Wanted a baseball fix, but never had a PlayStation? Well, your prayers look like they’ll soon be answered.

MLB The Show, Sony Interactive Entertainment’s critically acclaimed baseball series, will be coming to consoles outside of PlayStation’s platforms beginning as early as 2021, Major League Baseball, the MLB Players Association, Sony, and series developer San Diego Studio announced in a joint press release sent out Tuesday night.

The lede of the press release was to announce a multi-year partnership extension between the respective parties to continue developing and distributing the annual baseball franchise. However, the reveal of it looking set to eventually go multi-platform is what will catch the most eyes.

MLB The Show has been the top baseball game on the market for more than a decade, which has given the PlayStation 3 and then the PlayStation 4 an advantage as the more viable platform among baseball-minded gamers, especially when paired with 2K’s discontinuation of its Major League Baseball franchise after 2013.

The move to bring the series to consoles outside of PlayStation will make it far more accessible, and even though none have officially been named yet, Nintendo of America, Xbox, and Xbox head Phil Spencer were quick to acknowledge the news on Twitter.

But perhaps more importantly, this could be the start of a seismic shift in the game console landscape as this will be the first time a Sony-published game will be appearing on a non-Sony console.

The potential 2021 start also lines up with both Sony’s (PlayStation 5) and Microsoft’s (Xbox, Project Scarlett) planned first year on the market for their next-gen consoles.

As for the immediate future, MLB The Show 20 was officially announced on Oct. 21 — the day before the start of the World Series — and will launch on March 17, 2020.

 

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Nick is a junior staff writer at GAW who loves hockey and a good RPG. The first game he played was Ice Hockey on a hand-me-down NES, and having grown up with the PS1, he knows the first three Crash Bandicoot games like the back of his hand and can recite every track from PaRappa the Rapper on the spot if you ask him to. Along with writing for GAW, Nick also works on the sports desk at the Philadelphia Inquirer. If he isn't on skates in his free time, he's probably trying to cycle through several 60-plus hour games at once.