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MLB The Show Coming to Additional Console Platforms Beyond PlayStation, as Early as 2021

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MLB The Show Coming to Additional Console Platforms Beyond PlayStation, as Early as 2021

Well, well, well… It looks like the MLB The Show franchise won’t be exclusive to the PlayStation console, as early as 2021, based off of a new video game partnership with MLB, MLBPA and Sony.

Major League Baseball (MLB), the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA), Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) and San Diego Studio jointly announced today that they have entered into multi-year extensions to continue development and distribution of MLB The Show, the award-winning officially licensed video game.

In addition, the historic expansion of the long-standing partnerships will bring MLB The Show, for the first time ever, to additional console platforms beyond PlayStation platforms as early as 2021.

Maybe we see it on the PlayStation 5, Project Scarlett, Nintendo Switch, Stadia and maybe, MAYBE even on PC?!?!? Xbox Play Anywhere?!?!? Wouldn’t THAT be something…

Xbox just RT’d it on Twitter.

And… Nintendo has joined in on the fun…

Complete details will be announced at a later date. Until then, let’s celebrate!!

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  1. The question is whether (and how much if so) SCEA will expand to accommodate the additional platforms.
    It's clear in their 2019 release OS (again) wasn't the target audience as franchise is a shell of its former glory and potential. I have zero hope this news will change that either, sadly.
    Admittedly cynical, as I'd love to be wrong on this, but history has shown where SCEA priorities are with the game.
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    Shout out to all the rude people over the years that crucified the people that asked if the game would ever hit the Xbox. They made it seem like it was the dumbest question ever asked in the history of mankind.
    Crazy news though. Im excited at the extra revenue the game will get and hopefully leads to a bigger budget.
    RoyceDa59
    If this ends of up on PC I will be hyped, the modding community will be ecstatic.

    me too if it comes to PC I am sold on this. modding would be so much fun imagine fixing all the things we can't on PS4 with rosters! but if it is coming to Xbox I doubt it will come to PC all the X BONE is a little old computer with windows 10 on it
    Speedy
    The question is whether (and how much if so) SCEA will expand to accommodate the additional platforms.
    It's clear in their 2019 release OS (again) wasn't the target audience as franchise is a shell of its former glory and potential. I have zero hope this news will change that either, sadly.
    Admittedly cynical, as I'd love to be wrong on this, but history has shown where SCEA priorities are with the game.
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    me too all it's going to do is mainstream the game more, so people jump on the DD micro transactions bandwagon heaven, sports games are already in ruin and declining because of this. the show was one of the few left that were not now they are starting to treat that way.
    if it doesn't come out on PC this proves my point. they are after those 'fortnite' casual, type crowd players, not real PC guys and community people that can mod the game, customize it all and make it fun.
    If it comes to PC I might as well just not even bother with next-gen. I have both a One X and Pro so I dont get left out on some exclusives (namely The Show LOL) but now it seems like literally everything is going to PC.
    itsmb8
    If it comes to PC I might as well just not even bother with next-gen. I have both a One X and Pro so I dont get left out on some exclusives (namely The Show LOL) but now it seems like literally everything is going to PC.

    we can only hope.. now that I have a 3$000 PC built this year I moved back to being a PC player, and I will only get the PS4 exclusive games if I like them. I would be close not even buying the next gen either if this happens. could you imagine the modding we could do with rosters! we might even be able to pull of changing the schedules
    I have to say, this is game changing when it comes to the sales of the new consoles. There were probably people who bought a PS3/PS4 over an XBOX because of The Show. Now it does sound silly to buy a console based on one game being exclusive to that console but it probably has happened.
    I hope with this news that this leads to previous XBOX exclusive games being available on the PS4 and other systems. I know I'd love to play Forza and hopefully this comes to Sony at some point. If we can get the companies working together to make gaming better for EVERYONE regardless of the system then it's a win win. Also with MLB The Show being available on other platforms, hope we can download any roster, sliders, settings, etc regardless of the system it was uploaded on. If someone has a good roster or sliders on the PS4, an XBOX user can download that-and vice versa.
    WOW I never thought I would see the day that the greatest baseball video game ever MLB The Show would be coming to any system other then a Sony system.
    I am a PlayStation only guy but I am very happy for all the non PlayStation owners that really want a great baseball game to play. 😃
    It’s also nice to know that if I ever buy a next gen x box MLB The Show will be playable on it.
    2021 should be a great year for all baseball gamers!!!
    ninertravel
    we can only hope.. now that I have a 3$000 PC built this year I moved back to being a PC player, and I will only get the PS4 exclusive games if I like them.

    UFCMPunk
    I have to say, this is game changing when it comes to the sales of the new consoles. There were probably people who bought a PS3/PS4 over an XBOX because of The Show. Now it does sound silly to buy a console based on one game being exclusive to that console but it probably has happened.
    I hope with this news that this leads to previous XBOX exclusive games being available on the PS4 and other systems. I know I'd love to play Forza and hopefully this comes to Sony at some point. If we can get the companies working together to make gaming better for EVERYONE regardless of the system then it's a win win. Also with MLB The Show being available on other platforms, hope we can download any roster, sliders, settings, etc regardless of the system it was uploaded on. If someone has a good roster or sliders on the PS4, an XBOX user can download that-and vice versa.

    PS3 possibility people bought it for the Show but PS4 I would say no,
    There has been a stack of exclusives on PS4 the last couple of years. and xbox exclusives have all failed.. they also launched everything the wrong way with their DRM crap. back in 2013 then back flipped out of it, Microsoft really screwed up their last gen.
    UFCMPunk
    I have to say, this is game changing when it comes to the sales of the new consoles. There were probably people who bought a PS3/PS4 over an XBOX because of The Show. Now it does sound silly to buy a console based on one game being exclusive to that console but it probably has happened.
    I hope with this news that this leads to previous XBOX exclusive games being available on the PS4 and other systems. I know I'd love to play Forza and hopefully this comes to Sony at some point. If we can get the companies working together to make gaming better for EVERYONE regardless of the system then it's a win win. Also with MLB The Show being available on other platforms, hope we can download any roster, sliders, settings, etc regardless of the system it was uploaded on. If someone has a good roster or sliders on the PS4, an XBOX user can download that-and vice versa.
    This!!! Hope we can download rosters across platform.
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    Love this. I know a lot of people that did not purchase a playstation just to play The Show (which is what I did) and were stuck with 2K and then nothing. The more eyes on this game the better imo!
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    ninertravel
    PS3 possibility people bought it for the Show but PS4 I would say no,
    There has been a stack of exclusives on PS4 the last couple of years. and xbox exclusives have all failed.. they also launched everything the wrong way with their DRM crap. back in 2013 then back flipped out of it, Microsoft really screwed up their last gen.

    I bought PS3 and PS4 for The Show... I’m probably in the minority but The Show is the only “must have” video game for me.
    I'm willing to bet mlb had Alot to do with this. Probably forced Sonys hand to keep agreement. They have wanted a game on all systems.
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    tabarnes19
    I'm willing to bet mlb had Alot to do with this. Probably forced Sonys hand to keep agreement. They have wanted a game on all systems.
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    Rumors are starting to come out that this indeed was the case. Combination of MLB wanting as many people as possible to get their hands on the game and the possibility of EA wanting back in.
    tabarnes19
    I'm willing to bet mlb had Alot to do with this. Probably forced Sonys hand to keep agreement. They have wanted a game on all systems.
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    Why would mlb force a partner who were the only company willing to purchase the license a non exclusive license say don't do this or no agreement? MLB was releasing RBI on all platforms, it just wasn't making money. This is more than likely mlb also covering dev cost.
    This isn’t just good for The Show’s future but good for baseball. The Show on more consoles will attract a younger audience to watch actual baseball in addition to playing The Show.
    Impetuous65
    Why would mlb force a partner who were the only company willing to purchase the license a non exclusive license say don't do this or no agreement? MLB was releasing RBI on all platforms, it just wasn't making money. This is more than likely mlb also covering dev cost.

    This. I understand them wanting to put The Show into more hands and making it available to other consoles but couldn't they just have negotiated a deal with Sony/SDS and EA to produce console exclusive games? It was rumored EA wanted to bring back MVP Baseball, so MLB The Show remains as a PS4 exclusive while EA makes MVP Baseball which would be a XBOX exclusive?
    OMG now I can actually enjoy the game because it has been awful for 2 years with the fps drops
    So in 2021 I get to play it at 4k native max settings 144hz
    I am in love again
    UFCMPunk
    This. I understand them wanting to put The Show into more hands and making it available to other consoles but couldn't they just have negotiated a deal with Sony/SDS and EA to produce console exclusive games? It was rumored EA wanted to bring back MVP Baseball, so MLB The Show remains as a PS4 exclusive while EA makes MVP Baseball which would be a XBOX exclusive?

    That doesn't make sense. There is no exclusivity whatsoever. EA could have purchased the license and began making a multi plat like madden or live. Again MLB was making a multi plat that wasn't selling. This is not a force issue, this is a growth issue shared by both parties.
    High quality games are so expensive and time consuming to produce these days, this sort makes sense, as unusual as it is. MLB must have made it worth Sony’s while, looking for further exposure of its product that is MLB. They certainly could have done worse than The Show when looking for that further exposure.
    99.9 percent Xbox gamer except I bought a PS4 for The Show. I'm glad I did not just for that game but it introduced me to some other exclusive games on PS4 that I ended up liking.
    But 2021 - new consoles will be out. I'm not going to drop $500/$600 on a new console in 2021 so do we know the game will still be coming out for PS4/XBOX ONE fully supported???
    Also is it an exclusive lic w/ SDS? or can EA get back into a MLB game?
    So this will mean around a 100 extra sales of the game
    Man I mean it’s good for the sport but I feel like my wife is gonna throw away her ring in 2021 and pushes an open relationship haha.
    Well if this happens in 2021 and if saves carry over, count me in for a Playstation copy, a Switch copy, and if it's on PC a copy there as well. I'd love to be able to play my Road to the Show on the Switch handheld.
    So this is how The Show dies. Sorry this is not a good thing. I think we have seen the end of offline single player franchise development. This reeks of a money grab and a forced move by the MLB on Sony. They will embrace the monetization aspects and modes. Don't be surprised when carry over saves disappear and gameplay suffers as a result. Its becoming more and more clear that '19 is the year to jump off this pay train.
    Bullit
    So this is how The Show dies. Sorry this is not a good thing. I think we have seen the end of offline single player franchise development. This reeks of a money grab and a forced move by the MLB on Sony. They will embrace the monetization aspects and modes. Don't be surprised when carry over saves disappear and gameplay suffers as a result. Its becoming more and more clear that '19 is the year to jump off this pay train.

    Huh? How in the world is this not a good thing? This gives the studio more revenue to develop the game and even possibly add more man power to the studio. And save me with the “mOSt oF THat MAn POweR wiLL go To DD” rhetoric you’re most likely gonna say.
    jvalverde88
    Huh? How in the world is this not a good thing? This gives the studio more revenue to develop the game and even possibly add more man power to the studio. And save me with the “mOSt oF THat MAn POweR wiLL go To DD” rhetoric you’re most likely gonna say.

    :spit::spit::spit::spit:
    They cant even get the game to run right on the console they have been using for 15 years. Rosters are all messed up, legacy issues abound, graphic glitches that have been in the game since inception. You magically think that developing for MORE platforms is going to fix all of this, or more likely make it worse? You are a fool and naive if you think that it wont get worse. But you keep spending your money.
    Bullit
    :spit::spit::spit::spit:
    They cant even get the game to run right on the console they have been using for 15 years. Rosters are all messed up, legacy issues abound, graphic glitches that have been in the game since inception. You magically think that developing for MORE platforms is going to fix all of this, or more likely make it worse? You are a fool and naive if you think that it wont get worse. But you keep spending your money.

    Couldn't agree more Bullit. We've seen how their priorities have shifted the last few years, leaving all the legacy issues that still remain today. People think that their focus is magically going to shift back to fixing those? Highly doubtful, because now they will have access to more people, which just adds fuel to the fire of their precious DD. Just means more packs they can potentially sell.
    bravesfan1984
    Got to get on all platforms to sell more DD cards! On the bright side, hope this means more resources which can help franchise.

    Very much this! Moving to additional platforms (looking like Microsoft and Nintendo consoles) will no doubt require more resources. They'll need more development and QA power. This would mean an additional influx of capital from Sony.
    I'm curious about the Sony extension part of this...
    On one hand, they're giving up an exclusive, albeit not one of their super upper tier exclusives (compared to Naughty Dog games, etc.).
    On the other hand, this would still be a Sony published title, so with additional sales on Microsoft and Nintendo consoles Sony will be paid for those sales.
    hyacinth1
    99.9 percent Xbox gamer except I bought a PS4 for The Show. I'm glad I did not just for that game but it introduced me to some other exclusive games on PS4 that I ended up liking.
    But 2021 - new consoles will be out. I'm not going to drop $500/$600 on a new console in 2021 so do we know the game will still be coming out for PS4/XBOX ONE fully supported???
    Also is it an exclusive lic w/ SDS? or can EA get back into a MLB game?

    Fortunately, I'm satisfied with this edition. There isn't anything new they are adding to the Franchise mode, which is all I play, so I don't see myself buying any future versions anyway. I never was DD or anything of that ilk in any game.
    RandyBass
    High quality games are so expensive and time consuming to produce these days, this sort makes sense, as unusual as it is. MLB must have made it worth Sony’s while, looking for further exposure of its product that is MLB. They certainly could have done worse than The Show when looking for that further exposure.

    I really doubt MLB is worried about exposure. Who on Earth doesn't know of it.
    Like the advertisers during the Super Bowl. Anyone who can afford to pay to advertise for that are the companies everyone one Earth already knows about. I don't think anyone will say, WOW, I never heard of Budweiser. Thank goodness for the ad. lol
    Bullit
    So this is how The Show dies. Sorry this is not a good thing. I think we have seen the end of offline single player franchise development. This reeks of a money grab and a forced move by the MLB on Sony. They will embrace the monetization aspects and modes. Don't be surprised when carry over saves disappear and gameplay suffers as a result. Its becoming more and more clear that '19 is the year to jump off this pay train.

    Yup. Can't lie, this was my first thought when I saw this news. Throw in the addition that '21 is going to be the first year everything moves to the new consoles, and I forsee it being a total cluster.
    "B-b-but more consoles means more sales and bigger budget!" Haha. Yeah, it also means increased production on a team that struggles to do anything meaningful with each development window now on one console where they've had the engine for the game setup for 6 years. All I can forsee is The Show becoming even more like Madden than it already has.
    jvalverde88
    Huh? How in the world is this not a good thing? This gives the studio more revenue to develop the game and even possibly add more man power to the studio. And save me with the “mOSt oF THat MAn POweR wiLL go To DD” rhetoric you’re most likely gonna say.

    It is a good thing.
    Bullit
    :spit::spit::spit::spit:
    They cant even get the game to run right on the console they have been using for 15 years. Rosters are all messed up, legacy issues abound, graphic glitches that have been in the game since inception. You magically think that developing for MORE platforms is going to fix all of this, or more likely make it worse? You are a fool and naive if you think that it wont get worse. But you keep spending your money.

    It's true, The Show already suffers enough from a one year development cycle. Having to program for multiple platforms is not going to help things.
    However, if it comes to PC, every single one of the things you mentioned can potentially be solved with mods.
    It is most likely not a good thing, but it has a better chance of being good than what we currently have...convoluted I know.
    Call it rhetoric if you want, that won't make it any less true. Development focus is where the most revenue is which is DD, and expanding the market isnt going to change that. It could potentially even make it worse since now the part if the market like us here at OS who want more of the sim experience will be even more diluted.
    That being said, sds hasn't shown anything in the last few years to make us think we matter anyway, on a single console. Maybe the additional revenue allows them to expand the team and throw the OS crowd a bone. It's a long shot, but imo there is a better chance than the status quo.
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    UFCMPunk
    I have to say, this is game changing when it comes to the sales of the new consoles. There were probably people who bought a PS3/PS4 over an XBOX because of The Show. Now it does sound silly to buy a console based on one game being exclusive to that console but it probably has happened.
    I hope with this news that this leads to previous XBOX exclusive games being available on the PS4 and other systems. I know I'd love to play Forza and hopefully this comes to Sony at some point. If we can get the companies working together to make gaming better for EVERYONE regardless of the system then it's a win win. Also with MLB The Show being available on other platforms, hope we can download any roster, sliders, settings, etc regardless of the system it was uploaded on. If someone has a good roster or sliders on the PS4, an XBOX user can download that-and vice versa.
    That is why I bought the Playstation. MLB the Show is the only console game I play.
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    I think there are two reasons for the expansion to other consoles. First for San Diego Studios it will mean of course more revenue. However, I believe MLB was pushing for this as getting more people playing baseball games on consoles has to help keep or increase interest in the sport.
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    I never thought I’d see the day, but this is excellent news
    I’d love a “play anywhere” Xbox version that covered the PC as well as thankfully that’s finally the way things are going with Xbox Game Pass, which is a fantastic service, by the way.
    A Switch edition would be a welcome treat as well.
    I’ve been playing The Show since ‘06 and it’s always felt to me like Sony’s personal love letter to the sport. This series has been going strong since its inception (and even before it was The Show), so I think it’s safe to say that this is arguably the most consistent sports franchise of all time, which is quite impressive. Madden had a hell of a run till about 2012, but lost it’s way after that, imo, and now it’s basically a bad joke. Meanwhile, The Show hasn’t really skipped a beat and this latest development should only serve to bolster the series even further.
    As a baseball fan, I think that this was a smart move by the MLB. I have to think that they pushed the sides together as the only major sport with a game exclusive to a single console. Baseball is dying (literally - as the fan base continues aging). Video games are a terrific way to market your sport to younger populations (as evidenced by the rise in popularity of the NBA in younger markets despite the rapid decline in game quality - how much of that was driven by the little kiddies playing MyPlayer on 2k?). Expanding the reach of the game to a larger fan base was a smart move (and forget about XBox for a second - the Switch audience is massive and is likely to grow with a legit sports game in its collection).
    As a fan of this series, I'm nervous about this move from a gameplay standpoint. It's going to add a groundswell of very crappy players who are going to moan and groan about things like "RNG" and "skill gap" (i.e. every excuse they can think of to blame game/ratings instead of practicing and getting better - it's bad enough now). I'm very worried about just how well the devs will be able to balance things to be accessible for the newbies while staying true to the core audience (and to the sport itself). They are going to need to do a bang-up job with onboarding.
    Now, from a mode standpoint, I'm actually less worried. RTTS is the most popular mode and it might very well be the best career mode out there (though I could see the team eventually expanding to some sort of online experience for RTTS). The kiddies love player career modes and will eat it up. DD is easily the best card mode out there and it's obviously going to be a big draw (while getting the usual minor tweaks each year). Here's the thing about franchise mode - they're going to HAVE to sell it to a new audience. It's a very solid mode now (far better than many in here will admit - though, yes, I fully agree we need enhancements) but I think they're going to HAVE to do a fair bit more to really draw in the more hardcore baseball fans that didn't have a PS4.
    It's certainly a surprising development....who knows where this takes us all.....
    Well, this is surprising news, but I'll take it! Being able to play The Show on the Switch is huge, as I can go back to my PS3-Vita days of playing on TV and on the go.
    Let's just hope carryover saves continue.
    With this news, I'm definitely waiting on a big sale to get MLB The Show 20, and just keep playing 19 until I'm ready to move my franchise save over, in preparation for 21.
    this is the best thing to happen to the Show since carry-over saves. welcome to the big time, SDS. I look forward to news of this team doubling in size of developers and such. sure, the casual fanbase that loves stuff like DD is going to grow, but so should franchise mode lovers base increase too.
    and does this mean Halo is closer to being on PlayStation? lol
    probably not, but I wouldn't 100% rule it out either
    Caulfield
    this is the best thing to happen to the Show since carry-over saves. welcome to the big time, SDS. I look forward to news of this team doubling in size of developers and such. sure, the casual fanbase that loves stuff like DD is going to grow, but so should franchise mode lovers base increase too.
    and does this mean Halo is closer to being on PlayStation? lol
    probably not, but I wouldn't 100% rule it out either

    I hope you are right on the bigger franchise base means a better product, but I have yet to see a game ever improve due to the player base if it cannot be monitized.
    I don't think this means we'll see growth where we would like to see growth.
    I also don't believe this will create any negative effect as some are predicting.
    I honestly see this as a moot point for the most part and the status quo will probably continue.
    Most importantly though, I'm excited for those on other platforms to be able to play a baseball game once again. Great job by all getting this done!
    I think to take this beyond the face value of the announcement is impulsive. All that is known is that video game baseball fans, who were not Playstation console owners, will now have the opportunity to play the game without having to fork over hundreds of dollars for a console to play it on.
    Caulfield
    this is the best thing to happen to the Show since carry-over saves. welcome to the big time, SDS. I look forward to news of this team doubling in size of developers and such. sure, the casual fanbase that loves stuff like DD is going to grow, but so should franchise mode lovers base increase too.
    and does this mean Halo is closer to being on PlayStation? lol
    probably not, but I wouldn't 100% rule it out either
    I mean, Halo is on Steam now, and we never thought we'd see that day...
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    So does this mean that XBOX 1 will get a game made, or is this just for Scarlet?
    I can't see MLB ignoring the installed console base of the XBOX 1, so hopefully we get at least a port of the PS4 version as soon as possible. Anyway, I'm stoked!
    baconbits11
    So does this mean that XBOX 1 will get a game made, or is this just for Scarlet?
    I can't see MLB ignoring the installed console base of the XBOX 1, so hopefully we get at least a port of the PS4 version as soon as possible. Anyway, I'm stoked!

    pure speculation on my part but if I was betting on the Show's reputation as a ''system seller'', I'd bet X-Box would want to capatalise on that reputation. but that's where these strange bedfellows will have to hammer out some details, if they haven't finalised them already. it's to Sony's benefit for the Show to be on X-Box One. and it's probably to MicroSoft's benefit to be a system seller. it's gonna be interesting, to say the least :popcorn:
    baconbits11
    So does this mean that XBOX 1 will get a game made, or is this just for Scarlet?
    I can't see MLB ignoring the installed console base of the XBOX 1, so hopefully we get at least a port of the PS4 version as soon as possible. Anyway, I'm stoked!

    The PS4, PS5, Switch, and XBOX Scarlet are locks. PC is probably very likely but I’m not sure it’ll be on XBOX One.
    Let's see how other mutiplatform, one year cycle sports series are doing
    NBA 2K - Great
    FIFA - Bad, getting worse
    Madden - Don't even know anymore
    NBA Live - RIP
    I am excited, but I can't quite explain why, other than feeling like a proud uncle. But I feel like in 5 years we will look back at this as a bad day, after things had already begun to trend down.
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    jvalverde88
    Huh? How in the world is this not a good thing? This gives the studio more revenue to develop the game and even possibly add more man power to the studio. And save me with the “mOSt oF THat MAn POweR wiLL go To DD” rhetoric you’re most likely gonna say.

    I know what you are saying but take a look at EA. they havn't made any sports game better only worse
    with their MUT mode crap
    this will be more mainstream and the DD mode would be where they will oversell this just like EA do with the MUT mode garbage. and this scares me now. SDS were much better when they were a smaller company. it be like CD red Project becoming bigger greed is good as they say.
    With this they'll hire more people to help develop the game for all the different consoles. I think is a good move it all falls on the direction, and the people in charge of working on the modes to deliver.
    Another thought what If MLB purchased SDS from Sony? Could that even happen?
    djep
    It's going to be embarrassing when the game runs smoother online on XBL than PSN.

    I hope you know they are still using Sony servers and more than likely those users will have to enroll as a PSN user.
    mr23frahee
    Let's see how other mutiplatform, one year cycle sports series are doing
    NBA 2K - Great
    FIFA - Bad, getting worse
    Madden - Don't even know anymore
    NBA Live - RIP
    I am excited, but I can't quite explain why, other than feeling like a proud uncle. But I feel like in 5 years we will look back at this as a bad day, after things had already begun to trend down.
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    Lol the success/failures of those franchises literally have nothing to do with being multi-platform
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    zello144
    With this they'll hire more people to help develop the game for all the different consoles. I think is a good move it all falls on the direction, and the people in charge of working on the modes to deliver.
    Another thought what If MLB purchased SDS from Sony? Could that even happen?

    Honestly I bet this was getting expensive for Sony for the amount they'd sell. This probably had to happen to be able to afford the license.
    Impetuous65
    I hope you know they are still using Sony servers and more than likely those users will have to enroll as a PSN user.

    Why would XBox users need to enroll as PSN users...
    Mauer4MVP
    Pretty selfish viewpoint. The only good thing to come out is the thousands of people that haven't been able to play the game will be able to
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    I meant for the health of the series and most importantly the gameplay as a whole. Multi platform sports games are not doing great the moment. This is most likely a horrible move for everyone besides Non PS4 Owners, if there is no PC release to come out of this.
    I'm not sure why they would be doing this for any reason beyond the game is no longer selling on a level that makes the MLB license worth its cost. The Xbox version will pull a nice profit; not sure about a Switch version though. Not really a platform with a lot of people who will care much about it. And that's not even thinking about the corners they'll have to cut. I would have to think a PC version is coming at some point, maybe the first year will just be the consoles or they just haven't confirmed it yet for 2021. People keep mentioning it as a "Play Anywhere" title for Xbox.....that's definitely not happening. That's only Microsoft published games. Forza, Gears, Halo, etc. No way will it be for a 3rd party game published by their competitor. Anyway I don't really see why they wouldn't release it on PC if it's coming to the other platforms too; seems like a pretty simple decision. It would do well.
    Anyway, would be pretty phenomenal to play this on PC at 4k/60+fps. If it can be modded that would of course be fantastic icing on the cake, but let's just get a confirmation that it's coming first.
    I believe there is going to be more that comes from this story.
    From what I am reading MLB wanted Sony to release on other platforms to keep the license. Sony has relented and agreed. I do not believe that this was done voluntarily, but were stiff armed. No 1st party developers want to develop a game for competing systems. Would Sony be happy if the game out sold the playstation brand on xbox and nintendo? It not only would cut their profit, but weaken their brand.
    Some people have begun speculating that the studio may get spun off...
    Here is one article on it.https://news.yahoo.com/baseball-franchise-mlb-show-heading-other-consoles-102126075.html
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    tabarnes19
    I believe there is going to be more that comes from this story.
    From what I am reading MLB wanted Sony to release on other platforms to keep the license. Sony has relented and agreed. I do not believe that this was done voluntarily, but were stiff armed. No 1st party developers want to develop a game for competing systems. Would Sony be happy if the game out sold the playstation brand on xbox and nintendo? It not only would cut their profit, but weaken their brand.
    Some people have begun speculating that the studio may get spun off...
    Here is one article on it.https://news.yahoo.com/baseball-franchise-mlb-show-heading-other-consoles-102126075.html
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    I was just coming on to post this as well. Further solidifying my thoughts that this will not be a good thing for the future of MLB The Show.
    Bullit
    I was just coming on to post this as well. Further solidifying my thoughts that this will not be a good thing for the future of MLB The Show.
    I dont think it will be good for the status quo for SDS remaining employed by Sony. I do believe in the long run it will be good for the developers to make the game they want and not the one dictated by Sony. I could be wrong. but I dont think so.
    Totally understand a lot of the issues being raised in this thread, but as a complete doom-and-gloom person (about the current sports gaming landscape), I have to say that this is one of the rare pieces of news that I'm super-happy about. I've always preferred the Xbox (for whatever reason...mostly the controller to be honest), but no legit baseball game was always a major sore spot. So even though this is in the future, I just think it's great to hear it going multiplatform.
    Now all we need is for college football, basketball, and NFL2K to come back, and I'll have no reason to ever post on these forums again! ;)
    Caulfield
    I dont think it will be good for the status quo for SDS remaining employed by Sony. I do believe in the long run it will be good for the developers to make the game they want and not the one dictated by Sony. I could be wrong. but I dont think so.

    I hope so. I do not have the faith, that you do, that will be the case. I, of course, would love to be wrong. I guess time will tell.
    green94
    I bought PS3 and PS4 for The Show... I’m probably in the minority but The Show is the only “must have” video game for me.

    Yup,the Show made ps4 an easy decision for me. I'm not saying now I'm definitely going xbox next gen, but I'll be paying attention to what they are doing and am open to switching.
    tabarnes19
    I believe there is going to be more that comes from this story.
    From what I am reading MLB wanted Sony to release on other platforms to keep the license. Sony has relented and agreed. I do not believe that this was done voluntarily, but were stiff armed. No 1st party developers want to develop a game for competing systems. Would Sony be happy if the game out sold the playstation brand on xbox and nintendo? It not only would cut their profit, but weaken their brand.
    Some people have begun speculating that the studio may get spun off...
    Here is one article on it.https://news.yahoo.com/baseball-franchise-mlb-show-heading-other-consoles-102126075.html
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    I wonder if EA got back in the talks and told MLB we can be on every console with a MLB game instead of just limiting it to just one. So MLB offered Sony the first shot of going multiplatform or else they were going to go another way (EA)??? All speculation.
    NYJets
    Yup,the Show made ps4 an easy decision for me. I'm not saying now I'm definitely going xbox next gen, but I'll be paying attention to what they are doing and am open to switching.

    Next gen I really didnt want to spend $500+ on PS5 just for one game.
    hyacinth1
    I wonder if EA got back in the talks and told MLB we can be on every console with a MLB game instead of just limiting it to just one. So MLB offered Sony the first shot of going multiplatform or else they were going to go another way (EA)??? All speculation.

    EA could have gotten back in at any time, there wasn't anything stopping them.
    I suspect San Diego Studios to be spun off at some point, and this announcement is just a precursor to that.
    Looking at Wikipedia, The Show is the only game they've done the last few years. Sony doesn't produce any other sports games (Madden, 2K, etc., have their markets locked down) so maybe Sony is just getting out of sports altogether to focus on other titles. We're a long ways from the 989 days.
    MLB pressuring Sony to go multi-platform doesn't make sense to me. I'm sure MLB wants a game on Xbox, but what is MLB's leverage? If you pull the license from Sony, there's no MLB game period.
    I have a terrible feeling about this. Remember a few years back when the show cut out PS3 and was a Ps4 exclusive and putting all of their resources into one platform allowed them to take a major step forward?
    And MLB does have their own licensed game, RBI baseball. So I wonder if that was their leverage.
    kehlis
    EA could have gotten back in at any time, there wasn't anything stopping them.
    It looks like it was time to renew the license. Mlb may have wanted to do an exclusive agreement. Similiar to how Madden became only football game. Pure speculation now, but reading between the lines..
    .
    Guess we will see if RBI is in existence in 2021
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    mva5580
    I'm not sure why they would be doing this for any reason beyond the game is no longer selling on a level that makes the MLB license worth its cost. The Xbox version will pull a nice profit; not sure about a Switch version though. Not really a platform with a lot of people who will care much about it. And that's not even thinking about the corners they'll have to cut. I would have to think a PC version is coming at some point, maybe the first year will just be the consoles or they just haven't confirmed it yet for 2021. People keep mentioning it as a "Play Anywhere" title for Xbox.....that's definitely not happening. That's only Microsoft published games. Forza, Gears, Halo, etc. No way will it be for a 3rd party game published by their competitor. Anyway I don't really see why they wouldn't release it on PC if it's coming to the other platforms too; seems like a pretty simple decision. It would do well.
    Anyway, would be pretty phenomenal to play this on PC at 4k/60+fps. If it can be modded that would of course be fantastic icing on the cake, but let's just get a confirmation that it's coming first.
    There is a good reason why it may not come to PC (even though I desperately want it to). Committing to PC means committing to support on PC. Consoles are becoming more and more like PCs with this next generation, with very similar infrastructure and multiple SKUs, but the fact remains that as long as you remain on consoles only, you're only committing to support for 5 different SKUs at most.
    With PC in the picture, the are literally thousands of possible combinations of hardware, and you need to provide support for every single one. So yeah, PC is a much bigger committment.
    As for the switch, if it has cross save, I for one will definitely get it. If it doesn't have cross save, I may still get. As long as the only sacrifice is graphics (ie texture quality), it may actually become my preferred version.
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    kehlis
    EA could have gotten back in at any time, there wasn't anything stopping them.

    EA like 2K, Microsoft, and Nintendo, had zero interest doing a AAA baseball game if they had to compete with The Show. MLB wants the game on all consoles.
    My guess is that MLB told Sony that they either needed to go multi with The Show, or they were giving somebody else full exclusive rights.
    The fanboys will put this on EA, but no one, even Microsoft and their High Heat license saw value in producing a baseball game for the Xbox.
    mr23frahee
    Let's see how other mutiplatform, one year cycle sports series are doing
    NBA 2K - Great
    FIFA - Bad, getting worse
    Madden - Don't even know anymore
    NBA Live - RIP
    I am excited, but I can't quite explain why, other than feeling like a proud uncle. But I feel like in 5 years we will look back at this as a bad day, after things had already begun to trend down.
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    NBA 2k are now going crap now too with their slot machine garbage and real time Ads in the game. they are on the decline too. there is no sports game currently now rocking in it's prime. the show is starting to go to tbe beginning of the decline the last couple of years. with all the focus being on DD season mode being taken out.. and the focus limited to this road to October mode.
    JayhawkerStL
    EA like 2K, Microsoft, and Nintendo, had zero interest doing a AAA baseball game if they had to compete with The Show. MLB wants the game on all consoles.
    My guess is that MLB told Sony that they either needed to go multi with The Show, or they were giving somebody else full exclusive rights.
    The fanboys will put this on EA, but no one, even Microsoft and their High Heat license saw value in producing a baseball game for the Xbox.

    I don’t think it was this. It’s clearly just a lot more profitable to release it everywhere else. And, I don’t think Sony looks at Mlb the show in the same light as a game like God of war. I’m the end SONY will make a lot more money bringing mlb the show on many other platforms especially knowing they don’t really have any competition.
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    Artman22
    I don’t think it was this. It’s clearly just a lot more profitable to release it everywhere else. And, I don’t think Sony looks at Mlb the show in the same light as a game like God of war. I’m the end SONY will make a lot more money bringing mlb the show on many other platforms especially knowing they don’t really have any competition.
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    And IMO this is the best way to keep competition from arising. I think MLB will be content with RBI being more of an arcade type deal, and a less expensive alternative for pre-teens who may not have need or want for a sim experience. I expect sales to double easily when this console support expansion happens.
    I highly doubt there will be a PC release. Every thing I’ve seen written has stated “multi console platform”. Key word, “console”.
    And for those who think this means they’ll hire a bunch more people because they’ll be developing for 3 consoles, it still wouldn’t mean that they’re in need of the people that program what we care about. Those people wouldn’t be hired to work on franchise mode, player models, physics, or anything else regarding game play. Those people would likely be engineers to help with the porting to the other platforms. It’s likely to be the same game made for all 3 systems and just a port.
    bigwill33
    I highly doubt there will be a PC release. Every thing I’ve seen written has stated “multi console platform”. Key word, “console”.
    And for those who think this means they’ll hire a bunch more people because they’ll be developing for 3 consoles, it still wouldn’t mean that they’re in need of the people that program what we care about. Those people wouldn’t be hired to work on franchise mode, player models, physics, or anything else regarding game play. Those people would likely be engineers to help with the porting to the other platforms. It’s likely to be the same game made for all 3 systems and just a port.

    I dont look for a PC version, if there is, I'd bet not until 2023 or after. I bet the first couple years you wont see this affect the PlayStation Show but with the revenue stream this opens up, I'd be surprised if by year 3 on multiplatforms is when this pays dividends for the PlayStation. just a hunch.
    kehlis
    EA could have gotten back in at any time, there wasn't anything stopping them.

    Erroneous! They were busy building that powerhouse IP, NBA Live, which has a healthy fanbase.
    bigwill33
    I highly doubt there will be a PC release. Every thing I’ve seen written has stated “multi console platform”. Key word, “console”.
    And for those who think this means they’ll hire a bunch more people because they’ll be developing for 3 consoles, it still wouldn’t mean that they’re in need of the people that program what we care about. Those people wouldn’t be hired to work on franchise mode, player models, physics, or anything else regarding game play. Those people would likely be engineers to help with the porting to the other platforms. It’s likely to be the same game made for all 3 systems and just a port.

    Don’t all Xbox games work on the PC?
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    dickey1331
    Don’t all Xbox games work on the PC?
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    All new first party xbox games going forward will also be on PC. The Show wouldn't fall under that umbrella.
    I don't think we will see a PC release, even though I really want one. If they do make one at least modders could finally fix all legacy issues that have plagued the game for years (assuming enough modders care about baseball to do it). Plus, making custom rosters would be about 100x faster on PC. :popcorn:
    puppies_on_acid
    All new first party xbox games going forward will also be on PC. The Show wouldn't fall under that umbrella.
    I don't think we will see a PC release, even though I really want one. If they do make one at least modders could finally fix all legacy issues that have plagued the game for years (assuming enough modders care about baseball to do it). Plus, making custom rosters would be about 100x faster on PC. :popcorn:

    Custom rosters would be incredible. we would be able to 'skip a year' with players age and use the same rosters as the previous year and wouldn't have keep buying the show for updated rosters. we could have service time. fixed for some players. edit career stats. someone might even be able to mod a auto update career stats
    Think of other little things too might even be able to get into the graphics make our own uniforms. give players shaves and give them beards. add portraits. add our own faces. think of all the possibility;a a PC version would be, i remember when Madden cracked this back in I think it was 06 I spent hours fixing uniforms. it was fun.
    the endless possibilities for a PC version would be amazing I miss the mid 00s when modding sports games on PC was good time wasters. Sadly though its mainly about console mainstream sports games now and MUT modes and DD modes and selling digital cards and junk that is only good for 6 months. it's just like throwing money away in a bath tub. those mods are nothing to do with sports at all. franchise gameplay and customization that's what sports games should be about
    I originally purchased a PS3 in high school because that's what my friend group had. When the next gen consoles came out I stayed with PS4 at launch because I didn't know any different. I bought the Battlefield 1 military green Xbox 1 S and sold my PS4 but quickly but a PS4 Pro to get my MLB gaming fix. I now own a PS4 Pro and an Xbox One X. If MLB the Show truly comes out on the Xbox Series X in 2021 then I will only be purchasing the XSX given all my friends now are Xbox users. This is a huge win for the non-PS crowd and a smart business move by MLB to negotiate a deal to get the best baseball game of this last decade on to more consoles in front of younger audiences for the next generation of gamers. Good on MLB.
    d15nonvtec
    Why did I think SDS was owned by Sony? Guess it's not if they are expanding into other platforms.

    Sony has put their games on other platforms in the past, this isn't unprecedented.
    I think we're going to see Sony distance themselves from their own system as we move further into the future though. Just like Microsoft has done with their games (which moving forward will all be available on PC), Sony will just produce a box that will play all of their games, but give players more freedom to choose where to play their games.
    Honestly, I feel it's either that or get crushed by the competition for Sony. I think they'll have far more success as a publisher anyways. They've mostly been buoyed by the quality of their games to this point anyways.
    TheWarmWind
    Sony has put their games on other platforms in the past, this isn't unprecedented.
    I think we're going to see Sony distance themselves from their own system as we move further into the future though. Just like Microsoft has done with their games (which moving forward will all be available on PC), Sony will just produce a box that will play all of their games, but give players more freedom to choose where to play their games.
    Honestly, I feel it's either that or get crushed by the competition for Sony. I think they'll have far more success as a publisher anyways. They've mostly been buoyed by the quality of their games to this point anyways.

    Have to say, I'm excited that I don't have to be locked into owning a PS machine to play the Show. I am interested to see how it plays on the Switch and I am also hoping for crossplay between the PS system and Xbox systems.
    Ok, say that the next-gen Xbox outperforms the ps5 ala the x vs the pro. once 21 or will it be 22 comes out... if in fact by then it is proven that the ps5 is a lesser console will you switch to the Xbox to play the show?
    mlblover15
    Ok, say that the next-gen Xbox outperforms the ps5 ala the x vs the pro. once 21 or will it be 22 comes out... if in fact by then it is proven that the ps5 is a lesser console will you switch to the Xbox to play the show?
    not me. the only interest I have outside PlayStation would be on a PC, but I think it likely won't be on non-consoles.
    UNLESS ... I hear the game is far more customisable on xbox. but again, unlikely.
    Yeah. I think Sony will, smartly, demand SDS maintain parity. That is based on my theory that MLB forced Sony's hand on exclusivity. I don't think Sony has to strong-arm SDS to get that parity. SDS is where they are due to Sony.
    I don't think The Show will be coming to consoles, as sports gaming on the PC is largely dead as it is. I doubt EA had any interest in a PC version of their baseball game, even if they had gotten the exclusive rights. I just doubt Sony will see any profit from doing a PC version.
    One thing that could be interesting is that Sony could get SDS to make DD exclusive to the PS5, or provide benefits that make DD better on the PS5. This would keep a larger portion of the revenue generated by The Show for Sony.

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