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Besides Horizon Zero Dawn, Uncharted, and God of War,Sony also holds a "sports exclusive" - baseball simulator MLB: The Show. The game is released under license from Major League Baseball, and since 1997 it has been released only on the PlayStation platform. Now organizations have signed a new agreement, and MLB will go beyond the Sony consoles.
Today @MLB, @MLB_Players, @SonySanDiego and @PlayStation announced multi-year, multi-platform video game partnership extensions @MLBTheShow. pic.twitter.com/PEGIRSNUSK
- MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) December 10, 2019
MLB Organization, MLB Player Association, SonyInteractive Entertainment and SIE San Diego Studio extended the partnership agreement, but on new terms. Under the agreement, the baseball simulator will be released "outside the PlayStation platforms already in 2021."
The contract does not specify the exact platforms, butofficial Xbox and Nintendo Twitter accounts posted MLB posts on repost pages. Perhaps this is how the companies decided to hint that the owners of the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch will also be able to play virtual baseball.
At the same time, it seems that Sony willindependently publish games of the MLB: The Show series on the Nintendo and Microsoft platforms. The contract does not specify a new publisher, and SIE San Diego Studio, Sony's internal team, will continue to develop the series.
According to Polygon, SIE San Diego Studio worksover MLB: The Show games for 20 years, starting with MLB ’98 for the first PlayStation. In addition, this is the only series that managed to stay afloat. The same MLB 2K closed in 2014 after the Major League Baseball 2K13 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Nintendo completely stopped releasing the Major League Baseball on its platforms in 2012.
The only alternative is the R.B.I. series. Baseball, which comes from under the wing of MLB Advanced Media on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. At the same time, fans of baseball simulations do not take these projects seriously, so MLB: The Show thrives with almost no competitors.
The deal can be called historic, because Sonydecided to share an exclusive series without competitors with other companies. Yes, MLB: The Show games did not blow up the market, but in March 2019, MLB The Show 19 overtook the sales of Devil May Cry 5 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate So it is unlikely that Sony decided to squeeze the last of the dying franchise.
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