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MLB The Show 19 Twitch Stream Schedule Revealed

MLB The Show 19

MLB The Show 19 Twitch Stream Schedule Revealed

MLB The Show 19 developer Twitch streams will begin on February 7 and run through March 20. Every Monday, until release, will feature a GameStop Monday video.

Topics of note include an overhauled defensive intelligence to gameplay.

  • Player Differentiation Improvement Suite
  • Defensive Efficiency
  • Situation Awareness 2.0
  • Player Attributes mean more on defense and more…

Hitting advancements in The Show 19 have increased the significance of user skill and player tools.

  • Player attribute rebalancing
  • Hitting/Pitching improvements
  • PCI accuracy
  • Bunting
  • Closed alpha learnings and more…

Chase the Big League Dream in Road to the Show

  • Playable training
  • Personality growth and relationships
  • Archetypes retooled and more…

Brand new “Moments” mode

  • Diamond Dynasty paradigm shift
  • Multiple lineups
  • Conquest challenges
  • Quality of life improvements and more…

Brand new “March to October” mode

  • Presentation/commentary improvements
  • Another member joins the broadcast crew
  • Franchise mode update: Contract extensions

Check out the full schedule below. If you missed the gameplay trailer for MLB The Show 19, you can watch it here.

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  1. March to October?
    I wonder if this is like a season mode or something. BUT the little blurb about Franchise mode improvements: contracts extensions. Great addition but i hope that is not ALL they did with franchise?
    There is not even a twich stream for franchise mode this year unless im missing something? thats the only mode i play so its disappointing if true.
    bigmike0077
    March to October?
    I wonder if this is like a season mode or something. BUT the little blurb about Franchise mode improvements: contracts extensions. Great addition but i hope that is not ALL they did with franchise?
    There is not even a twich stream for franchise mode this year unless im missing something? thats the only mode i play so its disappointing if true.

    Where does it say about franchise mode? Is online franchise coming back?
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    bigmike0077
    March to October?
    I wonder if this is like a season mode or something. BUT the little blurb about Franchise mode improvements: contracts extensions. Great addition but i hope that is not ALL they did with franchise?
    There is not even a twich stream for franchise mode this year unless im missing something? thats the only mode i play so its disappointing if true.

    Exactly my thought... doesn't look good for us (folks that only play franchise). I see extensions (great) but hopefully there's more to that or simply the way it is written is unclear that this is the franchise stream.
    Hardworker33
    Exactly my thought... doesn't look good for us (folks that only play franchise). I see extensions (great) but hopefully there's more to that or simply the way it is written is unclear that this is the franchise stream.

    Im sure they will touch on Franchise mode during the stream. But the fact there is just one blurb about it, kind of seems it will once again be the forgotten mode.
    So franchise mode now isn't even on last, it's a side note at the bottom of the thing that's last, bundled in with commentary and presentation? Hard to be crazy optimistic about that tbh
    Looks like RTTS has been given the most attention this year
    I dunno the two gameplay centric streams sound AWESOME if they actually pulled them off. Maybe lets concentrate on some positives before the usual OS Lemming dive off the cliff before the info is even out there.
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    Mercury112491
    I dunno the two gameplay centric streams sound AWESOME if they actually pulled them off. Maybe lets concentrate on some positives before he usually OS Lemming dive off the cliff before the info is even out there.
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    Yea I saw that, next week we get 2 streams in a day... One on fielding and one of hitting.
    Maybe it's blind optimism, but perhaps March to October could be online franchise and seasons wrapped together? So multiple people can play the same single season? Literally nothing to back that up, but you'd think there'd have to be a significant change to Seasons for them to think they could take it out for a year, bring it back with a different name and convince anyone it's a new game mode?
    I'd imagine that's definitely what that franchise-esque screenshot was for though, with the online rewards for winning the WS
    Definitely disappointing tbat franchise is a now a footnote of a footnote of a separate category.
    If they honestly have not made any significant improvements to franchise I may skip this year for the first time since '06 and I have always been a day one buyer. I am just tired of giving these sports gaming companies my money without any consideration to offline franchise players. There's enough gaming options out there that I don't need to indulge their neglect.
    Sports gaming is dying for offline players. Sad but true. Card based modes have killed it. Just like video killed the radio star I guess...
    The Kid 24
    Alright, who can figure out the * on the new broadcast person.
    Question I have, is one of Pleasac or DeRosa gone?

    i believe it would be DeRosa gone, because Plesac tweeted a image of him working on commentary like a month or so ago.
    Syce
    i believe it would be DeRosa gone, because Plesac tweeted a image of him working on commentary like a month or so ago.

    So they'll have to re-record all those lines that with "D-Ro"? Man, that'll be a lot of work for someone!
    Very excited by:
    1) Contract Extensions in franchise mode. This is a much needed addition
    2) Changes to defense
    3) Changes to hitting
    Cannot wait to see those two streams to see what has changed.
    Very intrigued to see what "MARCH TO OCTOBER" is all about. My guess is its a new variation of season mode. Also believe that other franchise improvements will be mentioned in that stream/blog because they go hand in hand. The reason contract extensions is a footnote is because MARCH TO OCTOBER only lasts one season.
    My .02 at least
    Will reserve judgement before the streams but its not looking good for Franchise is it?
    Like, contract extensions will be nice, but if thats all they've done in Franchise in 2 years, it's laughable.
    The Kid 24
    Alright, who can figure out the * on the new broadcast person.
    Question I have, is one of Pleasac or DeRosa gone?

    Plesac is still there. Follow him on Twitter he's been showing himself in the booth working on commentary for the show.
    Super excited now. Having two new modes is outstanding (sounds like that 'March to October' might be a return of season mode. Also super intrigued by what they are doing with the corresponding 'Moments' mode for DD - but here's hoping they aren't trying to mimic MUT's god awful solo program - that would kill the mode for me.
    Contract extensions are also a nice addition for franchise and if coupled with even a few tweaks to current aspects of the mode, will result in an improved mode.
    Honestly though, it's going to come down to the changes made to hitting for me; if they catered too much to the "stik skillz" crowd, I'll be quickly going back to 18. (In fairness, I doubt that will be the case).
    JoshC1977
    Super excited now. Having two new modes is outstanding (sounds like that 'March to October' might be a return of season mode. Also super intrigued by what they are doing with the corresponding 'Moments' mode for DD - but here's hoping they aren't trying to mimic MUT's god awful solo program - that would kill the mode for me.
    Contract extensions are also a nice addition for franchise and if coupled with even a few tweaks to current aspects of the mode, will result in an improved mode.
    Honestly though, it's going to come down to the changes made to hitting for me; if they catered too much to the "stik skillz" crowd, I'll be quickly going back to 18. (In fairness, I doubt that will be the case).

    I gotta believe Directional Hitting will continue to not be dependent on "stick skills' and continue to be ratings driven, coupled with your button timing and pitch recognition skills. I do not use analog nor zone so the whole "more user skill driven" does not cater to me. It caters to E-Sports which is where all the major sports game are heading.
    As long as my favorite sports game of all time does not remove those "simulation minded" options that I love I am good.
    Color me luke warm till I see the streams though. This is the first time ever in my history of being a Show fan I am not gung ho about the newest version.
    It will really come down to presentation and Franchise improvements. And if Road to October allows year to year saves as well.
    Looking forward to the streams. And hopefully that will in turn make me look forward to changing my mind and picking up MLBTS 19.
    We shall see.
    Why keep introducing new modes when those developers could be used to do what we all want and that this game needs, upgrade franchise mode. Ugh
    Nice that contract extensions made it in, but saddened this is the only addition to Franchise mode. Terrible that Franchise mode isn't even deserving of its own twitch stream now. Can't say I'm surprised. In 2019, you basically have to play MUT/DD/etc, or accept that you are buying a game with a 10-15 year old franchise mode that is never going to see a significant overhaul. That's the reality of sports gaming nowadays.
    Frankly, in-season contract extensions are a pretty minor change, and I view them as a negative. Look at real baseball; how many players actually sign extensions before free agency? (Yeah, the current freeze might change that, but it hasn't yet.)
    I'm not surprised they neglected franchise mode, nor am I disappointed. This is what I expected. OOTP it is.
    countryboy
    I like how we are getting two streams on Valentine's Day. Feeling the love...:o:
    :)
    One of the perks of being single currently
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    Bondsfan
    Nice that contract extensions made it in, but saddened this is the only addition to Franchise mode. Terrible that Franchise mode isn't even deserving of its own twitch stream now. Can't say I'm surprised. In 2019, you basically have to play MUT/DD/etc, or accept that you are buying a game with a 10-15 year old franchise mode that is never going to see a significant overhaul. That's the reality of sports gaming nowadays.

    Come on now. Are we really going to jump to that conclusion and post it like it is a fact?
    Let's wait till the stream. Then when we find out it may in fact be the only new addition to franchise mode...then let's take out our pitchforks and torches!
    It may be the only new feature but hopefully they made a lot of enhancements to things like:
    Player Morale
    AI logic on and off the field
    Player quirks
    In-Game Franchise mode presentation
    I am all for criticizing for lack of "Franchise mode love". But I am waiting till I see the stream before I make bold statements LOL.
    underdog13
    I'm calling it now, March to October will be a season mode merged with DD.
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    That would be actually kinda cool. And a way to draw in franchise players to Diamond Dynasty. I would love to play a real season with my DD team.
    Look I dig the card collecting aspect of DD.....and it usually stops there because playing with the team becomes super boring offline, and I can't stand online gameplay on The Show. It is piss poor IMO. Simple as that. Always has been. Game is night and day offline.
    So if we get a season mode with the ability to use your DD team.....pretty cool. But again who knows what it is. That will be an interesting stream indeed.
    Armor and Sword
    That would be actually kinda cool. And a way to draw in franchise players to Diamond Dynasty. I would love to play a real season with my DD team.
    Look I dig the card collecting aspect of DD.....and it usually stops there because playing with the team becomes super boring offline, and I can't stand online gameplay on The Show. It is piss poor IMO. Simple as that. Always has been. Game is night and day offline.
    So if we get a season mode with the ability to use your DD team.....pretty cool. But again who knows what it is. That will be an interesting stream indeed.
    I 100% agree on the gameplay point. Something about the online lag just ruins all the baserunning/fielding interactions.
    It would be cool as long as you could do a regular season mode as well. Unfortunately I don't see old season mode with multi-year capabilities coming back or franchise mode adding more options.
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    Syce
    i believe it would be DeRosa gone, because Plesac tweeted a image of him working on commentary like a month or so ago.

    Makes sense, unless they added a 4th person to the booth... But that's highly unlikely.
    No you are right, I shouldn't jump to that conclusion. The advantage of not preordering is, I can wait until I have all the facts before actually buying the game. But at the moment, all the evidence would point to there being no other major additions to franchise mode. Why else would they remove the Franchise stream and make it a sidenote for the "new" season mode if there were major changes? All signs point that it's going to be the same old mode, if there were major changes they would have a dedicated stream for it.
    Remember the days when the Show would release a list of all the improvements in the game? Something like "in season contract extensions" would have been a small footnote in 200+ improvements. Now its apparently the cornerstone of what improved in franchise mode. It's just disappointing that it came to this.
    The Kid 24
    Makes sense, unless they added a 4th person to the booth... But that's highly unlikely.

    I think its an on-field reporter or someone in studio. :D
    Maybe hoping is the better term to use. :)
    BigOscar
    Maybe it's blind optimism, but perhaps March to October could be online franchise and seasons wrapped together? So multiple people can play the same single season? Literally nothing to back that up, but you'd think there'd have to be a significant change to Seasons for them to think they could take it out for a year, bring it back with a different name and convince anyone it's a new game mode?
    I'd imagine that's definitely what that franchise-esque screenshot was for though, with the online rewards for winning the WS

    Right. I’ve been kind of waiting/hoping for them to do something similar to Madden with CFM. If this is it I’ll be super excited.
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    That being said, if SDS did overhaul and improve upon Franchise mode (the only mode I play), and their curious marketing ploy is to eliminate talking about it in order to surprise us, then I will be pleasantly ecstatic, and will throw my money at them to buy the game.
    Bondsfan
    No you are right, I shouldn't jump to that conclusion. The advantage of not preordering is, I can wait until I have all the facts before actually buying the game. But at the moment, all the evidence would point to there being no other major additions to franchise mode. Why else would they remove the Franchise stream and make it a sidenote for the "new" season mode if there were major changes? All signs point that it's going to be the same old mode, if there were major changes they would have a dedicated stream for it.
    Remember the days when the Show would release a list of all the improvements in the game? Something like "in season contract extensions" would have been a small footnote in 200+ improvements. Now its apparently the cornerstone of what improved in franchise mode. It's just disappointing that it came to this.

    I do not disagree Mr Bond.
    Armor and Sword
    I do not disagree Mr Bond.

    You guys are right. I guess my only fear is- With everygame at launch these days, there are always issues and things that need to be updated and patched aswell.
    What about the legacy issues with Franchise mode- have those been addressed? or if a new issue pops up- Can i even be optimistic and believe they will patch it ?
    countryboy
    I think its an on-field reporter or someone in studio. :D
    Maybe hoping is the better term to use. :)

    Kind of hope it's something like this, or having alternative broadcast options depending on the presentation mode.
    I'm not crazy about DeRosa, but it would seem like a massive waste of time recording and programming all that dialogue to then scrap it all after one year (didn't they do that with Harold Reynolds though?). For a team with limited resources, you'd surely not want to keep doing that? (obviously it could be out of their control, but either way, commentary is a hugely time consuming)
    BigOscar
    So franchise mode now isn't even on last, it's a side note at the bottom of the thing that's last, bundled in with commentary and presentation? Hard to be crazy optimistic about that tbh

    Presentation/commentary is really built for franchise. It's truncated in DD and (sorta) in RTTS. For example, the game stories element they added to commentary last year did an awful lot to add to the franchise mode presentation in-game - giving each game a little different flavor.
    "Presentation" could even consist of items like pre-game/post-game shows and things of that ilk as well - two items that are very much franchise-centric.
    I'll admit that I am more optimistic than most (just my nature), but to me, it makes sense to couple them and I don't really see it as a "red flag" pertaining to a potential lack of new franchise stuff.
    Armor and Sword
    Come on now. Are we really going to jump to that conclusion and post it like it is a fact?
    Let's wait till the stream. Then when we find out it may in fact be the only new addition to franchise mode...then let's take out our pitchforks and torches!
    It may be the only new feature but hopefully they made a lot of enhancements to things like:
    Player Morale
    AI logic on and off the field
    Player quirks
    In-Game Franchise mode presentation
    I am all for criticizing for lack of "Franchise mode love". But I am waiting till I see the stream before I make bold statements LOL.

    In all fairness armour. I remember quite a few people saying "wait for the stream" the last two years, and there not being too many needle mover features that they left out.
    countryboy
    I think its an on-field reporter or someone in studio. :D
    Maybe hoping is the better term to use. :)

    I've always thought that a NBA2K style presentation would be cool. Start off in the MLB Tonight studio with a guy like Greg Amsinger and go back to him afterward for analysis of the game.
    If they had real, substantial franchise mode improvements it would get its own stream. C'mon, they aren't going to spring changes (that could get people to buy the game) as a surprise.
    They did squat to franchise (other than adding something that rarely happens in real life), and if you care about that mode you need to vote with your wallet.
    Commentary will continue to be stale no matter what they do. All that talk about dynamic commentary in 18 with things related to your season being discussed? Where was it? I'm in mid-September 2018 of my Franchise and I hear the same tired stuff every single game. Every game. Ambush tactics, when someone was drafted, my hats off to him, a big ole bucket of sassy, everyone knows that guy's name and kids are buying his jersey. No. Stop. Kids are not buying Tommy Hunter's jersey every single time I have the man pitch in a game for me.
    Ugh.
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    BJSands
    If they had real, substantial franchise mode improvements it would get its own stream. C'mon, they aren't going to spring changes (that could get people to buy the game) as a surprise.
    They did squat to franchise (other than adding something that rarely happens in real life), and if you care about that mode you need to vote with your wallet.

    And that concludes today's Public Service Announcement
    Now you guys see why I said they should just put out a feature/fact sheet. All of this guessing and speculation. This would have been a great time to say here is our feature set with short explanations, like they use to do. Just more cryptic non-sense, why in the hell are there asterisks for presentation commentary? Hiding your commentary presentation hasn't worked for you in the past, it has only gained dislike when you unveiled the person or feature. Get off your horse and let us know.
    So by looking at the twitch schedule wordings some modes get things added and the wordage " more" written after it..i see franchise update simply says contract extensions..and thats it..there is no " and more" verbage after it. So is it possible that all they have literally done was add contract extensions and thats it? doesnt seem that would be true..sure hope not.
    PhilliesFan13
    Commentary will continue to be stale no matter what they do. All that talk about dynamic commentary in 18 with things related to your season being discussed? Where was it? I'm in mid-September 2018 of my Franchise and I hear the same tired stuff every single game. Every game. Ambush tactics, when someone was drafted, my hats off to him, a big ole bucket of sassy, everyone knows that guy's name and kids are buying his jersey. No. Stop. Kids are not buying Tommy Hunter's jersey every single time I have the man pitch in a game for me.
    Ugh.
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    I hear it quite often. Talking about a player that was traded, how teams have done lately, a player's last outing...etc...
    Armor and Sword
    Come on now. Are we really going to jump to that conclusion and post it like it is a fact?
    Let's wait till the stream. Then when we find out it may in fact be the only new addition to franchise mode...then let's take out our pitchforks and torches!
    It may be the only new feature but hopefully they made a lot of enhancements to things like:
    Player Morale
    AI logic on and off the field
    Player quirks
    In-Game Franchise mode presentation
    I am all for criticizing for lack of "Franchise mode love". But I am waiting till I see the stream before I make bold statements LOL.
    I agree we should reserve judgment.
    ....but....do you find it a little disconcerting that there isn't an entire stream devoted to franchise but that its seemingly relegated to a footnote?
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    Speedy
    I agree we should reserve judgment.
    ....but....do you find it a little disconcerting that there isn't an entire stream devoted to franchise but that its seemingly relegated to a footnote?
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    I know it wasn't asked directly to me, but as I said before. I think we're going to learn that "MARCH TO OCTOBER" is a form of season mode and that most of the features/improvements within that mode will also hold true for franchise mode.
    Contract Extensions is a footnote because it wouldn't hold true for a single season that's played in MARCH TO OCTOBER mode.
    Speedy
    I agree we should reserve judgment.
    ....but....do you find it a little disconcerting that there isn't an entire stream devoted to franchise but that its seemingly relegated to a footnote?
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    It's definitely disconcerting without question.
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    BJSands
    If they had real, substantial franchise mode improvements it would get its own stream. C'mon, they aren't going to spring changes (that could get people to buy the game) as a surprise.
    They did squat to franchise (other than adding something that rarely happens in real life), and if you care about that mode you need to vote with your wallet.

    Let's face it. For every offline franchise guys who stops buying they have double that amount picking the game up and jumping into DD every year. Card mode games are a train that ain't gonna stop moving. Franchise modes are dead. It took me 4 years to accept it but I am starting to come to terms that sports games might just be something that aren't apart of my life anymore at some point.
    countryboy
    I know it wasn't asked directly to me, but as I said before. I think we're going to learn that "MARCH TO OCTOBER" is a form of season mode and that most of the features/improvements within that mode will also hold true for franchise mode.
    Contract Extensions is a footnote because it wouldn't hold true for a single season that's played in MARCH TO OCTOBER mode.

    I am of the same thought, this new mode will be a hybrid version of season mode. But the old-school man in me wonders about farm system development, scouting, progressing players, drafting, etc...those are such key variables with a true "GM mode". DD looks at this season - GM/franchise looks beyond. That's my concern, that this mode won't really satisfy what I want to see.
    That's my $.02 though, I'm sure there will be THOUSANDS of players playing the mode and enjoying the tar out of it and rightfully so.
    Can't remember if the asterisks have been the exact number of letters as the people who have been revealed in the past but the one MLB Network personality whose name matches up on this year is Peter Gammons.
    The stream on the 28th "Moments" game mode may be the make or break stream for me. It looks like RTTS is sticking with archetypes so that will keep me playing RTTS in '17.
    I have been saying for a while now that, as an offline player I want something to do with my DD team other than run Conquest over and over and play meaningless games against the CPU to accumulate stats to earn a newer player, who may not play much because I needed to sit them in order to do the next stat grind.
    countryboy
    I know it wasn't asked directly to me, but as I said before. I think we're going to learn that "MARCH TO OCTOBER" is a form of season mode and that most of the features/improvements within that mode will also hold true for franchise mode.
    Contract Extensions is a footnote because it wouldn't hold true for a single season that's played in MARCH TO OCTOBER mode.

    I hope you're right, but it would be a very odd advertising strategy if you are.
    I was confident they’d finally add a ton of stuff to MLB The Show franchise mode this year and said I was definitely buying 19. Honestly, I could happily carry on playing 18 if they’ve decided not to do anything significant with the mode yet again. If franchise mode isn’t worth its own stream, that’s a big red flag in my opinion.
    RogerDodger
    I was confident they’d finally add a ton of stuff to MLB The Show franchise mode this year and said I was definitely buying 19. Honestly, I could happily carry on playing 18 if they’ve decided not to do anything significant with the mode yet again. If franchise mode isn’t worth its own stream, that’s a big red flag in my opinion.

    To be honest, I am not sure where that confidence that they would add a ton of stuff to franchise would come from.
    Dolenz
    The stream on the 28th "Moments" game mode may be the make or break stream for me. It looks like RTTS is sticking with archetypes so that will keep me playing RTTS in '17.
    I have been saying for a while now that, as an offline player I want something to do with my DD team other than run Conquest over and over and play meaningless games against the CPU to accumulate stats to earn a newer player, who may not play much because I needed to sit them in order to do the next stat grind.

    Agree 100% on needing more structure to offline DD, as the 9 inning games in particular had no consequence to them whatsoever and got very grindy very quickly.
    My guess would be Moments is replacing those single game missions and instead just jumping you to the moment where you need to be to do the mission (so for Griffey's 2B and a BB, maybe just give you 4 Griffey AB's?) I dunno, something like that, a bit like Critical Situations in franchise.
    It looks like they've changed Conquest a bit as well, or added more maps, as the trailer had them dong conquest on a map in the shape of 19.
    I am a little disappointed at first glance. Hopefully there are alot of nuggets.
    I will be honest I am not a fan of in season extension. As mentioned previously it rarely happens in mlb, extensions usually happen during arbitration and renewable time and the system already is in place for that.
    I fear cpu teams will use it too much. Very few players get to free agency as it is the game.
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    Speedy
    I agree we should reserve judgment.
    ....but....do you find it a little disconcerting that there isn't an entire stream devoted to franchise but that its seemingly relegated to a footnote?
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    I find it really disappointing.
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    Dolenz
    To be honest, I am not sure where that confidence that they adding a ton of stuff to franchise would come from.

    Because it’s time they did. Nothing stops NBA 2k pushing My GM forward every year so to expect SDS to put a bit of effort in for one year, at this stage isn’t unreasonable. I get the whole DD makes them money line and how that must be their priority, but that mode doesn’t exactly change from one year to the next as it is and I predict there’ll come a point where the annual churn and constant investment of cash will dry up.
    kehlis
    If that’s from the alpha I don’t know if this is something you should be posting about.

    I deleted it.
    I guess you should delete your Quote too just to be safe.
    LastActionHero
    New stadium PA...?
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    That would be amazing if so. I've been waiting for that forever.
    It needs more than just a new voice, though. They'd have to overhaul the whole idea of it, from the way it's presented to the way it comes out of the stadium speakers, etc.
    Basically, I hope when we ask for new commentary the team doesn't just think "switch out ." It would kind of have to be completely scrapped to get new commentary, especially of the dynamic variety.
    Welp, a lot of wind has been taken out of my sails in regards to Franchise Mode, but I'm hoping they have a lot of smaller improvements to go along with Contract Extensions (which I don't really mind either way). Still looking forward to the game and I'll try to catch as many of the streams as I can.
    RogerDodger
    Because it’s time they did. Nothing stops NBA 2k pushing My GM forward every year so to expect SDS to put a bit of effort in for one year, at this stage isn’t unreasonable. I get the whole DD makes them money line and how that must be their priority, but that mode doesn’t exactly change from one year to the next as it is and I predict there’ll come a point where the annual churn and constant investment of cash will dry up.

    That's very wishful thinking. And 2K has competition from Live, at least for now.
    BJSands
    That's very wishful thinking. And 2K has competition from Live, at least for now.

    And 2K has a bigger dev team, and they sell a lot more copies because they are not limited to a single platform.
    As I read all 10 pages so far, it has really made me realize, I am perfectly content with 18. So im not overly excited, or saddened by what the stream calendar shows. I'll wait, check out the streams, and if nothing catches my eye, I will still be perfectly happy turning 18 back on and continuing to play it. 18 has me sunk in and excited every game I play. I hope 19 shows me something to get excited about and only stream times will tell.
    Just my take on it.
    tabarnes19
    I am a little disappointed at first glance. Hopefully there are alot of nuggets.
    I will be honest I am not a fan of in season extension. As mentioned previously it rarely happens in mlb, extensions usually happen during arbitration and renewable time and the system already is in place for that.
    I fear cpu teams will use it too much. Very few players get to free agency as it is the game.
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    If I get the game, still up in the air because I'm content with 18, I may just try to use the contract extensions to change rookies salaries. Hate bringing someone up with an 80k salary and having them immediately take a ratings hit because they are angry over their salary.
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    I'm really hoping that "March to October" is a rebrand of franchise mode similar how to Madden changed names and went to CFM. I don't know if that being correct means good or bad but I'll guess we will find out.
    Dolenz
    And 2K has a bigger dev team, and they sell a lot more copies because they are not limited to a single platform.

    All true, but the quickest way to lose what they have is to disregard a significant proportion of those who currently buy the game. Somebody said earlier that for every one franchise player who doesn’t buy the game, two new DD players will but I just don’t see that myself. Baseball isnt the same kind of pick up and play game as FIFA, Madden or NBA 2k. I’ve sung the praises of 18 all season so I’ll gladly carry on playing it next season as well. That can’t be good for SDS though from an economic standpoint though and it’s a shortsighted decision.
    Looks like ill be rolling with OOTP this year. I might get The Show for RTTS but that’s about it.
    I mean, even if they made a ton of improvements I was mainly looking for rebranding if i was gonna go with the show for franchise, and now we aren’t even getting a stream for it.
    I am offline franchise only, so I'll be waiting for that stream to sway me. But I've already started setting up accurate 2019 rosters anticipating that I will be sitting this title out for another year.
    Hate to say this, but anyone expecting any changes to Franchise other than the contract extensions will probably be disappointed. But honestly, why are we surprised that there isn't a stream dedicated to Franchise? Do you guys remember the Franchise Stream last year? It was literally an hour long, with the first 5 minutes about franchise improvements and the next 55 watching two developers play each other. No one remembers this? So I'm not surprised in the LEAST that they're removing that stream, it literally served no purpose and clearly Franchise is not getting any love anytime soon. Yes, we should reserve judgement but being as there's literally no stream for it, what stream are we exactly waiting for?
    countryboy
    I think its an on-field reporter or someone in studio. :D
    Maybe hoping is the better term to use. :)

    This is my hope as well. Ken Rosenthal or Tom Verducci came to mind first.
    Between the trailer and Twitch schedule, I'm thinking the new "Moments" mode could be playing out historical scenarios to earn rewards. In the trailer, we see Griffey in a Mariners uniform climbing the wall to rob a HR and "RELIVE HISTORY", Cutch and Gwynn in old team unis (ie, NOT DD), and Willie Mays' catch at the end. Then there's the screen with Babe Ruth that says, "Relive the career of Babe Ruth... Pitch in the World Series, break home run records, and cement Ruth's legacy."
    Makes sense to me as a way to further leverage the rights for the former players, which from what I gather not being a DD player, are s very popular part of that mode. Plus it might appeal to those who appreciate baseball's history more than playing DD.
    Only thing I'm really hoping for is improvment on commentary. The past few years have been very repetitive. I want team history brought up, past player accomplishments, I want the dialogue to stay more constant and not have so many lulls.
    Really concerning that Franchise mode doesn’t even have its own stream this year. I geuss we can pretty much rule out the significant upgrades and overhaul some people were looking for. Contract extensions are a nice addition for sure but if that’s the biggest thing and only notable thing they’ve done with franchise that’s disappointing.
    I really hope last year’s ‘phases’ thing wasn’t their idea of a year of focusing on Franchise. If so that time and resources was wasted and should’ve been spent elsewhere in Franchise in my opinion.
    It’s a shame that it appears that 2K is the only one that cares about franchise anymore. NBA2K is not a perfect game but credit to them for continuing to improve franchise while EA and SDS sits back and does little to nothing with theirs. Just waiting for SDS to put ads everywhere inside the game for DD like EA does with MUT at this point.
    I don't understand the addition of season mode. Why couldn't they expand on franchise mode, making it even deeper, and just give the user the ability to choose if they want a fully immersive franchise mode, or turn all that off and essentially they have season mode?
    JayD
    I'm not going to jump to conclusions but it says franchise mode update. Not updates.

    I think you are safe to make that jump. With the backlash that the team has received with Franchise mode over the past few cycles, they would be highlighting a Franchise stream. Instead, they will be banking on the gameplay improvements streams to try to sell a better playing mode. The same stuff that has been broken/neglected will still be the same way in 2019. Not that a better playing mode will not help, but nobody should expect anything more than the contract negations. Just keep your expectations low.
    Definitely will be playing OOTP, and if I feel the need to play the Show and they haven't touched Franchise mode again, I'll buy it used. I don't care if its only $5 cheaper. I refuse to give these developers money if they continue to choose to sell out all the people that have bought their games for over a decade in order to continue to sell what is essentially a free to play model game (DD) for $60. I NEVER buy used games. I hate that used games screw the developers. But SDS used to at least act like they cared about their community, and its quite clear that the only community they care about is the one that is willing to spend tons of money gambling on their DD mode modeled after free to play cell phone game tactics.
    Bondsfan
    Definitely will be playing OOTP, and if I feel the need to play the Show and they haven't touched Franchise mode again, I'll buy it used. I don't care if its only $5 cheaper. I refuse to give these developers money if they have chosen to sell out all the people that have bought their games for decades in order to continue to sell what is essentially a free to play model game (DD) for $60. I NEVER buy used games. I hate that used games screw the developers. But SDS used to at least act like they cared about their community, and its quite clear that the only community they care about is the one that is willing to spend tons of money gambling on their DD mode modeled after free to play cell phone game tactics.

    They haven't sold out the community. It's a fact the majority of their client base play DD and don't touch franchise. They're simply catering to the larger demographic. My issue is that they're literally IGNORING every other demographic.
    Padgoi
    They haven't sold out the community. It's a fact the majority of their client base play DD and don't touch franchise. They're simply catering to the larger demographic. My issue is that they're literally IGNORING every other demographic.

    Correct. They aren't selling out their current community. They are, however, selling out the community that supported them through 3 generations of consoles prior to gambling modes being a cash cow. MLB the Show exists today because of a passionate and loyal fanbase that bought the game for years based on RTTS and Franchise. And all those loyal fans who've bought that game for years, and kept it alive in its early days, they don't matter anymore. Because there are idiots that will spend $1000 on the game buying card packs. SDS sold out their old fans for a newer generation of people that care more about gambling than they do about baseball. Just like seemingly every other game developer these days.
    If they made a separate MLB Franchise game separate from DD and charged $150, I'll buy it. I don't care about paying more. I just want the option to play an actual new franchise game. Not the same stale franchise mode from PS3 generation, repackaged with more Diamond Dynasty stuff.
    countryboy
    I know it wasn't asked directly to me, but as I said before. I think we're going to learn that "MARCH TO OCTOBER" is a form of season mode and that most of the features/improvements within that mode will also hold true for franchise mode.
    Contract Extensions is a footnote because it wouldn't hold true for a single season that's played in MARCH TO OCTOBER mode.
    I realize I'm asking you to guess with no first-hand info, but what features in a season mode would be big additions to franchise mode? All of the things I think of that need improving or adding to franchise wouldn't apply to a season mode (international FA, scouting/draft overhaul, addition of more minor league levels, etc.)?
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    I totally agree with the comments about DD. I feel like I am playing a serious of disconnected games merely to earn stubs to buy souvenirs to exchange at the immortal level. However, I believe SDS puts a lot of emphasis on DD as it is the one mode where players are likely to invest more money to buy stubs.
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    Sigh. Looks like Franchise gets the very short end of the stick again. Contract extensions is a very exciting add, but it's so small in the grand scheme of attention Franchise could use, and frankly, it's astounding that it took them this long to put in.
    I'll reserve my full judgement until the actual stream, but it doesn't look good, and it's definitely not enough for me shell out $60+ on launch. SDS has really taken a sharp turn into EA territory.
    Caulfield
    so the 7th (Thursday) they'll break down today's gameplay? also, and it may have already been noted, Ramone says DeRo's not going anywhere, there's a 4th addition.

    The rewind is more or less an explanation of what all the scenes in the trailer are supposed to represent in the new game - and there are always some that are less obvious than others, so it's usually worth looking at.
    Karle
    I totally agree with the comments about DD. I feel like I am playing a serious of disconnected games merely to earn stubs to buy souvenirs to exchange at the immortal level. However, I believe SDS puts a lot of emphasis on DD as it is the one mode where players are likely to invest more money to buy stubs.
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    Yes. It's a mode based on gambling addiction. Nearly every F2P game is based on the same concept of a slot machine. Keep grinding, doing the same thing over and over, hoping for better loot to drop. Its addictive.
    I remember a time when video games were meant to be fun. Not become a legitimate addiction tricking people into spending thousands of dollars on things that have no actual worth.
    Just because it makes SDS money, and every other developer/publisher that embraces these predatory modes, doesn't make them right.
    bcruise
    The rewind stream is more or less an explanation of what all the scenes in the trailer are supposed to represent in the new game - and there are always some that are less obvious than others, so it's usually worth tuning in.

    I agree. I'm always amazed in those rewind streams the little gameplay details they've dropped that I didn't notice.
    Jr.
    I realize I'm asking you to guess with no first-hand info, but what features in a season mode would be big additions to franchise mode? All of the things I think of that need improving or adding to franchise wouldn't apply to a season mode (international FA, scouting/draft overhaul, addition of more minor league levels, etc.)?
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    Expanded rosters (more than 90), improved trading logic, free agent signing logic, player morale improvements, more stats, presentation changes, player progression/regression, training, etc....
    JH927
    Sigh. Looks like Franchise gets the very short end of the stick again. Contract extensions is a very exciting add, but it's so small in the grand scheme of attention Franchise could use, and frankly, it's astounding that it took them this long to put in.
    I'll reserve my full judgement until the actual stream, but it doesn't look good, and it's definitely not enough for me shell out $60+ on launch. SDS has really taken a sharp turn into EA territory.

    I'm not sure EA is a fair comparison. Madden has put more improvements into their Franchise mode this past generation than SDS has. Not saying Madden has a good Franchise mode, it still takes a backseat to MUT, but the Show has been the same stagnant Franchise mode since the PS3 generation. They have literally made nothing but cosmetic changes to Franchise for the entirety of the PS4 gen.
    RogerDodger
    All true, but the quickest way to lose what they have is to disregard a significant proportion of those who currently buy the game.

    I highly doubt that franchise players are a significant proportion of those who buy the game. Not by a long shot. It is a significant proportion of Operation Sports players but when you venture beyond the scope of this forum and go to the official forums or reddit then you will see very little discussion of franchise.
    Of course all we have to go on were statements by SDS over the years in the streams that RTTS was the most played mode followed by DD. They have all of the data while we can only speculate though. I am sure that they are very aware of how many play each mode and what % of those who purchase the game actually venture into the various modes.
    Dolenz
    I highly doubt that franchise players are a significant proportion of those who buy the game. Not by a long shot. It is a significant proportion of Operation Sports players but when you venture beyond the scope of this forum and go to the official forums or reddit then you will see very little discussion of franchise.
    Of course all we have to go on were statements by SDS over the years in the streams that RTTS was the most played mode followed by DD. They have all of the data while we can only speculate though. I am sure that they are very aware of how many play each mode and what % of those who purchase the game actually venture into the various modes.

    It's somewhat of a self fulfilling prophecy. They put no resources into Franchise, don't change it much for a decade, throw all their dev costs into their predatory gambling mode, then say no one wants to play Franchise. There aren't many people clammoring to play most PS3 era games, because games get better. Improve franchise and maybe people will want to play it? You don't see NBA2K hurting for people to play their franchise mode.
    I am kind of curious how they are going to diversify the fielders more when it does not look like they added any fielding attributes. I am guessing this is all under the hood adjustments. I just don't feel that a global rating is enough to create the diveristy on the field when trying to emulate the actual player.
    Bondsfan
    Yes. It's a mode based on gambling addiction. Nearly every F2P game is based on the same concept of a slot machine. Keep grinding, doing the same thing over and over, hoping for better loot to drop. Its addictive.
    I remember a time when video games were meant to be fun. Not become a legitimate addiction tricking people into spending thousands of dollars on things that have no actual worth.
    Just because it makes SDS money, and every other developer/publisher that embraces these predatory modes, doesn't make them right.

    Are there those who have a gambling problem who partake in this mode? Absolutely. But that fact that you write the entire mode off as a gambling mode shows a lack of knowledge. There are plenty of players, myself being one, who have enjoyed the mode quite a bit without ever spending a penny beyond the purchase price of the game.
    I understand not liking one mode of the game but to write off everyone who may enjoy that mode as a degenerate gambler isn't going to win an argument.
    Dolenz
    Are there those who have a gambling problem who partake in this mode? Absolutely. But that fact that you write the entire mode off as a gambling mode shows a lack of knowledge. There are plenty of players, myself being one, who have enjoyed the mode quite a bit without ever spending a penny beyond the purchase price of the game.
    I understand not liking one mode of the game but to write off everyone who may enjoy that mode as a degenerate gambler isn't going to win an argument.

    If I gave that impression, I apologize. Not everyone who plays these modes spend tons of money on them. I totally acknowledge that. But the reason that these modes are popular amongst devs and publishers is that there is a percentage of people that do play them who have a legit problem and spend a fortune on them. These modes make them way more money than they'd make just selling the game. So while there are many that don't spend anything extra and enjoy these modes, that's not who these modes are being built for. They are being built to make money. They are predatory. Just not everyone falls into the trap of spending tons of money. But they don't need everyone to. Just some people.
    I wasn't trying to pass judgement on the people that play this mode, I understand that it can be enjoyable for many people. It's not about the people that play these modes. Its about how these modes are monetized. That's on the company, not the consumer.
    Bondsfan
    Yes. It's a mode based on gambling addiction. Nearly every F2P game is based on the same concept of a slot machine. Keep grinding, doing the same thing over and over, hoping for better loot to drop. Its addictive.
    I remember a time when video games were meant to be fun. Not become a legitimate addiction tricking people into spending thousands of dollars on things that have no actual worth.
    Just because it makes SDS money, and every other developer/publisher that embraces these predatory modes, doesn't make them right.

    I have a feeling that you never played DD or haven't played it enough to really make a judgement about it. DD is barely focused on packs. You get better cards through programs (that you earned through doing things in the game) than you do in packs. You could not get a single immortal (the highest rated player) by pulling him in a pack.
    Also, as much as you guys might love Franchise, Road to The Show was always a much more popular mode even before Diamond Dynasty existed.
    ASG82
    I have a feeling that you never played DD or haven't played it enough to really make a judgement about it. DD is barely focused on packs. You get better cards through programs (that you earned through doing things in the game) than you do in packs. You could not get a single immortal (the highest rated player) by pulling him in a pack.
    Also, as much as you guys might love Franchise, Road to The Show was always a much more popular mode even before Diamond Dynasty existed.

    I've tried DD (and MUT in Madden). The modes don't interest me much, but to each their own. I have tried playing them though. I understand you can play them without ever buying anything. That's pretty much every other F2P games model. Yes, you don't need to buy anything. I get it. However, this model is still INSANELY lucrative. Which means people are buying things. In droves. So while they may not shove purchasing card packs down your throat, there is a percentage of players who are buying them to the point where that's how the game makes the bulk of its money.
    Contract extensions is the only changes and improvements we will see in franchise mode? I echo what many have said and feel about this announcement. Disappointing to say the least. My wallet is safe for now.
    Very anxious to hear about the changes to how defense plays/works. Better situational awareness and player attributes mean more on defense.
    I'm guessing there are no new attributes, but I'm guessing they've tuned what they have to provide an even bigger disparity between gold glovers, good, and bad defensive players. Really hoping the corner infielders get some tuning as I still feel like, even guys rated high in defense and reaction, don't make enough plays on balls down the line, especially at the hot corner.
    A huge let down for me fellas as I buy these sports games to do rosters as many of u know but I do the rosters so I can run a great league. MLB 18 didn't have leagues and didn't find out until days before release. I watch every single stream each year and not 1 time did they mention they removed it and now after not playing a entire year because of that hoping this time of the year they bring it back I waited all those crucial months and especially lately to find out nothing mention anywhere about the return of leagues at all. I have asked on Twitter, devs and emails directly to SDS and nobody will answer this at all what so ever. You would think a yes or no would be okay after they screwed many of us out of modes we enjoy and reason we buy the game instead they half to keep a tight lid on it and there secrets. Just tell us yay or nay if leagues are back why make us wait on that answer? No marketing or news on online franchise at All? What sports game in 2019 doesn't have a way to play friends in a stay tracking league? Now having to wait another month and,still might not get a answer if leagues are on 19.
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    underdog13
    Now that would be a back of the box feature.
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    It's not her if the asterisks represent the actual length of the name. It's 5 letters for the first name and 7 for the last name.
    no franchise mode at all.. this is a major red flag.. they might have pulled a EA and gone with that CFM garbage and stripped it down and could we have no 30 team control now?? if they have I am done. just like I have been with madden since that happened.
    Dolenz
    Are there those who have a gambling problem who partake in this mode? Absolutely. But that fact that you write the entire mode off as a gambling mode shows a lack of knowledge. There are plenty of players, myself being one, who have enjoyed the mode quite a bit without ever spending a penny beyond the purchase price of the game.
    I understand not liking one mode of the game but to write off everyone who may enjoy that mode as a degenerate gambler isn't going to win an argument.

    He's right though that is all it is. and the whole loot box rubbish, as I said in another thread lot box microtransations should be made ILLEGAL. unless it is a free to play game, people are getting more dumb and have more money then brains. the fact is DD and MUT mode and not aimed for people like us on OS. they don't care about us/ it's the mainstream casual player X who is a casual fan who just wants to see the big names like Trout and have their own fantasy's teams. then worry about realism
    Have a look at mobile game stats they are making millions that's how dumb people are becoming with their money these days. the video game market is crashing. customization is now a thing of the past and soon you will have to pay for it in any mode. The idea of these modes are to bore the player to death until they give in and try to pay real money for something until they get it.
    Caulfield
    I've already got the hots for February 14. Maybe I'll fall in love with defensive fielding all over again. As it stands presently, I just play with auto-fielding and let it ride. But Flash the Leather, Overhauled Defensive Intelligence, Player Differentiation Improvement Suite, Defensive Efficiency really got me excited. Then later in the evening they double dip with hitting featured. I predict more than a few relationships and marriages will end next week.

    Won't effect my marrige and in Australia it will be Feb 15th Friday morning for me lol
    Padgoi
    Hate to say this, but anyone expecting any changes to Franchise other than the contract extensions will probably be disappointed. But honestly, why are we surprised that there isn't a stream dedicated to Franchise? Do you guys remember the Franchise Stream last year? It was literally an hour long, with the first 5 minutes about franchise improvements and the next 55 watching two developers play each other. No one remembers this? So I'm not surprised in the LEAST that they're removing that stream, it literally served no purpose and clearly Franchise is not getting any love anytime soon. Yes, we should reserve judgement but being as there's literally no stream for it, what stream are we exactly waiting for?

    I don't think this is true at all. I think Franchise will have several updates and they will be more or less tied to presentation and commentary. Last year I made the observation that SDS should have combined Presentation and Commentary with Franchise, after I got the game and started playing, getting past a month you start to see that, Presetation and Commentary is defitnitely a Franchise feature. They patched in 2nd half of the season commentary late last year. I beleive they have found their groove with this. I will go all in and say SDS will step up to the plate in Franchise and Show a lot of 2.0 features that they have build upon and expanded.
    I enjoyed franchise mode last year, it's the most I played in a while. Also this will be the year that they will put to bed this notion that can't add big featres because year to year saves, they have shown this in RTTS and now it's "March to October" which is some commentary they added to last years game for franchise.
    Didn't buy 18 because of a lack of franchise improvements but I was so hoping that sds would finally give us meaningful improvements. Not sure why I thought this might finally be the year other than the logic of "surely they can't ignore us yet again".
    Before anyone jumps down my back. Yeah they could still come out with some amazing information on the march to October mode that coincides with franchise, so I'll reserve any absolutes until the reveal. Sds hasn't given any reason to give the benefit of the doubt in recent years though and it would seem to be an odd marketing tactic to give a schedule for when and what kind of content will be revealed and not have it as a key note.
    Barring a major surprise announcement this game is a hard pass.
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    Impetuous65
    Also this will be the year that they will put to bed this notion that can't add big featres because year to year saves, they have shown this in RTTS and now it's "March to October" which is some commentary they added to last years game for franchise.

    Normally, that means things are optimized and/or removed, even if it's bits/gigabits of commentary.
    I'm 100% in favor of player attributes meaning more on defense but they tried something similar and got push back from users who lean less toward realism than wanting every play to be made perfectly.
    After about a dozen or so patches they got mlbts in franchise manage mode playing great. Best baseball game I've ever played. Best case scenario is whoever worked on gameplay patches is who is working on overhauling gameplay for mlbts 19.
    March 7 franchise mode update is what I'll be waiting for.
    BULLKID
    ,Bingo that's my guess exactly,the new PA announcer will be the addition to joining the crew

    Do you really consider the PA announcer part of the broadcasting crew? Seems like a stretch.
    BULLKID
    ,Bingo that's my guess exactly,the new PA announcer will be the addition to joining the crew

    No way is the Pa announcer apart of the crew. He works for the local team and stadium not the boardcast crew.
    Yes it is obvious they don't have many new features to show in a franchise stream. You'd think if they had made improvements to trade logic or how teams operate (rebuilding vs trying to win) they would be wanting to showcase what that looks like.
    At this point it looks like they polished off the franchise turd with contract extensions, but its still a turd...
    jct32
    I'm really hoping that "March to October" is a rebrand of franchise mode similar how to Madden changed names and went to CFM. I don't know if that being correct means good or bad but I'll guess we will find out.

    THIS. Please be this. It’s my last hope. I don’t want to trash all of the reveals because the gameplay improvements look amazing, but I really am hoping for you to be right.
    My thinking about it maybe being true is that diamond dynasty doesn’t have a dedicated stream... the stream is for DD content not improvements. The DD improvements are footnotes for the new moments mode. It’s most likely that RTO is just a season mode type thing but I really hope I’m wrong.
    ALSO we can’t forget about GameStop Monday’s...
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    I read too much guessing game stuff, but could March to October be referring to the months? You know, the same ones a baseball season is mainly known for. And let me be the first to say March to November doesn't have the same ring to it...
    Daonlyjmo7
    THIS. Please be this. It’s my last hope. I don’t want to trash all of the reveals because the gameplay improvements look amazing, but I really am hoping for you to be right.
    My thinking about it maybe being true is that diamond dynasty doesn’t have a dedicated stream... the stream is for DD content not improvements. The DD improvements are footnotes for the new moments mode. It’s most likely that RTO is just a season mode type thing but I really hope I’m wrong.
    ALSO we can’t forget about GameStop Monday’s...
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    CFM is what killed madden and they have never fixed it since. they took away 32 team control, yes I know there is a way of having 32 team control but you literary have to spend 1 hour creating 32 different profiles to switch and change to even start a season with 32 team control why?? because that mode was designed for single player online! so they just put a quick fix for 32 team control people. it completely got stripped. I fear MLB the show will go down the same route if they start merging features.
    wisdom less13
    I read too much guessing game stuff, but could March to October be referring to the months? You know, the same ones a baseball season is mainly known for. And let me be the first to say March to November doesn't have the same ring to it...
    That's the first thing I thought when I read it. Which implies some type of season mode since November to February covers all the off-season stuff.
    I am looking around and don't see any mention if you purchase the MVP edition or above editions that you get the game on Friday March 22nd. I know in the past this was the case at Gamestop, etc. Anyone know?
    I for one just need a refreshed UI and I'm good. Put some of the things I click on in slightly different places on the screen is all I ask.
    All kidding aside, the franchise mode player's best case outcome right now seems to be...
    (1) hope for substantial upgrades in ratings/gameplay and perhaps...just maybe even new ratings for defense
    (2) hope for better commentary and more dynamic/situational commentary that shows the game is keeping track of your save
    (3) hope that contract extensions are a piece of revamping contracts in general (greater than 10 years, greater than $31M/yr, escalating, de-escalating, flat, a better bonus/buyout system)...hope they don't add contract extensions only to screw up the implementation or unbalance something else...
    (4) hope for a half-dozen improvements in AI/logic that are too minor for them to even list on the stream schedule
    I am still playing OOTP in February so it's no great loss to me if I end up skipping The Show 2 years running.
    EDIT: I'll also say that I knew there was a video (and probably a stream schedule) coming today and this was something like the 3rd forum I visited on OS today. Kind of shows to me that my expectation/excitement level is pretty doggone low unfortunately.
    bases1616
    I am looking around and don't see any mention if you purchase the MVP edition or above editions that you get the game on Friday March 22nd. I know in the past this was the case at Gamestop, etc. Anyone know?

    this isn't a thing this year, Ramone said it on the official boards from what I saw earlier.
    Correct me if I'm wrong here...
    But in previous years did franchise mode not have it's own, "day."
    Here it's just a part of what's being covered on March 7th. If this is, in fact, the case. It could mark the beginning of the end for me with this game, which would be tremendously sad. For years, and years, and years, and years (I along with many on here), have watched as franchise mode has gotten virtually no attention. The last 2-3 years have been especially bad with the new, "features," simply being options and menu's, "brought to the forefront." Not even new features, but literally just menu's moved around. If this year it goes untouched, which I expect it to, and it isn't a main focus of one of their streams... God help us offline franchisers...
    Man this is truly disappointing.
    The only way I buy this year's Show is if they added an option not to select an archetype in Rtts or have an archetype where you can max out your stats.
    I want to and love playing as the GOAT of baseball...40+ HR's and 40+ steals in a season etc. Give me the option at least.
    So keen to have a great franchise mode but I just have no hope in these guys. My confidence in SDS has dropped so low that I even doubt they implemented contract extensions properly and let's be honest...how much time could that addition have taken them to implement?
    And given the amount of love or rather lack of love franchise has gotten over the last couple of years I doubt they went the extra mile to ensure AI logic around contract extensions is great.
    Will keep an eye on the Rtts stream...but if that still forces you to play a certain way them I won't be buying 19....first time since 09.
    wisdom less13
    I read too much guessing game stuff, but could March to October be referring to the months? You know, the same ones a baseball season is mainly known for. And let me be the first to say March to November doesn't have the same ring to it...

    Is there any other way to read it? That’s what I thought immediately.
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    Gagnon39
    Correct me if I'm wrong here...
    But in previous years did franchise mode not have it's own, "day."
    Here it's just a part of what's being covered on March 7th. If this is, in fact, the case. It could mark the beginning of the end for me with this game, which would be tremendously sad. For years, and years, and years, and years (I along with many on here), have watched as franchise mode has gotten virtually no attention. The last 2-3 years have been especially bad with the new, "features," simply being options and menu's, "brought to the forefront." Not even new features, but literally just menu's moved around. If this year it goes untouched, which I expect it to, and it isn't a main focus of one of their streams... God help us offline franchisers...

    I could very well be wrong on this, but I believe last year it was a split stream.
    My hope is that they have made changes to existing features in Franchise that wouldn't be beneficial to show on stream. The reality is that the complete over haul of the mode that people want probably won't happen until PS5, if ever. The mode is lacking but overall is still solid, they just really need to fix things that continue to be issues like trade logic, free agency logic, bullpen management, etc....
    Is showing that stuff beneficial to make a whole stream on? I don't know.
    I'm big on franchise. All I play. But I've never thought in season extensions were honestly that needed. It HARDLY ever happens in real life. I'd much rather them focus on other things.
    If the CPU can offer in season extensions as well that will be annoying imo. All the big free agents coming out hitting 6 years if service could now be resigned beforehand. Again, something that hardly ever happens.
    Prior to this year it was:
    "Why doesn't SDS add contract extensions to franchise mode? These are vital and needed!"
    Now that contract extensions are in:
    "Contract extensions aren't that big of a deal, and rarely happen in real life."
    :google:
    countryboy
    Prior to this year it was:
    "Why doesn't SDS add contract extensions to franchise mode? These are vital and needed!"
    Now that contract extensions are in:
    "Contract extensions aren't that big of a deal, and rarely happen in real life."
    :google:
    Personally I never have pushed for them. I fear the cpu will abuse it. As it is I take over 30 team control to get more players into free agency the cpu tends to resign almost everyone in the exclusive period.
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    tabarnes19
    Personally I never have pushed for them. I fear the cpu will abuse it. As it is I take over 30 team control to get more players into free agency the cpu tends to resign almost everyone in the exclusive period.
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    This. I hate saying it, but I believe that they will somehow not work correctly. Or will be abused as you mention. The SDS track record for all things contract/multiple years progression is not good.
    tabarnes19
    Personally I never have pushed for them. I fear the cpu will abuse it. As it is I take over 30 team control to get more players into free agency the cpu tends to resign almost everyone in the exclusive period.
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    Personally, I've never had an issue with the amount of big free agents, or free agents in general that hit the open market vs those who resign with their current team.
    The bigger issue for me has been good free agents left unsigned after the offseason due to the CPU struggling to balance its roster given the 90 player limitation.
    I'm sure everybody was already talking about this and I'm simply slow/stupid (I think I read somebody mentioning this the other way and I just didn't understand what he was thinking of beforehand), but I literally just now realized that March to October might not mean the month March, but rather the verb "march."
    I'm shaking my head at myself.
    Defense and what I would like to see from SDS, turn on the widgets and do the following.
    Show an elite defender(SS) Show a pre-loaded throw from a grounder hit directly to him and show a non pre-loaded throw a do the same for a lesser defender as well as an out of position player.
    Now show the SS or outfielders range as well as his pre-loaded and non pre-loaded throw and again show a lesser defender, as well as an out of position player to see if there is a discrepancy.
    Show an elite defender path to the ball vs a lesser defender as well as an out of position player
    Also show these types of throws with different runners on the base path. A slow guy, average guy, and a fast guy.
    Blzer
    I'm sure everybody was already talking about this and I'm simply slow/stupid (I think I read somebody mentioning this the other way and I just didn't understand what he was thinking of beforehand), but I literally just now realized that March to October might not mean the month March, but rather the verb "march."
    I'm shaking my head at myself.

    It's a fun little play on words they used there (and they 100% did it intentionally)....both the noun and verb are appropriate if this mode has anything to do with a season-based mode.
    countryboy
    Personally, I've never had an issue with the amount of big free agents, or free agents in general that hit the open market vs those who resign with their current team.
    The bigger issue for me has been good free agents left unsigned after the offseason due to the CPU struggling to balance its roster given the 90 player limitation.
    First few years are not bad with free agents it happens after year 3 and 4 teams get short of budget space.
    Here is my post from last year.
    https://forums.operationsports.com/forums/showthread.php?p=2049297287
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    tabarnes19
    First few years are not bad with free agents it happens after year 3 and 4 teams get short of budget space.
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    I'm in year 6 of a carryover from '16 and I don't think budget is the sole culprit. I can go and sign these guys to my team and then trade them to a team for their lowest rated/paid player without issue.
    Sure a team or two will be maxed on budget space, but I think roster restriction is the bigger issue as CPU have a bad habit of signing draft picks who are extremely low overall rated and will take years upon years to develop if they ever do.
    If they are going to keep the rosters at 90, then they need to adjust the draft so that players have a overall floor min that are either available or that the CPU teams will sign.
    EDIT: In response to your addition to your post, I've never had anyone that highly rated be left in free agency. Again though, I don't get that many years deep into a franchise in a single installment of the Show. The best I do is 3 years which I did/will do this year.
    Expanding rosters to 100 per organization and then consequently increasing the overall budget for all 30 teams would go a long way to resolving this issue.
    countryboy
    I'm in year 6 of a carryover from '16 and I don't think budget is the sole culprit. I can go and sign these guys to my team and then trade them to a team for their lowest rated/paid player without issue.
    Sure a team or two will be maxed on budget space, but I think roster restriction is the bigger issue as CPU have a bad habit of signing draft picks who are extremely low overall rated and will take years upon years to develop if they ever do.
    If they are going to keep the rosters at 90, then they need to adjust the draft so that players have a overall floor min that are either available or that the CPU teams will sign.
    EDIT: In response to your addition to your post, I've never had anyone that highly rated be left in free agency. Again though, I don't get that many years deep into a franchise in a single installment of the Show. The best I do is 3 years which I did/will do this year.
    Are you using 30 team control? I'm curious to see that. I do all test sims with 30 team control. There may be a few teams with budget space but they tend not to have a need at that position.
    Like current free agent class in real life. Yankees can sign harper but dont have a need.
    Last year most of my playing was just simming to see if issues were corrected and I found them worst and gave up on the game. I only put 55 hours in with it.
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    countryboy
    Prior to this year it was:
    "Why doesn't SDS add contract extensions to franchise mode? These are vital and needed!"
    Now that contract extensions are in:
    "Contract extensions aren't that big of a deal, and rarely happen in real life."
    :google:

    I think most of the vitriol is stemming from the fact that contract extensions appear to be the ONLY thing that was added to Franchise, when there are so many other more important things that could have gone in instead. Extensions are cool and all, but it's not something that really sells a game mode, it's more of a QOL fix. If they had reworked free agency with all new logic and had extensions as part of that feature suite, people would definitely be more receptive. But just adding extensions and nothing else feels like putting a band-aid on a broken leg.
    tabarnes19
    Are you using 30 team control? I'm curious to see that. I do all test sims with 30 team control. There may be a few teams with budget space but they tend not to have a need at that position.
    Like current free agent class in real life. Yankees can sign harper but dont have a need.
    Last year most of my playing was just simming to see if issues were corrected and I found them worst and gave up on the game. I only put 55 hours in with it.
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    I use single team control.
    I think the highest rated player sitting in free agency for me right now is maybe 78 or thereabouts? I'll double check when I get on tonight.
    nemesis04
    Used to think that too with season mode.

    Meh..if they remove it then they remove it and I'll deal with it when/if it happens.
    No sense in fretting over it now.
    breakfastcat
    I think most of the vitriol is stemming from the fact that contract extensions appear to be the ONLY thing that was added to Franchise, when there are so many other more important things that could have gone in instead. Extensions are cool and all, but it's not something that really sells a game mode, it's more of a QOL fix. If they had reworked free agency with all new logic and had extensions as part of that feature suite, people would definitely be more receptive. But just adding extensions and nothing else feels like putting a band-aid on a broken leg.

    My comment was made, and meant to be received, in a lighthearted manner, hence the :google:
    I wasn't condemning anyone for their opinion just thought it was funny how the community shifted from one side of the spectrum to the other in terms of contract extensions, for whatever reasons that may be. :)
    Perhaps I should've used :lol: instead of :google: to convey the tone of the post.
    These are times I wished we had another baseball game to look forward to.
    I'm having a hard justifying a $59.99US purchase if the only improvements in franchise mode are "contract extensions". I could care less about the other game modes. I'm strictly a franchise only player, and to hear we only have minor updates (single update) to this game mode is a huge disappointment.
    SDS needs to hire more people to work on this part of the game. They are in danger of alienating a percentage of their fan base who have been loyal for years and who continue to buy their game each year.
    Peter_OS
    These are times I wished we had another baseball game to look forward to.
    I'm having a hard justifying a $59.99US purchase if the only improvements in franchise mode are "contract extensions". I could care less about the other game modes. I'm strictly a franchise only player, and to hear we only have minor updates (single update) to this game mode is a huge disappointment.
    SDS needs to hire more people to work on this part of the game. They are in danger of alienating a percentage of their fan base who have been loyal for years and who continue to buy their game each year.
    And maybe they will if people show disappointment with decisions at time of purchase. That is how people need to express the direction that they want the game to grow.
    If the people upset don't purchase then decisions need to be made to bring them back in the fold in future years of it becomes a big enough hit to profits.
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    tabarnes19
    And maybe they will if people show disappointment with decisions at time of purchase. That is how people need to express the direction that they want the game to grow.
    If the people upset don't purchase then decisions need to be made to bring them back in the fold in future years of it becomes a big enough hit to profits.
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    By all means vote with your wallet, but don't be surprised when they look at their telemetry and see that no one is playing franchise mode anymore and they scrap it altogether and reallocate their resources to other more popular and profitable modes.
    breakfastcat
    By all means vote with your wallet, but don't be surprised when they look at their telemetry and see that no one is playing franchise mode anymore and they scrap it altogether and reallocate their resources to other more popular and profitable modes.
    That is true. I am ok with that. I'm not saying I won't buy.
    What I am saying is that they, and this is all companies, have to cater to what sells and how to attract new people.
    If expanding franchise brings new people or people lost then it is a business decision.
    I am personally on the fence. I spent 55 hours on the game last year and in the past it was only thing I bought a ps3/ps4 for. I tend to get my franchise fix with ootp and have a hard time staying engaged with franchise. The same issues are there and new ones have cropped up.
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    I play RTTS almost exclusively, so it's nice to see that get some love this year.  I am concerned that archetypes are staying put, but will wait until they announce the updates for that. 
    Interactive training is another wait and see.  That could end up being anything from a breath of fresh air after years of the same old drills, to a bloating, "more is more" net detriment.  I'm guardedly optimistic, but the 21st can't get here fast enough.
    Now, what I DID like, and may end up being excited about, was personalities and relationships.  It sounds pointless, but one thing that a lot of career modes get wrong, is neglecting to engage the user on an emotional level.  NHL, for instance, is horrible at this:  I don't even care about my OWN character as character, and never MIND the wallpaper that fills out the dramatis personae.  F1, by contrast, does a lot of subtle things that get you to genuinely care about your teammate:  my main is with Sauber, and the first time he and Charles LeClerc both ended up on the same podium, I actually got misty-eyed.  There was a genuine sense there of "We did it!", which is a much bigger emotional payoff than just "Yay, I won."  So SDS is apparently going for a bit of world-building, and trying to expand the dramatic cast.  Sight unseen, I like that they're trying; we'll see what the details look like in a couple of weeks.
    On balance, this looks promising, at least for RTTS.
    Well one thing's for sure, February 11th is going to be a very pivotal day for me. If they don't impress greatly, this will be the first year I don't have a baseball game on opening day.
    The game play improvements sound promising, but I really think it will end up like last year's catcher thing, basically two extreme outcomes. (The catcher either slowly got up like years past or was up and holding the ball before it hit the ground. Not natural in the slightest. Like an afterthought.)
    The optimist in me views the March to October mode as Franchise Mode they have made so many changes to they re-branded it.
    The pessimist in me views it as they spent all their time making a dumbed down game mode instead of improving franchise mode.
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    LoadStar81
    I play RTTS almost exclusively, so it's nice to see that get some love this year.* I am concerned that archetypes are staying put, but will wait until they announce the updates for that.*
    Interactive training is another wait and see.* That could end up being anything from a breath of fresh air after years of the same old drills, to a bloating, "more is more" net detriment.* I'm guardedly optimistic, but the 21st can't get here fast enough.
    Now, what I DID like, and may end up being excited about, was personalities and relationships.* It sounds pointless, but one thing that a lot of career modes get wrong, is neglecting to engage the user on an emotional level.* NHL, for instance, is horrible at this:* I don't even care about my OWN character as character, and never MIND the wallpaper that fills out the dramatis personae.* F1, by contrast, does a lot of subtle things that get you to genuinely care about your teammate:* my main is with Sauber, and the first time he and Charles LeClerc both ended up on the same podium, I actually got misty-eyed.* There was a genuine sense there of "We did it!", which is a much bigger emotional payoff than just "Yay, I won."* So SDS is apparently going for a bit of world-building, and trying to expand the dramatic cast.* Sight unseen, I like that they're trying; we'll see what the details look like in a couple of weeks.
    On balance, this looks promising, at least for RTTS.

    They are not removing Archetypes. Why? Well the tiny conspiracy theory voice in me says that it is because you now need to go into DD and buy Equipment if you want to go beyond the ratings caps imposed by the archetypes.
    And hey, they removed micro transactions from RTTS but feel free while you are shopping for all of that diamond equipment in DD to buy some extra stubs.
    Dolenz
    They are not removing Archetypes. Why? Well the tiny conspiracy theory voice in me says that it is because you now need to go into DD and buy Equipment if you want to go beyond the ratings caps imposed by the archetypes.
    And hey, they removed micro transactions from RTTS but feel free while you are shopping for all of that diamond equipment in DD to buy some extra stubs.

    I actually like the RTTS Archetypes and hope they don't remove them. But I am also not a RTTS player who thinks I should be able to put up HoF stats in their rookie season. But yeah I can see SDS motivation now is to get folks to buy stubs to then turn around a buy equipment and yes I am one of those sorry sacks who did this last year.
    My993C2
    I actually like the RTTS Archetypes and hope they don't remove them. But I am also not a RTTS player who thinks I should be able to put up HoF stats in their rookie season. But yeah I can see SDS motivation now is to get folks to buy stubs to then turn around a buy equipment and yes I am one of those sorry sacks who did this last year.

    Yeah I defiently like the archetypes, hope they are here to stay. Brings some realism into the mode,.
    underdog13
    Yeah I defiently like the archetypes, hope they are here to stay. Brings some realism into the mode,.

    But for some of us it brings realism into the mode at the expense of fun. RTTS has always been the single player arcade mode of the game for me. There are so many things they have added recently that removed that fun factor
    1. I am no longer able to be a high round draft pick if I go that route.
    2. I can no longer choose a team and play among my favorite players
    3. I can no longer choose what I train with my points and in what order
    4. I have caps to deal with
    5. The only way to go beyond caps is equipment from DD
    6. The team forcing a position change on you just because it is part of a script.
    7. Having to sit through the same exact coach interactions over and over
    If I want realism them I would probably create a player in Franchise and simply player lock them.
    How about and option when you start a new Career of RTTS or RTTS Classic. This year I actually went back to 17 to play RTTS
    Dolenz
    But for some of us it brings realism into the mode at the expense of fun. RTTS has always been the single player arcade mode of the game for me. There are so many things they have added recently that removed that fun factor
    1. I am no longer able to be a high round draft pick if I go that route.
    2. I can no longer choose a team and play among my favorite players
    3. I can no longer choose what I train with my points and in what order
    4. I have caps to deal with
    5. The only way to go beyond caps is equipment from DD
    6. The team forcing a position change on you just because it is part of a script.
    7. Having to sit through the same exact coach interactions over and over
    If I want realism them I would probably create a player in Franchise and simply player lock them.
    How about and option when you start a new Career of RTTS or RTTS Classic. This year I actually went back to 17 to play RTTS

    Yeah I understand playing something for fun versus pure realism. But also adding back in all that old code for how it was 16 and older would be a poor choice of resource commitment. Then again I am a self interested man and have biases.
    countryboy
    My comment was made, and meant to be received, in a lighthearted manner, hence the :google:
    I wasn't condemning anyone for their opinion just thought it was funny how the community shifted from one side of the spectrum to the other in terms of contract extensions, for whatever reasons that may be. :)
    Perhaps I should've used :lol: instead of :google: to convey the tone of the post.

    Again, the reason the community is upset isn't because contract extensions are in, it's because they're the only known changes to franchise. SDS is literally marketing contract extensions as the only franchise improvements. I don't think the community has shifted, we're just disappointed in the lack of improvements.
    Peter_OS

    SDS needs to hire more people to work on this part of the game. They are in danger of alienating a percentage of their fan base who have been loyal for years and who continue to buy their game each year.

    I've said this before, but I think it's become very clear at this point that SDS simply doesn't care (and yes, I know that's harsh) what the franchise people want. They know their main demographic plays DD so their focus is on DD. I'm even willing to go as far as to say I don't think the additional revenue stream is why they do it, it's because according to their telemetry, the large majority play DD and if they don't continue to improve it, they will lose that larger demographic.
    breakfastcat
    By all means vote with your wallet, but don't be surprised when they look at their telemetry and see that no one is playing franchise mode anymore and they scrap it altogether and reallocate their resources to other more popular and profitable modes.

    This is the chicken and the egg and I'm honestly getting sick of hearing SDS say no one plays franchise. They pushed people away from franchise by not making any major updates to it. Then, when people stopped playing it because of the lack of updates, SDS said no one plays it so we're not going to update it. People would play it if updates were made to it but they're not. It's simply an excuse to push people to DD. It is what it is.
    Padgoi
    Again, the reason the community is upset isn't because contract extensions are in, it's because they're the only known changes to franchise. SDS is literally marketing contract extensions as the only franchise improvements. I don't think the community has shifted, we're just disappointed in the lack of improvements.

    Again...my post/comment was nothing more than sharing a funny observation. Nothing more, nothing less.
    Dolenz
    But for some of us it brings realism into the mode at the expense of fun. RTTS has always been the single player arcade mode of the game for me. There are so many things they have added recently that removed that fun factor
    1. I am no longer able to be a high round draft pick if I go that route.
    2. I can no longer choose a team and play among my favorite players
    3. I can no longer choose what I train with my points and in what order
    4. I have caps to deal with
    5. The only way to go beyond caps is equipment from DD
    6. The team forcing a position change on you just because it is part of a script.
    7. Having to sit through the same exact coach interactions over and over
    If I want realism them I would probably create a player in Franchise and simply player lock them.
    How about and option when you start a new Career of RTTS or RTTS Classic. This year I actually went back to 17 to play RTTS

    To me point #1 is not a big deal.
    Point #2 is annoying for sure.
    With point #3 we don't have the same control with training our players like MLB 17 (and early) RTTS modes had, but you still have some say in how your players training progresses.
    I am fine with CAPs regarding Point #4 now that I know how they work.
    Regarding equipment in point #5, I don't really see how this is an issue. Diamond gear is ridiculously expensive, but Gold gear is somewhat affordable and the performance difference between Diamond and Gold gear is likely not worth the added costs.
    Point #6 is annoying for sure.
    Point #7 is also annoying.
    tabarnes19
    And maybe they will if people show disappointment with decisions at time of purchase. That is how people need to express the direction that they want the game to grow.
    If the people upset don't purchase then decisions need to be made to bring them back in the fold in future years of it becomes a big enough hit to profits.
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    And if you are someone who is livid about franchise, but just cant give up playing a baseball game, I suggest either trying ootp or if no interest in a text sim, buy The show used. Dont give the developers money if they refuse to improve their product. I literally hate used games bc of how it affects developers, but I hate being asked to buy a game with no real improvements even more, and the fact that franchise players have been sold out with little option to turn to make this quite difficult.
    The Kid 24
    Just curious, what did Season mode all entail? I never played it, just Franchise.

    It was a simplified version of Franchise where you didn't have minor leagues and you could customize certain aspects like number of games per season.
    I have always given SDS the benefit of the doubt because for me personally I have never been let down by the overall quality of this game.
    But because I love 18 so much and am content with it (meaning I love it so much I can play it another year even 2 years easily) I am truly in the wait and see mode.
    So simply put, I need to see real core reasons on the streams why 19 is a must upgrade.
    I only primarily play Franchise mode.
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    Armor and Sword
    I have always given SDS the benefit of the doubt because for me personally I have never been let down by the overall quality of this game.
    But because I love 18 so much and am content with it (meaning I love it so much I can play it another year even 2 years easily) I am truly in the wait and see mode.
    So simply put, I need to see real core reasons on the streams why 19 is a must upgrade.
    I only primarily play Franchise mode.
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    Right there with you, I love the Show, but if literally the only thing that is updated in Franchise is the ability to extend a player during the season (which doesn't happen that often to begin with, and what about....oh.......adding cash to a trade, trade logic in general, FA logic, team building, or any of the other issues with Franchise) then I'm going to sit this year out.
    Armor and Sword
    I have always given SDS the benefit of the doubt because for me personally I have never been let down by the overall quality of this game.
    But because I love 18 so much and am content with it (meaning I love it so much I can play it another year even 2 years easily) I am truly in the wait and see mode.
    So simply put, I need to see real core reasons on the streams why 19 is a must upgrade.
    I only primarily play Franchise mode.
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    I am more inclined to feel this way as well as I am overall very happy with '18.
    My only real gripes with '18 are mainly with RTTS, which I have been playing less and less of. I like the new system of what you do on the field dictating the points you get and where they go. I don't even mind the CAP system for slowing growth a good bit. But I really don't like being stifled into a perpetual middle of the road player who constantly struggles to over achieve for greatness. Now I get where they were going with this and its fine overall I get it, this is how baseball works for the majority of those that play it in real life. But this isn't real life. I play games for escape from my own mediocrity in life and simple entertainment. NO KID grows up dreaming that he is going to be the bench utility player for the Minnesota Twins. I played RTTS to be Tony Gwynn, to break the HR record, to be Cal Ripkin JR. If I want to play a baseball game of mediocrity I will go down to the county field and play pick up with the rest of the old farts and go drink some beer afterwards.
    So what I am saying is, for me, keep everything the way it is if you want. But let us be the stars we dreamed of being as kids.
    For the rest of the game, I truly believe we all want the same thing. So lets quit the asinine childish bickering and act like a community. We all want a better, deeper more polished franchise mode. Every single person on this forum has issues with the game. From my dear friend Countryboy to Armor to PAD we all have complaints and wants for this game. Its just that every person has a different idea of what those are and how it needs to happen AND how to express those like and dislikes for this process.
    For right now? I am cautiously optimistic. I have bought this game for over a decade and played played the hell out of it. But I am less excited this year than I have ever been.
    I truly do love '18 except for what I outlined above and could be very happy with it being the last baseball game I buy for a good while. So unless something changes in the next month or so of streams and upcoming information I am in a holding pattern for now. I may wait for reviews from Countryboy who loves this game like no other on here, Armor who understands the insides of this game like few others and PAD who is a egotistical a$$ but I do love him and consider him a friend, he will never be shy about what he feels is wrong with the world of MLB The Show and right or wrong he should be respected for standing his ground.
    OK. I am done. This is the most I have said on here in a good while. Now I am going back to finish year 4 of my Padres Franchise just in case I end up getting '19 sooner than planned.
    Peace my friends
    I've felt for the last few years SDS has been spinning its wheels with The Show and the trailer and twitch schedule doesn't change any of that for me. I want to love this game and series again but it may be another year of waiting until June/July for a sale. I have used OOTP for a franchise fix and RBI Baseball looks like a likely purchase Day 1 for my Switch.
    Marketing "contract extensions" as the big franchise mode update is almost as big of a slap in the face as last year's "we changed the UI!" stream. I get that DD and RTTS are the biggest modes but NHL (which is a much smaller team I think) managed to work in a revamped scouting system for NHL19 after unveiling expansion mode in NHL18.
    I'm holding out hope the gameplay improvements really look excellent but the trailer could have been an MLB18 trailer and I wouldn't have been able to tell.
    countryboy
    Prior to this year it was:
    "Why doesn't SDS add contract extensions to franchise mode? These are vital and needed!"
    Now that contract extensions are in:
    "Contract extensions aren't that big of a deal, and rarely happen in real life."
    :google:

    I see this is directed at me. And I have said this in the past in regards to people's wishes on the mode. I'm not just saying it now. Baseball has the least in season extensions of any sport. Especially if a player is about to hit the market. They didnt wait 6+ years to sign an in season extension in June.
    eric7064
    I see this is directed at me. And I have said this in the past in regards to people's wishes on the mode. I'm not just saying it now. Baseball has the least in season extensions of any sport. Especially if a player is about to hit the market. They didnt wait 6+ years to sign an in season extension in June.

    Actually it wasn’t directed at you or anyone. It was just an observation
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    If you believe that they added other things than contract extensions to franchise mode you are delusional.
    Even if they only have 1 guy working on this mode , this is very lazy.
    There may be some nice additions to rtts but I'll probably skip another year.
    This is a vicious circle, they don't work on franchise mode because its getting less played every year and it's less played because they stopped improving it. Plus, obviously, there is this DD cash cow that is changing their focus.
    I still think franchise mode will eventually be completely scapped in favor of micro-transaction centric modes.

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