MLB The Show 23 may not be releasing during Black History Month, but the announcement of its Storylines mode seems perfectly timed: the newly announced The Negro Leagues will serve as a gateway to the trials, tribulations, and – most importantly – triumphs of some of America’s lesser known superstars. Narrated by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum’s Bob Kendrick, the mode promises to take you on an “entertaining narrative journey through short informational videos, followed by gameplay reflecting important moments in a player’s career”.
There’ll be eight players available in this first season of Storylines: Leroy ‘Satchel’ Paige, Jackie Robinson, Andrew ‘Rube’ Foster, Hilton Smith, Hank Thompson, John Donaldson, Martin Dihigo, and John Jordan ‘Buck’ O’Neil. Future instalments of the game will focus on different players, with this addition representing a multi-year commitment from developer San Diego Studio.
In addition to the new mode, Sony will be donating $1 from each sale of MLB The Show 23’s Collector’s Edition and Digital Deluxe Edition to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, through 31st December in the United States. A deep dive, detailing the mode and its various features, will debut later this week, on Thursday, 9th February.
Personally, we really love this feature. In addition to being terrific fun to play, sports games have tremendous untapped potential to tell very human tales. While we don’t expect the core gameplay to differ too much from MLB The Show’s existing Moments mode, we think all of the surrounding documentary content on offer here is going to elevate this mode, and shine a light on an era of baseball some younger fans may not be familiar with.
Quick! Somebody call up DeSantis and let him know about this! Joking, it looks awesome. I'll wait for it to be on PS Plus though or get it on a deep sale.
Beautiful stuff! Looking forward to this year's edition!
I don't know where you live specifically but I live in Florida so I sadly have to deal with that bull---t everyday.
@PegasusActual93 Pennsylvania but I feel your pain. I know some people like to act that we’re beaten over the head with stuff but I honestly never knew about the Negro leagues and stuff like red lining until I was an adult. Pretty much the only stuff I leaned in school was slavery is bad and some nice people helped them hide in the Underground Railroad. This seems like a cool addition to a video game and there’a nothing woke about it. It’s just history
Woah, this looks incredible. I’m a big fan of sports games doing more story-focused content so on that basis alone it’s a win, never mind the concept of these players getting the spotlight. Satchel Paige was one of the greatest pitchers of all time and the game’s sorely missed him until now.
I don’t ever play sports games and I’m by no means a ‘social justice warrior’ but this is a really cool idea and one that seems so obvious and overdue, I can’t believe they didn’t think to do this sooner. Great idea and I hope the game sells well.
Very curious to hear if this is a more interesting and cohesive story than "road to the show". Could be really cool if so!
N.i.c.e. as a black American from queens new york thats cool.much respect to san diego studio and sony.word up son
@playstation1995 You already know son! I'm from Cleveland, OH born and raised. As you can see from my profile pic, I'm black as well. So this is a nice addition.
@Rafie. Whats going black.yeah man .black people are the heart of the world.and we are the culture.queens new york represent.word up son
And they got my second favorite mc in rakim in that video.and the classic rap music i aint no joke.nas is still my favorite mcs/rappers ever.good job san diego studio and PlayStation.queens new york represent.word up son
Holy crap that is so cool. Welp you just got a sale for a sport I don’t even like.
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