Sony's MLB The Show Series Is Ending Its PlayStation Exclusivity

Big news for the future of professional baseball video games today, as Major League Baseball has announced a new deal that will see the MLB The Show series extend beyond PlayStation systems. For the first time in the history of the series, MLB The Show won’t be a PlayStation-exclusive, but it’ll be a while before that happens.

MLB, the Major League Baseball Players Association, Sony, and Sony’s San Diego Studio announced the new, multi-year agreement on Monday.

The MLB The Show series will come to “additional console platforms beyond PlayStation” starting as early as 2021. That’s all that was said, but MLB said more details will be confirmed “at a later date.”

It remains to be seen what those “additional console platforms” might be. Nintendo of America’s Twitter accounted retweeted the news with the baseball emoji. Xbox boss Phil Spencer responded as well, saying, “Great to see the game is coming to more players.”

This is not total confirmation that MLB The Show is coming to Switch and Xbox, but it seems something is indeed brewing.

Sony remains the publisher of the MLB The Show series, but it remains to be seen if this would continue to be the case if/when the franchise comes to new platforms. Specific terms of the deal between MLB and PlayStation were not disclosed.

NPD analyst Mat Piscatella remarked in a tweet that he sees the upcoming decade as being about “ecosystems and player choice, not locking people to one specific piece of hardware.”

It wouldn’t be unheard of for a publisher to publish one of its titles for a rival platform. Microsoft publishes the Minecraft series on competing platforms, including Switch and PS4. In fact, Spencer has said Microsoft is one of the biggest publishers on PlayStation already thanks to Minecraft.

MLB The Show 20 is launching in March for PlayStation 4, and it features Chicago Clubs standout Javier Baez on the cover. 2020 marks the 15th anniversary of the MLB The Show series.

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