It was already ground-shattering to learn that MLB The Show will no longer be an exclusive release for PlayStation. Previously in 2020, Sony Interactive Entertainment explained that the deal with Major League Baseball was extended in the agreement to offer the series to new systems which includes Xbox and possibly even Nintendo Switch as well.
So when the game finally received its announcement, many users took a few seconds to process that the latest entry is also coming to Xbox as well. But what no one saw coming from left field happened to be the arrangement in bringing MLB The Show 21 to Xbox Game Pass at launch. But, many would presume the decision was not on behalf of Sony Interactive Entertainment.
Well, in a statement to Inverse from one PlayStation spokesperson, it is shared that the deal for its debut on Xbox Game Pass was under MLB’s handling.
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.
Although there was no direct clarification at the time of the announcement previously, many did swiftly gather that Major League Baseball was to be responsible for the deal and not Sony Interactive Entertainment ultimately. Rectify Gaming also went with the presumption of the arrangement prior to the statement from Sony being dealt on Tuesday.
In reference to anticipate more games coming to Xbox Game Pass from PlayStation Studios, Ampere Analysis Research Director Piers Harding-Rolls presses that he is not confident a similar event will repeat for other PlayStation games. “I don’t expect Sony to make a habit of it, no,” he concluded when telling Inverse.
Are you planning to play MLB The Show 21 when it arrives to Xbox Game Pass?
MLB The Show 21 arrives on April 20, 2021 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S.