“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.