Not-so-Exclusive MLB License?

In a surprise announcement this morning, Midway Games announced on the wires that they will be releasing MLB SlugFest 2006 sometime this spring on PlayStation 2 and Xbox expected at a U.S. suggested retail price of $19.99. The surprise comes from the fact that Take-Two supposedly had a third-party exclusive deal with the MLB on their license though first parties, like Sony’s 989 Sports, could continue.

“MLB SlugFest 2006 is the only adrenaline-style, officially MLB licensed baseball game on the market and we’re very excited to be able to offer gamers the latest in the SlugFest franchise at a great value,” said Steve Allison, chief marketing officer, Midway. “At a competitive price point and in a year in which fewer than usual MLB licensed games exist, we’re certain that fans will embrace having a choice at retail, especially with the enhancements that we’ve been able to incorporate into MLB SlugFest 2006.”

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