MLB The Show, formerly a PlayStation exclusive, is coming to Xbox

The MLB The Show franchise has been a PlayStation exclusive since its first game launched in 1998. For 2021, however, that’s changing.

Developer San Diego Studio, a Sony PlayStation in-house studio, made the announcement on the official Xbox blog. Ramone Russell, Game Designer & Online Community Manager at San Diego Studio, shared Fernando “El Nino” Tatis Jr. of the San Diego Padres would grace the cover of MLB The Show 21 and with Sony re-upping its licensing deal with Major League Baseball that the game would also be arriving on Xbox consoles on April 20, 2021.

“We’re also excited to share that, with our announced extension with MLB and MLB Players, MLB The Show 21 will be available — for the first time ever — on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One,” Russell said. “This is a very exciting moment for all of us as the storied franchise will be accessible to more gamers than ever 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 players.”

Since 2013’s Major League Baseball 2K13, MLB The Show has been the only MLB simulation game on the game market. And while it appears that still may be the case, Sony’s new deal with Major League Baseball may include a requirement to make it multi-platform if they want to keep that exclusive development license.

In addition to the franchise arriving on Xbox consoles, the game will also have cross-play and cross-progression between PlayStation and Xbox, according to Russell.

“That’s right, with The Show live on multiple platforms, users will be able to play against each other online with cross-platform play in MLB The Show 21,” he said. “In addition, cross-progression allows you to earn and use content on whichever platform and generation you choose. (Note: cross-platform progression excludes purchased Stubs).”

Look for the game to launch on both PlayStation and Xbox consoles on April 20, 2021.