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MLB The Show 21 Diamond Dynasty Teaser Video Showcases New Battle Pass System

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MLB The Show 21 Diamond Dynasty Teaser Video Showcases New Battle Pass System

On Tuesday morning, San Diego Studio released a new video teasing Diamond Dynasty mode and how it will look in MLB The Show 21. The video itself didn’t contain too many new features or pieces of information on the game, but it did give us a new look at the user interface and design style.

Right away, viewers should notice the design team’s choice to once again follow the Topps card art style. It’s not exactly the same as the Topps Series 1 set from this year, but it has some similar characteristics. Time will tell if it’s tinkered with before launch. It’s a crispy design with an old school banner layover featuring the player’s name and minimalist flair. San Diego Studio and Topps have partnered on card art for a few years now, and that trend appears to be continuing this year.

The most significant change to the actual game and how it plays may be how you earn progress toward programs. There now appears to be an SDS version of a “battle pass” to unlock things as you go. In effect, the Inning Programs already were a battle pass of sorts, but it now looks like a more pronounced structure. This would also fit in with the way NBA 2K modified MyTeam mode this year to go that route as well. It’s worked well in 2K, and we think it’s a a good aspect to steal from Fortnite and the other progenitors of the concept.

From here, the wording is a little less clear, but SDS may be hinting at two new changes to the progression system as well. Players may have the ability to work their way up the reward chain this season by playing strictly offline if they want — and presumably online as well. In theory, you could do this at times last year with certain programs, but usually it was easier to mix and match offline/online to get the stars for the major Inning Programs. Additionally, it seems the focus is now on a general XP bucket rather than specific tasks and gaining “stars” through specific missions.

In other words, it seems SDS is pulling back a bit from the idea of “inning stars” and going just to a more raw XP route. If the XP you gather is universal — which, again, SDS seems to be hinting at here a bit — then like with your Road to the Show character, any XP you earn in modes like franchise or RttS would apply to the current Diamond Dynasty program as well. We would assume there will still be missions and challenges that get you more XP than other tasks, but if this is another way to get people playing more modes in The Show, then it’s a good concept. After all, we know tons of people have scoped out March to October to snag extra goodies in Diamond Dynasty.

Again, not much new news in this teaser video, but it does check the box for SDS releasing a new video every Tuesday until March.

According to the original blog post from SDS, we can expect a new video every Tuesday and Thursday. However, we didn’t get one last Thursday (the franchise video). We’ll see if they give us one more teaser this week before we jump into the month of March. At that time, we’ll be getting more comprehensive feature videos form San Diego Studio every Thursday showcasing a different corner of MLB The Show 21.

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  1. The Kid 24
    SMH on no Franchise video last week Thursday... But all other videos have been right on schedule.

    At what point over the years do we stop being surprised. Man is it a gut punch every year.
    CBoller1331
    A DD video when some were expecting a Franchise video might send this forum off the rails

    With all the other videos releasing right on schedule Tuesday and Thursday mornings except for a Franchise video, I think it's very telling that nothing was done to Franchise... They'll probably talk about it for 10 minutes on 4/1... I sure hope I'm wrong.
    Padgoi
    Franchise hasn't been their priority for years. Why would this year be any different?
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    Because pre-order details said "revamped" Franchise mode.
    Armor and Sword
    Which was changed to “Franchise Updates”.
    Kid.....lower your expectations man.

    Oh I know, trust me I did when we didnt get a Franchise video last Thursday.
    Sorry for double post
    But I don't play DD so I don't know if this is new or not, but it was mentioned in the video that every card in the game can be earned just by playing the game.
    The Kid 24
    With all the other videos releasing right on schedule Tuesday and Thursday mornings except for a Franchise video, I think it's very telling that nothing was done to Franchise... They'll probably talk about it for 10 minutes on 4/1... I sure hope I'm wrong.

    It will only get a short blip in the stream in April. It's because it is getting a fresh coat of paint and that's about it. They pulled the word revamped pretty fast once people starting discussing it on social media.
    I have low expectations for franchise. I have already decided against buying 21 because of the y2y saves being removed.
    I think we are doomsdaying saying that we were getting a franchise video last week. Sure they didn't post one and we can all assume that it is because there is nothing new to show. May be why they asked that question on facebook about franchise. To gauge reaction.
    But.... despite all that... did they actually say they were going to release a franchise video???Again I can see the pattern as to why we didn't but I have to ask. These are feature videos. There aren't new features to show in franchise.
    As a whole, expectations need to be tempered.
    Funkycorm
    It will only get a short blip in the stream in April. It's because it is getting a fresh coat of paint and that's about it. They pulled the word revamped pretty fast once people starting discussing it on social media.
    I have low expectations for franchise. I have already decided against buying 21 because of the y2y saves being removed.
    I think we are doomsdaying saying that we were getting a franchise video last week. Sure they didn't post one and we can all assume that it is because there is nothing new to show. May be why they asked that question on facebook about franchise. To gauge reaction.
    But.... despite all that... did they actually say they were going to release a franchise video???Again I can see the pattern as to why we didn't but I have to ask. These are feature videos. There aren't new features to show in franchise.
    As a whole, expectations need to be tempered.

    It was just an assumption since the videos so far were lining up with the live streams coming in March.
    I'm going on 2 years not buying The Show, which was a Day 1 buy for me year in, year out since 09. I understand the focus on DD; It makes money.
    Still hopeful create-a-ballpark and a meaningful update to Franchise happens. We'll see.
    "Battle Pass". Two words I thought I would never hear in a baseball game in previous generations. Only battles I'm interested in are 17 pitch ABs between top pitchers and hitters.
    The Kid 24
    It was just an assumption since the videos so far were lining up with the live streams coming in March.

    You’ve been up in arms over an assumption? Sounds like you’ve only got yourself to blame on this one, man.
    We know what a Show franchise mode looks like, so set your expectations there. No need to give it any extra thought until and if/when they show something new.
    As a DD player, I am pretty excited for this year's game. I look forward to seeing who the new legends will be. Hopefully this is the year we get players like Clemente, Aaron and Pedro.
    Marino
    As a DD player, I am pretty excited for this year's game. I look forward to seeing who the new legends will be. Hopefully this is the year we get players like Clemente, Aaron and Pedro.

    I really thought a new legend would be leaked in the teaser video but I didn't notice one after watching a few times.
    KnightTemplar
    I've never played it, or MTO, that said, to get us really hyped, same old huge squared shoulders in the players. Not even a PS5 graphic morsel to get us pumped.

    Remember, we've had the same player models since the PS3 era. I doubt they will ever be updated. Just like franchise mode. Just like the animation system.
    I get it. DD makes tons of money, so why bother with improving anything else.
    And I get that some people are perfectly happy with where Franchise mode is at and that's fine, but it doesn't mean it can't be improved. Same goes for the aforementioned player models and animation system.
    I've switched to OOTP a few years ago as the sole baseball game I buy every year. Simply because it has the depth, historical data, and stat accuracy that The Show will never have.
    Vercingetirex
    I just keep my expectations low. I also realize that DD is the priority. A literal casino mini game gets priority over what use to a be a great sim...

    It's not a "literal casino mini game" at all. It's a very popular, fully fledged out game mode. I would love to have meaningful updates to franchise mode just like the others, but DD is a great mode as well. No where near the randomness that the other ultimate team modes provide.
    I mean, casinos are popular too. Doesn't mean it's the devil.
    Be honest with things: We haven't seen significant evolution in commentary, Franchise sim, and player models in a long, long time. DD prints money via MTX, thus is a 'fully fledged game mode'.
    This might be a very unpopular take, but I'd gladly pay an extra $10 via DLC for a "Franchise Sim Mode" that expanded the game. Include Create-A-Ballpark in it to lure in casual players.
    Marino
    It's not a "literal casino mini game" at all. It's a very popular, fully fledged out game mode. I would love to have meaningful updates to franchise mode just like the others, but DD is a great mode as well. No where near the randomness that the other ultimate team modes provide.

    It is the best of the “card” modes. But unfortunately it is simply a grind mode like any of the other ones. It is simply not for me. And all the resources really are used for it. So that stinks for hardcore franchise players like myself.
    I do like to collect the cards....and I have been able to collect many great cards simply by playing Franchise mode and hitting levels and getting packs and pulling sweet cards.
    I just never use them. LOL. I have tried and tried and tried to get into playing DD vs the CPU (I simply despise playing online.....so that will never happen unless I play friends) and it is a bore. Just not my thing.
    burjeffton
    I mean, casinos are popular too. Doesn't mean it's the devil.
    Be honest with things: We haven't seen significant evolution in commentary, Franchise sim, and player models in a long, long time. DD prints money via MTX, thus is a 'fully fledged game mode'.

    And you think DD is holding these areas back?
    I would speculate that commentary hasn’t evolved much because there is such a library of content built up over the last decade that it’d be a Herculean effort to really overhaul. That being said, the improvements the last few years to make things more conversational and also reference specific stats are very welcome.
    If there’s anything their recent attempts to make franchise easier to jump into might tell us, it’s that they probably have stats showing a significant number of people have a tough time getting into it from the beginning. Maybe there are too many options for the average player, maybe it’s just not laid out intuitively, etc. Could be anything, but DD or no DD, I don’t know how much to expect in the way of real updates until SDS feels like they’ve addressed that aspect of it.
    Player models...I can’t even imagine a fake scenario to rebut where DD effects those at all. Just totally unrelated aspects of the game.
    CBoller1331
    A DD video when some were expecting a Franchise video might send this forum off the rails

    I am passed the point of caring anymore I am enjoying playing my 21 season in 20 with 21 rosters. it's fun it's like I have the new game anyway
    Armor and Sword
    It is the best of the “card” modes. But unfortunately it is simply a grind mode like any of the other ones. It is simply not for me. And all the resources really are used for it. So that stinks for hardcore franchise players like myself.
    I do like to collect the cards....and I have been able to collect many great cards simply by playing Franchise mode and hitting levels and getting packs and pulling sweet cards.
    I just never use them. LOL. I have tried and tried and tried to get into playing DD vs the CPU (I simply despise playing online.....so that will never happen unless I play friends) and it is a bore. Just not my thing.

    A&S, this was me 100% as well. For some reason, I decided to give MyTeam a try in next gen 2K21, and now it's the only mode I play when I fire that game up lol. So I'm going to give DD a real honest try this year. But like you, I've always been a Franchise player. So we'll see what happens I guess.
    IHateDuke32
    A&S, this was me 100% as well. For some reason, I decided to give MyTeam a try in next gen 2K21, and now it's the only mode I play when I fire that game up lol. So I'm going to give DD a real honest try this year. But like you, I've always been a Franchise player. So we'll see what happens I guess.

    yes those modes are designed to bore you to death so that you pay real $$$$ to save hours of time doing the same thing over and over again. it's RPG tactics we seen back in world of warcraft Blizzard started this crap years ago and other companies copied it.
    sadly it's killing sports games and I don't think we can ever recover from it unless they make microtransactions illegal in the world. if that happened watch these grind like modes not even exist anymore because they wouldn't bother making a grind mode that wouldn't involve real money when someone is bored. mentally they get into the players head. it's simple economics. it's mobile gaming it's not REAL gaming. I wish they would just make sports games separate for those interested in those modes. and make REAL sports games for sports gamers
    IHateDuke32
    A&S, this was me 100% as well. For some reason, I decided to give MyTeam a try in next gen 2K21, and now it's the only mode I play when I fire that game up lol. So I'm going to give DD a real honest try this year. But like you, I've always been a Franchise player. So we'll see what happens I guess.

    Hey if you enjoy MyTeam that is cool.
    I have tried every single year to get into Diamond Dynasty because I love the baseball card aspect. But man......it is just all a big giant grind offline (as well as online). And I simply dislike online play. It is nothing like offline. Not even close. The game plays wonky online. Always has and always will. I simply hate it.
    The one year I played a ton of DD and online was MLB 15. That was an outlier type of year for me for some reason. I think because that was the first year it was really expanded upon etc on PS4 and the card collecting had me hooked that one cycle.
    I can understand people who enjoy the mode. It certainly can scratch a different itch.
    ninertravel
    yes those modes are designed to bore you to death so that you pay real $$$$ to save hours of time doing the same thing over and over again. it's RPG tactics we seen back in world of warcraft Blizzard started this crap years ago and other companies copied it.
    sadly it's killing sports games and I don't think we can ever recover from it unless they make microtransactions illegal in the world. if that happened watch these grind like modes not even exist anymore because they wouldn't bother making a grind mode that wouldn't involve real money when someone is bored. mentally they get into the players head. it's simple economics. it's mobile gaming it's not REAL gaming. I wish they would just make sports games separate for those interested in those modes. and make REAL sports games for sports gamers

    There are some companies out there trying.
    I mean SDS has given us over a decade of IMO great baseball gaming. Being honest and transparent.....if Y2Y were still here 21 would be a no brainer purchase for me like every other version of the game this generation. But now that it has been turfed......welp that ended that great run.
    My son is a huge Super Mega Baseball junkie. He has played SMB 2 to death....I am getting him SMB 3 for his birthday next month. He will be loving that new franchise mode and historical stat keeping. He is really into that game. I also enjoy it. So that is another option out there for people who have hit a wall with The Show.
    I have not though. I can still enjoy many versions of this game on the PS4.....so I am grateful for all those versions and content we have amassed.
    Armor and Sword
    There are some companies out there trying.
    I mean SDS has given us over a decade of IMO great baseball gaming. Being honest and transparent.....if Y2Y were still here 21 would be a no brainer purchase for me like every other version of the game this generation. But now that it has been turfed......welp that ended that great run.
    My son is a huge Super Mega Baseball junkie. He has played SMB 2 to death....I am getting him SMB 3 for his birthday next month. He will be loving that new franchise mode and historical stat keeping. He is really into that game. I also enjoy it. So that is another option out there for people who have hit a wall with The Show.
    I have not though. I can still enjoy many versions of this game on the PS4.....so I am grateful for all those versions and content we have amassed.

    Same with my Y2Y saves killed my purchase this year. but I might purchase later in the year the rosters just will be a mess without that option. had Y2Y saves been in would have been day 1 purchase for me and I could continue my franchise, it's going to be months of waiting for accurate rosters. so it isn't worth buying day 1.
    Armor and Sword
    Hey if you enjoy MyTeam that is cool.
    I have tried every single year to get into Diamond Dynasty because I love the baseball card aspect. But man......it is just all a big giant grind offline (as well as online). And I simply dislike online play. It is nothing like offline. Not even close. The game plays wonky online. Always has and always will. I simply hate it.
    The one year I played a ton of DD and online was MLB 15. That was an outlier type of year for me for some reason. I think because that was the first year it was really expanded upon etc on PS4 and the card collecting had me hooked that one cycle.
    I can understand people who enjoy the mode. It certainly can scratch a different itch.
    DD and all of these card modes have one fatal flaw for me. I can't enjoy them simply playing the CPU. I hate playing sports games online because 99% of people do whatever cheesy meta thing they can to win. I get that. That's not who I am, though.
    If I could play DD and play online and was guaranteed each game would be am authentic baseball experience, then you would have me. I love the idea of playing with legends of the game. Seeing Jackie Robinson and Andruw Jones on the same team together makes me shed a tear. Attempting to play online also makes me shed a tear, but not in a good way.
    I'll always be a franchise first gamer, but I'd play these other modes more if the online play was more true to the sport. Unfortunately that will likely never happen and devs are doing their damndest to make franchise players die out.
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    ninertravel
    Same with my Y2Y saves killed my purchase this year. but I might purchase later in the year the rosters just will be a mess without that option. had Y2Y saves been in would have been day 1 purchase for me and I could continue my franchise, it's going to be months of waiting for accurate rosters. so it isn't worth buying day 1.

    IDK if it will take quite that long to get "accurate" rosters. If they expand on "Full Minors" a bit (which I realize is a fairly sizable IF, but I am somewhat optimistic), then that certainly cuts out a fair amount of work the community had to do in the pre-carry over days. Even if they still have all fake players in Single-A, that's significantly fewer CAPs that need to be recreated compared to before we were able to carry over players.
    Historical rosters, on the other hand, are a different story. I personally didn't use them much aside from perusing some of the more modern ones for nostalgia's sake, but it's a shame that some of those projects won't see the next-gen.
    Also, just in case it came across otherwise, I'm not trying to sway your decision to purchase or not. Not gonna blame anyone for buying or not buying a version of a game if it doesn't meet their preferences. I skipped the entire PS4 generation just cuz I was fine playing '16 on PS3 and not spending money on a new system for a few more years.
    CBoller1331
    IDK if it will take quite that long to get "accurate" rosters. If they expand on "Full Minors" a bit (which I realize is a fairly sizable IF, but I am somewhat optimistic), then that certainly cuts out a fair amount of work the community had to do in the pre-carry over days. Even if they still have all fake players in Single-A, that's significantly fewer CAPs that need to be recreated compared to before we were able to carry over players.
    Historical rosters, on the other hand, are a different story. I personally didn't use them much aside from perusing some of the more modern ones for nostalgia's sake, but it's a shame that some of those projects won't see the next-gen.
    Also, just in case it came across otherwise, I'm not trying to sway your decision to purchase or not. Not gonna blame anyone for buying or not buying a version of a game if it doesn't meet their preferences. I skipped the entire PS4 generation just cuz I was fine playing '16 on PS3 and not spending money on a new system for a few more years.

    You seen what happened last year.. everyone was excited to see full minors. and we still only had 70% of a roster. with no Y2Y saves that means no exporting vets we will be at SDS mercy to get every player in this year it will take months. I just can't believe a roster will look like last years was a disaster, and the minor options not being there was also just another added issue.
    anyway this is a DD thread better not hijack it about this. It just shows how frustrated most are on this forum.
    I like this a lot and I hope XP earned later will apply to programs retroactively, too. They should reward people for just playing the game and program rewards should be easy to earn if you're playing regularly.
    dalger21

    You’re not. DD will continue to be the cash cow, and they will just rebrand MTO as the new “franchise mode”. Reel in casual gamers who will play that, make everything else boring so it funnels people to DD, and then make it such a grind that people spend $ on buying stubs. It’s all intentional and all about the green.
    They don’t give a flying **** about franchise players anymore. It makes me angry and sad at the dame time that I’ll soon not being buying a baseball game. And that might be the end of my “gaming days” as well - aside from the future of CFB games. If EA even just replicates their last version of dynasty mode, I’ll be hooked. And it’ll be head and shoulders above what The Show does for franchise now.
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    IUThor40
    You’re not. DD will continue to be the cash cow, and they will just rebrand MTO as the new “franchise mode”. Reel in casual gamers who will play that, make everything else boring so it funnels people to DD, and then make it such a grind that people spend $ on buying stubs. It’s all intentional and all about the green.
    They don’t give a flying **** about franchise players anymore. It makes me angry and sad at the dame time that I’ll soon not being buying a baseball game. And that might be the end of my “gaming days” as well - aside from the future of CFB games. If EA even just replicates their last version of dynasty mode, I’ll be hooked. And it’ll be head and shoulders above what The Show does for franchise now.
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    I'm sort of in the same boat as you. Have you tried Out of the Park Baseball? It's franchise mode is about 1000 miles above where The Show's is. Yes, the in game gameplay is not the same, but if it's being a General Manager/Manager you are after, it doesn't get better than OotP baseball.

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