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MLB The Show 19 Twitch Stream - March to October, Franchise, Presentation, Commentary & More

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MLB The Show 19 Twitch Stream - March to October, Franchise, Presentation, Commentary & More

Check out the latest MLB The Show 19 Twitch stream (archived on YouTube), featuring plenty of details on the new mode March to October. It also includes some details on Franchise Mode and plenty of presentation improvements, including commentary improvements and stadium sounds.

We’ve posted some bullets below, including some captured screenshots, but you can watch the archive below.

  • In season contract extensions in spring training, then later in the season, close to the trade deadline, you can sign players that are possibly going to hit free agency, or get trade talks going
  • Real life contracts are in
  • Payout structure can be normal, back loaded or front loaded
  • Alex Miniak, the voice of Petco Park, is the PA announcer for all MLB, AAA and AA stadiums
  • Pre-pitch cameras are in, allowing atmosphere to come through, which lock in on key players
  • Heidi Watney is the new sideline reporter, she will be present whenever there are 2 MLB teams in an MLB stadium, no matter which mode
  • Crowd audio has been improved with all-new crowd audio for both ambiance and reaction
  • Crowd will react to situations, for example realistic reactions for double plays, RBI’s, go ahead RBI’s, go ahead HR’s with lots of variations. Team was able to get direct feeds from broadcasts themselves. You can really tell the difference between smaller and larger crowds.
  • New score bug has lots of details and information
  • Plenty of more details on the new March to October mode
  • New Legend Revealed – Lou Gehrig
  • Some Pre-order Diamonds Revealed – Lou Gehrig, Jackie Robinson, Jason Kendall, Chipper Jones

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  1. So they mentioned that not all the players have been converted to real life contracts yet but they will be by the time the game ships.
    This isnt a good sign as there is no way they could have tested out finances long term if they haven't even adjusted them all yet. Hoping they dive deeper.
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    Yadi 6 worse in stats by the half way point, so I'm guessing regression is still ridiculous. Increasingly worried that they haven't altered the financial system at all, just changed the salary values
    Biggest question for me is how will real contract values work with carryover saves
    I don’t do twitch
    Would someone mind asking please?
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    countryboy
    Biggest question for me is how will real contract values work with carryover saves
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    I don't think they'll have any effect at all, it didn't seem like the finances had changed, just the value of the starting contracts. Getting a 90+ Godschmidt for $20m a year seems like the same sort of value as last year I think?
    SO I am guessing Hiedi will replace the radio show thing? anyhow looks alright it will probably get old after a while though but that can't be helped with commentary
    The sideline reporter was the best addition they could have made to the broadcast team. It adds a different level of analysis and presentation to the commentary. Much better decision then to add another person to the booth or to swap out someone in my opinion.
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    The stadium sounds are way too arcadey and I hope you can disable them.
    They did just say they recorded all new crowd sounds so that's good.
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    BigOscar
    I don't think they'll have any effect at all, it didn't seem like the finances had changed, just the value of the starting contracts. Getting a 90+ Godschmidt for $20m a year seems like the same sort of value as last year I think?

    Was that shown or discussed? Would defeat the purpose if it the logic wasn't changed. Trade value, free agent signings etc....would be messed up.
    pack4life69
    The stadium sounds are way too arcadey and I hope you can disable them.
    They did just say they recorded all new crowd sounds so that's good.
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    They definitely are optional, you'll actually have to buy them switch stubs if you want them
    csamuelsvt
    Same boring home run call from Matt...love the presentation but he is just rough to listen to after SOOO many years and zero enthusiasm.

    what is frustrating is he is nothing like that on the real TV I can't believe I am hearing the same guy when he calls games in real life. maybe we need Michael Kay with SEEEEE ya.
    csamuelsvt
    Same boring home run call from Matt...love the presentation but he is just rough to listen to after SOOO many years and zero enthusiasm.

    It's weird how subdued he sounds on the game because he's really animated in real life.
    tabarnes19
    Was that shown or discussed? Would defeat the purpose if it the logic wasn't changed. Trade value, free agent signings etc....would be messed up.

    They said "we're putting the real contracts in", but they made no mention of balancing the finances to match that, so it's anyone's guess. But they did re-sign Goldy at only $20m, so I don't know, that seems pretty inline with how it was previously
    Presentation looks really good this year, commentary still seems pretty meh but I always mute them and just have the games sounds anyway. Interesting commentary is pretty impossible in computer games
    catswithbats
    It's weird how subdued he sounds on the game because he's really animated in real life.

    This is the same problem the NHL series has with Doc Emerick (spelling?). He’s super animated in real life, but very reserved in the game. I think it’s difficult for the crossover to occur
    catswithbats
    It's weird how subdued he sounds on the game because he's really animated in real life.

    I forget when he started, but I think most of us have memorized his home run calls by now and the majority of his lines. So frustrating.
    Have noticed how they haven't touched at all on commentary outside of the new reporter
    Presentation looks outstanding though.
    countryboy
    Biggest question for me is how will real contract values work with carryover saves
    I don’t do twitch
    Would someone mind asking please?
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    I asked but it did not get answered.
    mikea330
    This is the same problem the NHL series has with Doc Emerick (spelling?). He’s super animated in real life, but very reserved in the game. I think it’s difficult for the crossover to occur

    Very true. I'm a huge hockey fan and Doc Fan and his excitement never came through in the NHL series.
    They are replacing him this year however with hopefully someone who can bring that excitement
    love all the presentation detail screens into more stats. I hope though at some stage we get the less mainstream stats like AVG RBIs RUNS all those stats are good for the casual waters of baseball. but stuff like WAR OBP OPS (most important stat) stats like that tell you why Mookie Betts and trout are better then player X not just because of AVG
    JayD
    Welp thats it for franchise, contract extensions. SDS giving franchise players the middle finger

    Pitch fork sales at OS now at an all time high.
    :duck:
    TheBleedingRed21
    Was this stated in the stream?

    Was stated by Ramone that it is too difficult to implement without devoting a whole cycle to it two years ago.
    TheBleedingRed21
    Was this stated in the stream?

    No, but franchise got about 1 minute of dedicated air time and it wasn't mentioned. Contract renewals, ability to back and front load contracts and real contract values were the entirety of the franchise specific things (although a lot of good presentation stuff is also applied to franchise)
    I doubt they mentioned or added it but was there any indication of minor league stats on player cards or any sort of way to track how guys play in the minors?
    I also take it there is no player import feature
    orioles0615
    I doubt they mentioned or added it but was there any indication of minor league stats on player cards or any sort of way to track how guys play in the minors?
    I also take it there is no player import feature

    Neither of these things were mentioned.
    underdog13
    Pitch fork sales at OS now at an all time high.
    :duck:

    I don't know why anyone expected more then a few mins.. all the signs clearly read that we would only get a few mins about franchise. it wasn't even on today heading it was all about this march to October stripped mode.
    Still listening to the stream (no longer watching)...
    Love the presentation updates, but worried about franchise for this year's game. Real contracts are nice (I guess), but I'm concerned that not much was changed in franchise besides that.
    That is peculiar to me. I'm hoping they come back to franchise in some form in this stream. It even seemed like it took more effort to implement the new UI (Phases) in franchise last year than what they did this year. I didn't hear any talk of improved AI or contract logic, just that real contracts are in along with extensions...
    catswithbats
    This March to October mode seems interesting enough that I'll check it out but if they eventually get rid of Franchise because of it I'll be pretty mad.

    and that is my concern... we seen it with madden 6 years ago franchise has never returned because of that CFM crap. and you have to spend 1 hour to get around 32 profiles for a 32 team control franchise.. because it was designed that way for online single player
    It's my concern is that MLb the show will head that way and a new franchise mode will be called M2O and it will be only 1 team control and locked to a roster like this mode. and take 5 years to bring things back
    ninertravel
    and that is my concern... we seen it with madden 6 years ago franchise has never returned because of that CFM crap. and you have to spend 1 hour to get around 32 profiles for a 32 team control franchise.. because it was designed that way for online single player
    It's my concern is that MLb the show will head that way and a new franchise mode will be called M2O and it will be only 1 team control and locked to a roster like this mode. and take 5 years to bring things back

    Even though I'm a bit disappointed (right now) about franchise, I don't think MTO will ever replace franchise. I'm in the camp that believes MTO's true purpose is to funnel more players into franchise and to make the argument that franchise needs more dev cycle attention.
    catswithbats
    This March to October mode seems interesting enough that I'll check it out but if they eventually get rid of Franchise because of it I'll be pretty mad.

    They'll never get rid of Franchise mode. More people play it than you think and the amount of backlash wouldn't be worth it.
    Cycloniac
    Still listening to the stream (no longer watching)...
    Love the presentation updates, but worried about franchise for this year's game. Real contracts are nice (I guess), but I'm concerned that not much was changed in franchise besides that.
    That is peculiar to me. I'm hoping they come back to franchise in some form in this stream. It even seemed like it took more effort to implement the new UI (Phases) in franchise last year than what they did this year. I didn't hear any talk of improved AI or contract logic, just that real contracts are in along with extensions...

    How do the extensions work? Can the cpu extend players? If financials have not been balanced to work with real contracts would be a complete mess.
    Is there a screen shot with rookies? Are they coming up making 550k league minimum?
    ShadyFan25
    They'll never get rid of Franchise mode. More people play it than you think and the amount of backlash wouldn't be worth it.

    You're probably right but I am a little paranoid.
    tabarnes19
    How do the extensions work? Can the cpu extend players? If financials have not been balanced to work with real contracts would be a complete mess.
    Is there a screen shot with rookies? Are they coming up making 550k league minimum?

    They made no mention of any of that. I'm assuming that's why there is a bit of concern related to Franchise Mode.
    catswithbats
    You're probably right but I am a little paranoid.

    Yeah I don't blame you. The lack of attention to it is discouraging but I think they'll keep it.
    tabarnes19
    How do the extensions work? Can the cpu extend players? If financials have not been balanced to work with real contracts would be a complete mess.
    Is there a screen shot with rookies? Are they coming up making 550k league minimum?

    It seems as if they are still testing the real contracts, but here is what worries me:
    All of the real contracts are not in yet. They will be in before the release of the game, BUT that means they won't have a lot of time to test the franchise logic. It sounds like they got the green light to use real contracts pretty late.
    Welp, Vasgersian says Eric Thames' last name correctly this year!
    (last year it still sounded like how you pronounce it with Marcus Thames)
    ShadyFan25
    They'll never get rid of Franchise mode. More people play it than you think and the amount of backlash wouldn't be worth it.

    EA did it with madden, I am just saying it's what happened and EA said at the time 'franchise is no more' it was their words. and that was 6 years ago.
    Look they had backlash with getting rid of Season mode.
    I really don't think M2O is about getting franchise players across. they could have integrated it over, you go to start franchise it asks a question do you want a stripped down version (IE march To October) or start a franchise. I don't really know what the point was to start an entire new mode. it breaks up to many parts and makes it harder to focus more options on other modes when they are all separated,
    Cycloniac
    It seems as if they are still testing the real contracts, but here is what worries me:
    All of the real contracts are not in yet. They will be in before the release of the game, BUT that means they won't have a lot of time to test the franchise logic. It sounds like they got the green light to use real contracts pretty late.

    Yup, that's my concern. I genuinely don't know if they know that just changing the starting contracts to the real values will break the game, it's a game breaking bug waiting to happen.
    Clarification on this from SDS would be hugely appreciated
    Presentation looks awesome. Lots of subtle tweaks and changes plus the sideline reporter. Drop down scoreboard stats and the pre pitch cameras look awesome. Definately impressed on that front.
    Not much franchise specific stuff on the stream which I've been expecting. The presentation changes help with franchise but real franchise changes (better stat/history tracking, better draft experience, full A roster, etc) would help make it a more immersive experience.
    Biggest concern I have is the finance and budget system. I'm worried testing hasn't been done to ensure a franchise 2-3 years down the line will work properly. You would assume some testing would need to occur having the value of everyone's contracts increased to real life values. The only reason I'm assuming testing hasn't been done is because they said they havent changed all of them yet. I wouldnt think you could properly test how this affects the finances if they havent been updated yet. I dont think there's much time left for testing with launch being so close but who knows maybe they tested this stuff on the backend or can fix any issues with a day one patch.
    I personally wish they would have spent the time they worked on March to October and instead spent that time on fleshing out franchise. It seems like a lot of thought, planning, testing and man hours went into this new mode. My personal preference would have been to spend that time working on franchise.
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    Blzer
    Welp, Vasgersian says Eric Thames' last name correctly this year!
    (last year it still sounded like how you pronounce it with Marcus Thames)

    nice pick there! haha. for years I have been sick of hearing him say it the wrong way
    JayD
    No injuries, no minors, no control. Nope

    What I meant, is that I might try it out. In another thread I said I wasn't even going to touch the mode. I will likely try it out. I'm strictly a Franchise guy ususally. I still haven't decided if I'll buy, but if I do, I'll probably try March to Oct out.
    BigOscar
    Yup, that's my concern. I genuinely don't know if they know that just changing the starting contracts to the real values will break the game, it's a game breaking bug waiting to happen.
    Clarification on this from SDS would be hugely appreciated

    Honestly, I have zero confidence that they can implement these type of changes correctly. Not sure if time, or lack of talent, but I would imagine that things will not work as you progress through your franchise.
    They are showing March to October trade missions now...get three options of players to choose from. Can decide not to trade at this time when one of these missions come up. If you do that, you might get 4 or 5 other opportunities for trades during the next few weeks in game.
    Brewers were given option to trade for A. Simmons, SS from the Angels. Cost the Brewers 2 minor league players and T. Saladino.
    Rosters are frozen at Opening Day 2019, no custom ones can be used, and no injuries in the mode.
    You only get to execute 1 trade in MtO.
    MrArlingtonBeach
    They are showing March to October trade missions now...get three options to choose from. Can decide not to trade at this time when one of these missions come up.
    Brewers were given option to trade for A. Simmons, SS from the Angels. Cost the Brewers 2 minor league players and T. Saladino.
    Rosters are frozen at Opening Day 2019, no custom ones can be used, and no injuries in the mode.
    You only get to execute 1 trade in MtO.

    One thing to note is the players given away that were minor league players were A & B potential.
    MTO News for those that can't watch
    Rosters are locked down due to reward system
    You get one scenario each run where you have 3 choices to choose a player to trade for and the scenario happens near trade deadline
    At end you can hit a button and go into franchise mode with the team and the year is 2020. All stats from the season are saved for the franchise. You can do this with any completed MTO season so it's no tied to winning the world series.
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    MrArlingtonBeach
    They are showing March to October trade missions now...get three options of players to choose from. Can decide not to trade at this time when one of these missions come up. If you do that, you might get 4 or 5 other opportunities for trades during the next few weeks in game.
    Brewers were given option to trade for A. Simmons, SS from the Angels. Cost the Brewers 2 minor league players and T. Saladino.
    Rosters are frozen at Opening Day 2019, no custom ones can be used, and no injuries in the mode.
    You only get to execute 1 trade in MtO.

    So does that mean Bryce Harper will even be on the roster then>? because I could imagine you can only load the default roster from the disk. that signing was really late that he won't even be on the default roster. and technically importing a updated roster from SDS is actually a custom one.
    ninertravel
    So does that mean Bryce Harper will even be on the roster then>? because I could imagine you can only load the default roster from the disk. that signing was really late that he won't even be on the default roster. and technically importing a updated roster from SDS is actually a custom one.
    They said they will update it one time after launch so he will be on Phillies in the mode. I'm assuming they will base it on opening day rosters.
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    ninertravel
    So does that mean Bryce Harper will even be on the roster then>? because I could imagine you can only load the default roster from the disk. that signing was really late that he won't even be on the default roster. and technically importing a updated roster from SDS is actually a custom one.

    For this mode to have any real chance, they will have to be 100% on their rosters.
    ninertravel
    So does that mean Bryce Harper will even be on the roster then>? because I could imagine you can only load the default roster from the disk. that signing was really late that he won't even be on the default roster. and technically importing a updated roster from SDS is actually a custom one.

    They said that the rosters are not locked yet and that they will wait until the last possible moment before they lock them.
    No roster updates for MTO after launch. So no matter when you start, you will use the Opening Day roster as it will be locked in since the mode offers rewards and they wanted to keep it fair for everyone.
    edit: sorry I'm late.
    I'm sorry but contract extensions and real life salaries just doesn't do it for me. And SDS can't even act like this took them the whole cycle to complete because they haven't even converted all players to real salary yet. This is very worrisome as there is no way the can adjust the system to account for salaries and fully test it in the next two weeks. We all know how real life salaries essentially breaks franchise and I think franchise is going to be a flubbin mess this year.
    It's clear SDS does not even care about this mode anymore. I know it's been said ad naseum but they are not even trying to hide the fact they don't care anymore. I am really leaning towards skipping this year. '18 is a pretty good game and the bright side I don't have to wait to weeks to play it or wait for OSFM. I don't know I might still get '19. I'll make a dedication once this bitter taste is out of my mouth.
    You don’t get to play complete postseason games unless it’s game 7. You’ll still get dropped in mid to late game. Seems like it kinda defeats the purpose for the people they mention that wanted to play postseason ball but didn’t want to “sim to the playoffs”. I wish it was an option to play the full games if you want to.
    Therebelyell626
    I'm sorry but contract extensions and real life salaries just doesn't do it for me. And SDS can't even act like this took them the whole cycle to complete because they haven't even converted all players to real salary yet. This is very worrisome as there is no way the can adjust the system to account for salaries and fully test it in the next two weeks. We all know how real life salaries essentially breaks franchise and I think franchise is going to be a flubbin mess this year.
    It's clear SDS does not even care about this mode anymore. I know it's been said ad naseum but they are not even trying to hide the fact they don't care anymore. I am really leaning towards skipping this year. '18 is a pretty good game and the bright side I don't have to wait to weeks to play it or wait for OSFM. I don't know I might still get '19. I'll make a dedication once this bitter taste is out of my mouth.

    Cool, if it doesn't do it for you, simple as that, just don't buy it. For me personally, Contract Extensions & Real Life Salaries is a big deal.
    Therebelyell626
    I'm sorry but contract extensions and real life salaries just doesn't do it for me. And SDS can't even act like this took them the whole cycle to complete because they haven't even converted all players to real salary yet. This is very worrisome as there is no way the can adjust the system to account for salaries and fully test it in the next two weeks. We all know how real life salaries essentially breaks franchise and I think franchise is going to be a flubbin mess this year.
    It's clear SDS does not even care about this mode anymore. I know it's been said ad naseum but they are not even trying to hide the fact they don't care anymore. I am really leaning towards skipping this year. '18 is a pretty good game and the bright side I don't have to wait to weeks to play it or wait for OSFM. I don't know I might still get '19. I'll make a dedication once this bitter taste is out of my mouth.

    Hopefully people do the right thing then and DON'T BUY THE GAME
    Scott
    Cool, if it doesn't do it for you, simple as that, just don't buy it. For me personally, Contract Extensions & Real Life Salaries is a big deal.

    I'd like to hear your thoughts on why this is a big deal
    Searching for hope that franchise hasn't been hurt significantly as a result of this change
    I actually liked what I saw of the new mode and it probably convinced me to buy the game again this season (Along with Moments, revamped DD and revamped RTTS).
    I could maybe see myself trying several teams in this mode.
    And if they really did not care about Franchise at all then they would not even bother to let you jump directly to franchise from this mode.
    orioles0615
    Hopefully people do the right thing then and DON'T BUY THE GAME

    There's no right thing about not buying the game. You may not be happy with the direction of the game, but there are tons of people who love this game and are fine with the content it offers.
    Hey, if you don't wanna buy it then that's great that you speak with your wallet, but don't tell others to "Do the right thing" when that is not the case at all for those who want the game.
    Cycloniac
    I'd like to hear your thoughts on why this is a big deal
    Searching for hope that franchise hasn't been hurt significantly as a result of this change

    No more of the false salary system, it helps with realism.
    Scott
    Cool, if it doesn't do it for you, simple as that, just don't buy it. For me personally, Contract Extensions & Real Life Salaries is a big deal.

    Have fun with that. When your 3 years into your franchise and all of the top players are sitting on the free agent list come the all star break, because nobody has the budget to sign them. We will see if it's still a "big deal" for you. Plus you could already do this yourself last year it just broke the game.
    They haven't even changed over everyone's contract value to real salaries yet and the game is two weeks away from release. Do you honestly believe that is enough time to adjust the franchise engine. I doubt it.
    Edit: sorry, I just realized my post came off super aggressive and I didn't mean it to.
    March to October is a no go for me because of roster restrictions. A blockbuster trade during the season would ruin it for me if I was stuck playing with players not on my team.
    However, game really got a facelift, ready to continue my carry over franchise.
    someone like me who does not have a franchise running at the moment i will get 19 but i am not impressed too much about the mode this year. i will hope to buy when the price is lower i know it will be a while but this is not a full price worth game for franchise mode just my opinion.
    Therebelyell626
    Have fun with that. When your 3 years into your franchise and all of the top players are sitting on the free agent list come the all star break, because nobody has the budget to sign them. We will see if it's still a "big deal" for you. Plus you could already do this yourself last year it just broke the game.
    They haven't even changed over everyone's contract value to real salaries yet and the game is two weeks away from release. Do you honestly believe that is enough time to adjust the franchise engine. I doubt it.

    I will have fun with it.
    Therebelyell626
    Have fun with that. When your 3 years into your franchise and all of the top players are sitting on the free agent list come the all star break, because nobody has the budget to sign them. We will see if it's still a "big deal" for you. Plus you could already do this yourself last year it just broke the game.
    They haven't even changed over everyone's contract value to real salaries yet and the game is two weeks away from release. Do you honestly believe that is enough time to adjust the franchise engine. I doubt it.
    Edit: sorry, I just realized my post came off super aggressive and I didn't mean it to.

    My biggest worry is the trade logic. With real contracts you don't see the prospect for player trades you see without. Many times its salary for salary or one for one and also severely reduces them.
    Curious to how real life value contracts work with carryover saves.
    But contract extensions, the ability to structure the payout, and the presentation updates are all great additions for my personal taste.
    One thing I was hoping for with contracts being the primary focus this year, was the ability to have contact options at other points of a contract, instead of just the final season.
    Like signing a player to a 10 year deal with an opt out at year 5 or something along those lines.
    I gotta say I like what I saw for the most part. I’ll still bury myself in the regular franchise mode once the rosters are out, but it seems like there is plenty of content, which I don’t think is a bad thing. I can see myself trying out a few teams in March to Oct. Thought the gameplay & presentation looked pretty tight.
    And not huge additions to franchise (which we all pretty much knew to begin with), but I’m a big fan of the extensions addition if it works properly.
    So will Yusei Kikuchi be on the Seattle default roster? He was shown prominently during the Seattle MTO video.
    ...I’m sure I saw his name on the back of a jersey.
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    Jeffrey Smith
    So will Yusei Kikuchi be on the Seattle default roster? He was shown prominently during the Seattle MTO video.
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    Shohei was on the default roster last year. So it's not out of the realm of possibility
    orioles0615
    Hopefully people do the right thing then and DON'T BUY THE GAME

    I completely get your point, but as an FYI, franchise players not buying the game and playing franchise mode is actually creating the opposite result you are hoping for.
    Don't get me wrong, I get it. If you aren't happy with the direction (I'm not) don't buy it.
    But it won't result in more future work on franchise if we hold a great walk out.
    orioles0615
    Hopefully people do the right thing then and DON'T BUY THE GAME

    I'm not sure how Franchise players not buying the game (and thus not playing Franchise) would help Franchise.
    kehlis
    I completely get your point, but as an FYI, franchise players not buying the game and playing franchise mode is actually creating the opposite result you are hoping for.
    Don't get me wrong, I get it. If you aren't happy with the direction (I'm not) don't buy it.
    But it won't result in more future work on franchise if we hold a great walk out.

    Awe, the great conundrum. Darned if you do darned it you don't.
    Will withhold judgment until I see the stream archive, but I guess I'm just hoping for the one thing they did give us (contracts) to be implemented properly. Such a low, low bar to clear.
    kehlis
    I completely get your point, but as an FYI, franchise players not buying the game and playing franchise mode is actually creating the opposite result you are hoping for.
    Don't get me wrong, I get it. If you aren't happy with the direction (I'm not) don't buy it.
    But it won't result in more future work on franchise if we hold a great walk out.

    It might not. That's the sad part. This death spiral this mode is on.
    catswithbats
    I'm not sure how Franchise players not buying the game (and thus not playing Franchise) would help Franchise.

    Eh, the history of boycotts would say otherwise. Sometimes they work. Sometimes they don't.
    countryboy
    Curious to how real life value contracts work with carryover saves.
    But contract extensions, the ability to structure the payout, and the presentation updates are all great additions for my personal taste.
    One thing I was hoping for with contracts being the primary focus this year, was the ability to have contact options at other points of a contract, instead of just the final season.
    Like signing a player to a 10 year deal with an opt out at year 5 or something along those lines.
    I would think that since you have a carry over save the contracts wouldn't change no?
    I would think that players would be valued the same dependant on the salaries of how the roster is based on the franchise.
    90+ ovr players still getting the same deals as your franchise currently in Show18
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    I for one don't really care for contract extensions. This does nothing for me. I have a carry over save with my own financial budgets for all 30 team control. So I can do my extensions at end of season and be happy. For some this is a big deal and I'm happy for y'all.
    I will buy TheShow 19 but it won't be until it goes on sale in the summer. I will go on with my franchise on 18 and carry over when I think the game is at its peak! Usually whenever Armor and Sword is happy lol.
    I love the way 18 played for me and not enough new stuff to make me drop $60 on the new game. Only thing that was making me jump straight to 19 was updated schedule, but I think I can live without it.
    I am a franchise guy and I only play franchise..
    I will be buying the game NOT because of franchise mode however. I will be buying it for of cause the roster update. but most importantly today it sold me with the presentation changes it really swung me in the way to pre order it ready from the digital store (and I never pre order games) add the gameplay changes this year. that is why I am buying it.
    sure I am disappointment and frustrated that franchise hasn't had much added and the direction the game is going with, adding in trying to be fortnite with battle royals and DD cards and crap, and that does raise red flags for the future of franchise. but I might as well keep enjoying it while it is still there. and just go with what we have. the presentation and gameplay and roster changes is enough for me to still buy the game even though franchise has hardly been touched
    There is no way I'd carry my MTO over to franchise for the fact that it's default rosters. No desire to play with fictional players in the minors, so that's a no-go for me. I could see it being a fun mode if you just play MTO without advancing further.
    As for franchise, I have zero confidence that the budget/financial system can handle real contracts, as we've seen in previous versions. I've tried to be positive for this year, but I'm struggling right now.
    Therebelyell626
    Have fun with that. When your 3 years into your franchise and all of the top players are sitting on the free agent list come the all star break, because nobody has the budget to sign them. We will see if it's still a "big deal" for you. Plus you could already do this yourself last year it just broke the game.
    They haven't even changed over everyone's contract value to real salaries yet and the game is two weeks away from release. Do you honestly believe that is enough time to adjust the franchise engine. I doubt it.
    Edit: sorry, I just realized my post came off super aggressive and I didn't mean it to.
    I really hope you’re wrong and they did adjust the financial system as a whole. If not this is going to be a disaster for franchise players that play more then 1 or 2 years into a franchise.
    goillini03
    I wish that I could agree, but I do not see it happening.

    Me too, if you think about it why would a casual gamer play that mode first then all of a sudden get interested in playing franchise mode?? your either a franchise guy or you are not, you can't swing someone to that mode after giving them a lockdown stripped mode.
    ninertravel
    Me too, if you think about it why would a casual gamer play that mode first then all of a sudden get interested in playing franchise mode?? your either a franchise guy or you are not, you can't swing someone to that mode after giving them a lockdown stripped mode.

    Yep. Most will play it for the rewards and turn to the next team, ala Team Epics in DD. Can you imagine someone going through a season with Toronto in MtO? They get done with the road, but no Vlad Jr, No Bichette etc? Nobody will ever turn that into a franchise.
    March to October won’t allow custom rosters. So that means any rookies without service time (Eloy) won’t be in the mode.
    Pass. Hard pass.
    kehlis
    I completely get your point, but as an FYI, franchise players not buying the game and playing franchise mode is actually creating the opposite result you are hoping for.
    Don't get me wrong, I get it. If you aren't happy with the direction (I'm not) don't buy it.
    But it won't result in more future work on franchise if we hold a great walk out.

    Yea I know, I got carried away, i'm just disappointed
    BJSands
    March to October won’t allow custom rosters. So that means any rookies without service time (Eloy) won’t be in the mode.
    Pass. Hard pass.

    Honestly, I am as disappointed at the rest of the franchise guys. I think it will have some good play telemetry, but more than a run through or two will not appeal to non DD guys for the lost part. I do think it is worth a shot though with your favorite team.
    ninertravel
    Me too, if you think about it why would a casual gamer play that mode first then all of a sudden get interested in playing franchise mode?? your either a franchise guy or you are not, you can't swing someone to that mode after giving them a lockdown stripped mode.

    Most won't bother to transfer the saves to a franchise but if some small subset do make the jump and a few players in that subset stick it out and enjoy the mode enough to continue playing it, then it is a net positive.
    Dolenz
    Most won't bother to transfer the saves to a franchise but if some small subset do make the jump and a few players in that subset stick it out and enjoy the mode enough to continue playing it, then it is a net positive.

    Not necessarily. When you consider the opportunity cost of doing this instead of working more on franchise mode. What about the folks like me that stop buying it altogether? I'm not sure what the net effect would be.
    Dolenz
    Most won't bother to transfer the saves to a franchise but if some small subset do make the jump and a few players in that subset stick it out and enjoy the mode enough to continue playing it, then it is a net positive.

    A few more players turning this into franchise won’t “move the needle” on telemetry that would help them leverage actual franchise cycle dedication.
    Why are rotating schedules so hard? Has this ever been explained in-depth?
    It seems like for franchise, SDS finds reasons not to do things. But for DD, they always find a way to actually do something. I wonder why.
    Dolenz
    Most won't bother to transfer the saves to a franchise but if some small subset do make the jump and a few players in that subset stick it out and enjoy the mode enough to continue playing it, then it is a net positive.

    Honestly, it's at the point now where if they don't add something significant to franchise soon, they will be bleeding players rather than gaining them.
    If there was a stepping stone between the two extremes (Mto and franchise) then maybe you'd get a significant transfer, but the two modes seem too opposed in terms of target audience to get a significant boost to franchise.
    Also, I feel if that was a genuine priority then they'd have not put in the rewards that prohibit the ability to use custom rosters (or even better, have the option of using either default rosters for rewards, or custom rosters that disable rewards). If you could use custom rosters then this would be a potentially very fun way of going through the first year of a rebuild, but if you don't have mini Vlad, Bichette etc waiting for you at the start of next season then I just don't see much point in transitioning into franchise
    This BS narrative that MTO is going to lead to franchise is a fairy tale. You must already have an affinity towards that style of play to be interested and get involved in that type of grind. Simming and playing as little as possible is in direct conflict with franchise play. So stop it with this fantasy and let's be real.
    ninertravel
    Me too, if you think about it why would a casual gamer play that mode first then all of a sudden get interested in playing franchise mode?? your either a franchise guy or you are not, you can't swing someone to that mode after giving them a lockdown stripped mode.

    Yep, I don't see how a player interested in short, quick games/modes would all of a sudden flip a switch and want to play a longer duration game/modes.
    Something that caught my attention in a video earlier this week was Ramone saying it was a "contract" year for franchise...which I know was targeted toward the addition of extensions and real contracts...but could it have actually meant as being decision to finally abandon it??? Maybe I'm just reading too much into that quote but...
    bravesfan1984
    Yep, I don't see how a player interested in short, quick games/modes would all of a sudden flip a switch and want to play a longer duration game/modes.
    Something that caught my attention in a video earlier this week was Ramone saying it was a "contract" year for franchise...which I know was targeted toward the addition of extensions and real contracts...but could it have actually meant as being decision to finally abandon it??? Maybe I'm just reading too much into that quote but...

    I think you are reading too much into it. They basically make minimal changes each year, so they can just copy and paste the mode. Also, for guys like me who play franchise and DD, they would lose my sale and cash that I drop on DD. I have a feeling that they would be cutting their nose off to spite their face.
    Impetuous65
    This BS narrative that MTO is going to lead to franchise is a fairy tale. You must already have an affinity towards that style of play to be interested and get involved in that type of grind. Swimming and playing as little as possible is in direct conflict with franchise play. So stop it with this fantasy and let's be real.

    Not to mention that there is zero care on Sony's part as to whether MTO ends up transferring players into franchise mode or not. Why would they even care? How does it benefit them to make it feed in? They make zero extra dollars if this happens (which it probably won't).
    It just doesn't make sense on so many different levels, yet some are trying really hard to make this line of thinking stick.
    MTO can be a new mode just for the sake of a new mode. Its existence doesn't hinge on some weird justification for how it dovetails with a different mode. Having it be some feeder into franchise mode that will change people's gaming habits and preferences is a very large leap in logic.
    ninertravel
    Me too, if you think about it why would a casual gamer play that mode first then all of a sudden get interested in playing franchise mode?? your either a franchise guy or you are not, you can't swing someone to that mode after giving them a lockdown stripped mode.

    Well with that logic they might as well take Franchise mode out right now. Since according to you there will never be any new players to Franchise mode EVER!! I mean if nobody new will ever find any interest in the mode why even play it any more.
    I am a "franchise guy" all the way but some of you folks are making it pretty embarrassing and hard to have any sympathy for the rest of us.
    WaitTilNextYear
    Not to mention that there is zero care on Sony's part as to whether MTO ends up transferring players into franchise mode or not. Why would they even care? How does it benefit them to make it feed in? They make zero extra dollars if this happens (which it probably won't).
    It just doesn't make sense on so many different levels, yet some are trying really hard to make this line of thinking stick.
    MTO can be a new mode just for the sake of a new mode. Its existence doesn't hinge on some weird justification for how it dovetails with a different mode. Having it be some feeder into franchise mode that will change people's gaming habits and preferences is a very large leap in logic.

    Spot on. The ends don't justify the means. I think if they genuinely wanted to make improvements to franchise it really wouldn't take that much work. None of us are really asking them to reinvent the wheel. Heck I'd settle for a revamped scouting and training system. That alone would be worth the price of admission. I know SDS likes to say they have one guy who is dedicated to franchise but I don't believe that. I believe they spend zero development time on this mode. The proof is in the pudding.
    You could argue, "well they put Heidi in franchise mode". But I guarantee if she couldn't be included in other game modes as well they wouldn't have even bothered. It is what it is. I am just going to except what SDS is. A good company that has moved on to being profit driven over quality. They can use telemetry data all they want but if you look their twitter feed there is literally thousands upon thousands of people asking them what's up with franchise mode. They just don't care. It's as simple as that.
    MTO continues to look fun to play through a couple times trying different teams. It would be nice to have the option to turn off rewards in order to use custom rosters and use this as a jumping off point for franchise, especially if you want to use a non-contending team.
    As it stands, in my opinion, getting 19 is worth it just for the gameplay changes and presentation additions. It’s getting hard to watch these streams because the more I watch, the more I get excited for the game.
    I can see how MTO moves people to franchise mode.
    They play thru a season of MTO, start liking the idea of playing a season and then either advance that MTO season into franchise, or they jump out of MTO all together and then start up a franchise brand new. They realize they can play with more up to date rosters, and can still play franchise mode pretty much how they played MTO, but using critical moments and simming games. They also have the ability to quick manage where they have to option to jump in and out of games as they see fit. They then get the full experience of call ups/send downs, injuries, trades, and the off season. And they still have the option to make this auto if they don't want to deal with it.
    Maybe it does or maybe it doesn't. I guess we'll know about 6-8 months from now.
    orioles0615
    Yea I know, I got carried away, i'm just disappointed

    I don't think you got carried away at all.
    I just wanted to point out that there is a possible negative effect of franchise fans not playing the game.
    All that said, there isn't a lot of evidence that fans who have played the mode religiously the last couple years has resulted in positive results either.
    countryboy
    I can see how MTO moves people to franchise mode.
    They play thru a season of MTO, start liking the idea of playing a season and then either advance that MTO season into franchise, or they jump out of MTO all together and then start up a franchise brand new. They realize they can play with more up to date rosters, and can still play franchise mode pretty much how they played MTO, but using critical moments and simming games. They also have the ability to quick manage where they have to option to jump in and out of games as they see fit. They then get the full experience of call ups/send downs, injuries, trades, and the off season. And they still have the option to make this auto if they don't want to deal with it.
    Maybe it does or maybe it doesn't. I guess we'll know about 6-8 months from now.

    Good post. I applaud you for a serious attempt at trying to connect the dots. I just disagree with your premise that someone who rejects micromanagement will suddenly get that itch. I mean you're going from extreme bare bones to setting up all these options and downloading rosters and jumping in and out of games manually...I don't see it. Not on any measurable level anyway. Sure, one or two guys maybe. lol
    I agree that only time will tell though.
    pack4life69
    So they mentioned that not all the players have been converted to real life contracts yet but they will be by the time the game ships.
    This isnt a good sign as there is no way they could have tested out finances long term if they haven't even adjusted them all yet. Hoping they dive deeper.
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    As long as we still can edit their salary. I'm good. But its thoughtful of SDS to get it in.
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    WaitTilNextYear
    Not to mention that there is zero care on Sony's part as to whether MTO ends up transferring players into franchise mode or not. Why would they even care? How does it benefit them to make it feed in? They make zero extra dollars if this happens (which it probably won't).
    It just doesn't make sense on so many different levels, yet some are trying really hard to make this line of thinking stick.
    MTO can be a new mode just for the sake of a new mode. Its existence doesn't hinge on some weird justification for how it dovetails with a different mode. Having it be some feeder into franchise mode that will change people's gaming habits and preferences is a very large leap in logic.

    The point of that theory isn't that Sony wants people to play franchise mode.
    The point is more like the developers at SDS want to improve franchise mode, but they can't dedicate resources to doing so until the bean counters have data that shows it would be a worthwhile investment.
    Transferring more people to franchise via MTO gives them the data that they can then use as justification to put more resources into expanding franchise mode.
    If, for example, their current data shows the same people playing franchise mode every year regardless of updates, why would Sony sign off on a big investment in making it better? To please people who are already buying the game anyway and not buying stubs within their mode of choice? That's a bad investment (from a bean counter perspective).
    But if the data instead shows interest in franchise mode is growing, then SDS can point to that to justify further investment from those who hold the purse strings.
    I have no idea whether that theory actually holds water. Maybe SDS has the autonomy to make that call on their own. But I suspect they don't.
    As long as franchise players remains a static group who buy the game and don't use the mode to buy stubs in game, it won't change much.
    WaitTilNextYear
    Good post. I applaud you for a serious attempt at trying to connect the dots. I just disagree with your premise that someone who rejects micromanagement will suddenly get that itch. I mean you're going from extreme bare bones to setting up all these options and downloading rosters and jumping in and out of games manually...I don't see it. Not on any measurable level anyway. Sure, one or two guys maybe. lol
    I agree that only time will tell though.

    It may not sway a high number people, as the target audience of MTO may still find the task of playing thru franchise mode too daunting. But I think this is a better "intro" to get new players into franchise mode than their previous attempts of Phases, Quick Manage, and Critical Situations.
    A combination of all 4 may do the trick, or it may not.
    WaitTilNextYear
    I just disagree with your premise that someone who rejects micromanagement will suddenly get that itch. I mean you're going from extreme bare bones to setting up all these options and downloading rosters and jumping in and out of games manually...I don't see it.

    Yep. I go from playing the bottom of the 9th inning only, sim, then three innings, sim.........Now you defeat the purpose of this mode thinking it will drive these people into playing full games. It defies logic.
    moTIGS
    The point of that theory isn't that Sony wants people to play franchise mode.
    The point is more like the developers at SDS want to improve franchise mode, but they can't dedicate resources to doing so until the bean counters have data that shows it would be a worthwhile investment.
    Transferring more people to franchise via MTO gives them the data that they can then use as justification to put more resources into expanding franchise mode.
    If, for example, their current data shows the same people playing franchise mode every year regardless of updates, why would Sony sign off on a big investment in making it better? To please people who are already buying the game anyway and not buying stubs within their mode of choice? That's a bad investment (from a bean counter perspective).
    But if the data instead shows interest in franchise mode is growing, then SDS can point to that to justify further investment from those who hold the purse strings.
    I have no idea whether that theory actually holds water. Maybe SDS has the autonomy to make that call on their own. But I suspect they don't.
    As long as franchise players remains a static group who buy the game and don't use the mode to buy stubs in game, it won't change much.

    Why would the developers want to, though? Your argument is still relying on some sort of intrinsic, hidden (mythical?) motivation on the part of the developers to crusade for franchise mode. Like they want to improve it so bad, but they just can't. I don't get that sense--I actually get the opposite sense like they'd drop it if they could (like season mode). Seems to me like most of the devs actually don't prefer franchise mode and they talk much more excitedly about other areas of the game. It also seems to me like the developers have a good deal of latitude to take on projects of their choosing and interest. Of course, these projects are likely being somewhat informed by their data collection systems. It also seems to me like being the franchise mode dev is kind of like having the hot potato--every year for the past 3, at least, it's been a completely new cast of characters with no continuity. Heck, Luis Martinez used to be the main franchise developer and now he's basically around to show off legends and work on DD from what I can gather. Then there was a pair of new guys last year that worked on improved retirement logic and I didn't see either one of them on this most recent stream. The mode really needs a 'champion' inside the building, but I don't think there really is one.
    Tbh with all of you, im still looking forward to this but ill only be playing RTTS. If they arent going to make improvements on franchise im just gonna keep buying OOTP.
    WaitTilNextYear
    Why would the developers want to, though? Your argument is still relying on some sort of intrinsic, hidden (mythical?) motivation on the part of the developers to crusade for franchise mode. Like they want to improve it so bad, but they just can't. I don't get that sense--I actually get the opposite sense like they'd drop it if they could (like season mode). Seems to me like most of the devs actually don't prefer franchise mode and they talk much more excitedly about other areas of the game. It also seems to me like the developers have a good deal of latitude to take on projects of their choosing and interest. Of course, these projects are likely being somewhat informed by their data collection systems. It also seems to me like being the franchise mode dev is kind of like having the hot potato--every year for the past 3, at least, it's been a completely new cast of characters with no continuity. Heck, Luis Martinez used to be the main franchise developer and now he's basically around to show off legends and work on DD from what I can gather. Then there was a pair of new guys last year that worked on improved retirement logic and I didn't see either one of them on this most recent stream. The mode really needs a 'champion' inside the building, but I don't think there really is one.
    Honestly Nick and Luis have always championed for franchise. There are some great ideas there....
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    countryboy
    It may not sway a high number people, as the target audience of MTO may still find the task of playing thru franchise mode too daunting. But I think this is a better "intro" to get new players into franchise mode than their previous attempts of Phases, Quick Manage, and Critical Situations.
    A combination of all 4 may do the trick, or it may not.

    Feels like insanity all over again.
    tabarnes19
    Honestly Nick and Luis have always championed for franchise. There are some great ideas there....
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    Then why does Nick mainly work on RTTS and why did Luis jump over to DD? I think I have that right, anyway. Hard to champion something you're not working on.
    WaitTilNextYear
    Then why does Nick mainly work on RTTS and why did Luis jump over to DD? I think I have that right, anyway. Hard to champion something you're not working on.
    I'm a teacher and don't get to choose my grade level or building.....same applies at a studio.
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    tabarnes19
    I'm a teacher and don't get to choose my grade level or building.....same applies at a studio.
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    Well, I'm also a teacher and I do get to pick. lol
    I'm pretty sure I've heard them say that they pick what part of the game they want to work on, at least to some extent. Can anyone else confirm?
    smiley3
    Archive?
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    Therebelyell626
    Are they going to archive the stream?

    Already archived on twitch.
    SonySanDiegoStudios
    WaitTilNextYear
    Well, I'm also a teacher and I do get to pick. lol
    I'm pretty sure I've heard them say that they pick what part of the game they want to work on, at least to some extent. Can anyone else confirm?
    They never did when I was going....
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    ninertravel
    what is frustrating is he is nothing like that on the real TV I can't believe I am hearing the same guy when he calls games in real life. maybe we need Michael Kay with SEEEEE ya.

    Michael Kay, Paul O'Neil & David Cone on the commentary would be amazing.
    tabarnes19
    They never did when I was going....
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    An interesting conversation, but perhaps for another thread.
    That aside, I will definitely be waiting to see early returns about how the contracts are working.
    KnightTemplar
    Yep. I go from playing the bottom of the 9th inning only, sim, then three innings, sim.........Now you defeat the purpose of this mode thinking it will drive these people into playing full games. It defies logic.

    You don't have to play full games in franchise mode. You can still play only critical moments or you can quick manage and choose when you jump in and out of games.
    WaitTilNextYear
    An interesting conversation, but perhaps for another thread.
    That aside, I will definitely be waiting to see early returns about how the contracts are working.

    As you should. If contracts and the logic associated with them isn't up to par, then there's not enough for a franchise mode-only player to warrant $60 IMO. And the only way to know that is by waiting until after release.
    Don't get me wrong, I'm still getting it day one because I play more than just Franchise, and the other elements of the game are more than enough for that $60 for me.
    Guys I don't know why we can't get this..... It's over. The ship has sailed.
    I can remember a couple years ago sitting here for hours pouring over the Franchise stream and watching the video over and over while they highlighted what all was done. I remember Developers interacting on this forum multiple times a day. I remember being excited to purchase the game and get started with another Mets franchise because of the updates that had been worked on.
    They are telling you EVERY day that the Show we all used to love is no longer! They are not saying it directly in words, but rather in actions. But some of us keeping hoping. Well, unless gaming preferences of their target audience change, we are now irrelevant. Im not upset about it, it's just how the world works. I will play franchise as it is and make the most of it or I'll play another game. But just gets frustrating reading through all the posts of "they haven't said yet", "maybe it will be improved even though they didn't talk about it" or "maybe next year". We need to take our dose of reality and move on to playing or not playing.
    after watching the entire video, i think MTO really isnt that bad, although i wish they truly combined it with franchise. momentum would be a great addition, for example if you are playing with a team like milwaukee was last year, as soon as you start simulating again they'll start sucking again even though in the played games youre winning. basically all momentum is is having your played results affect how the team does in simulations.
    One other thing, I cant wait for the OSFM re-rated rosters.... 84 ovr for Yelich? REALLY? I hope thats only based on the ****ty results of the played games.
    itsmb8
    after watching the entire video, i think MTO really isnt that bad, although i wish they truly combined it with franchise. momentum would be a great addition, for example if you are playing with a team like milwaukee was last year, as soon as you start simulating again they'll start sucking again even though in the played games youre winning. basically all momentum is is having your played results affect how the team does in simulations.
    One other thing, I cant wait for the OSFM re-rated rosters.... 84 ovr for Yelich? REALLY? I hope thats only based on the ****ty results of the played games.

    It might be a somewhat of an early build, but the SDS crew is not known for building great rosters.
    itsmb8
    after watching the entire video, i think MTO really isnt that bad, although i wish they truly combined it with franchise. momentum would be a great addition, for example if you are playing with a team like milwaukee was last year, as soon as you start simulating again they'll start sucking again even though in the played games youre winning. basically all momentum is is having your played results affect how the team does in simulations.
    One other thing, I cant wait for the OSFM re-rated rosters.... 84 ovr for Yelich? REALLY? I hope thats only based on the ****ty results of the played games.

    OSFM doesn’t change any of the base players ratings, only the prospects they add
    Did anybody else notice the score overlay obscures the batter? At least right handed batters when they were using the regular batting camera.
    countryboy
    You don't have to play full games in franchise mode. You can still play only critical moments or you can quick manage and choose when you jump in and out of games.

    Exactly, sort of proved my point. Why this then? Don’t try to sell me this is the gateway to wanting to play franchise. People who play this aren’t going to go into franchise and do this or they would have done it already.
    In trying to soak this all in, I still go back to the idea that March to October is a mode borne out of potential Franchise updates. They said in that Game Informer video that they wanted to update Franchise, but then in the midst of making changes to the mode, they decided that the changes evolved into something different and larger than they had imagined they would be. So they broke it off into its own mode and MtO was created.
    I am trying to analyze that process...it seemed like they have/had big ideas for Franchise updates. And if MtO is what they had in mind for Franchise updates, it seems their focus was on the "curated" content that helps tell a story.
    I also think that they were trying to bridge the loss of Season mode by making MtO a "Franchise Lite" experience...it's quicker to play, easier to access, still has trades (albeit trades that are very pre-set) and lineup adjustments. But, at the end, it also allows for rewards that are used in Diamond Dynasty.
    And that is where the big question mark lies - at the end of your MtO journey, you're given DD rewards and also the option to carry your MtO team into Franchise. It's at that fork in the road that the future of Franchise Mode will be determined, it seems.

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