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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 month ago

    This is a massive, massive disappointment. I and a lot of my friends have spent the entire year getting excited to play online franchise again. I know I’m a little salty, but you just spent a whole stream today talking about all the new ways people can grind against the cpu on rookie in diamond dynasty to get bobble heads and cards with jerseys on them. There are communities that have played online franchise together for years who are going to have no place to go now because you couldn’t spare the time to maintain a game mode you already offered. EA did this with NHL a few years back, and it’s a shame to see you guys follow in their footsteps.

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    • about 1 month ago

      F A C T S. They made online franchise so awful in the years past, and we all wanted improvement. But nope. They only want us to buy stubs or grind for useless cosmetic items that eventually lead to grinding cpu rookie games for ridiculous amounts of time. Imagine if this game had an online franchise like madden. It would be unreal. 

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    • about 1 month ago

      IMO online franchise= online play. Playing DD is exactly the same as playing the CPU if you really think about it. It’s almost like we’re going backwards and it’s 2018! I also do not even understand why they are using Yankee and other MLB jerseys in the advertisements for the game when there will be only bright pink and hideous purple created jerseys with random players you have to run around and collect to get better (and of course pay actual $). 

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    • about 1 month ago

      The only game mode I played got canceled! I refuse to play dd on all-star or grind on rookie mode in other mode damn I need a new game since I won't be buying the show for the first time since 2011

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  • about 1 month ago

    WE DIDNT QUIT YOUR BS SERVERS WHEN WE COULDNT GET THROUGH A YEAR OF FRANCHISE, OR HAD TO WAIT 24-48 HOURS FOR ADVANCES, or when games just didnt register after playing 90 minutes.......BUT YOU QUIT ON US.....just sad...

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  • about 1 month ago

    Wow, the soul reason some of us played. Definitely shocking. A year without The Show? Just wow.

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  • about 1 month ago

    "Thank you for understanding" No I do not understand, I don't understand how you can just abandon a game mode so many of your customers love. The news of this is extremely upsetting and I, along with hundreds of regular players,will no longer be purchasing. It's probably to late for this but I ask you to please reconsider this change as many of your loyal players are disappointed by this decision.

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    • about 1 month ago

      As another loyal Show player for years... ( I traded my xbox in for a PS in 13’) The SINGLE reason I got a PlayStation two was to play MLB online franchises. 

      I strongly encourage you guys to reconsider this as you truly seem to have no idea how many loyal players play one mode= Online Franchise.

      If you were to tell me you were taking away Road to the Show, DD, HR derby, music, menus, ANYTHING OTHER THAN ONLINE FRANCHISE, I would brush it off and pick up my copy...I am genuinely P.O.

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    • about 1 month ago

      I think they do realize how many players play Online Franchise only (they have metrics).  It's just that DD and RTTS have more.

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    • about 1 month ago

      Lol they reset my whole universal profile after posting on this thread (first time ever posting, bit my tongue for years about little things) but in resetting my profile they proved that the metrics are skewed and useless. 

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  • about 1 month ago

    Oh and thanks for telling us 30 days before the release after some of us already pre ordered and did team drafts for this release. Way to give the most latest and most disrespectful  notice of one of the biggest modes in any sports game, that it won't be available.

    Money hungry losers. 

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    • about 1 month ago

      This is how they do things? Less than a month before release? I think it’s time to petition EA to bring back MVP baseball. 

       

      This is is what happens when there’s no competition. What a cowardly way to announce. You have at least announced when preorder went up. You know don’t doesn't refund. Stay classy SDS 

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  • about 1 month ago

    You guys are petty for this. You announce this 23 days before game releases and millions of online franchise league players preordered the game and you do this .. you will lose half profits you made last year ... won’t buy it see you next year

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    • about 1 month ago

      This game struggles to reach a million sales total every year and you think there are millions of online franchise players? Really?

      Try thousands. Like maybe 10,000 if even that. 

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    • about 1 month ago

      Im quite sure they know exactly how many users participate in Online Franchise... and the answer is obviously not enough for them to care about cutting it. 

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  • about 1 month ago

    How can you say we are not forgotten you didn't even give us our mode we play in this year's game in what way does that say were not forgotten you've COMPLETELY FORGOTTEN US !

    THEN YOU GIVE US.SOME LAME EXCUSE THAT YOU DID THIS.FOR THE ONLINE MODE WE ARE THE ONLINE MODE! YOU STUPID FOOLS!

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  • about 1 month ago

    Terrible, you guys just care about DD and making money. have about 40 guys that won’t buy your game now. Probably even more.

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    • about 1 month ago

      I dont think they care bruh... especially since the DD twitch stream had over a million views... 

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  • about 1 month ago

    The LATE NIGHT LEAGUE and it's 16 members have officially decided to take a stand against SDS.  We will be cancelling our MLB The Show 18 Preorders and instead will be creating a new franchise season using OSFM 18 rosters to download on MLB The Show 17.  

    May we the fans of Online Franchise NEVER be treated as second class citizens ever again!

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  • about 1 month ago

    Simply put the worst decision in a sports games history All SDS cares about is money and that ultimately will lead to their downfall taking out a mode people really enjoy and return to the show for is flat out pathetic look at other successful franchises such as 2k and Madden while a far less percentage of their players play online franchise compared to MLB they did not remove it and 2k a really small percentage of players play it so why remove a mode for Diamond Dynasty this will lead to the end of the show and a new wave of baseball will appear with the mode we so dearly want back 

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    • about 1 month ago

      I didn't even know they had an online franchise. Hopefully this means they can do more with DD.

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