MLB: The Show Exclusivity Ends 2021

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Usually by December we’re all thinking, “Can’t wait for the new year!” Not this year! This year I can’t wait for 2020 to end! One of the longest running and arguably the best baseball games of all times, MLB: The Show, will be going multiple platform in 2021. More details about this multi-year deal, like which consoles, will be released at a later date according to the MLB. MLB: The Show is officially licensed by MLB and MLBPA. This makes it one of two games allowed to use players names and likenesses. The other is R.B.I Baseball which is developed and published by MLB Advanced Media.

MLB: The Show, published by Sony Computer Entertainment, has been a sports staple for the Sony consoles since 1998. Initially launched as MLB ’98 by 989 Studios for the original PlayStation and changed names to MLB: The Show in 2006. 2006 was the first year that the exclusive jumped from a home console to the PlayStation Portable (PSP) then to the PlayStation Vita in 2012. The Show had MLB exclusivity for a period of time and the only game allowed to use MLB player names and stadiums at the time. The entire press release from the MLB and the MLB Player Association below.

MLB and Sony Press release for the multi-year, multi-platform contract extension.

You can see the original Tweet on the official MLB Press Twitter account @MLB_PR. Hopefully, we will see a 2021 release on the Xbox line of consoles as well as the Nintendo Switch. Another possibility is a release only on the next-gen PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. We’ll have to wait till next year to get more information.

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