MLB The Show 18 Patch 1.11 Out Now, Patch Notes Included

MLB The Show 18

Today, San Diego Studio (SDS) released Patch 1.11 for MLB The Show 18.

The update is attempting to build on Patch 1.10, which made massive adjustments to hitting and the PCI system. Patch 1.11 promises to better reward players for good PCI placements and increase fielder urgency. Here are all the details on the new patch.

Most importantly, SDS says Patch 1.11 will provide players better results for good PCI inputs. Per TheShowNation, the patch notes for this change are as follows:

“Good PCI placement is rewarded more. Specifically, the left/right placement of the PCI is more important now for hit types. Above the PCI will still be a fly ball and below the PCI will still be a groundball, but lining up the PCI accurately left/right will expand the cutoff between a fly ball or a popup more than before. This bonus mainly affects balls directly above or below the center of the PCI. Likewise, it will be much harder to generate a line drive on the extreme left or right of the PCI. Notes: This is a global change to MLB The Show 18 – it impacts both offline and online gameplay, and all modes of play. This fix addresses hit type generation when the PCI is placed well (ball being near the center).

Prior to the patch, balls directly above and below the PCI by a small distance were generating weaker than solid hits. With patch 1.11, you are guaranteed good hit type generation when the PCI is centered approximately on the ball. You will see fewer solid hits on the extreme left or right edges of the PCI. For an average skilled user, the bonuses should balance out with the penalties, but a more skilled user will see an increase in offense. The previous PCI diagram that we showed during the gameplay stream is now modified with a greater emphasis on the center.

Batter and pitcher attributes, along with the user’s input, are still the most important factors. Also, remember that good hit type results DO NOT guarantee success (you can hit the ball hard and still line out). This is a change that will better separate player skill and better match user inputs with game results.”

Even after multiple patches addressing infielder and outfielder urgency, players still pointed out instances where outfielders would not hustle after the baseball, especially following botched plays in the outfield. Below are two examples, the first being pre-patch and the second being the updated version.

Before Patch 1.11, outfielders would not fully sprint or hustle after misplayed balls.
An example of a defender hustling following Patch 1.11.

Hopefully, this patch finally puts to bed the days of fielders jogging after the ball, and not throwing the ball quickly enough to ward off cheesy online players.

You can view the full patch notes here.

Tomorrow, MLB The Show 18 will receive yet another large content update. A roster update featuring attribute changes and new content are set to drop. Check back with us, as we’ll have all the details on the changes.

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Brandt Frye
Frye is an experienced competitive player in multiple sports video games, including finishing 17th (NHL) and 33rd (Madden) in the 2012 EA Sports Challenge in New York City. He writes about both professional and fantasy sports for other news outlets, and has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Penn State University. Frye has written online for over five years, and is a lifelong, die-hard fan of sports teams that you definitely don't like.