San Diego Studio’s Ramone Russell took some time to field MLB The Show 21 questions on Tuesday night. The face of MLB’s flagship baseball title joined Coach for a quick sit-down to discuss The Show‘s gameplay, presentation, and more.
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According to Russell, the check swing strike frequency has been tuned in MLB The Show 21. This year’s iteration also features an update to the hitting engine. Gamers should expect improvements to “Perfect Perfect” hitting.
An all-new pitching style dubbed “Pinpoint Pitching” will make its debut in The Show 21. Variable pitch speeds between difficulty levels will still exist and there will be a new emphasis on pitching inputs to make them matter more. While Russell says MLB The Show 21 will not feature a “Perfect Perfect” pitching mechanic, he teased towards something in that vein being revealed in Thursday’s Feature Premiere.
Players will also have agency in switching between the traditional styles from previous games.
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On the presentation front, Russell confirms that new player and team-specific animations will make their way into The Show 21. For example, Cubs superstar Javier Báez’ signature tag will be in this year’s game.
Russell also touched on perfect throw meters to all bases, which unfortunately for some will not make its way into the game this year. There seems to be more of an emphasis on appealing to the casual gamer in 2021’s version of The Show with its self-titled “casual mode” and revamped on-boarding experience.
MLB The Show 21‘s Feature Premiere will take place on Thursday March 11 at 3 PM PST (6 PM EST). During the premiere, gamers will get a more in-depth look at the improvements made to hitting and pitching in The Show. With the release date a little more than a month out, expect more and more details to roll out in the mean time.
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