Sony San Diego has confirmed the disappointing news that MLB The Show 19 will not present the online franchise mode for the second year in a row.
This week, Sony San Diego debuted the first official gameplay trailer for MLB The Show 19. The trailer highlighted many new features and mechanics, including a better awareness of the defensive situation and player efficiency, additional legends and some new items for Road to the Show.
Remarkably absent from the trailer, however, it was any kind of mention of the Franchise mode, and by association, an Online Franchise option.
Now it's probably safe to hire MLB The Show 19 will have some sort of single-player deductible option for baseball fans; but probably did not receive much attention in offseason. At least this is the impression that Sony issued by omitting it from the trailer.
And while baseball fans will still be able to build their favorite team in a World Series contestant, there's another aspect of the mode that will probably leave you disappointed.
MLB The Show 19 will not present Franchising online. The disappointing news has been confirmed through the bulletin boards of The Show by Victor of SDS.
The online franchise will not be included in MLB The Show 19. We know this is disappointing and we are always exploring new ways to offer similar experiences in an online environment.
This marks the second consecutive year. The online franchise mode has not been included in the exclusive baseball franchise of Sony, and is incredibly disappointing – especially as someone who likes to compete with the friends online environment that is more realistic than the fantasy baseball approach that is Diamond Dynasty.
I do not want to build a fantasy team and compete online. I want to take the Chicago Cubs, with their current roster and continue to build them, competing with friends who control their favorite teams. We're not just fans of the fantasy version of baseball.
Of course, this is not entirely surprising. Modalities like Diamond Dynasty (and EA's Ultimate Team) offer Sony more opportunities to earn money through microtransactions. There is not enough incentive for them to concentrate resources on a mode that will not generate continuous sources of income.
At least this is the theory of this bitter fan for the continued lack of attention given to the franchise. And we see the same thing in other sports games like Go crazy where even if it has an online connection mode, it has been largely ignored in recent years.
The good news is that Sony has confirmed this before the launch of the game, so you can make your decision accordingly. Unfortunately, baseball fans do not really have many options to choose from when it comes to baseball games. Or buy MLB The Show 19 and tackle it by not having Franchising online, or opt for the more arcade R.B.I. Baseball franchise.