After all the hoopla (with a lowercase “hoop”) surrounding Andrew McCutchen winning the right to grace the cover of MLB 13 – The Show, the good people at Sony made it known that Jose Bautista will be their cover athlete in Canada for the second consecutive year.
Because everything and everyone needs a social campaign, Canadian fans get to vote on the design of the cover starting tomorrow. Be still my beating heart!
With their cover boy in tow, Sony has shed some light on what’s new and improved for MLB 13: The Show. The upcoming release appears to be in for a major overhaul in terms of presentation and core game modes. Our friends at Operation Sports have a rundown of over 50 new features, as well as details on several major changes in store for the franchise.
Here’s ten items that have the Getting Blanked crew fired up for the release of MLB 13: The Show…
TruBroadcast Presentations 2.0: Baseball season is the longest of seasons, at least in terms of games played. In the virtual world, we gamers seek redemption for our commitment to said lengthy season. Is it too much to ask for a proper celebration sequence when you play 162 regular season games, then battle through the postseason, and eventually capture a World Series title? I didn’t think so. MLB 13: The Show will feature new postseason celebrations, in addition to varied presentations for opening day, regular season, and the All-Star Game. Finally. The game will also feature over 500 new in-game presentations, plus 1000 Road to the Show specific presentations.
New CBA “qualifying offer” system: Sony did not get into details on this feature with their press release, but one would assume this means that Franchise Mode will require users to submit qualifying offers, or non-tender, prospective free agents. This means that gamers could find themselves picking up, or shipping out, compensatory draft picks in the offseason. NAILS!
It wasn’t all that long ago that Xbox 360 owners were preparing for life without a proper baseball simulation game. With no sign of an agreement between Major League Baseball and a video game publisher to speak of (Sony’s deal for The Show excluded), all signs pointed toward your local GameStop in an effort to swap Microsoft’s console for a Sony Playstation 3 and MLB 13: The Show. As I noted in November, it appeared that Take-Two Interactive had no plans to renew their license for the MLB 2K series. Boy, did we have it wrong. 2K Sports announced this morning, seemingly out of nowhere, that they will release MLB 2K13 on March 5.
Sony is giving fans the chance to vote on who will grace the cover of MLB 13: The Show beginning on January 7th. Prospective gamers can choose between seven Major League Baseball players: Ryan Braun, Miguel Cabrera, Bryce Harper, Matt Kemp, Andrew McCutchen, Buster Posey, and C.C. Sabathia. Noticeably absent from the crop of potential cover athletes are National League Cy Young winner and new Blue Jay R.A. Dickey, American League Cy Young winner David Price, and the greatest specimen of baseball player alive, Mike Trout.
Major League Baseball released its 2013 schedule today, and of all the schedules I’ve ever seen, it is most certainly one of them.
The biggest difference between this year’s fixtures and previous incarnations is that with 15 teams in both the American and National Leagues, interleague series will occur throughout the season. Each team will play 20 interleague games, as well as 76 games against their division rivals and 66 against the ten other teams that comprise the rest of league.