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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.


  • 10 days ago

    I see a lot people talking about leagues they’ve had running since the show 14/15/16 and just chuckle. I’ve played online franchise mode, to completion, with the same 30 guys since 2010. I  am surprisingly not as upset by this news as I would have expected, probably because it’s been such a disappointing mode the last few years, but it’s still disappointing.

    I don’t understand the thrill of DD mode. I like to play with my favorite team with real rosters against other real teams. Every time I try to play DD, I play a bunch of people who make the most visually annoying/distracting jerseys and quit as soon as they start losing.

    I really hope there was an overhaul to offline franchise mode, because that is the only thing that would hold my interest now. I have said it for a few years, with the innovation of RTTS and your franchise mode in 07, you guys set a precedent for excellence. However as time has gone on, what was once ground breaking modes, have fallen way behind other games equivalent modes with your focus on DD. I’m not going to hate on DD like other people, I understand the appeal to some people..but I feel cheated every year as these modes are ignored.  It sounds like you may have finally made some real improvements to RTTS this year, but it still feels it was a bit forced as your game fell further and further behind. Oh well


    As long as there’s real progress in offline franchise.. I’ll be a sucker and buy this game again, but I’m not counting on it

  • 11 days ago

    censored!!! Sony and Playstation I know have always been super big IDIOTS when it comes to online game play. But this might be the worst thing I have ever seen a franchise do.  Hockey when they dropped it in the past also was major dumbass move on EA's part and because of that will never buy another NHL game. I guess I don't get it but as many have said it is all about how much money can we make!!

    Now I am wishing I would of went with my gut and got an XBox One X instead.  Yeah Sony, you disappoint us in so many ways! Who knows maybe someone on Ebay will buy this pile of garbage PS4 so my friends and I can play online.  Yeah this is 2018 right??? Not 1993

  • 11 days ago

    So many people butt hurt over online Franchise.  Guaranteed they will have it back next year.  They just need to get the server technology up to snuff to make sure it does not crash like it has in the past.  I mean seriously people relax, it will be back.  

  • 14 days ago

    feel bad for the folks that digitally pre-order this game and got screwed by Sony and SDS. Hard lesson learned never digital pre-order from them again.

  • 15 days ago

    Find out how and when you can cancel an unwanted pre-order.



    If you have paid for pre-ordered content on PlayStation Store but have changed your mind about the purchase — you can request a refund. PlayStation Store refunds can be issued for pre-ordered content, as long as the request is made before the release date, or within 14 days of purchase, and the content has not started to download or stream.

    Please note, if you have started to download the main part of the order, you will not be able to request a refund.
  • 16 days ago

    I don't play online franchise mode but I would be very upset. Sds, you should offer said players full refunds for preorders and or full rooster patches for them to continue there 17 leagues