Sony’s MLB The Show baseball sequence goes multiplatform

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Bryce Harper of the Philadelphia Phillies in his stance at home plate in MLB The Show 19

Bryce Harper in MLB The Show 19.
SIE San Diego Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment

Sony Interactive Entertainment and Major League Baseball are extending their long-term deal to proceed creating MLB The Show, the league’s formally licensed simulation video game. But there’s an important twist to their deal now: MLB The Show will now not be PlayStation-exclusive. The sequence is coming to different, as-yet-unconfirmed console platforms.

In a information launch, Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association, Sony Interactive Entertainment, and developer SIE San Diego Studio introduced an unspecified multiyear extension of their long-standing partnership. They additionally confirmed that MLB The Show will seem on consoles “beyond PlayStation platforms as early as 2021.”

While the league, its gamers’ affiliation, and Sony didn’t specify which non-PlayStation platforms would quickly be house to MLB The Show, each the official Xbox and Nintendo of America Twitter accounts tweeted in regards to the deal, hinting that future MLB The Show video games would come to these firms’ platforms.

SIE’s San Diego Studio has been creating formally licensed MLB video games completely on PlayStation platforms for greater than 20 years, beginning with MLB ’98 on the unique PlayStation. The MLB The Show model has been lively since 2006, with MLB 06: The Show for PlayStation 2 and PSP.

MLB The Show has been the one conventional simulation baseball sequence in existence for a few years, leaving homeowners of non-PlayStation consoles with none choices. Its main competition, 2K Sports’ MLB 2K franchise, ended in 2014 following the earlier yr’s launch of Major League Baseball 2K13 on PlayStation three and Xbox 360. The final entry within the franchise on a Nintendo platform was Major League Baseball 2K12, on Nintendo DS. Instead, MLB Advanced Media has been publishing its personal baseball video game since 2014, when it revived the R.B.I. Baseball sequence with R.B.I. Baseball 14. While the R.B.I. games can be found on Nintendo Switch and Xbox One, they aren’t thought of a real simulation competitor to Sony’s MLB The Show titles.

Next yr’s entry, MLB The Show 20, doubtlessly the ultimate PlayStation-exclusive entry, is scheduled to be launched March 17, 2020, on PlayStation four and can characteristic Chicago Cubs star Javier Báez as its cowl athlete.