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That’s according to a leaked box art image (via credited leaker Anerdydad on Instagram) displaying The Show 21 for Xbox One, complete with a PlayStation Studios logo brandished alongside the rival Microsoft branding.
It was first announced in December 2019 that the previously PlayStation exclusive franchise would be coming to “additional console platforms” for the first time, as part of a multi-year extension to Sony’s video games licensing deal.
UPDATE 01/02/21: Sony has officially revealed MLB The Show 21. Set for release on April 20, 2021, the standard edition is priced at $59.99 USD/$79.99 CAD/£59.99/€59.99 for PS4 and Xbox One, and $69.99 USD/$89.99 CAD/£69.99/€69.99 for PS5 and Xbox Series X/S.
ORIGINAL STORY CONTINUES: A joint statement from Major League Baseball and Sony Interactive Entertainment said the multi-platform release would happen “as early as 2021”. While no specific platforms were mentioned, both Nintendo and Xbox retweeted the news.
While Sony has recently explored publishing games on non-PlayStation platforms – releasing several PC ports on the Epic Games Store – The Show would represent PlayStation Studios’ first release for rival consoles.
The PlayStation Studios brand was unveiled last summer and will be used on all games developed and managed by Sony.
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In comparison, Microsoft has shown far more willingness to release its titles on other console platforms in recent years. To date, it’s published Minecraft on multiple formats, released Cuphead and Ori for Nintendo Switch, and put Banjo-Kazooie in Smash Bros.
PlayStation 5 at retail
Later this year the Xbox firm will publish Psychonauts 2 for PlayStation platforms, while Bethesda titles Ghostwire Tokyo and Deathloop will remain timed PS5 exclusives after the company agreed to be acquired by Microsoft.
However, there are some signs that Sony could more actively pursue a cross-platform strategy in the future. In a corporate report published last summer, Sony said it would explore bringing more PlayStation exclusives to PC, following Horizon Zero Dawn’s release on the platform.
Sony’s head of worldwide studios Herman Hulst claimed on the PlayStation Blog in March 2020 that PC ports of PlayStation exclusives would remain an exception.
“And to maybe put a few minds at ease, releasing one first-party AAA title to PC doesn’t necessarily mean that every game now will come to PC,” he said.
“In my mind, Horizon Zero Dawn was just a great fit in this particular instance. We don’t have plans for day and date [PC releases], and we remain 100% committed to dedicated hardware.”