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Online Franchise and MLB The Show 18

For the online areas of the game, we spent this year focusing on our technology. We knew we had to prioritize the stability and speed of our online infrastructure for MLB The Show 18.

As such, Online Franchise mode didn’t make the cut this year.  This was not an easy decision to make and we understand some of you will be disappointed with this change, but we believe focusing on continuing to improve our online performance was the right priority for The Show 18.  With the major technology change this year it wasn’t possible to just leave in the previous mode without alteration.

Please know that Online Franchise fans are not forgotten and every new year offers an opportunity to evaluate our plans.

Thank you for understanding.

Comments

  • about 1 year ago

    This just killed a solid league of 8 users that had been around since '16. Hours upon hours of work put into our custom roster sets.

    If I had known Online Franchise would not be in '18, I would not have purchased. Jokes on me I guess.  I understand wanting to revamp OF, but announcing that it is scrapped 3 weeks before release is terrible. Can I get my $80 back?

     

    How can a modern sports game not have a basic online league mode? 

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  • about 1 year ago

    You have eliminated the most Competetive feature to this game to people who like to play a realistic mode and the one thing competetive players like doing such as building a team and beating better overall teams. What a shame. This is the reason I hope your company loses the rights to contiinuing putting out the only legitimate baseball game on major platforms. What a disgrace. 

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  • about 1 year ago

    I thought it was bad when you guys stopped counting lobby games online. The ONLY thing that kept me interested in playing this game was playing online franchise with my boys. We made websites to run our league and put time into it because we’re TRUE baseball fans. 

    I bought this game from the very first release. You guys caved to people who don’t give a damn about this game. No true baseball fan wants to play ALL-STAR teams every game in diamond dynasty. What happened to wanting to play a game with your favorite team against someone else’s favorite team? No more Red Sox vs Yankees games? No more Cubs vs Cardinals games anymore? 

    I played so much that i was ranked #1 for 2 years online when the games counted. We actually had an incentive to play online - the games actually counted!

    You clowns really ruined the best baseball game around because of greed. You guys caved to people who aren’t true baseball fans and just want to create a stacked team and hit home runs every at bat.

    You will lose a lot of the true players that play this game for the love of baseball. I will not buy this game and support your greed. Way to put the nail in your coffin guys

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  • about 1 year ago

    Respectfully speaking, I am not trying to hear the sympathizers tells us we need to chill. These are the same people who quit franchises after the servers were at the worst every year for years. Our anger and frustration is because we all worked through the issues for YEARS!! All the man hours the COMMUNITY has spent working AROUND issues is true testament to why we feel abandoned right now. I was so excited to start a new online franchise with friends. It's easy for DD supporters to not understand our struggle here. You're paying for cards, thus business 101 says that they have to keep your servers and game mode legit.....

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  • about 1 year ago

    “Every  new year offers an opportunity to evaluate our plans “ They won’t  even commit to 2019. Which means , it’s probably gone forever , unless we make enough of a dent in their sales .  The Hardball Empire and our over 60  members over multiple leagues will be boycotting SDS period . ANYTHING THEY MAKE And if you want your mode back , you better do the same . My son too SDS, your main demographic . BTW Sony , more people than you think own a PS4 strictly for MLB, say goodbye  to them as well. 

    Also, I saw someone in the comments say they “appreciate their transparency “

    ??????!!!!!!

    its 3 weeks before release , you think they just figured this out last night ? THEY WANTED PRE-ORDERS FIRST SO THEY COULD MANIPULATE THIS YEARS SALES AS A WAY TO EXPLAIN THEM NOT BRINGING IT BACK FOR 2019 ! WAKE UP!

    Good luck with your new bat flips and bobble heads. 

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  • about 1 year ago

    What a huge disappointment you all are. There are so many of us that bought PS4 just to play the show for online franchises. Just for you to push us to the side like we don't matter. Nobody cares that you added batting stance editor or Mark Derosa. Or wants to play the computer all the time day in and day out. You all have become disgustingly greedy and all you care is making money not your customers. Sad fact is you got rid of the online franchise because you want to amp up the IN GAME purchases.

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  • about 1 year ago

    What you guys have done is unacceptable, a slap in the face to all the hardcore MLB gamers out there, I have played this game for the past 3 years with the same group of guys, we all enjoy competitive online leagues, trading players, seeing prospects flourish, etc.. you guys are not in tune with today's MLB era, it's all about the PROSPECTS!.. Unreal something like this is happening in this day and age, we're in 2018!! we sent a Tesla to Mars, you telling me you can't fix a server to incorporate online franchise? SDS you are heading in the wrong direction, just a horrible business decision. I will not be buying MLB the show 18. 

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  • about 1 year ago

    The most annoying thing is they’re too stupid to realize their biggest supporters and streamers etc are all big Online Franchise players. You’re all terrible people 

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  • about 1 year ago

    I'm devastated by this news, main reason why I played the show and now you wait 3 weeks before release to let us know your taking it out. censored you guys won't be buying it this year.

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