MLB The Show 20 Will Now Mirror The Real-Life 60-Game Season Schedule

This year's installment of the PS4 baseball series will reflect real-life conditions in its Play Now Live mode.

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MLB The Show 20 released in March, just as social distancing was starting to happen amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and the standard 162 game baseball season still looked like a possibility. Now, with a new match schedule in place for a reduced season, the PS4 exclusive game is updating one of its modes to reflect this.

The Show Nation has provided an update on how the 2020 season will play out in-game, now that the MLB season is starting. The big change is that Play Now Live will mirror the real-life 60-game schedule, so you'll be able to play along with the real season.

There has not been enough time for the team at San Diego Studio to implement similar changes across the entire game, though, so in other modes details like season length, rules, and schedule will remain in-line with a 162 game season. The size of crowds in the game will also not be affected. It'll still be realistic, but it won't resemble the 2020 season--and really, any escape from 2020 is welcome.

Live content will continue to update in line with the real world in the lead up to the World Series, too.

Here are the other changes noted, directly from the developer:

  • Roster updates are back! But to be more in line with the shorter more action packed season, roster attribute updates will now be weekly, compared to our usual bi-weekly updates.
  • Topps Now moments return! Relive the best plays, comebacks and walk-offs of the week to unlock Topps Now player rewards to use on your Diamond Dynasty squad.
  • Monthly Awards will crown the best performances from around the league each month in new Programs. Jump into missions and moments to earn the Lightning player of the month.

MLB The Show 20 earned an 8/10 in GameSpot's review. Reviewer Richard Wakeling wrote that the latest iteration in the series "doesn't make any large strides forward, choosing instead to focus on refining areas that needed improvement from last year."

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