While it’s no longer so surprising to see games from Xbox Game Studios released on consoles such as the Nintendo Switch, games developed and named by Sony that come out on Microsoft consoles are not on the streets. But it is just one of those that is about to be released on all Xbox consoles that are currently on the market.
Exclusive to PlayStation consoles since 2006, the series MLB The Show (the only MLB baseball simulation available on consoles since 2014) is set to arrive on Xbox consoles for the very first time. MLB The Show 21 will actually be released on Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, PS5 and PS4 April 20th.
The news is all the more striking since the game is said by Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) and developed by Sony Interactive Entertainment San Diego Studio. It’s therefore a question of a PlayStation First Party game coming out on competing consoles.
And just to get it right, the Japanese glove announced that MLB The Show 21 will be compatible with multiplayer platform and cross-progression. This means, for example, that PS5 players will be able to play online against Xbox One players. Or that a game started on a PS4 may continue on an Xbox Series X.
Baseball for everyone
As a reminder, MLB (American professional baseball league) and Sony had announced the signing of one extension of their partnership for several years at the end of 2019 around making MLB video games. And in line with the latter, SIE will offer MLB The Show games on multiple platforms from 2021. The commitment is therefore respect.
Sony has long been reluctant to offer its games elsewhere than on consoles and allow cross-country games with competing machines, and continues to gradually change its shoulder gun. With the arrival of PlayStation exclusively on PC, the announcement of the launch of MLB The Show 21 on Xbox consoles is further proof that times are changing and that yesterday’s barriers are no longer today.
Does this news surprise you? Do you think other upcoming titles will experience a similar situation? Or do you think we are dealing with a particular case involving the involvement of a professional sports league that absolutely wanted to increase revenue streams by maximizing the potential sales of the official video games? Give us your opinion in the comments below.