MLB: The Show 22 Reveals First Gameplay in New Trailer

On January 31, Sony officially announced MLB The Show 22. Several key reveals were made alongside the announcement, including that Angels pitcher and designated hitter Shohei Ohtani would be the game’s cover star. One thing that wasn’t revealed, however, was its gameplay. The team at San Diego Studio decided to hold back gameplay to keep MLB The Show 22‘s early momentum rolling. The wait has ended, however, as San Diego Studio dropped the first gameplay trailer Wednesday morning.


To be clear, the trailer that San Diego Studio shared today for MLB The Show 22 is not an in-depth look at gameplay. There’s no discussion of mechanics, no details about changes or additions, or even a look at the game’s UI. The trailer instead is a sizzle real of key MLB players doing what they do best, like pitching, making catches, swinging the bat, and celebrating. In other words, the trailer’s focus is on MLB The Show 22‘s animations, character models, and MLB superstars.

What MLB The Show fans will be asking themselves both before and after watching the trailer is whether Sony San Diego has actually made any changes to the new game’s visuals. The answer is, unfortunately, that it’s impossible to tell from this trailer alone. From this trailer, it looks a lot like MLB The Show 22 uses the same character models, animations, and visual features of MLB The Show 21 (and years prior). It’s tough to say that with certainty without official confirmation, though.

It’s not an easy process, developing a new game for every year. That’s why sports games like Madden, FIFA, NBA 2K, and MLB The Show rarely see significant visual improvements from one game to the next. It’s a miracle the team is able to release a new game each year at all.

It’s even more true that visual improvements are challenging to accomplish while the development team is focusing on porting the game to new platforms. MLB The Show 22 is being brought to the Nintendo Switch for the first time in 2022, a console with significant performance limitations. Improving visuals significantly while also scaling them down in less than a year would be quite an accomplishment.

Regardless, what MLB The Show 22‘s sizzle gameplay trailer will hopefully do is energize baseball fans for another year of action. It features tons of stars, including legend Randy Johnson, and will be easy for fans of past MLB The Show games to settle into. It may not be a major step forward for the franchise, but that’s not really what the franchise is about in the first place.

MLB The Show 22 releases April 5 on PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.

Source: Gamerant

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