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MLB 12 The Show: How TruBroadcast Presentations Put You in the Game

Clayton Read's Avatar + Posted by Clayton Read on Mar 15, 2012 // Associate Producer, MLB 11 The Show

When it comes to presentations, we’ve officially thrown caution to the wind. Why the risk? Well, we deem it a necessary one in our quest to blur the lines between a real baseball TV broadcast and MLB The Show. We know that series fans demand an accurate simulation of reality and we’re doing our best to deliver. On that note, MLB 12 The Show is proud to introduce TruBroadcast Presentations, which combine the best of broadcast presentations and Real Time presentations. Here’s a look.


That description, however, would be selling short the full potential of TruBroadcast presentations. We’ve also restructured and refined upwards of 10,000 presentations and combined them with enhanced AI, revamped cameras, improved on-screen displays, and expanded audio to deliver the most realistic baseball gaming experience to date. Without question, this is our biggest leap forward in blurring the line between reality and our game. We realize that anything that detracts from this reality and requires suspension of disbelief can shatter the feeling that you are playing in a real game. To that end, we’ve worked tirelessly to create a single presentation mode that expands upon the emotion and variety that TV broadcast presentations offer while simultaneously improving upon the continuity of Real Time presentations. TruBroadcast presentations equal more baseball specificity combined with more realistic game flow!

Continuity, or game flow, is one of the presentation aspects that we focused on most while creating TruBroadcast presentations. We wanted to offer enhanced emotion and variety with a single presentation mode while at the same time avoiding disconnects in actor location. We don’t want a camera cut to reveal that an actor, or actors, had seemingly teleported across the field. We want to avoid disconnects that throw you out of the illusion that you’re watching an actual TV broadcast. With those goals in mind, we tirelessly studied countless MLB broadcasts and restructured thousands of presentations to improve the timing of the camera cuts, the framing of the camera shots, and the importance of who we cut the camera to. We hope all our hard work and improvements confuse you a little more as to whether you’re playing MLB The Show or watching a live broadcast.

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To mimic a true broadcast feel for our on-screen displays, we’ve spent many hours researching regular season/playoff games and gained a lot of knowledge on what information an actual broadcast is passing to the viewer. We’ve also noticed how the on-screen displays transition on and off the screen and how simple and straightforward the look of it appears. When showing information on an on-screen display, showing little things like the pitcher’s pitch count and how many runners each team has left on base keeps you informed without overloading you with too much. We’ve simplified our on-screen displays by just showing statistical information and removing unwanted graphics. A good example of this is the removal of mug shots from the batter walkup display.

In terms of audio, the goal this year was the same as it’s been since we launched on the PS3 in 2007 – continue to grow the base and make the game deeper and deeper. To that end, we’ve added more than 70 hours of new recordings to the game this year, many involving both and sometimes all three of our main announcers. One main area of focus relates to season mode, where you’ll find much more content that centers around player stats, recent team performance, and both team and league leaders.

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To further advance our idea of TruBroadcast, we’ve also added more detail to our jumbotrons this year. In MLB 12 The Show we took on the task of replicating each team’s jumbotron to have the exact design and feel of the actual team’s displays. Our jumbotrons now show actual batter and pitcher statistics, lineups, and previous at-bat info, just like at every real MLB ballpark. We’ve also added new HD-quality movies to be displayed on our jumbotrons so when the home team strikes out a batter or hits a home run, a movie will display to show the excitement and realism within our stadiums.

Lastly, we’ve added laser ribbons to each stadium that currently utilizes them. So you might ask, “what do we display on these laser ribbons?” Well, for starters all our movies, statistics, and anything that we feel will really bring the crowd to their feet in anticipation of what goes on in a real live baseball game. This attention to detail only adds to the realism that we strive for each and every year.

As you dig into MLB 12 The Show and get ready for MLB Opening Day on April 4th, be on the lookout for these improvements and see for yourself what TruBroadcast really means in The Show!

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14 Comments

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+ Heatseeker125 on March 15th, 2012 at 12:33 pm said:

I hit a game winning home run in the Vita version and no celebration cut scene. The game just ends. Absolutely ridiculous. You can’t enjoy your accomplishment if it just ends like that. If I win the World Series in the Vita version and the game just ends, I’m going to be angry. Please allow people to enable the presentations in next year’s Vita version. They can be off by default but please allow us to turn them back on.


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+ erico316ecw on March 15th, 2012 at 12:37 pm said:

i wanna know do u need to be a plus memeber to use the cross platform gamesave for psv and ps3


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+ yoeun88 on March 15th, 2012 at 1:27 pm said:

Bought the vita/ps3 combo. I love the upload to cloud feature. You guys have done a great job with The Show, I haven’t bought a baseball game in years, and I am glad that The Show was my first in a while. If EA ever loses the NFL rights you guys should attempt an NFL game that would be awesome! Anyway thanks for the great game Sony San Diego. @erico316ecw no you don’t have to be a plus member it works right from the save menu and it is one save upload per game mode.


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+ TKS090902 on March 15th, 2012 at 1:46 pm said:

Are there any plans to add the new Playoff format to this year’s version of MLB?

Your direct competitor had it built in to their release date disc.

Also, are roster updated going to be more frequent? The Blue Jays are missing a lot of their young talent that are poised to be BIG LEAGUERS by at least next year.


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+ zichster on March 15th, 2012 at 3:50 pm said:

Great, truebroadcast yeah whatever, now fix the online hitting, frozen catcher bug and disconnects from the league lobbies.


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+ pogibana on March 15th, 2012 at 4:19 pm said:

It’s great that you did so much on presentation now do something with the game. I play RTTS and have the umpires set to off for perfect calls. My player was called on strike three looking and when I checked on replay slow motion the pich wasn’t even close. It was low and inside by several inches.


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+ JDSSLP on March 15th, 2012 at 6:58 pm said:

I agree with no. 1 and no. 2 above, but please provide a patch this year for the Vita presentations. I am amazed at how much is already in the Vita version, but they are right, we need the option to go all the way here.

Also @themissinglink, you need to pick up the PS3 version, the difference in batter/pitcher presentation alone is too notable to miss out on.


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+ Vortuminius on March 16th, 2012 at 7:58 am said:

@5
I believe they update rosters weekly… as per what most sports games do during the season. Also keep in mind it is still spring training, so huge roster changes may occur between now and April.


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+ TriangleOffense on March 16th, 2012 at 5:24 pm said:

Yeah it looks great but plays terrible. Fix online before trying to suck a little more money out of everyone.

Your “temporary” fix is a joke and doesnt help at all. Having to train yourself 3 different ways to beable to hit is sad. Even if you dont reply here which Im 100% positive you wont you should consider acknowledging the fans on the forum who shell out the money every year for your games. Once every now and then is not communicating.


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+ boobinz on March 16th, 2012 at 11:16 pm said:

This game is amazing…love it!…h
Home run derby has never been better…lmao..Good stuff!..


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+ Matrix_Lion on March 17th, 2012 at 3:42 pm said:

MLB 12 The Show is an absolutely beautiful game. I play it at my cousin’s house and I’ll be buying the PS3/Vita combo pack soon. It’s just superb.


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+ OPS_GEAR107 on March 18th, 2012 at 9:18 pm said:

awe-some


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+ JohnTrix on March 25th, 2012 at 12:32 am said:

I think this game need an update is the worst piching and batting gameplay a ever play in mlb the show i play with bottons tipe and when i hit it good its a pop up when de cpu hiy early and pitch is down and his view is up hit good or a home run piching de ball ends in other place than were i put it woth good release please fix this bugs and problems always the cup win hitting de ball bad


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