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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

  • over 1 year ago

    You haven't touched it in over 3 years... moving my preorder money over to something else... why guys

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  • over 1 year ago

    Truly mind boggling ...Baseball is a game of divisions, playoffs, world series and league competition. The game is not a 3 inning battle royal or a one game DD  where you buy the team cards and play some unknown opponent. How the franchise could be removed in a 2018 game is beyond comprehension. Every year that the game came out it had massive online issues which took weeks to rectify. But even with that the online league experience was worth all the hiccups (even those however were head scratchers as no other sports games had the issues SDS has with online play). I've already canceled the pre-order as have hundreds of other league players. It is a shame that the stability of online play is SDS excuse for this move. It is also shameful that the business practice of the company is to make this announcement 3 weeks (and many pre-orders) before the release date. What awful business practice. I had a great time playing this game for the past 4 or 5 years but I guess as they say ...Good things come to an end. I will do what I can through social media to encourage others like myself to not purchase this product in some part due to the Franchise mode being eliminated but mostly for the way SDS went about revealing this to the consumer. 

    Please watch the South Park episode  entitled Freemium...This will tell you all you need to know as to the real reason SDS is doing what they are doing.

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  • over 1 year ago

    I don’t play online franchise and honestly never will. That being said giving us this news less than a month until release and after you’ve had four opportunities to tell the community through streams is pathetic. What you did here is the equivalent of breaking up with your significant other via text. I’m an avid DD player but what you did to the online franchise community was wrong. Don’t get me wrong I understand why you had to do in order for the servers but you needed to tell people this from the get go. Now people are forced to jump through hoops to cancel pre orders and you allowed them to live with this false pretense for no reason. Can’t believe the route you took with revealing this information. 

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  • over 1 year ago

    I wanted to add to the disappointment after finally getting a answer 2 weeks before launch. I have been playing the show since 2011 coming from XBOX 360 myself with a few friends where we play for years the garbage 2k put out. I hae done rosters for league purposes only, ran great baseball leagues with what we had for many , many years. I have stay in touch with DEVS Kyle and Lorne thru the last few years. I kept asking over and over this year about online franchise, broadcast mode etc for online leagues to never get an answer. It is a sad day for die hard baseball fans who only play this game online to be or run a online league. I get my answer by stumbling on this thread and after googling it because I still can not believe this is how we get treated for sticking with them for years. I am responsible for so many features getting added to online franchise like real MLB schedule, instead of 1 home 1 away game the way it was in the beginning, the player search feature etc. I am beyond disappointed and like many here have said play MLB THE SHOW 17 since it had broadcast, Hybrid or Fast play presentation that was in all games until 16 they removed it to bring that back in MLB 17 to just removed the whole mode all together for 18 is unacceptable. Yes w can still play 17 for online franchise but for how long? until they decommission it! MLB 15 was decommissioned already last year, MLB 16 it still up and running, but how long until 17 will be taken down?

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  • over 1 year ago

    please change your mind again, this is riduculous, take out other modes, like homerun derby we can live without that but not online franchise, just lost a buyer

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  • over 1 year ago

    I am not understanding. I hope this has the same effect on your business model as the strike of 1994 has done to baseball. I regret spending my Xmas holiday helping you debug the alpha version. Fix it or you lost a life long customer 

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  • over 1 year ago

    I wish that mode was not removed.

    And I am sure it will be back next year or via a patch later on this season.

    Now, lets face it, games cost money.  A lot of money.  And there is a limited amount of players.  Every studio wants to build new games each and every year from the ground up, but only major franchises can do that.  As a small studio - even with a very dedicated fanbase as SDS - you have to sometimes make difficult decisions.  Each time you think about a new feature, you have to ask yourself : Will I be able to do it on time?  Is this feature going to help me drive more players, more revenues?  Do I have the budget for it?  And sometimes, the answer is no.  This year, they decided to ditch online leagues.  I am 100% certain they did not do that with a smile but knowing that online leagues is not what will bring fresh money to the table.

    DD is the more popular mode and also the one bringing revenues.  Its normal that this mode is the one with the more improvements. 

    If DD mode is successful, then online leagues will be back.  So thats not very wise to call out players who play that mode as being hackers and chilldish.

    Now, I think SDS worked around the clock to make online leagues to happen.  But in the end, they couldnt not.  Lack of time?  Of money?  No idea.  But they sure ditched the mode knowing of the backlash it would make.  They sure didnt take that decision easily.

    If online leagues was your favorite mode, then voice your concerns by getting RBI baseball 18.

    Its the best thing to do.  Way better than calling for boycotts or name calling people out for playing road to the show and/or other modes.

    Imo, I will stay with The Show.  The game is not perfect.  I wish each player had his unique jersey in all star games.  I also wish the online play was less rigged with deconnection issues and bugs.  I also wish there was more legends and why not revamped graphics?

    But regardless of that, it is still a pretty solid game.

     

     

     

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  • over 1 year ago

    The Phanatic Forever League is here for the online franchise community at least until they shut us down 

    This news that the original players  of this game are being left out is a kick I  the gut to many who have developed leagues and friendships playing endless hours in online franchise mode 

    Some will not acknowledge  this but this community of players are pioneers in online sports gaming and are very much the reason modes like diamond dynasty and road to the show even exist we started the hype of this game turned it into the number 1 game on ps4 before the card infatuation and single player infatuation so for us who feel like we have made this game what it is as fans despite the lackluster servers with our roster work arounds gameplay work arounds some commissioners have been at it 5 to 10 years to deny these people 3 weeks before launch the one thing they love to play? And patronize us with thanks and assumption we understand? Your so out of tune and out of line you don't even understand who helped build this love for this game it was never your features or gameplay that stuff has sucked for years it was the competition and building rivalries and building rosters we did that not you and if that never happened your precious other modes never would have been even created because the game would have flopped years ago 

    I also will no longer along with my 30 man league my 6 commissioners leagues and their members will not be buying mlb 18 

    AND IT'S A SAD DAY WHEN FANTASY BASEBALL MEANS MORE THAN ACTUAL BASEBALL YOU WANT TO KNOW WHY THESE DIAMOND DYNASTY HACKS COULD NEVER MAKE IT IN FRANCHISE? NO DISCIPLINE NO DESIRE FOR ACTUAL COMPETITION AND BEACHBALL SIZED PCIS FROM LEGENDS OR THE GRIND OF A SEASON THATS WHAT A REAL GRIND IS MANAGING A BULLPEN OF CALL UPS INJURIES YOU KNOW RUNNING A BASEBALL TEAM SOME PEOPLE ENJOY THE GRIND OF THE SEASON WITH THEIR  FRIENDS THAT'S WHAT REAL BASEBALL IS NOT BUYING A PACK OF CARDS AND STACKING 99S YOU DON'T WANNA PLAY REAL BALL SAME GUYS WHO CREATED GUESS PITCH AND RISK BOARDGAMES OF BASEBALL TELLING US WHATS BETTER FOR THE GAME CALL IT PLAYERS ASSOCIATION THE SHOW 18 BECAUSE I DON'T SEE REAL MLB BASEBALL BEING FORTE OF THIS GAME IT'S MORE ABOUT FAKE ROSTERS AND 3 INNING BASEBALL AND CHALLENGES OF THE WEEK YOU DON'T EVEN HAVE A ACTUAL COMPETITIVE SEASON UNLESS I GATHER 30 PPL ACROSS THE COUNTRY AT MY HOUSE! CLUELESS!

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    • over 1 year ago

      @phillyPhan 

      Truth:

      rivalries, injuries, slumps, trades, call ups, not quitting, earning respect with your league of friends is....BASEBALL  

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  • over 1 year ago

    What an absolute joke. I pray this was a late in development decision. If you knew this mode was going to be removed from the game, it should have been announced before you started taking people's money. I know there are folks in our online league that have pre-ordered that are never going to touch this game now and wasted their money. 

    The decision is a kick in the pants, but the way this was handed down screams of you trying to screw us over for extra pre-orders... or a development that couldn't get things right and made the decision to cut it out... either way... this is awful. 

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