Sony to publish PlayStation exclusive baseball game on Xbox
Sony has officially announced that MLB: The Show 21 will release on April 20 for PlayStation 5 and
PlayStation 4, as well as Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One, with cross-platform play available on all versions.
With the releases of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S, Sony and Microsoft’s rivalry has arguably never
been stronger. So, imagine picking up a new Xbox game and seeing the PlayStation Studios logo on the box.
That is precisely what is happening, as box art for baseball game MLB:
The Show 21 has been shared online and looks to be being published by Sony. The images of the PS5
and Xbox One box arts were first posted by anerdydad (who usually leaks info related to Funko Pops)
While some have assumed that the images are fake, especially since the MLB: The Show series has
been exclusive to PlayStation since 1997, there is evidence to support this. Back in 2019,
the official Major League Baseball Twitter account announced that, as part of its multi-year extension
with Sony, the MLB: The Show series would also be going multi-platform from 2021.
At the time of writing, MLB: The Show 21 has no release date and it’s unknown whether it will also see
release on the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, or Xbox Series X/S. As bizarre as it still is to see the
PlayStation logo on an Xbox game cover, Sony has begun to show a willingness to release some of its
first party games on other platforms. Only last year,
it brought PlayStation 4 exclusive Horizon: Zero Dawn to PC and a corporate report stated
‘We will explore expanding our first-party titles to the PC platform, to promote further growth
in our profitability
Microsoft, by comparison, has already embraced multi-platform releases. Its friendship with Nintendo
saw Xbox exclusives like Cuphead and the Ori games come to the Switch and is why Banjo and Kazooie
and Minecraft’s Steve made it into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. While you shouldn’t expect to see games
like The Last Of Us Part 2 come to Xbox any time soon, this new partnership could mark a new precedent
in the industry or, at the very least, help foster new collaborations (and maybe put a stop to those
ridiculous Sony vs Microsoft fanboy arguments, please?).