Sony announced this morning that it is bringing MLB The Show to Xbox platforms for the first time. They also revealed this year’s cover athlete: Fernando “El Nino” Tatis Jr.
“This is a very exciting moment for all of us as the storied franchise will be accessible to more gamers than before. We would like to thank everyone at PlayStation, Xbox, Major League Baseball, Major League Baseball Players Association, and the San Diego Studio for working diligently to bring MLB The Show to more users,” writes Ramone Russell, the game’s Online Community Manager.
“Users can play against each other online with cross-platform play in MLB The Show 21. In addition, cross-progression allows you to earn and use content on whichever platform and generation you choose,” Russell adds.
MLB The Show 21 launches on April 20, 2021. The standard edition retails for $59.99 on Xbox One and PS4. It is $69.99 on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. Pre-orders are open at Microsoft Store.
This is the first time (at least that I’m aware) that Sony has brought one of its exclusive franchises to a rival platform. The move makes some sense though since it’s not like very many people are buying a PS5 to play MLB The Show. Allowing it to be on Xbox just means that it will reach more potential customers. Going multi-platform may also be a condition of their contract extension with MLB and the MLBPA.