03:37 PM - March 3, 2015 by Steve_OS
Monday's MLB 15: The Show stream was the longest so far, totaling almost three hours, but despite its length, there wasn't a whole lot of new information shared. Here are all of the details that were discussed:
Uniforms, Head Scans, & Equipment
- Each MLB team has 10 different jersey slots. There are around 430 uniforms in the game.
- The Mariners' and Giants' new alternate jerseys will not be in MLB 15: The Show, because there wasn't an available slot to put them into. The developers would have had to replace those teams' throwback uniforms, and Sony San Diego's telemetry shows that gamers are selecting throwbacks too often to justify getting rid of them.
- In Franchise mode, teams will wear their alternate/throwback uniforms according to their real-life tendencies and schedules.
- Uniform and face scans files have become so large in size that Sony San Diego is unable to patch new ones into the game after it releases. What you get on the MLB 15 disc is what you'll have all year.
- There are around 1,500 unique player heads in the game. One head can take a couple of hours to get right, depending on how complicated the hair is.
- The developers travel to spring training sites to capture minor leaguers' faces before they are called up to the majors.
- The cameras that were used to scan player faces were also used to scan most of the equipment in MLB 15, though some items had to be modeled from scratch.
- The degree of horizontal/vertical pitch break will be unique for every MLB pitcher and is based on real data from last season.
- If you decide to use an injured player, his attribute ratings will be negatively impacted, depending on the location and severity of the injury.
- Every MLB stadium has been improved for MLB 15. There will be a stream later in the month showing off all the ballparks.
- Historic stadiums are not in the PlayStation 4 version of MLB 15. Sony San Diego believes their return on investment would not be significant enough to make it worth their effort.
- You can now warm-up pitchers and access your bullpen by pressing up on the d-pad.
- Fielding "quick shifts" can now be made by pressing down on the d-pad.
- Road to the Show won't have any new fielding cameras, but the baserunning camera will be less jittery.
- The MLB's new "pace of play" rules were announced too late to include in MLB 15: The Show.
- There are about 70 new "third out" animations.
- Pitchers, batters, and fielders will each have their own unique sets of emotion animations after big plays.
- Athletes who don't have signature home run celebrations will use a random one from a pool of generic animations.
- Fans can catch any balls that end up in the stands.
- George Springer's pre-game dance is in the game.
- Jason Heyward's batting stance has been updated.