Horrible presentation of franchise

SDS

@omegaminus_sk said in Horrible presentation of franchise:

@Dolenz said in Horrible presentation of franchise:

Huh? I acquired the best team I have ever been able to acquired in DD in the 2019 version and I played a total of maybe 3 Battle Royale games. Between the Conquest Maps and the Moments this past year was the easiest year of all to enjoy DD offline.

I don't like Moments since

  • The overwhelming majority don't involve my DD team
  • They're isolated and inorganic do-this-and-nothing-else tasks. I don't find that satisfying

Conquest, no matter how many maps get added, is nothing but three-inning road games. I don't like three-inning games, let alone exclusively away ones where I have zero use for my stadium cards and never see my home uniforms.

Play vs. CPU is largely pointless because the only tangible things you can accomplish are the uninteresting background tasks that are XP, program stars and TA innings. There's no challenge, no excitement in accruing those compared to most of the stat missions of 17 and 18.

What I want is something that's more like an offline counterpart to Ranked Seasons - one with proper nine-inning games that is also a longer-term marathon the way a real baseball season is.

I agree with everything you said. I don't care how much of a grind it is. I still hate online play. Especially in sports games. So building this team is pretty much pointless, because it's just playing boring 3 inning games against CPU. the options for offline, they just aren't fun. A season mode would be fun. Especially if we can invite our friends or something.

SDS

There have been so many of the same issues with Franchise over the last several years - most of them outlined here - that it's an annual disappointment when they don't get them taken care of. For me, the things I would like to see solved are:

  • non-roster invites to Spring Training
  • fully fleshed-out High-A affiliates
  • deeper Rule 4 Draft with revamped scouting system
  • greater and more obvious impact of coaching/training
  • in-season contract extensions for the whole season
  • more realistic trade engine that makes optimization harder and allows you to build/ruin relationships with other GMs
  • a legit owner mode similar to MVP 2005 that allows you to build a stadium and have realistic cashflow issues

.... and others. I don't care at all about rebranding or relocation - I want to be able to build my Orioles from the ground up and MVP 05 did a better job of this than MLBTS is doing 15 years later.

Thankfully, I really enjoy the DD experience even though I spend zero additional money on it, so for the past three years I've put Franchise to the side except on occasion and just enjoy the outstanding depth of content and diversity of experience that DD provides. And for me, playing online is usually enjoyable, except for the occasional jagoff.

SDS

Here's the problem. There are 333 post to the Forums about RTTS and Franchise.... there are 5.6k about Diamond Dynasty.

They don't care about our favorite modes. They only really care about all that $$$$$$ that Diamond Dynasty brings in. Sadly offline modes are basically dead since online gaming has become the norm.

SDS

It’s not a case of the developers not caring about the modes. I get the impression from the streams, interviews and their tweets and replies to questions that these guys care as much if not more about the core modes of Franchise and RTTS as they do the DD modes.

As much as it pains me to say it they have an obligation to their investors to make them money. The way that they can do this is to allocate their resources in a way that will help them meet their financial targets (targets that are set FOR them, not by them).

Unfortunately because a large proportion of their player base is involved in DD, this involves a huge chunk of resources going towards improvements to the DD modes and RTTS, and a much smaller chunk to Franchise.

This is unfortunately how companies need to work. A bridge builder must go to where the rivers are to do his work. Otherwise a lot of money will be spent for very little gain.

With regards to the posts to the shownation.com forum being around 15:1 ratio DD:non-DD, it certainly is disproportionate here In these forums. On OS it’s probably the other way around though (a whole other world there!).

SDS

"This is the problem. This is what makes me so annoyed. This is exactly what these companies want. Give us bare bones on the other modes, which pretty much forces us into playing a mode that is basically gambling. Sure they aren't as bad as EA. But MUT has been around a lot longer. SDS will get there."

I'm not forced into playing another mode. I'm just not buying the game. I have another baseball game I play. I haven't touched 19 since October.

SDS

I guess I disagree with the posters here.

If it has:

  • 26 man rosters
  • full minor leagues
  • the new 3 batter rule for pitches
  • and the ability to designate someone like Ohtani as a 2 way player.......

I'm sold.

If all the above is true.

SDS

@alstl04 said in Horrible presentation of franchise:

How can anybody not like the ability to rebrand your team and create your own uniforms

Because nobody rebrands their team. Its a pointless feature. Give us expansion mode with a stadium creator like MVP Baseball or just get rid of franchise mode so i can save 60 bucks. The game is getting pathetic. Ok i was thinking. Rays rebranded in 08. No other team in recent history has completely rebranded their name. Its dumb. They dont care. And for the show 21 they now have to focus on porting the game to xbox. So thats a waste of a year. Im sick of SDS.

SDS

@aro3two7 said in Horrible presentation of franchise:

@alstl04 said in Horrible presentation of franchise:

How can anybody not like the ability to rebrand your team and create your own uniforms

Because nobody rebrands their team. Its a pointless feature. Give us expansion mode with a stadium creator like MVP Baseball or just get rid of franchise mode so i can save 60 bucks. The game is getting pathetic. Ok i was thinking. Rays rebranded in 08. No other team in recent history has completely rebranded their name. Its dumb. They dont care. And for the show 21 they now have to focus on porting the game to xbox. So thats a waste of a year. Im sick of SDS.
Stadium creator might happen in the future but I disagree nobody relocates their team.

Oakland used to be Kansas City and prior to that Philadelphia.
Baltimore used to be St Louis
San Francisco used to be New York
Los Angeles used to be New York
Atlanta used to be Milwaukee.
Texas used to be Washington
Washington used to be Montreal

My early impression of gameplay is the relocation/rebranding is the best thing about the game. I'm not impressed with a couple other things I'm seeing in mlbts20