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MLB 12 The Show: Online Everywhere, Unified Settings, Play Now Plus

Jason Villa's Avatar Posted by Producer, MLB 10 THE SHOW

For years there’s been somewhat of a line between the online areas of MLB The Show and the rest of the game…sometimes that line was faint, sometimes it was distinct. Coming into the development of MLB 12 The Show, we really wanted to eliminate that line so this lead to the idea of Online Everywhere.


The game modes in the main menu of MLB 12 The Show now have all game modes, offline and online in the same list. As you can see from the image below, Home Run Derby is listed in game modes, once selected you’ll be able to select offline or online. You’ll also see Diamond Dynasty, which is an entirely new mode that mixes offline and online components and includes elements never before seen in a sports game (more info on both of those modes to come soon).

Moving over one click to the right from the main menu, there’s now a community menu with the online features available.

Unified Settings
Nobody wants to manage more than one set of user settings. In MLB 12 The Show, you set how you want to play in one spot: Options > User Settings. Regardless of whether you’re playing exhibition, Road to The Show, or an online league game, you’ll use your set of user settings. There are online game negotiated settings to keep the playing field even, but beyond those select few items, you play The Show how you want to play it.


Play Now Plus
Play Now has always been the best place to find an online exhibition game quickly. The single biggest request from the community with Play Now is the ability to customize certain user settings. Play Now Plus offers just that. Under the User Settings > Online Challenge Settings you can select those important settings you most care about and guarantee you find a game that matches those settings. If you’re an avid Guess Pitch off user, set it to Off, go to Exhibition > Play Now and you’ll be matched up with another user with Guess Pitch set to Off.

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The best thing about all these features is that they’re available on both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. Thank you for reading and we hope to see you on March 6, 2012 when MLB 12 The Show hits stores exclusively on PlayStation. Welcome the The Show!

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eaglefan129 said:

January 18th, 11:16 am

I defentyly excited for the ps3 version but if the vita version is the same experience I’d rather get the ps3 version first.

JohnMcClaneTW said:

January 18th, 11:18 am

So is online play going to be super lagged for almost every game you play like it always has been?

polo155 said:

January 18th, 11:35 am

If I can play my friend from the Vita to the PS3 I’ll get the Vita Version…

Itll deff be a buy if it has both. But I will be getting this.

Keep up the good work!

PSN_Tokeio said:

January 18th, 11:46 am

Why is Amazon show March 27th as the release date for the Vita version? Is March 6th the date for both Vita and PS3?

ATLRoAcH said:

January 18th, 11:55 am

Hey I was just wondering if the rest of the MLB avatars would ever be put on the PS store. There is still about 10 teams missing. I’ve been waiting for a Braves avatar since July or so.

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Eric Monacelli said:

January 18th, 12:04 pm

Can’t wait. :)

etur0 said:

January 18th, 12:09 pm

@eaglefan129 even better idea you get both for one price like what they are doing with Ruin and Motorstorm:AC

kilburni86 said:

January 18th, 12:45 pm

Since these features are all on PS3 AND Vita, does that mean that the Vita will support online play? I know that cross-play has already been ruled out, but Vita vs. Vita online would be nice at least!

Also, any word on bundling for a discount, say $80 for PS3 disc and Vita download code? I want both, but $100 for two copies of essentially the same game is pretty steep…

ravinem33 said:

January 18th, 1:01 pm

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Maxwell_Bond said:

January 18th, 1:15 pm

All these additions to online play mean nothing to me because the lag is too bad for me to even use them. Instead of adding all this bling bling that does nothing to fix the lag, invest in dedicated servers so that me and many other people who buy this game can actually play online.

obama-chngweneed said:

January 18th, 2:54 pm

will there be any MLB The Show ps3/vita version bundle? so you dont have to buy each separately at full price ($100). if you have any info on this, that’d be great!

Omegian-Ultima said:

January 18th, 3:27 pm

Welcome the show.
Welcome to the show.
I got yo back PS Blog, holla at ya boy.

Justp94 said:

January 18th, 4:04 pm

Does this mean that you guys improved your Online servers so there is a smoother online experience. Even when you have a good connection with a good router, you still experience annoying lag that shouldn’t occur.

bodath said:

January 18th, 5:28 pm

Come on guys, European release of MLB The Show. Please!

etur0 said:

January 18th, 10:19 pm

I meant to say Warrior’s Liar didn’t know they change the name of the game Ruin to Warrior’s Lair

to all the people complaining about lag and no dedicate servers it looks like that it is going to have dedicate servers there is a group of gamers were invited to play the game this week and one of them is on a podcast that I listen to said something about it has servers now

Khronikos said:

January 18th, 10:22 pm

Game is going to be amazing guys. Community days are on right now and they are fixing a ton of stuff requested by the community. Great stuff. New ball physics look sick!

etur0 said:

January 18th, 10:22 pm

@kilburni86 from what I have been hearing the vita version will have online and will have almost all the same features has the ps3 version

stonesoup15 said:

January 19th, 3:21 am

Sounds like a great game buying it

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Rick1220 said:

January 19th, 10:29 pm

Is the Vita version going to be included for free inside the PS3 copy or how is that going to work exactly? I’d hate to buy the same game twice but I would like to have it on both systems.

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