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Decision to Bring MLB The Show 21 to Xbox Game Pass Came Straight From Major League Baseball

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Decision to Bring MLB The Show 21 to Xbox Game Pass Came Straight From Major League Baseball

According to a recent article from Inverse, it was the decision of Major League Baseball to bring MLB The Show 21 to more platforms, including Xbox Game Pass on April 20.

“As part of the goal for this year’s game, MLB decided to bring the franchise to more players and baseball fans,” a PlayStation representative tells Inverse. “This decision provides a unique opportunity to further establish MLB The Show as the premier brand for baseball video games.”

Basically, MLB was looking for ways to get the game in the hands of as many players as possible. With over 18 million subscribers, it was a no-brainer to feature the game on Xbox Game Pass.

MLB The Show 21 Early Access starts on April 15, at 9:00 PM PT for gamers purchasing any of the Jackie Robinson Editions, which include the Jackie Robinson Edition, Jackie Robinson Deluxe Edition and Digital Deluxe Edition.

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  1. chris68pj
    I seem to be missing the part where they confirm what you are claiming they are saying.* Where does it say MLB ordered it on Game Pass?

    From the story:
    A spokesperson for PlayStation has clarified part of the reason why the company is bringing its MLB The Show 21 to Xbox and Game Pass. This representative told Inverse that it was all about expanding the appeal and reach of the MLB The Show series. It was MLB's decision to do this, the spokesperson said.
    chris68pj
    I seem to be missing the part where they confirm what you are claiming they are saying.* Where does it say MLB ordered it on Game Pass?

    Sony Interactive Entertainment agreed to support more platforms when it renewed its license agreement with MLB in late 2019. MLB appears to have gone further to get the game in the hands of as many players as possible.
    My guess is Microsoft applied pre$$ure to MLB and Sony had no choice if they wanted the license renewed.
    I don't see how putting the game on game pass helps the developers make money. Seems like it would reduce the number of people paying full price.
    tessl
    Sony Interactive Entertainment agreed to support more platforms when it renewed its license agreement with MLB in late 2019. MLB appears to have gone further to get the game in the hands of as many players as possible.
    My guess is Microsoft applied pre$$ure to MLB and Sony had no choice if they wanted the license renewed.
    I don't see how putting the game on game pass helps the developers make money. Seems like it would reduce the number of people paying full price.

    It's the economics of post-purchase microtransactions. For some titles the after-purchase revenue is exponentially more important over the life of a game and that initial box price.
    The extreme example of this is Grand Theft Auto 5.
    mestevo
    It's the economics of post-purchase microtransactions. For some titles the after-purchase revenue is exponentially more important over the life of a game and that initial box price.
    The extreme example of this is Grand Theft Auto 5.

    Or FIFA.....
    tessl
    Sony Interactive Entertainment agreed to support more platforms when it renewed its license agreement with MLB in late 2019. MLB appears to have gone further to get the game in the hands of as many players as possible.
    My guess is Microsoft applied pre$$ure to MLB and Sony had no choice if they wanted the license renewed.
    I don't see how putting the game on game pass helps the developers make money. Seems like it would reduce the number of people paying full price.

    While the financial agreements have never been publicly shared, I've seen it speculated that devs get something for every download of a Gamepass game. Plus, it's been reported that having a game on Gamepass leads to more actual purchases.
    While I agree MLB I think made Sony bring the game to Xbox i don’t think MLB had anything to do with putting it on game pass ... I think Microsoft paid Sony for those rights and tbh it’s a slap in the face to us PlayStation owners who have been around from the beginning and we have to pay full price !!!!
    OUSOONERS#1
    While I agree MLB I think made Sony bring the game to Xbox i don’t think MLB had anything to do with putting it on game pass ... I think Microsoft paid Sony for those rights and tbh it’s a slap in the face to us PlayStation owners who have been around from the beginning and we have to pay full price !!!!

    :nocomprende:
    I'm a PlayStation owner and my face is fine.
    makes sense.
    The appeal for MLB baseball is declining. This is a good way to generate more interest in the sport and its players.
    Maybe I'm missing something here, but by putting the game on Game Pass, the developer only stands to make money. It's a digital release that literally costs nothing to distribute. Whether one person clicks the download button or a million download it, it costs the same exact amount of money to the developer. It's not like they're having to stamp cd's and shove them into plastic cases for each and every game that is retrieved through Game Pass.
    So, by offering a taste to players that may or may not have bought the game to begin with, SDS can only stand to increase its revenues in the future, either by some of the Game Pass customers availing themselves to micro-transactions and/or some of the customers becoming hooked into buying future iterations.
    With all of that said, I do not think this would be a very profitable way to market the game every year because customers would simply wait it for to become available on Game Pass annually, but staring out on a new console, I really don't see a downside to it.
    DanH35
    While the financial agreements have never been publicly shared, I've seen it speculated that devs get something for every download of a Gamepass game. Plus, it's been reported that having a game on Gamepass leads to more actual purchases.

    That would make sense but it appears they have spread themselves pretty thin when they can't say whether carry over saves will return.
    I'm not thrilled about the direction the game appears to be headed.
    SmashMan
    :nocomprende:
    I'm a PlayStation owner and my face is fine.

    Mine too.
    Although I rarely buy games when they first come out anymore. I like to wait until all patches are out and usually by then it costs like $19.99.
    But I’m probably going to buy MLB 21 first day since it’s a new system.
    Honestly it doesn't matter, gamers are making a big deal about it. I canceled my PS5 pre-order and I'm getting it for my series X on gamepass, I mean who wouldn't. It does suck for guys who only have the PS5 or PS4 because they have to pay. The news is huge and it's not a bad thing IMO.
    OUSOONERS#1
    While I agree MLB I think made Sony bring the game to Xbox i don’t think MLB had anything to do with putting it on game pass ... I think Microsoft paid Sony for those rights

    The Xbox store lists MLB as the publisher, the Xbox Wire post about the Game Pass news is attributed to someone from MLB and the MLB The Show social media accounts haven't mentioned the Game Pass news at all.
    It seems pretty clear to me that Sony had nothing to do with this deal.
    I would say most likely MLB is paying Sony to also make an Xbox version with MLB getting the publishing rights to it and then MLB made the deal with Microsoft to put the game on Game Pass.
    Anybody who saw the announcement and saw that MLB was the publisher and didn't realize immediately that this was MLB's decision, doesn't know the first thing about this business.
    The amount of absolute morons on reddit who jumped on the blame Sony train for this is astounding.
    I have never owned a single show as I am not a huge baseball fan but have always wanted to try the series. As an xbox game pass subscriber this is a big win for me and the first time I will get to try out an acclaimed series without worry of not being able to get into it. On the other hand, this is such a low blow to Sony. They spend years cultivating critic wise the best gaming series of all the major sports and then have to watch the competition provide their creation at a significantly lower entry cost on the rival platform.
    I'll buy the version on whichever console comes out with robust, editing/modding capabilities.
    Outside of that, this game is on life support for me. Just can't get the experience I am looking for as it stands now.
    .. I don't blame MLB for this one bit. They MUST do more to cater to the younger audience. This is a step in that direction. Unfortunate for Sony. Hopefully they are mugging MS somehow.
    Considering MLBs decisions as of late politically involving themselves, they need any support they can get. Get what they deserve. I'd help out Microsoft before MLB. My friend and I share gamepass. Free is nice....
    This is good for MLB, good for gamers, and ultimately good for The Show.
    My biggest concern is micro transactions will be thru the roof this year and the game will continue to be constructed for the MTX-crack hit that developers can't get enough of.
    SonicBoom2040
    Considering MLBs decisions as of late politically involving themselves, they need any support they can get. Get what they deserve. I'd help out Microsoft before MLB. My friend and I share gamepass. Free is nice....

    Let's make this the first and last venture into politics in this thread, please.
    Thanks everyone.
    tessl
    Sony Interactive Entertainment agreed to support more platforms when it renewed its license agreement with MLB in late 2019. MLB appears to have gone further to get the game in the hands of as many players as possible.
    My guess is Microsoft applied pre$$ure to MLB and Sony had no choice if they wanted the license renewed.
    I don't see how putting the game on game pass helps the developers make money. Seems like it would reduce the number of people paying full price.

    Nah, Microsoft was fine without The Show. It's not idea, but the amount of sales The show actually drives is too small to be a big deal to another console maker.
    It was MLB that wanted a licensed baseball game on all consoles, but no one was willing to make one. I think the most likely scenario was that MLB has been begging EA, who won't go head to head with Sony because their is no path to profit in building AAA baseball game, only to see 10-20% marketshare if the game is just good.
    So MLB goes to Sony and says, "Multiplatform, or EA gets the license."
    And here we are. The problem is, MLB needs the game on all consoles, but the dynamics of AAA sports games now, and the fact that the show is first party, meant Sony was using MLB as leverage to sell consoles.
    No one did anything wrong, but it makes sense that MLB said that they need a different path forward now.
    This Game Pass stuff just feels like something Sony didn't see coming. But MLB, they get the game into a ton of hands, and its too good of PR for Xbox to pass up.
    Sony fans ought to be mad that Sony never got around to doing a Game Pass clone. Suddenly, Microsoft found the perfect way to show Sony fans exactly why Xbox fans love Game Pass. But once they agreed to go multiplatform, this was always going to happen. The other option would have been to give up the license, and I don't think loyal Sony fans that think The show on Xbox is a slap in the face would think much better if they just dropped the game.
    The PlayStation brand is in a league of its own. Much like iPhone when it comes to cellphones or Air Jordan with basketball shoes, PlayStation is synonymous with videogames. It's their market to lose. And that's the sole reason they haven't bother coming up with something like Game Pass (PS Now isn't their answer to it, and even they know it). From a consumer standpoint, these are the "pains" of adhering to premium brands. There are no PS5s to be found in the entire globe. Therefore, to say their business is thriving is a given. They don't feel the need to hand out new releases for "free" (Outriders, MLB The Show 21, etc.) just like Xbox is doing with their service. Xbox is in a distant second place. That means they must be aggressive, and that's what they've been. I own both consoles and was planning to grab MLB The Show 21 for the PS5. Now, I'll happily enjoy it on my Series X via Game Pass. Long-time Show fans are mad because others will play "their" game for "free". Well, look outside your own pain. Game Pass has done that to other game genres as well but only now has caught our attention. No one made you buy a PS5. It was your decision. The people saying Game Pass is detrimental to the industry are the same ones who got mad when Apple removed iPhone charges from their boxes and still went ahead and bought it. Until Sony feels it's in danger of losing 1st place, they'll keep asking for the full-price admission into their ecosystem.

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