In case you might have missed it, PlayStation renewed their licensing agreement with Major League Baseball in late 2019. However, as part of the agreement, MLB stated that the game could no longer be exclusive to PlayStation platforms – likely in the interest of sales. While it was too late to cross-develop MLB The Show 20, we now have confirmation that MLB The Show 21 will launch on Xbox consoles for the first time ever. It launches for all platforms on April 20th.
According to the press release from Sony, the game will feature both crossplay and cross-progression. They released a statement thanking everyone involved to make it happen:
We’re excited to share that, with our announced extension with the MLB® and MLB Players, MLB The Show 21 will be available for players on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S. This is a very exciting moment for all of us as the storied franchise will be accessible to more gamers than before. We would like to thank everyone at PlayStation, Xbox, Major League Baseball, Major League Baseball Players Association and the San Diego Studio for working diligently to bring MLB The Show to more users.
This is both strange and great to see. We know Xbox players have been itching for a true, simulation style baseball title for years. However, it’s definitely strange to see a PlayStation developed and published title arriving on Xbox consoles. We love that it will include crossplay and cross-progession and hope the game sees increased sales because of the new deal.