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Dec 03

Introducing Griffey-Inspired “Retro Mode” for MLB The Show 17

Ramone Russell's Avatar Posted by Game Designer & Online Community Manager, San Diego Studio

During the World Series, we revealed that newly inducted Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. will grace the cover of MLB The Show 17. The Kid’s signature style transcended the baseball diamond and helped create some of the most memorable baseball video games of the 90’s. Most of us at San Diego Studio grew up playing those classics and wondered how we could recreate a nostalgic feeling for a generation of gamers.

To answer the most obvious question: nope, your eyes did not deceive you. At the very end of our PlayStation Experience trailer you caught a first look at a new game mode for The Show 17.

Introducing “Retro Mode,” a retro gameplay experience that pays homage to the classic baseball games many of us grew up playing. Retro Mode allows you to move the pitcher across the pitcher’s rubber and move around the batter’s box with ease, classic on-screen displays, an old school soundtrack, unique sound effects, a throwback pause menu and more.

Retro Mode is entirely separate to the popular Road To The Show, Diamond Dynasty and Franchise game modes. This new way to play MLB The Show is designed to be a fun, throwback game mode that instigates battles on the couch with friends. We’re not diving deep into those modes just yet, but there are a few teases about the changes coming to RTTS, gameplay additions and a couple of other things we snuck into the trailer for our eager fans. Some changes are more obvious than others and we’ll take a deeper look very soon in case the untrained eye missed a clue (I’m guessing our biggest fans will find most of them by the end of the weekend).

MLB The Show 17

We’ve only scratched the surface on the feature set for MLB The Show 17, so stay tuned for info in the coming weeks. And if you’re at PlayStation Experience over the weekend be sure to come by the MLB The Show bar and try out an Alpha build of Retro Mode.

In the meantime you can pre-order now and please make sure to watch The Show Nation and our Twitter and Facebook accounts between now and March 28th for the latest updates.

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PhoenixRush said:

December 3rd, 12:00 pm

I saw a choice being made near the start, really wondering what that was about.

    pdxhankc said:

    December 3rd, 3:17 pm

    More than likely a story mode in RTTS

    SportsAndroid256 said:

    December 12th, 4:59 pm

    That story mode is gonna be epic

TrueAssassin86x said:

December 3rd, 12:02 pm

Had me sold at retro mode will pre-order when i can

billyok said:

December 3rd, 1:07 pm

Pete41608 said:

December 3rd, 3:31 pm


RttS is being pushed forward, it’s been so slow for a few years while other modes have been getting the majority of development.

That Retro Mode should be a very nice way to play with friends.

Day 1 for me now, Griffey Jr. featuring had me interested but RttS new additions and Retro Mode has pushed my interest to the top.

Welcome back to The Show Ken Griffey Jr.!

    Pete41608 said:

    December 3rd, 3:41 pm

    Actually, I’m really thinking of pre-ordering the digital deluxe and I’ve never spent $100 on a game before or at release.

    Looks like coaches will finally be doing their job in RttS.

wantaskittle said:

December 4th, 2:31 pm

Old Yankee Stadium! That’s awesome, playing in classic ballparks is my favorite part about The Show.

TxMan6 said:

December 13th, 11:58 pm

Is there any way you could add my name to the list of all the other names you have for creating a player? My name is Jasper. Thank you!

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