SCEA San Diego Studios has announced that MLB 14 The Show will swing onto PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 3 on April 1st, with a PlayStation 4 version coming to bat sometime this May.

The latest entry in the PlayStation exclusive sports franchise features over 50 various features and improvements that will  “enhance, deepen, streamline, and better your overall experience.”, according to Community Manager Ramone Russell. Among the new inclusions will be Quick Counts, which speed the game up significantly but cutting completion times by 50%, a new user interface and more.

Additionally it was revealed that while Miguel Cabrera will be featured on the cover of most editions of MLB 14 The Show, Canadian fans will be pleased to hear that Toronto Blue Jays player third baseman and fellow Canadian Brett Lawrie will be the showcased athlete in their version

Here is what Russell had to say about the game on the Official PlayStation Blog:

“Community Challenges put the power of creation in the hands of gamers. Baseball scenarios — be they moments from history, situations snatched from the present, or something altogether new — can be easily generated, customized, and shared online.

An expanded, smarter Universal Profile now tracks player tendency. Train your Profile and sub it into Diamond Dynasty games to give your human opponent a better matchup than just the CPU.

Online Franchise expands upon Online Leagues of seasons past, introducing multi-season play with Scouting, the Amateur Draft, Free Agency, and CPU Trades.

We’re simplifying add-on purchases from seasons past, rolling everything into a Universal Currency we’re calling Stubs. We want to be very clear with this, however, since it’s a frequent question and concern among the community: not one cent needs to be spent on Stubs for users to enjoy a full experience in any of our modes.

What’s more, Stubs are earned through general gameplay (just like XP) and tied to your Universal Profile. Most importantly, the rate at which Stubs are earned is intentionally generous. We are not designing the system to pressure players into spending money. It will be the same system it’s been in years prior, just all rolled together with a new name.”

MLB 14 The Show is scheduled for an April 1st release on PlayStation Vita.

Watch the PlayStation 3 trailer below:

  • Himanshu Goel

    April fools day release? Hopefully Sony isn’t playing a prank! xD

  • Lester Paredes

    It’s not my cuppa, but I do recognize the importance of quality sports games, and even I know that MLB The Show sets the standard in baseball sims, and the standard for quality sports games on the Vita itself. I did buy last years version, and thought it was an incomprehensible mess for someone with only a passing knowledge of baseball (having played a version of it as a child on the mean streets of suburbia and knowing at least one baseball team: the Philadelphia Phillies, and having been to at least one baseball match (what do you mean they aren’t called matches? Leave me alone.) and though it tried to teach me how to play, I felt that you needed to have more than just an inkling of what the game is all about in order to truly enjoy it. I could be wrong (I usually am) about that. The last sports related game I purchased was Hot Shots Golf for Vita, and I’ve barely played it (mostly because my backlog could choke a horse) and before that was RBI Baseball for the good ‘ol NES. I wish they’d make more arcadey games, but I know that’s not the popular thing to do these days. I tried out a friend’s copy of The Bigs on PSP (I know! I had a friend who had a PSP! Amazing!) and thought it was fun, but it didn’t do so hot. There are days, though, when I do manage to get some time in with Hot Shots, that I wish Clap Hanz would make Hot Shots Baseball, or Soccer (or as the rest of the world says it: Football, you American douche.) or Football or Hockey… I like the lighthearted takes.