Major League Baseball's opening day doesn't come until March 31, but Sony is already making its pitch for the next installment in its long-running baseball sim series. The company today announced a March 8 release for MLB 11: The Show on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, and PSP.
The PS3 version of the game will introduce Move compatibility and 3D support into the series. According to ESPN, the motion-sensing control option will be limited to a Home Run Derby mode, while a new analog stick scheme will be used to control batting, pitching, and fielding. For purists, the game's previous button-based control scheme will be included as an option.
Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer will return as the cover athlete after adding a third consecutive Gold Glove and fourth Silver Slugger award for his performance in the 2010 campaign. He was also named 2009 American League Most Valuable Player and is a three-time AL batting champion.
Sony will be rewarding those who preorder the PS3 edition of MLB 11: The Show with a free 30-day trial of MLB.TV, the streaming service that lets players watch regular season games from around the league on their PS3s or PCs with DVR-like features. In addition, Sony will be debuting a baseball-themed PS3 controller alongside the game. The MLB 11: The Show Edition Dual Shock 3 controller will sell for $54.99 and come in white with a red baseball stitching pattern on the front.
For more on the previous entry in the series, check out GameSpot's review of MLB 10: The Show.