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MLB 09 The Show – Hear Yourself Cheer In-Game

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In case you didn’t catch this early story on ESPN last Friday, MLB 09 The Show was officially announced today, ready to arrive this coming Spring on the PS3, PSP, and PS2. As the market leader in the baseball category, the team did not want to rest on their laurels and churn out a lackluster effort. For this year, the team is including a number of new features and visual detail to once again bring the best and most realistic sports gaming experience available.

Last year we allowed players to import their own music from the PS3 hard drive so they could listen in game. Now, the team has gone a step further by creating the “My MLB Music” feature. This will allow players to use the in-game music editor to create snipits of music that can be saved and used as customized walk up music for their favorite players. Additionally, have you ever screamed at your TV at a bad (or good) play when engaged in a sports game? Well now your voice can be heard IN THE GAME by allowing users to record their own fan chants and yells and integrate them seamlessly into the ambient crowd noise. It’ll sound like you’re really there.

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Of course the team is all over the details and as the leading baseball game simulator out there, how could they not? Transitional lighting is now included so players will see the lighting and shadows change gradually from a late afternoon game into night. There are also many more details within each stadium including unique jumbotron animations, realistic fan reactions, and wear and tear on the field. Also for the New York fans out there – you’re probably curious to know how your new stadiums will look like for the Yankees and the Mets? Well wonder no further as MLB 09 The Show will have them in the game, in full detailed glory.

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But back to the features. Our exclusive “Road to the Show” mode has been improved with an all-new practice mode, Franchise mode has been expanded to include 40 man rosters, and the new online season leagues are available, allowing friends to get together in a league and pool MLB players together for an in-game fantasy draft.

We’ll be talking much more about this game and showing the goods as we get closer to launch next Spring. In the meantime, enjoy some of these great screen grabs to get an early peek at what the team currently has going.

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CrimsonFox13 said:

December 22nd, 5:12 pm

Looks cool! I like the voice integration and the way music is done!

Nito025 said:

December 22nd, 5:17 pm

Sounds great! Mlb 08 was a great game and I could only imagine what’s in store for 09!!! Keep up the good work!

acerazer1 said:

December 22nd, 5:19 pm

Looking forward to this, The Show is by far the best baseball game out there.

Keysersoze10033 said:

December 22nd, 5:20 pm

I can’t wait :).

Firefox_CR said:

December 22nd, 5:20 pm

Dang that’s a lot of stuff. Can’t wait for to come out, sounds like a great improvement from last years

schwaa said:

December 22nd, 5:22 pm

Wow…good idea!

Chaos_Bladez said:

December 22nd, 5:39 pm

Haha, I can’t wait for all the swearing my crowd will be doing! :P

Best looking baseball game ever! :D

GoMBoS said:

December 22nd, 5:48 pm

Looks fantastic and sounds great!

But, the pictures don’t work :( I must see full sized pictures!!!

tirminyl said:

December 22nd, 5:51 pm

Awesome. I don’t play sports games but you guys are making me want to pick this up.

Question: With MLB 08 it was spoken that the developers wanted to implement the ability to continue your PS3 game on the PSP and vice versa. Will this be possible with MLB09?

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    klaunchbaugh said:

    December 22nd, 11:15 pm

    Unfortunately no, you can\’t continue a save from PSP to PS3. It\’s still something we really want to do but haven\’t been able to work it into the schedule just yet.

Clinton514 said:

December 22nd, 5:52 pm

Wow. I haven’t purchased a Baseball game since Hardball III(on my good ol’ 386dx).

This has my attention and I’m looking forward to the upcoming announcements. :)

MegadethAndy said:

December 22nd, 6:18 pm

Thats awesome, im not even interested in sports games, but these are some very cool features.

Toast said:

December 22nd, 6:19 pm

loved last years game can’t wait for this years :D

go cubs! 100 year curse is over, it’s world series time!

mountain_duwe said:

December 22nd, 6:29 pm

MOST WANTED. MOST WANTED. MOST WANTED.

but the pics arent clickable!

Mana Knight said:

December 22nd, 6:34 pm

Really awesome news. :D MLB08: The Show was awesome, so I’m excited. :)

It will be cool playing baseball and collecting trophies. ;)

Atoms said:

December 22nd, 6:44 pm

The best sports game out period!

BigChief said:

December 22nd, 6:44 pm

MLB The Show 08 was great, I’m definitely looking forward to MLB The Show 09.

TheTwelve said:

December 22nd, 6:47 pm

Got ’07, ’08….will certainly get ’09.

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SpiderBoy36 said:

December 22nd, 6:57 pm

I wonder who will be on the cover. Here are my choices:

1. Jimmy Rollins
2. Shane Victorino
3. Chase Utley
4. Ryan Howard
5. Pat Burrell
6. Geoff Jenkins
7. Pedro Feliz
8. Carlos Ruiz
9. Cole Hamels

Seriously though, Hamels deserves it.

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    klaunchbaugh said:

    December 22nd, 11:24 pm

    This list is looks like some kind of lineup!

    Hmmm… ;)

sk8erdh36 said:

December 22nd, 7:20 pm

AWESOME! CAN’T WAIT!

Dante989 said:

December 22nd, 7:21 pm

FINALLY… WALK UP MUSIC!!!
and they have the 40 man roster im hoping is for expanded rosters for september.

no1evofn said:

December 22nd, 7:37 pm

sick looks like i’ll be saving my money for this one!

stallyon84 said:

December 22nd, 7:41 pm

everything looks awesome except the cubs in the giant picture. I just threw up in my mouth. . .

ftwrthtx said:

December 22nd, 7:55 pm

Sounds great

Any word on the possibility of allowing the game saves to be shared between the PS3 and the PSP so that we can literally take our seasons, careers, franchises, etc. on the road?

How cool would it be if we could start a season on our PS3, transfer the game save over to the PSP, and continue that season while traveling out and about on our PSP?

EnigmaNemesis said:

December 22nd, 7:59 pm

@19

It will be Dustin Pedroia.

Bookmark my words. (try not to be so blatantly bias with your choices … lol)

Anyhow … this is the best baseball franchise bar none. 08′ was PHENOMENAL, and 09 can only deliver much more.

Also, on operationsports.com the devs said replays can be saved to your PS3 hard drive, then put on a flash drive and uploaded via PC. And the screenshot mode that Motorstorm and Whipeout have are in.

DarkMississippi said:

December 22nd, 8:16 pm

Looking forward to this no doubt. Even though I wasn’t able to get on until I got a new router. But hope those issues are fixed as well for the 09!

Barnolde said:

December 22nd, 8:17 pm

Best baseball game ever gets better!

Just cut down on the loading please!

DredPirateStorm said:

December 22nd, 9:04 pm

I can’t wait till we can see this game in action. I think you’ve got your Flickr pics set to private because we can’t view them now.

lakaihigh said:

December 22nd, 9:29 pm

this is going to be my first baseball game purchase for my PS3! i am sooo psyched. all the new features sound so tight. i cannot wait.

thanks,
Lh

vexxorator said:

December 22nd, 9:59 pm

Wow, simply wow! I love baseball, I tried out the 08 demo and was thinking of buying it but decided not to because I figured that they would make a 09 version that would be better. And now I am going to buy it. I am glad I waited. This looks awesome!

THATPSPGUY said:

December 22nd, 10:48 pm

Just WOW! I mean you folks are Steppin’ up to Plate on this one. Way to set the bar for other games to follow but none will compare. The new stadiums, SICK! Cheers can’t wait!

IIIKAGEIII said:

December 22nd, 11:15 pm

i live in australia and we don’t get this game there. i love baseball and i’ll be picking this one up when it comes out. too bad it didn’t come out 4 months ago. our dollar is so bad atm.

NewYork214 said:

December 23rd, 1:24 am

cant wait to play this game. loved 08

Kevyn.B.Grams said:

December 23rd, 1:24 am

Great job SCEA San Diego! My brother and I have been doing 83 game rivalries ever since the mode was implemented in 06. The gameplay engine is just spot on, and I am very happy to see that the major work has went into more authentication.

I just have a couple of things I want to mention, hope I can get a comment.

1) Will we see weather transitions as well as the day/night shifts. It would be awsome to play a game at Safco and have the roof actually closing due to rain.

note: It would be cool to see the players/field get wet slowly, mabye the uncharted wet effect could be used.

2) Will rivalry mode go online? My brother is going to school next year so we will need the mode to go online. Hope that is possible.

3) Will we finally be able to make easy catches right up against the waal down the foul lines? I hate when a ball falls not even fully into the first row and your first baseman has been standing there for 3 seconds yet he still can’t reach over and grab the ball.

Those three things would make this game nearly perfect in my book. Besides that I think you guys got the right idea. Animation, animation, animation that is what makes it seem real more than anything.

tgo18 said:

December 23rd, 2:29 am

You guys do such great work, I loved MLB 08 and it was my personal GOTY. I’m liking what i hear so far.

But I hope you guys are working on a few things…

First off the strike zone needs work. Everything is good but there are often strikes called very high that would be called a ball 100 times out of a 100, I think many people would agree including you guys.

tgo18 said:

December 23rd, 2:30 am

Another thing.

HR’s that are hit off the foul poll need some work. For one thing we like to look at the HR. When we hot one off the foul poll the camera is not even on the ball, it’s instantly on the bench but who wants to look at that?

We want a view of the ball hitting the poll. Another problem is once this happens we always know it’s a HR, there is no exciting drama that is it going to be gone at all like real life, we know that it’s a HR right away.

You guys need to program it so sometimes watching it will hit the poll for a HR and sometimes it wont and it will go foul, there also no HR’s that just miss the foul poll but are HR’s….

zakruz said:

December 23rd, 2:31 am

I wonder if it will come to europe :/

tgo18 said:

December 23rd, 2:35 am

Another thing we need is more emotion from the announcers. We need more emotion when you hit that grand slam, that game winning rbi single in the 9th or extra’s or a HR or whatever it is that gets the game over. More emotion winning the World series, more when you win the series in extra’s with a hit.

This is missing in sports games today.

tgo18 said:

December 23rd, 2:38 am

Another thing. How about more stat overlays? Why not stats of what a players average is when guys are in scoring position, what about an average against a pitcher or a pitchers stats against a certain hitter, there is many stuff that can be added. Why not a plays of the game, and not just a play of the game?

Why is there no HR derby in the Allstar game?

Sorry for all the posts, but there’s a limit on how much I can put in one.

warezIbanez said:

December 23rd, 4:00 am

This actually looks innovative for a sports game… I know that Madden has been in a rut for years on not improving its gameplay and everything, yet people still decide to give their money to EA for updated rosters. It’s about time I saw a sports game that actually adds something from the past years and separates it from the pack.

pumabkny said:

December 23rd, 4:14 am

when playing someone online will i be able to pitch from the pitchers camara angle .if not please make that an option thats my only issue with 08 besides that this is the best most realistc baseball game in history and also the best graphics of any game i have ever seen on any console u guys deserve a award for this…great job

PugSuperStar said:

December 23rd, 5:37 am

Pedroia should be on the cover IMHO. He personifies hard work and the correct baseball attitude!

Will it be possible to continue a RTTS career from 08 to 09??

StalkingSilence said:

December 23rd, 5:42 am

Liking the customization!

JoE 15 said:

December 23rd, 5:54 am

Awesome. For some reason, the crowds in video games has always been a big pet peeve for me. Hopefully this game will turn it around. Regardless, I will be buying this game in 2009!

subbed said:

December 23rd, 6:35 am

08 was my first baseball game in years, and it looks like your adding on top of that which is great.

I’ll be honest and say I doubt I’ll pick this one up but keep on adding in these great features.

Every other year for me is enough with sports games with updating rosters, but again awesome work.

WhiteSpy said:

December 23rd, 7:40 am

Will there be any integration between PSP and PS3? I’d love to start a season on the PS3 and do a few games on my PSP when I am not at home. It would be great if they could sync up and share the season. Sell them as a package deal for a discount. Also, PLEASE include some instructions on how to control base runners this year, it almost wasn’t even mentioned in the booklet last year and I still am not sure how it really works.

Jedi_webslinger said:

December 23rd, 7:59 am

Awesome features… can’t wait to play this one. Keep up with the great work.

SDkngsht said:

December 23rd, 9:22 am

Sony’s in-house baseball game is definitely the king of all baseball games. good to see you guys working on improvements and not settling.

i can already think of several entrance songs for my character when he walks up. lol.

SDkngsht said:

December 23rd, 9:23 am

oh…and i’m assuming we need a PS3 eye to catch the audio for those cheering features?

RunnerKyle said:

December 23rd, 9:40 am

I’d love to see Sony work more Ads into the game, and it would + their rev.

I think in inning transitions it would be totally natural to see the camera panning the field, and a Chevy truck pull up and stop on screne and then pull away with a banner saying American Revolution – just like in a real broadcast.

And as a batter is swinging their bat and the stats pop up have a subway logo above the stats. The announcers could even say let’s take a look at our Subway Stats Tracker and make a coment about the players.

Things like that would make it feel very real, get very good brand exposure, and increase Sony revenues.

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