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.
Based on Inverse, the choice to carry MLB The Present 21 to different platforms outdoors of the PlayStation household, in addition to Xbox Recreation Cross, got here from MLB. In a quote from a PlayStation consultant (which was additionally supplied with no further context to Recreation Informer upon request), PlayStation implies that the choice got here straight from Main League Baseball.
“As a part of the aim for this yr’s recreation, MLB determined to carry the franchise to extra gamers and baseball followers,” a PlayStation consultant mentioned within the assertion. “This resolution gives a novel alternative to additional set up MLB The Present because the premier model for baseball video video games.”
For the reason that assertion was supplied with no further context, it is unclear whether or not the quote is referring to Main League Baseball influencing the sequence’ leap to Xbox platforms as an entire or the sequence’ look as a part of the Xbox Recreation Cross subscription service on day one. It is fully probably that it is each, seeing as how the multiplatform announcement got here as PlayStation renewed its licensing take care of MLB; it is fully believable that MLB seemed over at Xbox (and doubtlessly different platforms sooner or later) and noticed a panorama that featured sequence like R.B.I Baseball and Tremendous Mega Baseball and thought it could make extra sense to carry the highest Main League Baseball franchise to the these consoles relatively than permitting MLB The Present to stay an unique title.
Regardless of Tremendous Mega Baseball, which launched its third entry in 2020, typically receiving optimistic reception from followers and critics, it doesn’t characteristic the MLB license. The R.B.I Baseball sequence, 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 seem on Xbox was MLB 2K13, which launched on Xbox 360. Sadly, the once-great sequence noticed a marked decline in high quality within the ultimate years of its run, and on the finish of 2013, 2K Sports activities introduced it had no future plans to develop MLB video games. That led to Sony’s MLB The Present turning into the only triple-A Main League Baseball title in the marketplace, leaving Xbox-owning baseball followers with little alternative till this yr’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, try our detailed rundown of what is new on this 2021 entry here.