MLB The Show 20 will have a closed beta in January, Sony San Diego Studio announced today. Invited players can play three online multiplayer modes, as well as The Show’s Diamond Dynasty Player versus CPU mode, a suite of team-style offerings that has been around for about a decade.
Registrations for the exclusive PlayStation 4 system are currently being accepted. When you enter, you will be notified through the PS4 dashboard’s notification menu – not your email address. Players will be notified on January 13, 2020 and can download the beta client that day. The beta starts on January 14th and runs until January 20th at 11:59 p.m. PST.
This FAQ contains further information. Note, however, that Sony expects all players not to learn what they see and do in beta. This means that videos or images cannot be streamed or shared on social media or anywhere else. Violating this rule may “result in your account being excluded from the beta and possibly future trials or release versions of the game,” said Sony.
After years of little interference from betas, the bigger names in sports video games have recently started hosting by invitation only. EA Sports’ Madden NFL and FIFA flagships have had private beta releases in recent years, and MLB The Show 19 ran a closed alpha last winter.
MLB The Show 20 starts on March 26, 2020 for PlayStation 4 with Javier Baez from Chicago on the cover. Last week, Major League Baseball announced that it had an agreement with Sony to move the 15-year-old PlayStation exclusive brand to other consoles in 2021.