Xbox executive Sara Bond has told Axios that for several years Microsoft has been trying to MLB The Show on Xbox consoles. And when it finally managed to break through PlayStation’s long-held exclusivity, the company had to “trust” Sony with pre-release Xbox Series X/S consoles.
Bond revealed that MLB The Show “always came up” in conversations between Microsoft and the Major League Baseball organization. “We always said, ‘We love this game. It would be a huge opportunity to bring it to Xbox.’” She recalled. However, when Microsoft’s efforts became a reality, it put the company in a tricky situation where it pre-release consoles to a rival company.
“It was a real, real sign of confidence in the industry,” Bond added.
Microsoft then went ahead and struck a deal with the MLB put The Show 21 on Game Pass — a decision Sony said had nothing to do with it.
“As part of the goal for this year’s competition, MLB decided to bring the franchise to more players and baseball fans,” a Sony representative told Inverse in April. “This decision offers a unique opportunity to continue MLB The Show as the premier brand for baseball video games.”
2019, MLB announced that the organization had entered into a multi-year deal with Sony Interactive Entertainment to continue developing and distributing MLB the show Computer Games. However, part of the deal requires the San Diego studio to develop for multiple platforms.
MLB The Show 21 went to the top sales charts upon release.