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Signalstar said:
Hell when you make the best product in town why not spread the love around. If EA or 2K were competent at making baseball games, Nintendo and Xbox gamers could enjoy playing baseball without using Sony's talent.

In the case of Nintendo, if EA even bothered to make a Switch version of MLB it'd just be a no-effort rehash of an old version, not that a new version wouldn't also be crappy per their standards. 2K probably would make a decent Switch MLB game. Nintendo made the best baseball games on its own hardware back when they still had majority ownership of the Mariners.



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Hiku said:
Is this like Microsoft putting Minecraft on everything?
Not sure how MLB is tied to Playstation.

The studio that make The Show is owned by Sony.  Minecraft was multi platform before Microsoft bought Mojang.



Chris Hu said:
Hiku said:
Is this like Microsoft putting Minecraft on everything?
Not sure how MLB is tied to Playstation.

The studio that make The Show is owned by Sony.  Minecraft was multi platform before Microsoft bought Mojang.

I see. Then it sounds like the same situation.

And I was referring to the Minecraft brand.
In 2020 Minecraft Dungeons will be released on all platforms.



Hiku said:
Chris Hu said:

The studio that make The Show is owned by Sony.  Minecraft was multi platform before Microsoft bought Mojang.

I see. Then it sounds like the same situation.

And I was referring to the Minecraft brand.
In 2020 Minecraft Dungeons will be released on all platforms.

Not entirely the same.

Minecraft is 100% a Microsoft property since they own Mojang. Whatever happens with Minecraft is entirely up to Microsoft.
SIE San Diego makes The Show games, but the license is owned by Major League Baseball.

The two likely scenarios are: 1) MLB wanted them to take the game multiplatform so that they could sell more copies and if Sony refused, they would have taken the license elsewhere. EA or 2K Sports the most likely candidates. 2) MLB gave Sony a deal they couldn't refuse and decided they'd make way more money in the long term to release them multiplat than to stay exclusive. Either way, it's the MLB's call, not Sony's.



SpokenTruth said:
Train wreck said:

Lol, really? MLB forced Sony to take full exclusivity of their property?

Forced?  Maybe not but they could have dangled their MLB license at them.  Take it multiplat or we won't resign the MLB license to you.  I'm not saying they did but it's a thing they can do.

Would they play hard ball? No one else is even bothering to make an MLB game so for MLB, itz either a Sony made game or nothing. 

Hiku said:
Is this like Microsoft putting Minecraft on everything?
Not sure how MLB is tied to Playstation.

Only Sony makes MLB at a high enough quality, had the license for ages



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twintail said:
SpokenTruth said:

Forced?  Maybe not but they could have dangled their MLB license at them.  Take it multiplat or we won't resign the MLB license to you.  I'm not saying they did but it's a thing they can do.

Would they play hard ball? No one else is even bothering to make an MLB game so for MLB, itz either a Sony made game or nothing. 

Hiku said:
Is this like Microsoft putting Minecraft on everything?
Not sure how MLB is tied to Playstation.

Only Sony makes MLB at a high enough quality, had the license for ages

That's because MLB owns the license.  You can't make an MLB game without the license.



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That's fantastic, I predicted this would happen years ago but not under Sony. I thought EA or 2K would take over.

My logic was this is a strong series but doesent sell well enough. Its one of the the lower selling annual sports games.

Should be good sales given Xbox is popular in the US and this series only sells well in the US.

EDIT: Found my prediction. Again, I was just wrong about it being sold. Didnt think Sony think would go multiplat themselves. Probably because they opted to sell SOE instead of going multiplat.

Sony can also stay face by saying this is a MLB thing entirely. But its best for them, more money and its not a great system seller.

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Mr Puggsly said:

That's fantastic, I predicted this would happen years ago but not under Sony. I thought EA or 2K would take over.

My logic was this is a strong series but doesent sell well enough. Its one of the the lower selling annual sports games.

Should be good sales given Xbox is popular in the US and this series only sells well in the US.

It only releases in the U.S. and Australia. Which baffles me because baseball is the most popular sport in Japan. They have their own professional league that does extremely well. I'm not sure how popular Major League Baseball is over there, but I'd think The Show could sell respectably well if they released there.



PAOerfulone said:
Mr Puggsly said:

That's fantastic, I predicted this would happen years ago but not under Sony. I thought EA or 2K would take over.

My logic was this is a strong series but doesent sell well enough. Its one of the the lower selling annual sports games.

Should be good sales given Xbox is popular in the US and this series only sells well in the US.

It only releases in the U.S. and Australia. Which baffles me because baseball is the most popular sport in Japan. They have their own professional league that does extremely well. I'm not sure how popular Major League Baseball is over there, but I'd think The Show could sell respectably well if they released there.

Not sure if it would, maybe its been tried in the past or license issue.



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SpokenTruth said:
twintail said:

Would they play hard ball? No one else is even bothering to make an MLB game so for MLB, itz either a Sony made game or nothing. 

Only Sony makes MLB at a high enough quality, had the license for ages

That's because MLB owns the license.  You can't make an MLB game without the license.

This was understood by both your comment and my reply.

It doesnt answer my question though. No one else is making or even trying to make an MLB game. Having a high quality game, even exclusive, is better than no game at all.

Hence, why would they play hard ball in this scenario? Basically, I question whether this move by Sony is because they were forced to. But maybe it is as simple as MLB deciding to remove the licence. Seema like quite the gamble imho.