The MLB franchise on PlayStation is back for another year with MLB The Show 19, and it'll be launching later this year in April. In our guide to evreything we know so far about the game, we'll be compiling all the information we have on the MLB The Show 19 release date, all the new MLB The Show 19 Legends revealed so far, and more.
MLB The Show 19 Release Date
As was revealed back last year in 2018, the MLB The Show 19 release date is March 26, 2019. It's once again in development at Sony's San Diego Studio, and will feature Bryce Harper as the cover athlete, in the box art that you can see just below.
MLB The Show 19 New Features
In the video seen just below, lead designer on MLB The Show 19, Ramone Russell, details some new gameplay aspects debuting in the 2019 entry for the baseball franchise. The team has focused on three gameplay areas this year: user skills, defense, and separating the players on defense.
The team in San Diego this year want defensive players to stand out, with some elite players able to make defensive plays that others wouldn't be able to make. On defense it's about being efficient this year, with MLB The Show 19 featuring animations where defensive players will automatically go and get the ball in the open field instead of you having to do it manually while you're controlling them.
There's plenty of new defensive animations this year. There are instances of diving catches in the video above, and whereas nearly any player in the game can attempt the diving catch, not all players will actually succeed in fielding the ball.
Your defensive players will also react differently depending on the player that the opposing team currently has at bat. For example, if there's a player at bat that's notoriously fast, then your defensive player who fields that ball knows that they have to get it in to first base as quickly as possible with a powerful throw, in order to stand a chance of running them out. The total number of new animations for MLB The Show 19 comes to around about 1,300, all in all.
MLB The Show 19 Gameplay
In the Twitch livestream from Sony San Diego just below, even more new features were revealed. Firstly, if you put players out of position on the defensive side of the ball, you're going to get penalized. Not penalized in a literal sense, but in a way that means if you put a fielder in a position that they're rated poorly at, they're going to misfield a lot more balls.
Pitch speeds are going to vary based on the difficulty you're playing on. The pitch speed is going to increase when you're playing on a higher difficulty, meaning MLB The Show 19 is going to become a more dynamic and responsive package.
Legends Coming to MLB The Show 19
On top of this, there's plenty of new Legends that are being added for this year's iteration of the game. Jimmie Foxx was revealed in the livestream above as a new Legend, as was catcher Ivan Rodriguez, but the San Diego devs are set to add over 30 new legends for MLB The Show 19, which marks the most Legends added to the game in a single year.
Towards the end of February, a few new Legends were revealed to be joining MLB The Show 19 in April. Jason Kendall and Rob Dibble have just been confirmed for the game, as well as outfielder Andruw Johns, and Cliff Lee.
As of right now, this is all the information that you need to know about MLB The Show 19, in the run up to release in March next month. Should any additional information surface between now and launch, you can be sure to read about it here straight away.