MLB The Show 23
Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S: 1.0.75
Nintendo Switch: 1.07
Scheduled to deploy: May 24th/ 4 AM PT
Gameplay Balance Changes
Live Content Balance Changes
We’ve made the following adjustments to the Charisma Series Other Program in Diamond Dynasty, which went live earlier this week:
Developer Insight – Explanation of Changes to Ranked Seasons & Battle Royale Program Rewards
We’ve seen a lot of discussion regarding the implementation of non-sellable program rewards in the Ranked Seasons and Battle Royale reward paths, and wanted to take the opportunity to provide some clarity and insight into our decisions. This area has been a topic of internal discussion for a long time, and was not a spur-of-the-moment decision.
When the Battle Royale program was first implemented, the goal of the program was to ensure that no matter your skill level, you would not be gated from flawless rewards. Our design intent was to provide an avenue for the player who could not go 12-0 to still be able to enjoy some of the rewards in the program, and we feel we’ve been successful in that regard.
Over time, these programs have become less about having access to program rewards, and more about selling the program rewards for stubs to use in other areas of the game. From our perspective, it was never our intent for the program reward to be immediately discarded, and we feel it goes against our original goals stated above. Players are no longer using the program paths as a means of acquiring the program players, and in that regard, the programs are not serving the purpose we strived for.
After these changes, players of any skill level are still able to grind the programs and receive rewards from that program, even if they aren’t able to go 12-0 in Battle Royale or make World Series in Ranked Seasons. Battle Royale and Ranked Seasons also still have sellable rewards that you can earn for win streaks, win thresholds, or by climbing the ratings leaderboard, including a new Co-op Ranked leaderboard which allows players to earn additional Ranked Seasons rewards.
We feel that by making the reward path players non-sellable, we are able to reach a middle ground between allowing our players to always have access to the rewards in a meaningful way, while also balancing the modes. By introducing non-sellable program rewards, we are aligning with our original goals for the programs in a much stronger way than the previous structure.
We will strive to communicate in a similar fashion when changes are made in the future.