When Sony San Diego announced its broadcast schedule for MLB The Show 22 feature premieres, it was quickly noticed that Franchise Mode wasn’t mentioned at all. Needless to say, it didn’t sit well with any fans of the mode.
It wasn’t until recently that it was added to the schedule alongside the March To October reveal on Thursday, March 17. At least internally, there was a good reason why it seems like Franchise Mode was being glossed over and originally excluded.
Sources tell SGO that the reason Franchise Mode updates weren’t on the initial schedule for the reveals is because the team at Sony San Diego is “scared”. With the lack of changes coming, the team didn’t want to advertise the mode for the annual series and then not live up to the expectations.
As far as what to actually expect from Franchise Mode in MLB The Show 22, it’s not going to be much. One of the biggest things coming, according to one source, is an overhaul to player logic.
Most of the features this year, and quite likely moving forward, will go to March To October. According to those close to the game’s development team, the ultimate goal of Sony San Diego is to make March To October more akin to a franchise experience.
When asked why not just allocated the features and resources to the actual franchise mode itself, one said that it’s because a lot of the franchise features are build on legacy code. To update that code with the current staff would require more resources than what they can realistically allocate.
MLB The Show 22 launches on April 4 for Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and, for the first time ever, Nintendo Switch.
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