It seems that a new (more favorable?) licensing contract was established with Major League Baseball, letting 2K provide Xbox 360 owners their only real choice for console hardball.
While I feel competition is healthy for any aspect of business, this surprise announcement raises a number of questions:
1. How much improvement should we expect? It's unclear if 2K was working on this game prior to release. I suspect they were, but if not, will this simply be a roster update? The MLB 2K series was heading in a good direction until 2010; last year's version left a lot to be desired.
2. Only 360 and PS3? No word on PC or Wii U versions.
3. Will the contract extend into the new generation of consoles? I'd love to see other developers take a risk and help get us back to the glory days of baseball gaming (where we had multiple choices on every console).
Operation Sports has put in a request for comment on the length of the development cycle and what the plans are for this year's game and we will let you know when (if) we get an answer of some sort!
What are your thoughts/questions regarding this breaking news story? Will MLB 2K13 be fit for prime time when it releases in just a few short weeks?