually arrive, so technically it's two months late on PS4 and what also happened this year?" Late? They said Spring 2014, last i checked these dates are correct.

"I want my sports games before the season starts and it's not impossible to do that and still make them play well." What you want and what the developer and publisher decides are usually different. Its not impossible? Develop your own game on three platforms and come back to me, but this sense of entitlement is real annoying.

"A company that has developed baseball games for years and managed to get them out in March without major game-breaking bugs should be expected to get the first next-gen baseball game out well ahead of May." So? What they supposedly change the dates and this is something to get hissy fit over? No they said this game will come out in Spring and they (so far) fulfilled their promise on all platforms.

They never promised anyone a March date, thats all in your head.

Gamer83

#14

Gamer83 said:

@Big-Boss

I've played these games long enough to know the early ones don't take advantage of the console. Yes, they promised Spring the game always arrives in March, now, with no competition, it's April, sports games are almost always out well in advance of the season, it's an expectation hardcore fans have. San Diego did it before with PS2, PSP and PS3 versions of games all arriving at the same time and playing well. I'm just looking at the studio's track record when I say they could get all 3 versions out because they've shown before they're fully capable. You can keep being the good little corporate slave Sony wants you to be though. You like your delays, you think it's a sense of entitlement for somebody to want at least a few games to arrive on time. Good for you. Just like you suggest I have to 'deal with it' you deal with the fact that I don't have to support delays or that I expect to play a baseball game before the damn season starts. That's not asking too much and I'm not changing just because you find my attitude annoying, I find yours just as annoying but I don't go reporting people or telling them how to post.

Punished_Boss_84

#15

Punished_Boss_84 said:

@Gamer83
"You can keep being the good little corporate slave Sony wants you to be though." Right defending delays, a standard across the whole industry is the equal to being a corporate slave for Sony, wonderful logic.

"You like your delays" Never said that, i just said its usually for the greater good.

"you think it's a sense of entitlement for somebody to want at least a few games to arrive on time." No that has nothing to do with the delays, this is where the above phrase comes into it: "I want my sports games before the season starts" and like i said they never promised a March date and expecting it based on the past and wanting it before the season is not a fact.

"but I don't go reporting people or telling them how to post." This is the first i'm hearing of this, never reported no-one and never said anything about posting styles, all this is an disagreement: nothing more, nothing less.

Suit yourself in regards to this all, but your logic is all over the place.

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