PlayStation exclusive MLB The Show 21 is going to be available on Xbox Game Pass from Day 1. Microsoft announced this deal last week, claiming that even Android and Cloud users on Ultimate can play the game. MLB Senior Vice President of Games and VR, Jamie Leece added to the inclusion as well.
“Both MLB The Show 21 Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S Standard Editions will be included with Xbox Game Pass so members will be able to play the best version of the game regardless of which console they’re on. And with cross-platform play and progress, you can play against others online, and earn and use content across the platform and generation you choose.”
A PlayStation representative spoke on the matter today, claiming it was MLB’s decision. Since MLB used to be a PlayStation exclusive, it confused many how the deal was made possible.
“As part of the goal for this year’s game, MLB decided to bring the franchise to more players and baseball fans. This decision provides a unique opportunity to further establish MLB The Show as the premier brand for baseball video games.”
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Sony renewed its license agreement with the franchise in 2019. It had agreed to make MLB available on more platforms. It seems now MLB has taken matters into its own hands to increase its reach and base.
Ampere Analysis Research Director Piers Harding-Rolls spoke to Inverse on the issue.
” From MLB’s point of view, this makes commercial sense as it opens up the content to a lot more players, especially in the US, but also keeps the established studio working on the game.”
MLB The Show 21 is the 16th edition of the franchise. The upcoming title will be the first one in its franchise to release on Xbox consoles. The title will also come in a collector’s edition with the baseball legend Jackie Robinson on the cover. For every purchase of the collector’s edition in the United States, the studio will donate $1 to Jackie Robinson Foundation.
MLB’s decision to add the upcoming title to Xbox consoles, and Xbox Game Pass is understandable. Xbox Game Pass has over 18 million subscribers on the planet, making it a very lucrative platform.
MLB The Show 21 releases on April 20 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.