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MLB The Show 18 Twitch Stream & Developer Blog Schedule

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MLB The Show 18 Twitch Stream & Developer Blog Schedule

MLB The Show 18 Developer blogs and Twitch streams are scheduled to begin on Thursday, February 8, going over gameplay, AI new features and improvements. Gamestop Mondays start on Monday, February 12.

Check out the full schedule below. As usual, the schedule is tentative and subject to change. Twitch streams typically start at 5:00 PM ET.

Some other little tidbits were revealed on the PlayStation site.

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  1. I'm looking forward to Presentation for OSD's with commentary talking about those OSD's and Real Time OSD, when I get a double I want that OSD to reflect that in game update. I want them to make Quirks situational and not showing a big list every time you're at bat, sometimes less is more. Bring back batting and pitching analysis to the d-pad instead of in a pause menu.
    Trade Deadline Prep/Front Office OS - woohoo. I was thinking this year might be a down year for The Show, and once again, it appears they have surprised us all.
    I always get nervous every time they say get more done in less time. I know there are fewer and fewer of us. But we do like playing every pitch, bat and inning every game. I just hope they never take that away from the game.
    Bullit
    I always get nervous every time they say get more done in less time. I know there are fewer and fewer of us. But we do like playing every pitch, bat and inning every game. I just hope they never take that away from the game.
    I would love them to bring back all the time in between pitches. I think MLB 13 was the last year that was in.
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    Im thinking we might be getting relocation or expansion! With Nba 2k and Nhl 18 having expansion and most other games having ateast relocation, I think that's the new feature. Plus it does list the ***** feature first, so that's a hint to me. Now, the only problem is for MLB I think expansion would be really difficult with the sheer number of players, per team
    Bullit
    I always get nervous every time they say get more done in less time. I know there are fewer and fewer of us. But we do like playing every pitch, bat and inning every game. I just hope they never take that away from the game.

    You took the words right out of my mouth!
    I like seeing things like the catcher throwing ball back to the pitcher, foul balls hit into the stands, fielders throwing the ball around the infield after an out, batters walking up to home plate, batters walking into and out of the dugout and so on. We need more of this stuff not less!!!
    There should be a True Real time broadcast presentation mode for us old timers!
    I wonder what the screenshot of the team plane will mean for franchise. I feel like it could just be the new loading screen for jumping into a game on the road but who knows. I'm excited for franchise this year.
    Slyone14
    Im thinking we might be getting relocation or expansion! With Nba 2k and Nhl 18 having expansion and most other games having ateast relocation, I think that's the new feature. Plus it does list the ***** feature first, so that's a hint to me. Now, the only problem is for MLB I think expansion would be really difficult with the sheer number of players, per team

    I really hope so man, only thing is they would've probably given a hint to it in the trailer but they didnt. I at least want the level of uniform design diamond dynasty has in franchise mode.
    I have more hope for franchise mode after seeing the few things listed on the schedule, but the conspiracy theorist in me is still worried. Franchise Mode is the last of the modes in the list of things to discuss, basically like 1-2 weeks before release. It was the same last year. I worry they aren't discussing it, because they want to hype the game up and get people to preorder based on hope that franchise will have a big overhaul, knowing they are just going to disappoint on that end, so they are going to try and save the dissapointment as to not effect pre-sales.
    Bondsfan
    I have more hope for franchise mode after seeing the few things listed on the schedule, but the conspiracy theorist in me is still worried. Franchise Mode is the last of the modes in the list of things to discuss, basically like 1-2 weeks before release. It was the same last year. I worry they aren't discussing it, because they want to hype the game up and get people to preorder based on hope that franchise will have a big overhaul, knowing they are just going to disappoint on that end, so they are going to try and save the dissapointment as to not effect pre-sales.

    I'm probably siding with your pessimistic side tbh, the fact that they haven't even bothered mentioning franchise mode in the bullet points of changes in the official blog doesn't convince me they think they've done anything that they think will shift copies. (same as you say, for it being last)
    Bullit
    I always get nervous every time they say get more done in less time. I know there are fewer and fewer of us. But we do like playing every pitch, bat and inning every game. I just hope they never take that away from the game.

    me too but as long as it is optional (like quick counts) then I don't care.
    Bondsfan
    I have more hope for franchise mode after seeing the few things listed on the schedule, but the conspiracy theorist in me is still worried. Franchise Mode is the last of the modes in the list of things to discuss, basically like 1-2 weeks before release. It was the same last year. I worry they aren't discussing it, because they want to hype the game up and get people to preorder based on hope that franchise will have a big overhaul, knowing they are just going to disappoint on that end, so they are going to try and save the dissapointment as to not effect pre-sales.

    If I'm not mistaken the stream schedule is in a specific order based on popularity of the mode.
    The Kid 24
    Damn, I didnt know that.
    Franchise is really the least popular? That sucks, if true.
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    DD and RTTS are the most played modes in the Show. Been that way for a few years.
    Also I think they add things later in the cycle and that is why franchise mode is late, but it is also not as popular of a mode as some think. Their core gamers are DD and RTTS types I believe.
    ShowTyme15
    DD and RTTS are the most played modes in the Show. Been that way for a few years.
    Also I think they add things later in the cycle and that is why franchise mode is late, but it is also not as popular of a mode as some think. Their core gamers are DD and RTTS types I believe.

    Got it, thanks!
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    Franchise is not popular due to the complexity of it. People don't care to spend time with budgets, drafts, contracts, etc. Personally, i never do franchise either but only because i know the game will get boring due to stale gameplay and commentary. I also never play RTTS because i prefer playing with real players. As for DD, i will never support a mode based on micro transactions.
    I give the game a chance every year and then end up selling it months later. Oh well. I like baseball too much i guess. I'm still hoping for EA to make baseball games again.
    The Kid 24
    Agreed!
    I never play anything other than Franchise and Play Now.
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    Same here. Sometimes I'll play RTTS. Being a Braves fan, these past few years Franchise has been quite disappointing. Considering the youth coming up and rebuilding being done.
    I often wonder how they gauge the popularity of the modes. If it's by number of games played instead of actual time spent then that's not really fair to franchise since you can bang out several RTTS or 3 inning DD games in the amount of time it takes to play a full 9 inning franchise game. Plus there's a lot more to do in Franchise between games compared to other modes, so do they even have a way to track that time spent?
    jeffy777
    I often wonder how they gauge the popularity of the modes. If it's by number of games played instead of actual time spent then that's not really fair to franchise since you can bang out several RTTS or 3 inning DD games in the amount of time it takes to play a full 9 inning franchise game.

    I believe when your system is plugged into the internet they get that info based on how many gamers are in specific modes.
    nemesis04
    They need to shuffle them better, they played the storylines to death in 17.

    I agree, but it was Kirby and the crew's first full season with the commentary. I figured it would take a few years to get it where it needs to be. I agree they did play storylines to death last year, but if they can build on that this year add more and more I think everything will be okay.
    I thought Ramone said last year that they had gotten DD to where they always had envisioned it. Sounds like RTTS got the overhaul this year. Maybe that means big changes for Franchise for MLB 19
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    ShowTyme15
    I agree, but it was Kirby and the crew's first full season with the commentary. I figured it would take a few years to get it where it needs to be. I agree they did play storylines to death last year, but if they can build on that this year add more and more I think everything will be okay.

    I think they need to make the commentary flow more, they tried it with the story thing which is fine. but you can only do so much I guess./ the NBA is the best I have heard.
    they need to talk about players during the season more, just every pitcher that comes up it is 'oh he has a ERA of 5 struggling' oh he has a ERA of 2 he is having a great year.. it's generic and boring.
    that's all they talk about ERA and wins and losses, there is more to that then pitching.
    Franchise Mode: More Control. Less Time.
    ^^^^ I have mixed feelings about what this tagline suggests. Seems to fall into the pattern of simplifying everything (quick counts, critical situations etc). I'd prefer franchise mode to get more detailed rather than less so. We'll have to wait and see what this "phases" thing is and how the team plane shown fits into it all.
    WaitTilNextYear
    Franchise Mode: More Control. Less Time.
    ^^^^ I have mixed feelings about what this tagline suggests. Seems to fall into the pattern of simplifying everything (quick counts, critical situations etc). I'd prefer franchise mode to get more detailed rather than less so. We'll have to wait and see what this "phases" thing is and how the team plane shown fits into it all.

    I agree. I really like critical situations, but I would like a more detailed OOTP-esque front office experience to go along with it. Also the last picture, something about more action in less time, seems daunting. Maybe it's just a throw away line but it seems like it could be they're trying to sensationalize the games more than simulating real play.
    WaitTilNextYear
    Franchise Mode: More Control. Less Time.
    ^^^^ I have mixed feelings about what this tagline suggests. Seems to fall into the pattern of simplifying everything (quick counts, critical situations etc). I'd prefer franchise mode to get more detailed rather than less so. We'll have to wait and see what this "phases" thing is and how the team plane shown fits into it all.
    Yeah. Gave me pause as well. I would love the full immersion we haven't had since MLB 13. Full between pitches routine etc.
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    WaitTilNextYear
    Franchise Mode: More Control. Less Time.
    ^^^^ I have mixed feelings about what this tagline suggests. Seems to fall into the pattern of simplifying everything (quick counts, critical situations etc). I'd prefer franchise mode to get more detailed rather than less so. We'll have to wait and see what this "phases" thing is and how the team plane shown fits into it all.

    I don’t want or need faster ways to play franchise mode I want depth I’m my franchise mode. Let’s see what they did with the mode this year.
    Cubfan
    I don’t want or need faster ways to play franchise mode I want depth I’m my franchise mode. Let’s see what they did with the mode this year.

    Oh no, my friend. Sony says you need a faster way to play franchise. Badly need it. You just haven't realized it yet. :D
    Cubfan
    I don’t want or need faster ways to play franchise mode I want depth I’m my franchise mode. Let’s see what they did with the mode this year.

    Just a pure speculation on my part, but I'm wondering if this new "PHASES" and this mentioning of faster way to play franchise mode, if they are going to all you to completely sim to certain aspects of franchise mode without having to sit thru the game simming games on the schedule.
    Example, say you're in May and you want to jump ahead to the trade deadline, you select that "PHASE" and you are immediately taken to the trade deadline and the game "sims" the season in the background that you never see.
    Again, pure speculation on my part.
    As you and others, I'm hopeful that franchise mode got some much needed attention this year. Guess we'll find out in March. :popcorn:
    The vast majority of players do NOT want all the intricate details that are already in the game. I'm almost certain they will give the hardcore crowd the option to get into all the details. Another thing everyone overlooks is making franchise mode more accessible will actually bring new players into the mode. They get in, enjoy what they are doing, and then maybe choose to get more in depth, growing the popularity of the mode.
    tshokunbi
    The vast majority of players do NOT want all the intricate details that are already in the game. I'm almost certain they will give the hardcore crowd the option to get into all the details. Another thing everyone overlooks is making franchise mode more accessible will actually bring new players into the mode. They get in, enjoy what they are doing, and then maybe choose to get more in depth, growing the popularity of the mode.

    I'm skeptical that simplifying franchise mode is gonna siphon off people from DD and RTTS. People who want to play trading cards and have really short games will probably stick with the other modes.
    "Franchise Mode" symbolizes depth, longevity, and all that stuff. Give people options for simpler play, and that's fine, but focusing only on making things simpler, easier, and quicker is a mistake. I'd rather the focus be on making running a team as life-like as possible, and then build in simplifying options after that. The cart can't go before the horse.
    WaitTilNextYear
    I'm skeptical that simplifying franchise mode is gonna siphon off people from DD and RTTS. People who want to play trading cards and have really short games will probably stick with the other modes.
    "Franchise Mode" symbolizes depth, longevity, and all that stuff. Give people options for simpler play, and that's fine, but focusing only on making things simpler, easier, and quicker is a mistake. I'd rather the focus be on making running a team as life-like as possible, and then build in simplifying options after that. The cart can't go before the horse.

    Compare the depth of The Show's franchise mode to CFM in Madden. It blows it out the water. From my perspective, the horse is already there. SDS has done a great job with their franchise mode, and increasing the popularity by streamlining the experience will allow more people to enjoy it.
    Imagine wanting to play a franchise with your favorite team. You go in and see all of these different things you have to do. Hire/fire, scouting, all the different type of contracts etc, etc. That's overwhelming and a big turn off for the majority of players. Most like to just play the games they want, and make occasional decisions here and there, not get into every little bit of the minutiae of being the GM of a team. That's part of the reason RTTS is so popular. I get that this is OS and its all about sim sim sim, but to me, The Show's franchise mode is already a very deep and robust experience.
    tshokunbi
    Compare the depth of The Show's franchise mode to CFM in Madden. It blows it out the water. From my perspective, the horse is already there. SDS has done a great job with their franchise mode, and increasing the popularity by streamlining the experience will allow more people to enjoy it.
    Imagine wanting to play a franchise with your favorite team. You go in and see all of these different things you have to do. Hire/fire, scouting, all the different type of contracts etc, etc. That's overwhelming and a big turn off for the majority of players. Most like to just play the games they want, and make occasional decisions here and there, not get into every little bit of the minutiae of being the GM of a team. That's part of the reason RTTS is so popular. I get that this is OS and its all about sim sim sim, but to me, The Show's franchise mode is already a very deep and robust experience.

    You actually think the Show' s franchise mode is more in-depth then Madden? I LOVE the show, but it's not.
    Madden has all the owner stuff, ticket prices, jersey sales, stadium renovations, building a new stadium, relocation, etc.
    It has all the social media stuff, and much more.
    Not saying I LIKE it all or it's implemented well, but there is no way the Show has more depth.
    In fact I would argue the show is the furthest behind in terms of a franchise mode in the major sports games, at least 2k and Madden, and for baseball that's really unfortunate
    Blegh
    Franchise is not popular due to the complexity of it. People don't care to spend time with budgets, drafts, contracts, etc. Personally, i never do franchise either but only because i know the game will get boring due to stale gameplay and commentary. I also never play RTTS because i prefer playing with real players. As for DD, i will never support a mode based on micro transactions.
    I give the game a chance every year and then end up selling it months later. Oh well. I like baseball too much i guess. I'm still hoping for EA to make baseball games again.

    Speak for yourself, I want OOTP style in MLB the show. I will probably skip out of this years game if Franchise mode is highly neglected again
    orioles0615
    Speak for yourself, I want OOTP style in MLB the show. I will probably skip out of this years game if Franchise mode is highly neglected again

    If the Show and OOTP were combined, I don't think I'd ever leave my house again.
    Woohoo, seven years later and over the course of that time all three of my replay wishes have finally been fulfilled! (stationary cameras, no matching audio in slow-mo replays, and now full speed replays with matching audio)
    https://forums.operationsports.com/forums/mlb-show-last-gen/502304-instant-replays-what-can-improved-them.html
    The only time they drown out the live audio of the game is if they do a full-speed replay, where they recapture the audio of that play.
    That's actually what I want to transition to next. Not all replays are in slow-motion. If a player hits a triple, they normally replay it in full speed, possibly from a different fielding angle, so they can gauge the speed of the entire play. Or, maybe they'll do something like showing a slow motion shot of where the ball was located, then a slow motion shot of the ball hitting the ground and splitting the outfield (all with the live crowd audio in the background), then one final replay following the batter in full speed, from the swing to the slide at third base (all the meanwhile, this contains the audio of that actual play, in live speed).

    Also, I see there is not a graphics twitch stream. I know they have done little things like PBR on the jerseys and more crowd stuff (plus just more animations in general), so I wonder where they're going to throw those nuggets in when it comes to Twitch streams.
    I agree with everyone else here. At first sight its a bit nervous to see " More control less time" . Us franchise mode lovers love a deep experience and play the mode for longevity. I hope that they still did some work to the mode and catered us Franchise mode players.
    I'm excited to see what the new Phases is about- hopefully the bring back critical situations and hopefully there's something there for those who love to play every pitch of a season.
    tshokunbi
    Compare the depth of The Show's franchise mode to CFM in Madden. It blows it out the water. From my perspective, the horse is already there. SDS has done a great job with their franchise mode, and increasing the popularity by streamlining the experience will allow more people to enjoy it.
    Imagine wanting to play a franchise with your favorite team. You go in and see all of these different things you have to do. Hire/fire, scouting, all the different type of contracts etc, etc. That's overwhelming and a big turn off for the majority of players. Most like to just play the games they want, and make occasional decisions here and there, not get into every little bit of the minutiae of being the GM of a team. That's part of the reason RTTS is so popular. I get that this is OS and its all about sim sim sim, but to me, The Show's franchise mode is already a very deep and robust experience.

    A few responses to this..
    1. What Madden is or isn't doing shouldn't really factor into how we view this game. I don't even play Madden so I can't agree or disagree with you. Whether you agree with the premise that one is better or not, I think it's probably irrelevant. I don't hold SDS accountable for what EA does and vice versa. People like...no love...to compare games and say since 2K does this or that, then everyone should, but I disagree with that premise.
    2. Franchise mode is already designed to be played a la carte. You can turn a bunch of options to auto, including pretty much everything you specified as a potential turnoff to the casual player.
    3. If people don't want to do any of the things associated with Franchise Mode, then why are we having this conversation? Playing RTTS, DD, and exhibition games is more to the liking of this demographic. Bringing the mode down to meet these people seems unnecessary because they already have modes they are wearing out and buying the game to play.
    4. Again, to laud the devs for making things take less time and be easier and absolve them from adding any meaningful depth to this mode is not something I can agree with. It seems like Franchise Mode is destined to be the rallying cry of the disaffected much like Online has been lately.
    Bullit
    I always get nervous every time they say get more done in less time. I know there are fewer and fewer of us. But we do like playing every pitch, bat and inning every game. I just hope they never take that away from the game.
    - Not nervous at all. Those of us who play every pitch of every game (I do that in my Yankees Franchise) will still be able to play we want.
    PhilliesFan13
    I would love them to bring back all the time in between pitches. I think MLB 13 was the last year that was in. - That would be MLB The Show 11.
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    I am very hyped for the gameplay improvements, the RTTS overhaul and seeing what they did with Franchise mode. Also the commentary improvements and presentation upgrades are always welcomed.
    Everything to me is looking like we are going to get the best "playing" version of The Show.....yet again. I love 17, am still playing it and 18 will be even better and a highly polished game out of the box this year. I can feel that vibe from Ramone. They really focused on the gameplay being outstanding from launch.
    My main concern is franchise mode and, of course, it's one of the last areas discussed again. I'm hoping to be pleasantly surprised, but given the hype surrounding RTTS (again) I'm skeptical.
    As for the debate over streamlining options, I'm fine with adding options to streamline the experience and make it more accessible for new or more casual players, but they did that last year. So, if that's really what "phases" or the other new features are as some are speculating, then that would indeed be disappointing. We'll see though.
    curious what those ***** in front of New Legends on March 2nd are hiding.
    soxnut1018
    If the Show and OOTP were combined, I don't think I'd ever leave my house again.

    thats because there would no longer be a reason to leave again.
    Blzer
    Also, I see there is not a graphics twitch stream. I know they have done little things like PBR on the jerseys and more crowd stuff (plus just more animations in general), so I wonder where they're going to throw those nuggets in when it comes to Twitch streams.

    I just realized that as well, looking over the schedule again.
    Since uniforms are a primary focus this year, I really want to see if they fixed the washed out colors (red, black, green, etc).
    The Kid 24
    I just realized that as well, looking over the schedule again.
    Since uniforms are a primary focus this year, I really want to see if they fixed the washed out colors (red, black, green, etc).

    I noticed on the trailer the Nationals hats were bright red but the "red" on the jersey were still maroon colored. Hopefully the jerseys change too.
    dran1984
    I noticed on the trailer the Nationals hats were bright red but the "red" on the jersey were still maroon colored. Hopefully the jerseys change too.

    Yea Nationals caps seemed brighter but Cardinals caps were definitely still dark.
    I hope that SDS will remain focused and stay on topic. If you are going to talk about tag animation, since you are using the dev tools, show us the different types of tags with the dev tools. It's hard to watch the streams because they have structure, but they deviate away from it with random hey, I can't talk about that, I don't want to give that away well don't talk about it. Stay focused, so a 1 hour stream has 1 hour of good information instead of filler crap.
    Sorry, I just can't watch it live, if this type of broadcast continues.
    Seeing that picture of the players on a plane reminds me of the old school games when teams in Franchise mode traveled around on a bus! It took months to be even be able to afford a coach flight for your players! It would be years before you had enough for a team charter. Could you imagine the New York Yankees and their infinite payroll traveling around on a bus!! Driving from New York to Seattle in one day!
    New Gameplay Features!!! Improved Player AI and Catcher AI and Animations.
    Re-worked hitting engine, ball physics.....this is a big one today.
    Gameplay is supreme and Ramone said this was a huge area of focus this cycle. Can't wait to see it in action today.
    Ready for the gameplay stream.
    I really liked what I saw on the gameplay videos that have been released thus far. Really anxious to see the changes to the catchers in regards to passed balls and balls in the dirt.
    Hoping they will touch upon AI management when in comes to pinch hitting and going to the bullpen.
    countryboy
    Ready for the gameplay stream.
    I really liked what I saw on the gameplay videos that have been released thus far. Really anxious to see the changes to the catchers in regards to passed balls and balls in the dirt.
    Hoping they will touch upon AI management when in comes to pinch hitting and going to the bullpen.

    Improved AI management of the bullpen and bench as well as trade logic would be huge for me.
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    Jeffrey Smith
    Improved AI management of the bullpen and bench as well as trade logic would be huge for me.
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    This would be huge and very welcomed. Id love for the ablity to NOT have to control 30 teams just to get decent decision making and have a decent season.
    Rob_NYY
    Seeing that picture of the players on a plane reminds me of the old school games when teams in Franchise mode traveled around on a bus! It took months to be even be able to afford a coach flight for your players! It would be years before you had enough for a team charter. Could you imagine the New York Yankees and their infinite payroll traveling around on a bus!! Driving from New York to Seattle in one day!

    No, but I can imagine the Marlins doing that this season as part of their cost savings plan: Project Wolverine.
    SandGropeR
    Wake me up March 8
    RTTS is all I care about and all I ever play.
    Wake you up March 8? Pfft, more like March 27th or if you’re preordering March 23rd.
    countryboy
    Next up is the first GameStop Monday. Wonder what will be revealed???
    Then next is another one of my favorite streams and that is the Little Things.

    Last year, didnt the GS Monday tie in with the Twitch stream of that week?
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    tnixen
    You took the words right out of my mouth!
    I like seeing things like the catcher throwing ball back to the pitcher, foul balls hit into the stands, fielders throwing the ball around the infield after an out, batters walking up to home plate, batters walking into and out of the dugout and so on. We need more of this stuff not less!!!
    There should be a True Real time broadcast presentation mode for us old timers!
    Agreed. It's baseball's version of yoga. Slow down...
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    WaitTilNextYear
    Franchise Mode: More Control. Less Time.
    ^^^^ I have mixed feelings about what this tagline suggests. Seems to fall into the pattern of simplifying everything (quick counts, critical situations etc). I'd prefer franchise mode to get more detailed rather than less so. We'll have to wait and see what this "phases" thing is and how the team plane shown fits into it all.
    Laughing remembering MVP '05 letting you bus or fly to your next road series...
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    Blegh
    Franchise is not popular due to the complexity of it. People don't care to spend time with budgets, drafts, contracts, etc. Personally, i never do franchise either but only because i know the game will get boring due to stale gameplay and commentary. I also never play RTTS because i prefer playing with real players. As for DD, i will never support a mode based on micro transactions.
    I give the game a chance every year and then end up selling it months later. Oh well. I like baseball too much i guess. I'm still hoping for EA to make baseball games again.

    I’m not sure this is true. I think it’s not as popular because of an all-or-nothing mentality. I myself am guilty of this. I don’t play franchise, not because of the complexity, but because I don’t have time to play 162 game seasons one after the other. And if I’m not going to have to time to play every game, I would rather not bother because playing some and simming some doesn’t appeal to me. It’s all or nothing, and since I don’t have time for the all, then it’s nothing. I can instead just take my RTTS player and knock out 4 or 5 seasons before the next iteration comes out. I think that may be the case with a good many people.
    countryboy
    GameStop Monday tomorrow.
    Looking forward to more information :popcorn:
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    Oh right, forgot about that. We're likely to get the asterisks for the 12th filled in on that. And given the theme of the week (plus the trailer), I wouldn't be surprised if it was "Seventh Inning Stretch".
    nemesis04
    I wish more it was a little things deep dive on the AI. It would be nice to have one of those.

    They are saving it for the the upcoming Twitch stream.
    I know I'm late to the party on this thread, but this is what pisses me off when SDS says they use internet data to figure out what people want.
    You look at my data, and you'd see a franchise player who loves using quick manage. SDS pats themselves on the back, and says: ok, making the game faster in franchise is really popular, lets focus on that.
    Yes, it's true, I love quick manage... FOR MY MINORS!!!!!
    Never missed a pitch for my majors.
    Please SDS, our playtime and our data is not indicative of what we want. Please stop using this faulty system to judge what we want in the game.
    Edit: PS, adding in quick manage has made my game slower. I used to just sim minor league games.
    I hope they don't stream anything about batting stance creator, just post links to IGN and Gamestop if you want to see that feature.
    Move right into the little things.
    Impetuous65
    I hope they don't stream anything about batting stance creator, just post links to IGN and Gamestop if you want to see that feature.
    Move right into the little things.

    I agree with you, I don't want to see a 3rd demonstration of the same thing. But I know it's gonna be exactly that. I'm sure there'll be a few new pieces of info regarding various things, but I'd be surprised if the stream didn't spend the first 30-45 min talking about the batting stance creator as if no one saw the IGN and Gamespot videos.
    Hopefully this is the stream where they'll show us the new brands and equipment in 18.
    Really hoping they show catchers equipment... To see if we have Nike this year.
    Impetuous65
    I hope they don't stream anything about batting stance creator, just post links to IGN and Gamestop if you want to see that feature.
    Move right into the little things.

    This sounds like you're really setting yourself up for disappointment. Of course they're going to talk about it, and it fits the asterisks on the schedule perfectly.
    Probably posting this in the wrong thread, however I have now contacted two Walmarts and to game stops in my area that have no idea what I’m talking about when I mention MLB the show 18 first pitch weekend. They are completely unaware of the promotion and being able to buy the game early. So???
    jimmy13
    Probably posting this in the wrong thread, however I have now contacted two Walmarts and to game stops in my area that have no idea what I’m talking about when I mention MLB the show 18 first pitch weekend. They are completely unaware of the promotion and being able to buy the game early. So???

    If SCEA says it then it's happening for sure. Can't go by what uninformed and uninterested store employees say. They might not even have this info until days before the release happens.
    SilverBullet1929
    If SCEA says it then it's happening for sure. Can't go by what uninformed and uninterested store employees say. They might not even have this info until days before the release happens.

    Best Buy sent me a change in pre-order date email notifying me that I can get the game on the Friday before launch. My guess is that they are uniformed.
    bcruise
    Yeah, i think you guys had better prepare yourselves for the inevitable:

    I know they are going to cover BSC in the stream, I just think since they have 2 very in depth videos already available for viewing, showing it for a 3rd time is redundant.
    jimmy13
    Probably posting this in the wrong thread, however I have now contacted two Walmarts and to game stops in my area that have no idea what I’m talking about when I mention MLB the show 18 first pitch weekend. They are completely unaware of the promotion and being able to buy the game early. So???
    I'm just not surprised. I went into a MacDonalds a while back and the girl at the register wasnt sure if Big Mac were still on the menu. As for Walmart, I think they're more interested in rearranging things every few weeks more than anything. I wouldnt be surprised this year if Walmart accidentally sells the game early to people who didnt even preorder.
    ShowTyme15
    I believe when your system is plugged into the internet they get that info based on how many gamers are in specific modes.

    What about people like me who play franchise only and never go online? I just finished my second full 162 game season since buying 2016. Who knows how many hours I've pumped into the game that they haven't captured.
    eric7064
    You actually think the Show' s franchise mode is more in-depth then Madden? I LOVE the show, but it's not.
    Madden has all the owner stuff, ticket prices, jersey sales, stadium renovations, building a new stadium, relocation, etc.
    It has all the social media stuff, and much more.
    Not saying I LIKE it all or it's implemented well, but there is no way the Show has more depth.
    In fact I would argue the show is the furthest behind in terms of a franchise mode in the major sports games, at least 2k and Madden, and for baseball that's really unfortunate

    Totally agree. Madden is lacking badly in many ways, but in many others it still offers things that I want that the Show either hasn't had, or has bizarrely removed when they were in past editions.
    What I want out of every sports game is basically a Team President Mode, where I have to answer to the Owner, but otherwise control every micro aspect of the franchise down to the finest details. We were trending that way at one point, and then the blight of online gaming shifted their focus and threw it all to hell.
    jimmy13
    Probably posting this in the wrong thread, however I have now contacted two Walmarts and to game stops in my area that have no idea what I’m talking about when I mention MLB the show 18 first pitch weekend. They are completely unaware of the promotion and being able to buy the game early. So???

    I have given up on Walmart all together for video games. I have one ten minutes from my house, and nothing else within half an hour, so I was buying games there on Day One for a while, but in the last few years, they've gone from having an End Cap dedicated to the newest games and supporting them from 7am on Tuesday (if not the midnight the night before), to not having them out of the warehouse in the morning at all
    ....up to the last couple of times, the employees in the electronics section refused to help me in the afternoon when I asked about the game, since it wasn't out in the case. Said that they had no idea what I was talking about, everything they sell is out. When I showed them the weekly ad with the picture of the game stating it was available on Tuesday, I got smug shrugs, and "sorry man, can't help you".
    jimmy13
    Probably posting this in the wrong thread, however I have now contacted two Walmarts and to game stops in my area that have no idea what I’m talking about when I mention MLB the show 18 first pitch weekend. They are completely unaware of the promotion and being able to buy the game early. So???

    Tell GameStop to go to their web page for MLB the Show 18 and read...
    That's pretty much what I'd say to them..
    On the site:
    Pre-order at GameStop and get Early Access to the game with First Pitch Weekend. With this, you'll be able to pick up your copy on March 23, a full four days before the regular release on March 27. You'll also get 15 Standard Packs (10 for pre-order + 5 GameStop pre-order exclusive) and 1 Legend Starter card when the game launches!
    I wont deal with these lame stores anymore. Always get the run around, I buy most of my games digitally these days, less hassle but of course if you are done with the game you have nothing to trade in. The only time I got to walmart or gamestop for anything to do with gaming is if I need a controller a headset or a used game and even then I use amazon.
    vertman
    I wont deal with these lame stores anymore. Always get the run around, I buy most of my games digitally these days, less hassle but of course if you are done with the game you have nothing to trade in. The only time I got to walmart or gamestop for anything to do with gaming is if I need a controller a headset or a used game and even then I use amazon.

    Same here.
    As for today's stream, I am really looking forward to it. I hope they use Batting Stance Creator to show us them updating someone's stance or creating a classic stance that isn't in the game (Bonds? Knoblauch?) I don't want to see them just randomly messing around making silly stances like in the demonstrations Monday.
    One "little thing" I'm hoping they added to the game are the lights turning on and off at Yankee Stadium for homeruns during night games.
    Unlucky 13
    What about people like me who play franchise only and never go online? I just finished my second full 162 game season since buying 2016. Who knows how many hours I've pumped into the game that they haven't captured.

    Are you able to get patch updates? Thats when they can still track your usage even if you're offline 99% of the time.
    Rob_NYY
    Same here.
    As for today's stream, I am really looking forward to it. I hope they use Batting Stance Creator to show us them updating someone's stance or creating a classic stance that isn't in the game (Bonds? Knoblauch?) I don't want to see them just randomly messing around making silly stances like in the demonstrations Monday.
    One "little thing" I'm hoping they added to the game are the lights turning on and off at Yankee Stadium for homeruns during night games.
    I would love it if they got that added in. I’m not really expecting it to be in the game though.
    Caulfield
    Are you able to get patch updates? Thats when they can still track your usage even if you're offline 99% of the time.

    I was last online in August with my PS4. Moved then to a home where I cannot get any kind of broadband. Prior to that, I did get online about once a month to check for updates for the games and system.
    I have never played an online game though, and have not logged onto the Shows servers in several years. I did my own rosters in 15 & 16.
    Rocket32
    I would love it if they got that added in. I’m not really expecting it to be in the game though.

    I missed the stream due to work. I wish somebody would have asked in the chat. From what I saw watching the archive, 90% of the questions were about Ohtani, batting stances and stupid Diamond Dynasty.
    Don't know if it means much but Ramone said that they will reveal the new commentator on Thursday. He said something about Mondays not giving all the info. Who knows but regardless, looking forward to it. Still crossing fingers Matt V is gone but we all know SDS love him too much for some reason even though the community would agree he needs an overhaul at best.
    Blegh
    Don't know if it means much but Ramone said that they will reveal the new commentator on Thursday. He said something about Mondays not giving all the info. Who knows but regardless, looking forward to it. Still crossing fingers Matt V is gone but we all know SDS love him too much for some reason even though the community would agree he needs an overhaul at best.

    Damn, I was hoping we would get the name on Monday.
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    The Kid 24
    Really looking forward to Gamestop Monday to see who's being added.
    Gotta be Thome or Costas, only names that fit the asterisks.
    But Costas, wouldnt make sense unless Matt is leaving, which isnt happening.
    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G920A using Operation Sports mobile app

    I don't get how that fits. Is it because they leave one asterisk off the last name because they did last year? If so, then okie I gotcha.
    Just so ya know... Rex Hudler also fits then. :y220c:
    Blegh
    Don't know if it means much but Ramone said that they will reveal the new commentator on Thursday. He said something about Mondays not giving all the info. Who knows but regardless, looking forward to it. Still crossing fingers Matt V is gone but we all know SDS love him too much for some reason even though the community would agree he needs an overhaul at best.

    I'm not sure it's about how much they love Matt V as much as it's about how it would set commentary back probably 3 years if they removed all of his lines.
    Blzer
    I don't get how that fits. Is it because they leave one asterisk off the last name because they did last year? If so, then okie I gotcha.
    Just so ya know... Rex Hudler also fits then. :y220c:

    Crap, nevermind on Costas, I cant count.
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    kehlis
    I'm not sure it's about how much they love Matt V as much as it's about how it would set commentary back probably 3 years if they removed all of his lines.

    Fair enough but lets not act like the current commentary is "contemporary." It is stale, dull, boring, repetitive, and down right terrible.
    Blegh
    Fair enough but lets not act like the current commentary is "contemporary." It is stale, dull, boring, repetitive, and down right terrible.

    Who is "acting" like that? I haven't seen it.
    Blegh
    Fair enough but lets not act like the current commentary is "contemporary." It is stale, dull, boring, repetitive, and down right terrible.

    Who said it's contemporary? Kehlis meant they wouldn't be able to replace all of Matt V's lines in one year with the new commenator. Which means it would be even more repetitive than it is now.
    bcruise
    Who said it's contemporary? Kehlis meant they wouldn't be able to replace all of Matt V's lines in one year with the new commenator. Which means it would be even more repetitive than it is now.

    I understand that. My point was they should have started the process for new commentary years ago and at this point, we should have a new main commentator by now (or soon). His decade old lines and delivery is in need of change. Seems unlikely to me they will address this anytime soon.
    He said the commentary will take a step back, but it will forever be stagnant if they continue to leave it unchanged.
    I hope they don't bring in a new commentator just to re-record lines. I hope they change the way their entire commentary system is done for more dynamic flow.

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