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San Diego Studio has announced that its latest baseball title, MLB The Show 21, is launching on April 20, 2021 not only for the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4, but Microsoft’s Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One consoles as well. This is a peculiar surprise, as San Diego Studio is a first party that traditionally develops games exclusively for Sony systems under the SIE Worldwide Studios/PlayStation Studios banner. None of the previous MLB The Show games were released on a competing platform.

“We’re excited to share that, with our announced extension with the MLB and MLB Players, MLB The Show 21 will be available for players on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S,” wrote San Diego Studio Game Designer & Online Community Manager Ramone Russell. “The Standard Edition on current gen consoles is $59.99 USD/$79.99 CAD/£59.99 GBP/€69.99 EUR MSRP, and on next gen consoles is $69.99 USD/$89.99 CAD/£69.99 GBP/€79.99 EUR MSRP.”

“This is a very exciting moment for all of us as the storied franchise will be accessible to more gamers than before. We would like to thank everyone at PlayStation, Xbox, Major League Baseball, Major League Baseball Players Association and the San Diego Studio for working diligently to bring MLB The Show to more users.

Does this mean that Sony has begun considering releasing God of War, Uncharted, and other first-party hits for the Xbox? Probably not. The word on the street is that Sony and San Diego Studio didn’t have any choice but to release MLB The Show 21 on multiple platforms due to licensing agreements.

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5 Comments

  1. This is a sports game and huge revenue generator for Sony. It is stupid to believe that this is the start of a trend to bring exclusives to other platforms.

  2. [QUOTE=”Armenius, post: 28753, member: 180″]
    This is a sports game and huge revenue generator for Sony. It is stupid to believe that this is the start of a trend to bring exclusives to other platforms.
    [/QUOTE]

    Yet it is bringing a first party game to another directly competing platform. The only way this doesn’t signify a trend is if no other titles follow.

  3. [QUOTE=”Armenius, post: 28753, member: 180″]
    This is a sports game and huge revenue generator for Sony. It is stupid to believe that this is the start of a trend to bring exclusives to other platforms.
    [/QUOTE]

    I got to wonder if the MLB/MLBPA forced Sony’s hand when they renegotiated the games licensing. I’m sure MLB/MLBPA wouldn’t want their officially licensed game to be relegated to one platform (whereas the NFL, NHL, NBA games are already multi-platform).

    [URL]https://www.operationsports.com/mlb-the-show-coming-to-additional-console-platforms-beyond-playstation-as-early-as-2021/[/URL]

    Edit: Oh, article already mentions this:

    The word on the street is that Sony and San Diego Studio didn’t have any choice but to release [I]MLB The Show 21[/I] on multiple platforms due to licensing agreements.

  4. [QUOTE=”Armenius, post: 28753, member: 180″]
    This is a sports game and huge revenue generator for Sony. It is stupid to believe that this is the start of a trend to bring exclusives to other platforms.
    [/QUOTE]
    I am still shocked by it.

  5. The needs of the monies is more important than the needs of the console brands. Or something like that.

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