MLB The Show 21 Credit: Sony
On Thursday afternoon, Sony San Diego Studio released its penultimate feature preview for MLB The Show 21. It was billed as a Next-Gen Deep Dive, given that the next release will mark the first time we will see the series on the latest consoles.
Honestly, the video should have been called Stadium Creator Deep Dive, Next-Gen tidbits, and Legend Reveal.
That's right, Stadium Creator is a next-gen exclusive, and the haptic feedback article sounds like fun, but the majority of this preview has been on The Show's incredibly powerful new creative tool. You can watch the video for yourself below.
I'm not complaining, considering I did it all paraded through the streets for this feature to come to The Show. However, I dirai that the content of the video did not live up to what was expected of a preview which seemed to be billed as a look at everything next gen.
Biggest Result The disconnect between what we expected and what we got on Thursday is that beyond Stadium Creator there is isn't a ton of difference between the current and next-gen versions of the game.
As someone who wasn't dissatisfied with the game's visuals on PlayStation 4, this isn't a huge disappointment for me. Still, that might not appeal to the crowd hoping to have their minds blown away by the visuals and animations that separate generations of games. That said, Stadium Creator seems to get better every time we see it.
More layers for Stadium Creator
The reviews SSDS is receiving for packaging their feature preview shouldn't take away from the quality of the Stadium Creator feature. Looks like it's loaded. The main producer of the feature is Jon Ramsey, and he has been working exclusively on SC for two years.
According to the video, SSDS made a commitment to bring this feature into the game about five years ago, but things shifted into high gear in 2019. A total of 20 people have been working on the mode to make it happen, where it will be when the game launches on April 16 for those who have purchased the Collector's Edition.
In the video we have learned that 30 different pre-built templates can be entirely modified to create a unique stage, or users can start from scratch to create whatever they want.There are over 1200 props to add almost anywhere in the stadium, and users can mix and match signature structures, scoreboards, and more from existing MLB parks. The authoring tool has an easy and pro version.
The former is more of an assistant for those who want a rough stage but don't necessarily want to spend hours creating a complex masterpiece. The pro version frees up all options and caters to someone with something more distinct in mind. Once you have created your ballparks they can be uploaded to the vault for others to download. The snap feature has been widely used, allowing users to create long grandstands and other repetitive structures in their designed stadiums.
There is a memory limit for each stadium, and you can monitor how much space your creation takes up in the upper right corner of the stadium.e the screen. Essentially, the more ore accessories and structures you add, the more memory required.
There is also a cool randomization feature which will add a different feel to any of the model parks. SC is not available in all MLB The Show modes, but it is in most of the ones fans will use. Operation Sports on Twitter posted footage of the modes SC entered and exited.
There was more specificity about the SC limitations in Diamond Dynasty. Users will not be allowed to create ultra-unrealistic ballparks for DD teams. There are 150 exterior wall presets that will be allowed in DD. If users change the height or depth of these walls, the stadium will no longer be usable in DD.
Comments hapticks on the next gen
PS5 controllers will give haptic feedback in MLB The Show 21 when you make hard contact to the plate, take captures in the outfield and a few other cases . Looks like The Show 21 will represent most of the high impact feel baseball players experience in their hands with haptic feedback.
There is only a preview of the additional features before release, and it is entirely related to the Diamond Dynasty. The feature preview is scheduled for April 15