Ever since the game’s official unveiling last month at the PlayStation Experience in Las Vegas, all we’ve seen of MLB 15: The Show is a bizarre, would-never-happen-in-reality clip of righthanded Dodgers slugger Yasiel Puig facing off against Giants lefty specialist Javier “Night Train” Lopez. On the PlayStation Blog today, Sony San Diego community manager Ramone Russell revealed that we’ll get a full gameplay presentation next week on February 5th at 2 pm Pacific via the developer’s Twitch channel.
For those who can’t wait that long to learn new info about the game, Russell also had several tidbits regarding the various upgrades and gameplay enhancements hardball fans can expect. Some of the more interesting details include a new directional hitting interface, which will allow players to use the left analog stick to “influence the direction” of hits in real time. Considering the importance defensive shifts have taken over the past couple of years, this is a highly relevant gameplay tweak (assuming new MLB commissioner Rob Manfred doesn’t go wild and ban shifts in the middle of the 2015 season).
Other notable additions include more player individuality, such as celebrations, tilted caps, and necklaces, while a new “radio broadcast” will keep players up to date on scores and performances. A full list of features is available at the The Show Nation, the franchise’s official website.
MLB 15: The Show is currently scheduled for a March 31st release on PS4, PS3, and PS Vita.