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  • Dev Blog: Diamond Dynasty Extra Innings

    In MLB '14 The Show, we've added a whole new way to compete against other players, even when you’re away from your PlayStation. Your Diamond Dynasty team is always prepared to compete in an offline setting, earning you bonus rewards to be claimed the next time you log in. When online, you'll have the opportunity to challenge other user-created teams in offline games where the AI controls their team. The next time that user logs in, he will see how his team fared against you.



    When the AI controls your team, it utilizes the new Universal Profile Tendency Tracking system to replicate your play style. Whether you run a lot on the base paths, play a lot of small ball, or pepper the strike zone, other players will get a good sense of your on-field personality even when you’re not behind the controller. Click here to check out the full Dev Blog – New Universal Profile and Stubs. It’s worth noting that when the AI controls your team, your players do not accrue stats or lose games and your dynasty only stands to benefit financially.



    Challenging other dynasties using the Extra Innings system is simple. Jump into a game against any team directly from Standings or your Extra Innings challenge history. Not sure who to challenge? Use the Play Ball Extra Innings option to get view recommended teams with varying team strengths. When you are controlling your team, your players record stats and lose games just as they would if you played a game against the MLB AI.




    Extra Innings provides a more robust offline experience in MLB 14 The Show. While the Rating and Division system are still based on competitive online play, playing offline to evolve your players and build up your dynasty will be social, engaging, and more fun than ever.
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    Last edited by LanceL_86; 03-12-2014, 02:19 PM.
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  • #2
    Pretty interesting to know your profile tendencies will try to mimick your personalities and head into battle..

    Worth Noting:
    - Your DD team is always prepared to compete in an offline setting
    - Earning bonus rewards to be claimed the next time you log in
    - After signing that user can see how his team fared against you.
    - Your AI controlled team does not accrue stats or lose games and your dynasty only stands to benefit financially.

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    • #3
      If we are still able to have alt teams I can see myself using this with an alt team as a sort of learning and practice session. I'd also prefer not to mix CPU games with online head to head games with a main team.

      It's cool to be able to earn a small amount of coin if someone picks your team as an opponent. What I can do with my team that would help influence others to choose it as an opponent?
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      • #4
        I like the new tendency/attribute charts. You can get a good scope of any given opponent quickly. Wonder if that'll be accessible here on tsn?? This scouting tool together with more matchmaking filters can lead to "mini leagues" within DD, or something like that lol

        Originally posted by mtpoktz View Post
        If we are still able to have alt teams I can see myself using this with an alt team as a sort of learning and practice session. I'd also prefer not to mix CPU games with online head to head games with a main team.

        It's cool to be able to earn a small amount of coin if someone picks your team as an opponent. What I can do with my team that would help influence others to choose it as an opponent?
        Alts with the extra innings feature and new UP sound more controversial than ever lol. Idk why exactly, but I hope alts are not possible or very costly to make and maintain...

        As far as getting people to play against your team as CPU. I think a great logo/theme, as I'm sure you'll have as usual, and posting here will probably be enough. It'll be funny to see who's playing who's AI team lol. Another reason why I hope no alts.. let 'em hate or appreciate with true identity and team lol


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        • #5
          Originally posted by mtpoktz View Post
          What I can do with my team that would help influence others to choose it as an opponent?
          The number 1 ranked team will for sure have a lot of challengers. And it will be somewhat unfair to the 2nd or 3rd ranked team.


          On another subject, $5m to win against the CPU on Rookie difficulty seems like a very high rewards if I extrapolate what it could be at HOF level for instance.

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          • #6
            I think being able to play against yourself with an alt team can also be beneficial to see what type of tendencies your main team might have.

            I don't think playing against yourself would necessarily be a way to rapidly "coin" up. A 184,444 reward for 3 games is really not that much anyways.

            Originally posted by etienne-44 View Post
            The number 1 ranked team will for sure have a lot of challengers. And it will be somewhat unfair to the 2nd or 3rd ranked team.
            Or, teams built like the Astros could be popular. I would always use the Astros CPU team to unlock a ballpark in DD 1.0.
            Ballpark Dimensions

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            • #7
              Originally posted by mtpoktz View Post
              I think being able to play against yourself with an alt team can also be beneficial to see what type of tendencies your main team might have.

              I don't think playing against yourself would necessarily be a way to rapidly "coin" up. A 184,444 reward for 3 games is really not that much anyway.
              I don't disagree with that. In fact I would think and I hope you could match up against your own team for those purposes. Like playing the same mlb team on play now. I could definitely learn a lot playing against an AI representation of myself... I'm just saying I hope alts aren't as common this year, which I'm confident they wont because the limitations set last year were effective. This year we'll see more checks I hope.


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              • #8
                I tried DD last year and could not really get into it, these new features sound promising. Gonna have to give it another look
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by mtpoktz View Post
                  I don't think playing against yourself would necessarily be a way to rapidly "coin" up. A 184,444 reward for 3 games is really not that much anyways.
                  I agree that 184,444 isnt much, but i do think playing against yourself will be an easy way to coin up, unless there are preventative measures taken to assure some wont (for example) log in with an alt, play vs their main team 10 times a day and quit in the first inning every single time

                  Im with domebay on this, dont like alts, never really have, but hey... its become a big part of DD, and there are upsides too... i like this extra innings idea though... dont play vs the cpu much but i might try to now with the new universal profile thing... ive just always found it to be more exciting playing vs another human, and more gratifying when you beat them lol

                  no word on whether we can challenge other teams directly when the other user is online? I personally prefer random match ups over playing a predetermined opponent but some people would like to play their friends in DD (without having to hit play now at the exact same time, and back out if its not who they wanted to play)
                  Last edited by DEN_24; 03-12-2014, 11:45 PM.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by mtpoktz View Post
                    I think being able to play against yourself with an alt team can also be beneficial to see what type of tendencies your main team might have.

                    I don't think playing against yourself would necessarily be a way to rapidly "coin" up. A 184,444 reward for 3 games is really not that much anyways.



                    Or, teams built like the Astros could be popular. I would always use the Astros CPU team to unlock a ballpark in DD 1.0.
                    yes but...losing to yourself kind of just sounds wrong LOL

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                    • #11
                      DD issues

                      This all sounds interesting, but unfortunately the DD mode seems to be extremely flawed.

                      Every single (4 straight days) attempt to play vs. the CPU or enter the Extra Innings mode I receive a message that there is an error with the server. No such error when I play head -to-head, or purchase DD stubs from PS store through the game though... so the programming at this point is streamlined for taking our money, but gives us a ****-poor gameplay experience in return. 2013 was outstanding. Been loyal to the show for a long, long, time... DD has so much potential, but at this point 2014 DD is nearly unplayable.

                      So unable to access any other method of building up or improving my team, i am forced to take them online in head to head. There: the physics in the pitching/hitting game have deteriorated noticeably, making it nearly impossible to have any span of control over your players in online DD mode. Anything over 95mph is virtually impossible to hit. A guy with 70 velocity throws 100mph? and the ball actually slows down/pauses in mid air on offspeed pitches...this is a fatal flaw in game physics that forces you to guess the pitch instead of being able to read it, a huge downgrade.
                      The swing mechanics are horrible and choppy at contact, and you guys took out the signature practice swing. This gives people a chance to control the time a bit, and not be quick pitched all the time...thanks for getting rid of that...real fun.
                      Why would you take out the practice swing, yet leave in the ability to customize the practice swing? Then completely disregard the triangle bunt dance people do to disrupt timing and draw the 3b out of position?

                      So many questions as to the thought process behind the release of this poorly made game. Within 3 days I have stopped trying to play, and feel like it was a very poor purchase. 2013 was far better in terms of DD mode. The developers really dropped the ball on this one. DD mode has SO MUCH POTENTIAL if handled correctly. It is so much more intriguing/comprehensive that I don't even play the other modes any more. The question has to be asked... Do the Dev's actually test the game thoroughly in different modes before releasing it for purchase?

                      By far the worst installment of this series.
                      Was looking forward to 2014, but very disappointed so far.
                      Hope you guys can fix the bugs. A lot of folks seem to be feeling ripped off, myself included.

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                      • #12
                        Lol I don't even know how that happens...

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                        • #13
                          What happens when a player is out of games? I'm new to DD, and I am worried if I play 10 games I lose that player. Is that true or is there a way to renew the amount of games the players can play or give them a contract?

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                          • #14
                            I Want a Diamond Dynasty season and playoff please.

                            Hi, I play mlb the show since 2010, and when you created diamond dynasty, i was very happy. But, after 4 years, I can't play season and playoff with my create team. I hope and I swear verry much, the next mlb 15, we will can play the season and playoff with cpu.


                            Thank You


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