Last month was a spectacular day for those who enjoy playing both PlayStation and Xbox, since it was announced that MLB The Show 21 will also come to Xbox Series X | S and Xbox One. The title, from PlayStation Studios, will have cross play with PS5 and PS4, but the thing was not there.
Xbox itself announced that the game would also be released on Xbox Game Pass, to Xbox One and Xbox Series X / S, something that was surprising since the PlayStation users maintain their launch price. Now, in a statement by Reverse, Sony asserts that the decision of launching The Show 21 on Game Pass was from MLB itself.
“As part of the goal for this year’s game, MLB decided to offer the franchise to more players and enthusiastic about baseball“said a representative from PlayStation.”This decision provides a unique opportunity to continue consolidating MLB The Show as the leading brand in baseball video games.“.
In the past, Sony has already been urged to adopt a cross-platform launch strategy for The Show, as part of the multi-year extension at the MLB license agreement signed in 2019. The saga MLB The Show in games started in 2006 and has always been exclusive to PlayStation when it was released on PS2 and PSP.
Nevertheless, MLB The Show 21 will mark the beginning of the end on PlayStation only and this new game will come to Xbox platforms. Something significant because Jim Ryan, last September in GamesIndustry.biz, I already said that a subscription service for PlayStation Studios it couldn’t be sustained because he often sees his gaming budgets grow. “in more than 100 million dollars“.
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“We already talked about it, we will not put new releases on a subscription model, the games cost millions of dollars, more than 100 million, we do not see it sustainable“Ryan said.”We want to make bigger and better games, we hope that at some point more persistent, so launching them in this model on day one we do not see the point; for others maybe yes. We want to expand and for our ecosystem to grow and launch new games in that model does not fit with it“.