MLB: The Show gets extra innings on PS3

Next edition of Sony's baseball game announced for the PS3, PS2, PSP; online league play among the key new features.

Major League Baseball's Winter Meetings have just wrapped up, with several baseball players signing deals for outrageous amounts of money to play with new teams or stay with their previous squads.

Sony made its own baseball deal recently, announcing that it was bringing the MLB: The Show series back for extra innings. MLB 07: The Show was announced today for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation Portable.

MLB 07: The Show adds online league play, lets gamers compete in online leagues of up to 30 teams (Sony did not specify which platforms this feature would be available for). Baseball fans can also tinker with the game's sliders and upload them to servers for others to try out.

The series' pitching has been given the most changes in the upcoming edition of the franchise. Catchers will recommend pitches based on hitters' tendencies, or players can shake off the backstop and simply throw what they want. Like the sport it emulates, MLB 07 will also feature finicky umpires, with their own strike zones and tendencies.

The atmosphere of baseball is being focused on in the PS3 version, with the addition of crowd animations, including tussles for foul balls, the seventh inning stretch, and the wave. Sony is also adding correct grips and arm angles for different pitch types for true students of the game.

MLB 07: The Show has not yet been rated or priced and will be available in spring 2007.

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squizm0re
squizm0re

@melo "In 2005, in response to EA Sports' exclusive license with the National Football League and ESPN prohibiting any NFL 2K games for the foreseeable future, Take-Two Interactive signed an exclusive third-party licensing contract with Major League Baseball (MLB), MLBPA and MLBAM to produce MLB games. The agreement, which runs from Spring 2006 to 2012, allows for the console manufacturers Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo to produce MLB titles for their respective platforms, but bars third party developers such as EA Sports from continuing or developing their own MLB games." Basically 2k bought the cross platform liscense, which is why this game is only coming out on sony consoles. Sony can only develop a baseball game for sony platforms. Microsoft can develop a baseball game for their platforms and so on. It was basically done to C*ck block EA Games after they nabbed the NFL license.

melo_211
melo_211

Can someone answer me this? How does Sony make a MLB baseball game when 2K bought the baseball license??

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

At least Sony knows how to make a good baseball game. Now, if only they can get thier basketball game together...

Odium_Humanis
Odium_Humanis

I started playing baseball games again with EA's MVP 2003 (rest in peace, that was a good series), but I dug 'The Show' 06 a lot. Online league play is something I've looked for in ALL SPORTS GAMES for years, and when Sega's NFL 2k5 had it, I thought a new day was dawning, but EA did it's thing with the NFL and the exclusivity garbage. Anyway, I'm all over this game and I suspect that it will make me very happy. For the guy that said that this might be his first baseball game ever...Well, it baseball sim. Kinda like the baseball madden in that you don't just pick it up and win 40-0. So if you are like, one of those guys that doesn't play Madden because it left the casual player behind years ago, you might wanna rent it first.

FilthyYamBag
FilthyYamBag

sounds kickass, maybe i'll buy my first baseball game ever Go Red Sox

yanksfanman319
yanksfanman319

I would love to get this game..but I just sold my ps2 a few months ago to get money towards the 360. Now I have the 360. It sucks that our baseball game sucks..atleast we have that guy from MVP coming over..hopefully he'll make things better..but whoever has a ps2 or ps3 DEF. get this game..I loved 06: The Show when I had my ps2..and the career in this sounds 10x better

GameFreak34
GameFreak34

Yeah... it is kinda sad EA Sports ended its contract with the MLB to make baseball games. I loved MVP Baseball 2005, best baseball game i have ever played. The news about MLB 07 The Show sounds great with all the new features. I hope this series turns out to be good just like MVP. Anyways I'll probably get it over MLB 2K7...

ollieluc
ollieluc

"I still miss MVP Baseball and ESPN NFL for that matter. This games looks good and will be the first game I will get since MVP Baseball 2005. I really want to play as Matuzaka" by first game I meant first baseball game

ollieluc
ollieluc

I still miss MVP Baseball and ESPN NFL for that matter. This games looks good and will be the first game I will get since MVP Baseball 2005. I really want to play as Matuzaka

theKSMM
theKSMM

Being able to have leagues of mixed platforms (i.e. PS3 + PS2 + PSP all in the same online league) would be tight.

GameFreak34
GameFreak34

this is a game im actually looking forward to, better yet, it's coming out in the spring of next year, when ill get the PS3...

diablos101
diablos101

England we call it rounders i think :P

LordAndrew
LordAndrew

The PS2 version might have that, majestikk

anamnawshad
anamnawshad

Meh I like Brian Lara Cricket more.....

hotdork70minus1
hotdork70minus1

baseball is ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................oh crap i fell asleep there for a second.

Bathyj
Bathyj

As an Aussie, I find baseball really boring (Cricket is the greatest sport of all, you won't like it immediately but give it a go, you'll thank me) but I"ve always thought it could make a good computer game. Hopefully the controls will be good and the game will have a nice TV like presentation.

abdullrahman
abdullrahman

Gamer46 xbox360 is the garbage not ps3 . and the game will be great

ebonyflame
ebonyflame

Now hopefully Take Two and 2K sports will release an even better baseball game next season instead of what we got last season. The only reason I even considered buying the game for 2K6 was because it was available for the Gamecube but after playing a few innings on the game I deemed it inferior to the last season version and wisely skipped a year.

EnigmaNemesis
EnigmaNemesis

This is unfortunately going to make me purchase the PS3. The game was phenomenal (on both the PS2 and PSP), and the closest, and in some ways more authentic to that of MVP05 from EA. I bought a new slim PS2 and MLB06 The Show just to play the game the next day after trying the piece of junk joke done by 2K on the 360. I wish this wasn't Sony and was EA, and on the 360 (to save money), but sadly it will cost me $660 to get my baseball fix.

Pablo620
Pablo620

PS3 is far from being garbage. And despite what some of you may think this is a 989 Sony sports game that is actually better than the rest. And at least Sony has its own sports games...remember Microsoft and Nintendo's attempts at sports games (and im not talking about all the mario ones) Yeah i didnt think you would remember them

majestikk
majestikk

Still no rumble when I hit the ball....

PSdual_wielder
PSdual_wielder

tanenbaum Anyone here rather just play wii sports? Especially with baseball at this point traditional simulators seem dead. I like the point with sport simulators. Just not having just wii in mind, I wish all sports games would one day be dead, so EA doesn't have anything to milk off from.

tanenbaum
tanenbaum

Anyone here rather just play wii sports? Especially with baseball at this point traditional simulators seem dead.

BadJujuEA
BadJujuEA

Actually, any real MLB gamer knows that MLB Show outplayed ASB last Year. It's 989's only sports game where they are at the head of the Pack thanks to EA's losing MLBPA rights because of the 3rd party exclusivety won by 2ksports leving Sony the only development studio ready and able to compete.

TryMe01
TryMe01

more sony based sports games, if nba or watever they released is an indication, then we all know what is going to happen

Gamer46
Gamer46

PS3 is garbage right now, but this is one game that will help things going in the right direction. It's far from a system seller or killer app, but at least it will be a decent game for sports gamers who own the console.

wwonka666
wwonka666

Sony, schomy, Sony sux right now.

datniccah187
datniccah187

Mlb 2006 will be one of the first games i get on ps3 next spring, i loved the 06 game on ps2, my favorite baseballg ame ever.

Gamesages17
Gamesages17

say what you will about the PS3, it's the only console with decent MLB experience.

turboking005
turboking005

Wow! The last game was really detalied I can't imagine how detalied this one will be!

Doolum
Doolum

me too i seriously hope its a good one.

jazztrumpet5
jazztrumpet5

I was under the impression that 2K had the rights to MLB baseball...

muchachodedr
muchachodedr

i think it cool the online leagues thats great they should of done that for the mlb06 the show

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

in my opinion, baseball games should stay on the protables

nate_n8
nate_n8

MLB 06: The Show is the best MLB game out (Since EA can't make anymore MVP). I wonder if the ps3 version will be any better that the ps2 version (other than the visuals)

Purvis11
Purvis11

The game is alright...I guess.

KillbombX
KillbombX

MLB 06 was the best baseball game I've played outside of the High Heat series. This should be awesome if they keep the gameplay tight plus next-gen graphics.

FragOwn
FragOwn

Sony really nailed the pin on this one, as it is considered the best baseball sim to date. Now, all they need to do is to do the same with their other 1st party sports titles being World Tour Soccer, and NBA. They have been shaping up over the years though/

FallenAngel
FallenAngel

Ahh, the one franchise (apart from MGS and FF) that I'll be missing on from now on. Regardless, I hope 2K shapes up and delivers a game that can compete The Show next year. 2K6 was truly abysmal compared to the masterpiece (even with its annoying little bugs) that was The Show 06.

freediro
freediro

i hope teh really try to make this game better and not just pretty up 06 because they can some amazing thinghs with the ps3! this is a much bette sereis then 2k7

SupremeRoyalist
SupremeRoyalist

Last Year's The Show Was One Of The Best Baseball Games Ever Released

TekkenMaster606
TekkenMaster606

MLB:THE SHOW is an AAA title. I don't see any AAA exclusive baseball games on any other platform.