Sony Shows Off MLB The Show 23's Extensive Gameplay Changes

If you're wondering how MLB The Show 23 will differ from its predecessors, there's a new Sony blog post in town that reveals some of the game's extensive gameplay tweaks.

Published: February 16, 2023 9:29 AM /


A batter swinging for the stands in MLB The Show 23

This one's for you, sports gaming fans (and skeptics, come to think of it). A new MLB The Show 23 blog has been released, detailing some of the game's extensive suite of gameplay changes. These include switch-ups to offense and defense, as well as new animations, visual updates, and much, much more.

We're just over a month away from the release of MLB The Show 23, so now is the perfect time for Sony to start getting into the nitty-gritty of what we can expect from the iconic baseball sim's latest installment. That's exactly what a new PlayStation Blog post is aiming to do, and if you're not a baseball fanatic, be warned: the post goes into some pretty heavy detail.

First up, we get a look at how defense has changed. Sony says High Fielding attributes "matter more now than ever before", and other changes include tweaks to throwing interfaces, new Break Outlier and Pick Off Artist quirks, and more. In offense terms, you can expect an improved pitcher-batter dynamic, as well as a redefined version of the Clutch Attribute that helps to "facilitate more realism".

A batter swinging for a pitch in MLB The Show 23
Offense and defense should be more realistic and weighty in MLB The Show 23.

As well as these changes, you can look forward to more than 5000 new gameplay animations, covering everything from batting stances to hot shot variety and dives. Elsewhere in the "back end" of the game, the Settings menu has been updated so that it's easier to tell what each setting does, and directional button functionality has also been improved for increased clarity.

By the looks of it, there are a huge number of tweaks and improvements on their way in MLB The Show 23. Make sure to give the full blog post a read if you're a baseball fan and you want to know what's changed. Who knows? Your biggest bugbear from the last game might have been addressed, and if it's not in the blog, there's also a gameplay deep dive you can catch up with on Twitch if you missed it.

MLB The Show 23 is scheduled to launch on PlayStation consoles, Xbox platforms, and Nintendo Switch on March 28th. A technical test for the game is also currently underway, and you can check that out until February 21st, so be sure to give it a spin if you want to road-test San Diego Studio's baseball sim.

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