MLB 09 The Show Announced For PS3, PSP, And PS 2

December 23, 2008


Top-Selling MLB Franchise Ready
to Toss Another Complete Game with Enhanced Franchise Options, In-Game Pitcher
and Batter Analysis, and Online League Play

Sony Computer Entertainment America
Inc. (SCEA) announced today the North American release of MLB 09 The Show™
available for PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™), PSP® (PlayStation®Portable), and
PlayStation®2. MLB 09 The Show will arrive in stores in time for Spring Training
as the longest running, officially licensed baseball title, delivering
true-to-life gameplay, deeper franchise and season modes, and incredible detail
not found in any other title.

“The MLB franchise has been
recognized as the industry leader in terms of realism and overall gameplay and
we’re looking to stay at the forefront by taking it to another level with MLB 09
The Show,” said Scott A. Steinberg, Vice President, Product Marketing, SCEA.
“With enhanced gameplay features and more attention to detail than ever before,
MLB 09 The Show is prepared to deliver an unsurpassed next-gen baseball

MLB 09 The Show continues to set
itself apart from the other MLB games on the market with its attention to detail
and unparalleled gameplay. Looking to build on that reputation, the game has
added several new features and subtleties that play a huge role in bringing the
baseball experience to life. Incredible stadium detail and signage, wear and
tear on the field, dusk to night lighting transitions, and stadium JumboTron
animations help immerse users in the ultimate baseball experience.

The popular “Road to the Show”
feature returns, giving fans the chance to play offense and defense and truly
immerse themselves in gameplay from a custom-created player’s perspective. This
year, Road to the Show includes interactive training and coaching as users
navigate through a career that culminates with a shot at the big leagues.
“Online Season Leagues” are also newly available, allowing fully functional
drafts and providing players with a flex calendar to play games ahead in the
schedule. Also back for PS3 and PlayStation 2 is “Franchise Mode,” complete with
the long anticipated 40-man roster. In Franchise Mode, fans must think and act
like an owner while dealing with issues such as salary arbitration, waiver
transactions, and September call-ups along the way. However winning games isn’t
the only thing that matters, as users must deal with clubhouse chemistry, roster
management, and other issues that arise over the course of a season.

MLB 09 The Show brings back the
ability to create custom music tracks using the “My MLB Music” feature. However
for this year, players will be able to edit music tracks to assign batter
walk-up tunes using the “Custom Music” feature. Additionally, fans can record
their own customized chants and yells and integrate them seamlessly into the
ambient crowd noise to create an even more personalized rivalry.

The popular “Pitcher/Batter
Analysis” feature returns on MLB 09 The Show for PS3 and PSP, detailing the
breakdown of how a batter has performed based on pitch type and result. The game
offers up 17 different pitch types for players to master and MLB 09 The Show
details the different pitch grips and arm angles that hitters must address.
Players can also hone their skills using a wide variety of “Training/Practice”
drills, with each set of drills focusing on a different area of the game.
Utilizing the “Progressive Batting Performance” feature, players are rewarded
for superior skills at the plate but are also penalized for hitting slumps.

Once users master the basics and
create highlights of their own, they can save each dazzling play to the PS3 hard
drive with the “Replay Vault” feature, where every key play in the field and
clutch at-bat can be replayed at any time. Also new to the highlight system is
“End of Game Replays” where users are given an instant post-game summary of the
most exciting and important plays of the game.

For fans who want to take their game
on the road, MLB 09 The Show for PSP delivers big baseball action in the palm of
your hand by utilizing core gameplay features found on the PS3 version. Unique
to PSP, MLB 09 The Show will feature “SportsConnect News2Go” which offers fans
the ability to go online to select and save the latest news feeds to their
Memory Stick Duo and review at their leisure.

Exclusive for PlayStation 2 is the
unrivaled “Player Creator”, providing users with endless possibilities for
creating players, including everything down to their player’s face with EyeToy®.
Users can also adjust their personal rituals, swings, and even emotions as they
create and place themselves in the heat of a pennant race.