MLB The Show 18 will add Retro Mode to Franchise mode, as well as streamlining front office decision with new season-long phases, according to a recent blog post.
Designer Matt Schaeffer described these six modes in a blog post, and while most of them should be familiar to fans of the series, The Show 18 is bringing Retro mode into Franchise Mode.
Retro mode is basically a traditional 2D RBI Baseball-style mode with The Show’s ball physics and controls. Introduced in MLB The Show 17 as a standalone mode, Retro mode was a fun (if less mechanically demanding) addition to the series. According to Schaeffer, a full game in Retro mode only takes about 30 minutes to complete, whereas a full game in standard mode takes about 45 minutes. By adding Retro Mode as an option for Franchise Mode games, players can now actively play more full nine-inning games in less time.
The other modes should sound familiar to The Show 17 Franchise players. Critical Situations, Player Lock, Quick Manage, and Manage Full modes will all return.
Outside of actually playing games, Franchise Mode will now break down seasons into 19 different phases to help players more easily manage their teams and make informed decisions. The Show 18 will give players more information of the form of task lists for each phase, which can either be handled manually or automatically.
MLB The Show 18‘s Franchise Mode isn’t as much of a leap forward as Road the Show promises to be, but if it ain’t broke, we’re not sure why they’d fix it.
We’ll see if this dedication to Franchise Mode works out for the baseball sim when the game launches on March 27th for PlayStation 4.
Source: PlayStation Blog