2K Sports has released the latest developer insight blog for Major League Baseball 2K10, and this one covers the game's Franchise mode. MLB 2K10 assistant producer Mike Del Santo is the author here, and he covers a good deal of the new content that's made it into franchise, including 40 Man Rosters, September call-ups, compensation picks, spring training, and more. Good news for fans who missed the ability to edit players in MLB 2K9:
"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)."
Del Santo writes that he believes compensation picks will have the most impact on how users play through Franchise mode:
"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.
Other highlights include the ability to play both AA and AAA games in Franchise and Exhibition modes (Birmingham Barons, here I come!). There's also a super sim mode that will let you quickly get through season games without relinquishing total control of your team and improved filtering when looking for players or looking for specific trades.
Check out the full blog and leave your thoughts in the comments below.