MLB The Show 23 Game Modes - New Storylines introduces the Negro Leagues Season 1



MLB The Show 23 is fast approaching its Release Date, with Pre-Orders now live and granting Early Access depending on what Edition you opt for.

As always, the title will have plenty of game modes to get stuck into, including the newly announced Storylines, which will be a celebration of the legendary players from the Negro Leagues.

Find out all you need to know about each game mode in MLB The Show 23 below.

Road to the Show

Road to the Show is MLB The Show's Career Mode, which allows you to create your own player and progress them from the Minor to the Major League.

As well as trying to make the bigtime, you will be able to improve your ballplayer, honing their abilities and unlocking better Archetypes and Perks.

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PLAY YOUR WAY - Pick an archetype and develop your ballplayer to be the best around

MLB The Show 22 allowed you to create up to 10 ballplayers, which gave users a far greater number of players than ever before to customise and experiment with.

Discover more about Road to the Show here.

Diamond Dynasty

Diamond Dynasty is MLB The Show's own version of an Ultimate Team game mode, letting you build your fantasy squad using players from the whole history of baseball.

Play to earn new packs which contain cards featuring baseball stars of the past and present, with every game providing experience and allowing you to unlock more packs and gain access to more powerful players.

Within Diamond Dynasty there are plenty of other game modes, which include:

  • Battle Royale: This online multiplayer mode lets players draft their own teams for a maximum of 12 matches, trying to get as many wins as possible to gain better rewards. If you lose twice, you are eliminated from the series.
  • Casual: No rewards are on offer, but you can test your team out against other players online.
  • Conquest: This single-player mode works like a strategic mini-game similar to RISK, battling opposing teams to gain territories and take over the map, with the opportunity to earn hidden rewards.

Learn more about Conquest mode in Diamond Dynasty right here.

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FAN TAKEOVER - Command your fans to attack territories and rule the whole map
  • Co-Op: Combine your Diamond Dynasty collection with friends and play others online.
  • Events: Events change every week or two starting at launch, and these restrictive competitions require teams made up of specific kinds of players as you compete against others online.
  • Mini-Seasons: Play against player-made rosters, but not in real-time.
  • Moments: This single-player mode is often linked to Player Programs, and it lets you play out specific historic games or innings from the careers of baseball's legends.
  • Play vs CPU: Take on the CPU to put your roster to the test.
  • Play vs Friends: Have a friendly match against mates to test your roster against theirs.
  • Showdown: Draft a team and choose specific perks for your lineup before taking on a series of challenges culminating in a final boss where you must outscore them with a number of consecutive at-bats.
  • Ranked Seasons: The most challenging game mode where players compete to prove themselves and improve their rank. Battle others near your ranking or skill level for huge rewards at the end of each in-game season.

Read more about Diamond Dynasty in MLB The Show 23 here.


Play as an existing team in Franchise mode, with a focus on the management by selecting the squad, drafting and scouting ballplayers, hiring coaches to train players and sorting out sponsorships.

The schedule can be up to 162 games and you can choose to play all, some, or none of them, depending on your preference.

Take a deeper look into Franchise mode here.

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March to October

Similar to Franchise mode, March to October lets you play out just the key moments of your selected team's season as you try to take them to the World Series.

Previously released as a one-and-done mode, MLB The Show 22 introduced a multi-year experience so players can keep trying to get their side to the World Series.


A new mode coming in MLB The Show 23, Storylines will show off some of the greatest players in history from the Negro Leagues.

Described as "an amalgamation of a short documentary series combined with curated moments of gameplay", the mode has eight new players to focus on in Season 1, with a narrative experience to play through for each of the legends.

Each new MLB title will also come with a new Season, bringing in more and more players from the Negro Leagues throughout the years.

We are still waiting on more details to be announced, however, all eight players will be usable in Exhibition mode as well as other areas of the game.

Other Game Modes

As well as those main modes in MLB The Show 23, you can also play the following:

  • Home Run Derby: Very simple, play online against friends or other users to try and score the most home runs within the time limit.

  • Challenge of the Week: Accomplish set challenges on a weekly basis to try and finish at the top of the leaderboards.

  • Online Co-Op: Team up with friends or other players online across all platforms in 2v2 or 3v3 modes.

  • Exhibition: Play offline or online using real-world MLB teams with live rosters.

  • Custom Practice: Head to Custom Practice to learn the controls and improve your skills

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