A new video from the MLB The Show 16 development team (narrated by developers Nick Livingston & Lance Leahy) provides the first look at some of the changes coming to Diamond Dynasty, The Show's card collecting fantasy mode.
A popular community request, users can now play Diamond Dynasty games versus friends.
Some of the goals this year for the development team were to create more diversity in squads and avoid many user teams from resembling each other and also to increase progression ("more things to aim for") within the mode.
Partnering with baseball analytics firm Inside Edge to help get a daily match-up rating (which will effect player attributes if playing that day) for current players, considered 'live series' players. There are also hundreds of new 'flashback' (rookie, prime, and post-season) players which will focus on a specific moment in a player's career.
Additional ways to earn cards, stubs, etc. New this year are 'Missions' which require the user to complete a certain task to unlock an item. This task could be collecting players from a certain team, accomplishing a cumulative statistical goal, etc.
Another new feature, 'Captains' sees the user earn XP and tickets as they play the game. Users can then redeem these virtual tickets within one of six captain categories for items such as players cards, equipment items, and more.
The Thursday Twitch livestream
(February 18) from Sony San Diego will focus more on the improvements and changes to Diamond Dynasty.