Sony Interactive Entertainment announced a statement about MLB The Show 21, which will come to Xbox Game Pass from day one.
Sony Interactive Entertainment claimed that it was licensed MLB, not themselves, to put the internally developed baseball game MLB The Show 21 on Xbox Game Pass. Announced as the first PlayStation game to come to Game Pass last week MLB The Show 21Was met with reactions from PS players. In the list published by Xbox yesterday, it was revealed when it would come to the subscription service.
Sony says the decision was made by “MLB”
Developed by Sony’s San Diego studio, the game is sold on PS4 and PS5 consoles with a price tag of $ 60/70, and by users who are subscribed to Xbox’s subscription service from day one. free to play. This is a big move for the MLB The Show series and the game industry, which has been ongoing as a PlayStation exclusive game for years. Although PS players reacted to Sony for this decision, the result does not seem to change.
A PlayStation representative said, “As part of the goal of this year’s game, MLB decided to announce the series to more players and baseball fans“This decision offers a unique opportunity to make MLB The Show the leading brand of baseball video games.”
MLB: “American National Baseball League”
As part of the multi-year extension of the MLB license agreement signed in 2019, Sony was invited to adopt a multi-platform release strategy for The Show. The series, which first started in 2006, has always been exclusive to PlayStation platforms. However, the version of the game, which was released in 2021, stands out with the release of a game in the series to platforms other than PlayStation for the first time.
The addition of Show 21 to Game Pass actually contains some contrasts. CEO Jim Ryan previously said, “It makes no sense for us to put the games on a subscription service from day one.” “For other companies in different situations, this may well make sense, but not for us. We want to expand and grow our existing ecosystem, and putting new games into a subscription model is not for that.”
After these remarks, it seems that The Show 21 doesn’t make much sense without an MLB license. We presume that Sony did not oppose the decision to bring the game to Game Pass in order to protect the deal. Maybe this is the beginning of an era, what do you think? Private games in the future may no longer be as “special” as they used to be. Do not forget to share your opinion in the comments.