It’s not every day that you see a PlayStation franchise make its debut on the Xbox format. And what’s more, it’s even less to see it join a Microsoft-based program like Xbox Game Pass. But that’s exactly what’s happening with MLB the Show 21.
In an announcement over on Xbox Wire, it was confirmed that Sony’s latest entry into its baseball series will arrive on Microsoft’s on-demand program starting on April 20th . That’s right, it’s launching day one alongside the PlayStation 4/5 version of the game. It’ll support both the Xbox One and Xbox Series S/X versions of the game, so everyone can enjoy it across the board.
It will also come with the previously-announced cross-platform support, so there are no limitations.
Jamie Leece, senior vice president for MLB, noted “this is an incredible moment for all of us and bringing the franchise to more players and baseball fans is something that we at MLB, MLB Players, Inc., and Xbox are all excited about.”
He continued, “MLB The Show 21 rockets the franchise onto the next generation of video game consoles with a huge range of improvements, enhancements, and optimizations that make The Show the ultimate Major League Baseball experience. Thousands of new animations, revolutionary innovation on gameplay, and an all-new Stadium Creator let you own The Show like never before.”
The game is available for pre-order, for those that wish to purchase the full title to permanently add to their library. As for Xbox Game Pass subscribers, there should be an option to pre-load fairly soon, so you won’t have to wait long to play ball.
This is a huge moment for Xbox Game Pass, and makes you wonder just what could come up next for the program. After all, Square Enix’s Outriders just hit it on the first day, and we’re just getting started with April.
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