A Monday evening announcement about Sony’s long-running baseball sim collection MLB The Show included a clause we have but to see connected to a PlayStation collection announcement: plans to launch on different consoles.
Sony and Major League Baseball issued a joint assertion on Monday evening confirming that their shared license for the collection MLB The Show will persist for an indeterminate period of time. This additionally included a pledge that the collection will seem on “additional console platforms beyond PlayStation platforms as early as 2021.”
The gazillion-dollar query, after all, is which different console platforms we’d count on the collection to launch on. Neither Sony nor MLB had any solutions to that query as of press time. Sony additionally did not trace to doing the identical factor for some other present PlayStation-exclusive collection.
Since the collection started life in 1998 on PlayStation 1, merely titled MLB ’98, Sony’s baseball games have launched solely on PlayStation platforms—and, in actual fact, they’ve launched on each PlayStation-branded gadget. While different multi-platform baseball sim collection have fallen by the wayside within the years since, most just lately 2K Sports’ MLB 2K13, Sony’s PlayStation-exclusive take on the American pastime has persevered as an annual launch.
Unlike Sony, rival console writer Microsoft has dipped its toe fairly loudly into multi-console publishing up to now few years. The development started with Minecraft, however Microsoft technically inherited that collection’ multiplatform standing upon buying its creator Mojang in 2014. Microsoft’s multi-console technique actually blossomed in 2019 with the launch of former Xbox exclusives Cuphead and Ori and the Blind Forest on Nintendo Switch.
Could Sony be catching Switch fever, as properly? (Nintendo is already hinting to the possibility.) Might Sony go as far as to launch MLB The Show on Xbox, thus making a tangled love triangle of who publishes on whose consoles? Or will this turn out to be a weird transfer on Sony’s half to help Google Stadia, regardless that Sony has its personal difficult sometimes-streaming subscription service? And both manner, how far would possibly Sony and the MLB milk this cloud of thriller, assuming that “as early as 2021” might imply one, two, and even 4,000 years later?