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MLB The Show 18 Release Date, Pre-Order, Editions, Gameplay Features, Gameplay - Everything we Know

All the info you need on upcoming PS4 baseball sim, MLB The Show 18, including the MLB The Show 18 release date, pre-order bonuses, new features, specific edition extras, gameplay trailer, and more.

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MLB The Show 18 is the latest version of Sony's long-running and highly regarded baseball sim series. Coming this year to the PS4, this guide will tell you all you need to know about the game. Read on for info on the MLB The Show 18 release date, pre-order details, early access, new gameplay features, gameplay footage, and special editions.

MLB The Show 18 Release Date

MLB The Show 18 will release this March, just ahead of the MLB 18 season which begins on March 29. The MLB The Show 18 release date is March 27, 18, although you can get your hands on the game on March 23 by pre-ordering from select retailers.

Pre-order MLB The Show 18 from GameStop, Walmart, Target, Best Buy or the PlayStation Store and you'll be able to pick up your copy or use your download from March 27.

MLB The Show 18 New Gameplay and Features

Despite MLB The Show 18 releasing in March, there is still little info on what has changed since the 2017 edition of the game. A post on the official PlayStation Blog has revealed the following:

Babe Ruth is one of the new Legends coming to MLB The Show 18. You might be able to spot a couple of other new legends in the first gameplay trailer.

Returning to the game from previous MLB The Show games are the following game modes:

  • Road to The Show
  • Diamond Dynasty
  • Battle Royale
  • Conquest
  • Franchise Mode

The blog post also reveals that MLB The Show 18 will be getting a new feature the community’s been demanding for years. What could it be?

A major gameplay engine tune up is also promised, with pitching, hitting, catching, throwing, and tagging have all reportedly received major development resources this year. Some of those improvements include:

  • Expansion of Road to the Show
  • Dynamic crowds like Judge’s Chambers
  • New unique home run celebrations
  • Revamped hitting engine with improved physics
  • Rewritten player tagging system
  • Over 1,000 new gameplay animations
  • More legends

Gamespot has a lengthy video showing off the first in-game gameplay footage of MLB The Show 18. You can watch the whole video just below:

Another new feature in MLB The Show 18 is rain delays. While this might sound dull, it's part of the real life sport and presents players with some options. You'll be able to choose whether you want to keep the same pitcher or get another warmed up and ready to go when play resumes.

MLB The Show 18 Pre-Order Bonuses

The pre-order bonuses for MLB The Show 18 vary depending on who you pre-order with. We've got the pre-order bonus info for each retailer.

MLB The Show 18 PlayStation Store Pre-Order Bonuses:

  • Early Access starting March 23, 18
  • 10 Standard Packs
  • 1 Legend Card
  • 5,000 Stubs
  • Instant Reward | Aaron Judge for MLB The Show 17

MLB The Show 18 GameStop Pre-Order Bonuses:

  • Early Access starting March 23, 18
  • 10 Standard Packs
  • Additional 5 Standard Packs
  • 1 Legend Card

MLB The Show 18 Pre-Order Bonuses at Other Retailers:

  • Early Access starting March 23, 18
  • 10 Standard Packs
  • 1 Legend Card

MLB The Show 18 Special Editions

As is the case with most sports games these days, there are a lot of different editions of MLB The Show 18 which you can choose from. Each edition comes with its own set of bonus content that Sony has given a monetary value. We've got all the details just below:

MLB The Show 18 MVP Edition includes:

  • Approximately $135 value
  • Full Game
  • Limited Edition MVP Edition Steel Book*
  • In-Game DLC items include:
  • Mission Starter for a Gold Player
  • 5,000 Stubs
  • 1 Sponsor Pack
  • 1 Classic Stadium
  • 10 Standard Packs
  • 30 MLB PS4 Themes
  • *Available only in physical version

Pre-order MLB The Show 18 MVP Edition

MLB The Show 18 Digital Deluxe Edition includes:

  • Approximately $200 value
  • Full Game
  • Mission Starter for a Diamond Player
  • Mission Starter for a Gold Player
  • Digital Deluxe Lead Off Pack
  • 11,000 Stubs
  • 1 Sponsor Pack
  • 1 Classic Stadium
  • 20 Standard Packs
  • 30 MLB PS4 Themes

MLB The Show 18 All Rise Edition includes:

  • Approximately $205 value
  • Full Game
  • Exclusive New Era All Rise Edition 9FIFTY® Hat
  • Limited Edition MVP Edition Steel Book
  • In-Game DLC items include:
  • Digital Diamond Dynasty New Era All Rise Edition 9FIFTY® Hat for use in game
  • Diamond Mission Starter for a Diamond player
  • Gold Mission Starter for a Gold player
  • 11,000 Stubs
  • 1 Sponsor Pack
  • 10 Standard Packs
  • 1 Classic Stadium
  • 30 MLB PS4 Themes (one for each MLB team)

Pre-order MLB The Show 18 All Rise Edition

MLB The Show 18 is also available as a Standard Edition.

MLB The Show 18 Cover Athlete, Aaron Judge

After making his MLB debut in 2016 with the New York Yankees, Aaron Judge set the baseball world on fire. In the 2017 season Judge was named an All-Star, and won the Home Run Derby. Judge hit 52 home runs as a rookie, beating the previous record of 49 that had been held by Mark McGwire. Judge also beat the home run record at Yankee Stadium, hitting 33, one more than the 32 hit by Babe Ruth in 1921. It is no surprise that Aaron Judge is the cover athlete for MLB The Show 18. Marcus Stroman will be on the cover of the Canadian version of MLB The Show 18.

That's all we've got for you on MLB The Show 18. Look out for more info as Sony starts to reveal more in the run up to release.

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