Today, San Diego Studio (SDS) hosted a live stream to discuss the brand new Showdown mode in MLB The Show 20. The game is set to drop on March 17, and Showdown is just one of several key improvements to Diamond Dynasty (DD) in this year’s installment of The Show. Here’s everything we know so far about Showdown mode inMLB The Show 20.
Showdown is the featured new mode in MLB The Show 20, and it’s essentially a combination of Battle Royale (BR) mode and moments. Showdown mode is played exclusively against the CPU, but can earn considerable DD rewards.
Users are given a long list of Showdowns to complete, but the developers chose to demonstrate the starter Showdown on stream today. Showdowns begin by drafting a team, similar to BR. However, the draft consists of just 10 rounds, and the rest of the team is filled automatically with bronze players.
When drafting your team, you’ll also select perks for your squad that will come into play in key situations. For example, if you draft the “Jump Start” perk, your team will have a significant hitting contact boost on the first two pitches of an at-bat. Below is an example.
Showdowns feature a series of moments to complete in order to finish the mission as a whole. Each moment in the Showdown earns you take-home rewards for Diamond Dynasty (stubs, packs, XP) and rewards for the Showdown itself (more players and perks for your Showdown run).
Once you complete all moments in the Showdown, you advance to the Final Showdown, where you’ll be tasked with a difficult moment to finish the Showdown. In the Starter Showdown, for example, you must come back from a 4-0 deficit before making 20 outs.
This is what Showdown will look like in the menu screen. It is inside of the Diamond Dynasty menu.
There are still two more streams before The Show 20 drops.The developer tournament will begin on March 12 at 2pm ET, leading up to the launch of the game (for those who pre-order) at midnight on March 13.The countdown to the official launch is March 16 at 11pm ET.
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Frye is a multimedia journalist for SGO and several other news outlets. He also writes about both professional and fantasy sports. Frye earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Penn State University in 2016. Frye has been working in journalism for over 10 years, and is a lifelong, diehard fan of teams that you definitely don't like.