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MLB The Show 22 Franchise Mode Doesn’t Matter To Sony

MLB The Show 22 launches on April 5, and the team at Sony San Diego has announced its weekly features premiere schedule. From a new online co-op mode to Diamond Dynasty, plenty will be covered through the game’s launch. One thing missing from the schedule, however, is any mention of MLB The Show 22 franchise mode.

The full schedule is as follows:

    • 2/16 – Online Co-op and Technical Test
    • 2/24 – Nintendo Switch
    • 3/3   – Gameplay updates: Pitching, Hitting and Fielding
    • 3/10 – Commentary
    • 3/17 – March to October and Presentation Update
    • 3/24 – Road to the Show and Ballplayer
    • 3/31 – Diamond Dynasty, Live Content, and Esports

The mode has left much to be desired over the years with changes coming few and far between. With many fans hoping the second installment of the franchise on the next-gen PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S would see updates, not having any mention is sure to leave a foul taste in their mouths.

From GM contracts, season length adjustments, better player progression and regression, and more, there’s plenty that fans have been wanting to see from MLB The Show’s franchise mode. There won’t be a return of online franchise despite a clamoring. Nor will other requests like league expansion, international player pools — which would make sense to finally include with Shohei Ohtani being the game’s cover athlete, or even multi-team trades. The list truly goes on and on.

It seems that unless they surprise everyone, Franchise Mode will go untouched in MLB The Show 22.

Instead, it will be all about modes that bring in money via stub sales like Diamond Dynasty and Road to the Show. It’s a clear sign of where the priorities lie for Sony. If it doesn’t generate potential revenue, it truly doesn’t matter.

It’s a slap in the face of every franchise mode fan out there.


So sports gamers, how do you feel about the lack of Franchise Mode announcements from Sony San Diego for MLB The Show 22? Let us know in the comment section below, and take the conversation further at the official SGO Discord server.

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J Murphy
J Murphy
2 months ago

Love the game, but I am continuously shocked that they can’t bring online franchise play to the table. It seems to be the only remaining major sports game without the mode. They should take a page out of 2k’s book. As angry as I am about the franchise mode being limited to offline basics, I cannot lie and say I won’t be buying this season. BUT I will say it wouldn’t surprise me if 2k was to jump into the baseball world in the near future and just spit out a baseball game with their NBA model. They would quickly become dominant with the lack of acknowledgement to the fan’s requests by The Show’s developers. With the Show being the only worthwhile baseball game for the past 9 years, they have really put it in “coast” instead of closing the door to any competition.

Shane Bridgrs
Shane Bridgrs
2 months ago

I’ll never buy the game again until they bring back online Season play. Have about 25 friends in the same boat!

Michael M
Michael M
2 months ago

I only play Franchise Mode. I have no interest in the other modes. I have bought every MLB The Show since it’s inception. I can officially say I’m done. There’s no point in buying the game anymore for me.

Dean G
Dean G
1 month ago
Reply to  Michael M

Do u know why when u play franchise the 1st game of season for Toronto blue jays is season series opener against Baltimore orioles and not Texas rangers? Shouldn’t the schedules be the same like real life like other seasons previous?

Conwick17
Conwick17
1 month ago
Reply to  Dean G

The regular season in the game is going off the original 162 game season every team was supposed to play but with the strike they cancelled the first week of games so that is why the scheduled don’t align.

daryl
daryl
2 months ago

hopefully they abandon franchise. That will open the door for the return of MVP baseball. the show was/is the best ever. But mvp had that title first and had a better franchise. its hard to lose loyal fans. You have to be a moron to do it. This might just be that one thing that doe it.

Todd
Todd
1 month ago
Reply to  daryl

Because EA has been doing such a good job with their sports games………..

daryl
daryl
2 months ago

oh well. didnt’ purchase last year cause they took away season to season conversion. So i guess i won’t be buying again this year. oh well. i still have a great time with the game i have.

Esteban
Esteban
3 months ago

They wildin. I only play Franchise mode on ‘18 because there’s no reason to buy the new games. But franchise has many needed updates my dawg mentioned above. At least make one update per year or something.

MikeyD
MikeyD
3 months ago

I, like a good chunk of MLB The Show players, would have heard this last year, and been so bummed and disappointed. Because a lot of old heads like myself get turned off by Diamond Dynasty/any Ultimate Team mode in games, especially because myself and my 10 year old son like to play co-op in franchise mode. But this past year, it took my 10 year old, of all people, to show me the true potential of DD and how it works, and the amount of progress that can be made playing single player modes. I have a team of over 100 players at 99 overall, never spending more than $5, and without playing competitive online games. We’ve had 2 games left in the world series in our franchise mode that have went unplayed for 7 months now, while we both still play DD daily on the Show 21. And this year, with Co-op mode being introduced, I don’t see us even starting a franchise mode. So I get the lack of focus on franchise, it does suck for hardcore franchise players, but Conquest mode checks so many of the boxes franchise mode players look for.

Scott B
Scott B
3 months ago

They clearly don’t care. What’s their incentive? Love of the game? As long as it’s making money they have no incentive to change. It’s the EA model and it’s proven.

Bryan Williams
Bryan Williams
3 months ago

I am curious to how much Sony has for the input on this. Alot of people were surprised that MLB 21 was put on the Xbox and now this year MLB The Show 22 is on the Nintendo Switch as well as the Xbox. Some people got upset with Sony over this however there is an article stating that Sony was directed by the license holder Major League Baseball to have this title cross platform. So maybe it’s Major League Baseball that is taking the “initiative” to cash in on the Stubs and mode that make them more money.
This has worked for them so far with money made from Gamepass and gettig people, like me, who don’t need another game system the ability to play their game.

shows. Tyser
shows. Tyser
3 months ago

I get what Sony is thinking, but I love franchise mode and love mlb the show21. Still playing it and will for some time. But like ever game from year to year, you want to progress. Sony needs to realize that they need to please everyone. Hope it changes for future mlb the show’s.