MLB The Show 22: Shohei Ohtani's Cover, Latest Trailers and Soundtrack

Chris Roling@@Chris_RolingFeatured ColumnistApril 3, 2022

MLB The Show 22: Shohei Ohtani's Cover, Latest Trailers and Soundtrack

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    To keep its standing as the best baseball video game on the market and one of the best sports series outright, MLB The Show 22 will have to boast upgrades across the board.

    Those upgrades will have to come along with further expansion, too. A year removed from appearing on next-generation consoles and Microsoft platforms for the first time, the series from developer San Diego Studio will make its debut on the Nintendo Switch.

    While juggling those feats, MLB The Show 22 promises upgraded gameplay, notable headway in the presentation department and additions to a variety of game modes, including the introduction of co-op.

    Here's a look at some details and key components of Tuesday's release.

Release Details

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    Developer: San Diego Studio

    Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment

    Release Date: Tuesday, April 5

    Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch

    Cover star: Shohei Ohtani

Soundtrack Info

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    A year ago, MLB The Show 21 boasted one of the best annual sports games soundtracks out there thanks to some major standouts from the likes of AC/DC and the Foo Fighters.

    MLB The Show 22 manages to keep pace with a noteworthy set list, too.

    Tunes from Tom Morello ("Human"), Eddie Vedder ("Invincible") and Robert Finley ("Make Me Feel Alright") highlight what appears to be a robust, best-of-all-genres offering again.

    And of course, for those who don't vibe with the playlist or will wear it out quickly after a heavy time investment, various options on consoles let players set up their own playlists, too.


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    While some annual sports titles like to keep a tight lid on upcoming features and updates, The Show doesn't shy away from rolling the curtain back—and then providing the zoom.

    Take, for example, the developer deep dive above, which features a discussion on the big changes to the beloved Road to The Show game mode, highlighted by the fact that players can now create more than one character.

    Sony San Diego also put out a trailer documenting the big shake-up to the broadcast booth with new announcers. There's also a 30-minute video on the long-requested arrival of co-op, which will let players engage in two-on-two or even three-on-three games. A legends reveal and a lengthy developer commentary on the card-based Diamond Dynasty are also good ways for would-be players to pass the time before Tuesday's release.