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MLB 13 The Show: Diamond Dynasty Puts You In Control

Nick Livingston's Avatar + Posted by Nick Livingston on Jan 17, 2013 // Game Designer, MLB 13 The Show

Hello friends, Nick Livingston here. I am a designer on MLB 13 The Show. First, I brought you a blog about the new Universal Profile. Now, I want to talk about Diamond Dynasty.

Tons of feedback from TheShowNation.com has driven us to expand, improve, and fine-tune the systems that make up Diamond Dynasty. Take a look at the content below for a preview of what you can expect from Diamond Dynasty in MLB 13 The Show. Please note that the video footage is of a work-in-progress, and many things will update before we hit the shelves.

We’re really excited about how the Dynasty Card has evolved. They now display more information about the player’s abilities, which will give you an idea of what you are getting right away, but more importantly how good a player can get. Be aware that each Dynasty Player has maximum thresholds that he can reach in each attribute, so picking which cards you want to activate to your team has become much more important. We really want to drive the point home that cards now distinguish between Starting Pitchers, Relievers, and Closers. This is one area where we really took fan feedback to heart to improve this year’s version of The Show.

One issue we had last year was with players quitting. We want you to know that all systems are now compatible with partial games. For example, any systems that earn you Budget for playing a game are displayed and resolved on a per inning basis. We’ve made a number of efforts to encourage players to finish games without dropping out. For example, the Mercy Rule is in play (10 runs after three innings). Of course, someone is going to want to quit if they are getting obliterated. Now you just need to grin and bear it for a little while, and mercy will be had.

So, you saw what was in the video. But, what improvements weren’t covered?

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Well, we decided to introduce the Designated Hitter in MLB 13. Users can choose whether they want to play by American or National League rules. Are you a baseball tactician who wants to use small-ball tactics and challenge your opponent to make strategic substitutions? Or will you stack nine sluggers and let your bats do the thinking?

If you love customizing, the Logo Editor got a handful of new tricks and a boatload of new samples. The Expand tool allows you to expand the borders of selected layers without skewing the core of the layers. This is perfect for quickly making borders, or altering fonts. Easily choose between MLB Team primary colors to exactly match your team with the team you love.

And finally, Diamond Dynasty Home provides at-a-glance information about the status of your team to help you stay on top of your managerial responsibilities.

We hope you enjoyed hearing about all the improvements and additions in Diamond Dynasty. What are you looking forward to the most?

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8 Comments

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+ Suby_Greg on January 17th, 2013 at 8:10 am said:

I will buy like I do every year. Got a Vita now, so I guess I got to buy that version as well lol.

Question about RTTS… Will we ever see Single A teams? My character starts off in Double A. I live only a few miles from the Wilmington Blue Rocks. A Single A team for the Kansas City Royals. Would love to start my RTTS Career there. Just wondering…


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+ KazeEternal on January 17th, 2013 at 8:20 am said:

Cross Buy + Cross Play


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+ cubbielovr on January 17th, 2013 at 8:37 am said:

Please tell me this is going to be Cross Buy. I love baseball, and while the Show is always the best around, I can’t quite justify this purchase when a whole lotta games are coming out around the same time unless I can get the vita version included. With Sly coming on feb 5th (@ $40 AND cross buy), and GOW coming on March 12th, I can either afford Tomb Raider or MLB. It worries me that at the end of the video the cover art listed doesn’t mention Cross-Buy as a feature. Please make this happen Sony…


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+ JukeboxAddict on January 17th, 2013 at 8:53 am said:

When can we expect a preview of that sweet, sweet Playoff mode? I’ve been waiting for someone to accurately capture the postseason atmosphere in a baseball game FOREVER. If anyone can do it, it’s you folks.


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+ vanwinkle on January 17th, 2013 at 10:20 am said:

SOOO…Is Diamond Dynasty in the Vita version this year?


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+ GhostMachine1 on January 17th, 2013 at 2:42 pm said:

Diamond Dynasty looks awesome. Can’t wait to try it out.


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+ BeyondESP on January 18th, 2013 at 3:11 pm said:

when this game comes out, does this mean MLB 12′s Cross play features will be disabled.

As much as i love the show, i can’t keep buying it every year. i’ve bought MLB the show 08 through MLB 12., on the PS3 and some on the PSP, and the last on the VITA. that’s probably ~$400 bucks on baseball games….


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+ AteOff_Hitlure on January 19th, 2013 at 12:03 pm said:

I am extremely excited about this game best sports sim ever! The only game that excites me more is gta 5 but this game will be great it always is..any word on a package deal with vita and ps3 versions?


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