MLB 2K10 News Post

2K Sports has posted another Major League Baseball 2K10 Developer Insight. This one features Franchise Mode.

"So let’s get into it! This year we added 40 Man Rosters/September Call-Ups, Compensation Picks, Spring Training, Trade Finder, Player Finder, Super Sim, Franchise Blogs, Variable Contracts and MLB Today presentation (we’ll also have a lot more about this in an upcoming Insight). I’ll go into a few of these new features in more depth later on in this write-up."

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# 1 Jamin23 @ 01/27/10 01:55 PM
I hope this eases peoples tensions about franchise mode. Off to read.
# 2 GrandMaster B @ 01/27/10 01:55 PM
A very nice read. Love the new features.
# 3 Jamin23 @ 01/27/10 01:59 PM
I want to get a quick concern I know many of you had last year out of the way immediately: we have brought back full ability to edit players and their stances/windups, including the ability to give any player any signature stance/windup that we have (this will be available both in Franchise mode and in the front end). This year we also added the ability to play Double-A and Triple-A games in both Franchise and regular exhibition mode. We have nine great looking new stadiums for Minor League teams, including some very cool Double-A and Triple-A Minor League stadiums, and a couple of Spring Training stadiums.
Hope people are happy now.
# 4 ExtremeGamer @ 01/27/10 02:02 PM
If this plays well on the field, I'll be happy, as of now, it has everything I'd want in a baseball game.
# 5 bigfnjoe96 @ 01/27/10 02:02 PM
I want to get a quick concern I know many of you had last year out of the way immediately: we have brought back full ability to edit players and their stances/windups, including the ability to give any player any signature stance/windup that we have (this will be available both in Franchise mode and in the front end).

For the first time ever, we now have 40 Man Rosters and September Call-Ups. This was a feature we wanted to add for a long time and we are pretty excited that we were able to make it happen this year. You will be able to use your 40 Man Rosters in Spring Training and in the regular season from September 1st to the start of the postseason. Calling up your top prospects at the end of the season and being able to bring them into meaningful games is pretty cool.

While we expect people will be pretty excited about 40 Man Rosters and September Call-ups, we think the new feature that will have the most impact on how users play through Franchise will be compensation picks. In a lot of Franchise modes (especially in baseball games with the wide payroll ranges between the big market and small market teams) it is very difficult to ever take a team like the Royals, Pirates, or any other low payroll team and turn them into a legitimate contender. Compensation picks can be thought of as something that can help these lower payroll teams to level the playing field against the big market teams like the Yankees and Red Sox.

Compensation picks essentially work like this: if you are unable to re-sign a top player on your team and you lose him to free agency (as is frequently the case with many low payroll teams), you will get compensation in the form of draft picks for losing that player. Depending on how good the player is, you will get either the first round draft pick from the team that signs him and a compensation pick (which occurs in the Supplemental Round of the Amateur Draft) if the player was considered a Type A player or just a compensation pick if the player was considered a Type B player.

In the past if you had a good player on your team who was becoming a free agent and you thought you would have a difficult time re-signing him, you would have either had to try and trade the player before the end of your season, or play out the season with him and let him become a free agent in which case you wouldn’t end up getting anything in return for him. Now if you lose a top player to Free Agency, you will get compensation picks, so you will always get some kind of value back. But this works both ways; if you are a high payroll team and you sign a top free agent, you will give up your top draft picks as compensation picks. This adds quite a bit of risk/reward to the mode and forces players to make the tough decisions that real GMs face of trying to sign top free agents and win now or keeping their teams’ draft picks and building their organization from the ground up

For the most part we were pretty happy with our sim stats last year, but we spent a good amount of time working on improving them, as well as making our sim logic smarter. We also spent quite a bit of time improving our progression system and our trade logic.

# 6 jagsfan82 @ 01/27/10 02:03 PM
"so good luck getting the Diamondbacks to part with a young superstar like Felix Hernandez"

lol, shows how much they know
# 7 duke776 @ 01/27/10 02:07 PM
I'm a franchise guy, so this stuff makes me very happy. Not to mention the editing options back
# 8 Juiceman @ 01/27/10 02:21 PM
Good news all around, but the player finder looks sweet. I know in NHL 10 I go crazy trying to find players I'd be interestd in - it's cumbersome. Being able to filter with attributes, age, etc and literally get search results to sift through is just awesome. I am really looking forward to using that for trades.

Compensation picks being included is also awesome.

Good news. Crossing my fingers for quality gameplay!
# 9 Blzer @ 01/27/10 02:22 PM
I feel like if you're a 360 owner, this is the first time either in a few years or ever that you shouldn't be passing up a baseball game in the spring. I think it's time that there are no longer closing the door on purchasing a game just because MVP or The Show isn't on the system.

Looks to be a functional year for baseball all around, and next year should be even better.
# 10 Checmate101 @ 01/27/10 02:27 PM
Thats whats good...
# 11 hitstreak13 @ 01/27/10 02:32 PM
Not a bad write up. I was dissapointed yesterday with what Bishop had said during his interview (biggest feature being super sim). I am solely a franchise guy and this game looks to be headed in the right direction. 40 man roster, rehab, Type A and B, etc. Its looking like we are going to have 2 solid titles this year.
# 12 Money99 @ 01/27/10 02:35 PM
This game looks like it's shaping up to be a quality baseball title.
I'll definitely be renting both games before buying. I'm probably more excited for 2K10 though.
# 13 Knight165 @ 01/27/10 02:35 PM
Player search.

# 14 jerm21 @ 01/27/10 02:36 PM
Great write up. these will keep getting me excited more and more everytime they come out. Just..how much do they know about baseball?
"so good luck getting the Diamondbacks to part with a young superstar like Felix Hernandez. "
# 15 KeMiKaL @ 01/27/10 02:39 PM
i was thinking the next insight would be about my player mode.... oh well. its all gud.

its good too see franchise will be playable this year.. to bad i dont play franchise!!
# 16 LSX @ 01/27/10 02:42 PM
AWESOME. This is great news for me. I love franchise mode, and I'm very excited about this game. Hopefully the gameplay is good. It will be nice to finally have a baseball game worth buying again.
# 17 jerm21 @ 01/27/10 02:42 PM
I'm definitely a franchise guy. The next game for me is Madden after MLB so i'll have a good 6 months to play some baseball. I lovee how they added spring training and minor leagues. Keep it comin 2k
# 18 tmac55 @ 01/27/10 02:44 PM
As a 360 owner, I have to say I am preety pumped about the editing freedom we once again have.

This is building up to be a great game. Now for some gameplay videos.
# 19 King Gro23 @ 01/27/10 02:45 PM
Player search is key for roster editing. IMO the Compensation picks being included is also nice. I have always had confidence in VC to produce good games. lets hope the game in action is as good as its content thus far.
# 20 Knight165 @ 01/27/10 02:54 PM
Sounds like no waivers, options or Rule V though.
Looks like a good base though.


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