The 2019 announcement that MLB The Present would go multiplatform as a part of Sony Interactive Leisure’s renewed licensing settlement was a large enough shock, however the truth that the inaugural entry on Xbox Series X and Xbox One would arrive on Xbox Game Pass on launch day was nothing wanting surprising.
In line with Inverse, the choice to convey MLB The Present 21 to different platforms exterior of the PlayStation household, in addition to Xbox Sport Move, got here from MLB. In a quote from a PlayStation consultant (which was additionally supplied with no extra context to Sport Informer upon request), PlayStation implies that the choice got here immediately from Main League Baseball.
“As a part of the objective for this 12 months’s recreation, MLB determined to convey the franchise to extra gamers and baseball followers,” a PlayStation consultant mentioned within the assertion. “This resolution gives a singular alternative to additional set up MLB The Present because the premier model for baseball video games.”
For the reason that assertion was supplied with no extra context, it is unclear whether or not the quote is referring to Main League Baseball influencing the collection’ bounce to Xbox platforms as an entire or the collection’ look as a part of the Xbox Sport Move subscription service on day one. It is fully seemingly that it is each, seeing as how the multiplatform announcement got here as PlayStation renewed its licensing cope with MLB; it is fully believable that MLB appeared over at Xbox (and doubtlessly different platforms sooner or later) and noticed a panorama that featured collection like R.B.I Baseball and Tremendous Mega Baseball and thought it will make extra sense to convey the highest Main League Baseball franchise to the these consoles fairly than permitting MLB The Present to stay an unique title.
Regardless of Tremendous Mega Baseball, which launched its third entry in 2020, usually receiving optimistic reception from followers and critics, it doesn’t characteristic the MLB license. The R.B.I Baseball collection, which does characteristic the MLB license and is even developed in-house by Main League Baseball Superior Media, has been panned across the board since its 2014 revival. The latest triple-A MLB-licensed franchise to look on Xbox was MLB 2K13, which launched on Xbox 360. Sadly, the once-great collection noticed a marked decline in high quality within the last years of its run, and on the finish of 2013, 2K Sports activities introduced it had no future plans to develop MLB games. That led to Sony’s MLB The Present changing into the only triple-A Main League Baseball title in the marketplace, leaving Xbox-owning baseball followers with little selection till this 12 months’s launch.
MLB The Present 21 involves PlayStation 5, Xbox Sequence X/S, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on April 20. For extra on this primary multiplatform launch, take a look at our detailed rundown of what is new on this 2021 entry here.