For the longest time, Xbox gamers had to sit and wallow in sadness, knowing that their chief rival, PlayStation, had the only baseball simulation game on the market. After years of being on the outside looking in, Xbox players will finally get their hands on MLB The Show 21 on April 20.
In celebration of such an event, Xbox recently released a two-minute trailer on its YouTube channel to showcase what players can expect to see in late April. It is also important to note that the trailer is all in-game footage from next-gen consoles.
Although it is a sight for sore Xbox gamers’ eyes to see a virtual baseball field on their Xboxs, perhaps one of the most jarring sights is seeing a PlayStation Studios logo being prominently displayed on an Xbox video. Nevertheless, the fact that a baseball simulation game is releasing on an Xbox again is a momentous occasion, in and of itself.
Since 2013, the only baseball simulation game available on a Microsoft platform was MLB 2K13. However, it was not well received as it featured essentially the same gameplay and had fewer modes in comparison to MLB 2K12. Much of the issues stemmed from the fact that 2K only had four months to work on the game as their contract with Major League Baseball was expiring.
Now that MLB The Show 21 is headed to Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S as well as PlayStation 4 and 5, players can share progression through either console and can also cross-play against other players. Along with series staples “Road to the Show,” “Diamond Dynasty,” “Franchise,” and “March to October,” a new feature was introduced in this trailer: Stadium Creator, which will only be available on next-gen versions of the game.
In all, the standard edition of MLB The Show 21 will be available on April 20 for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 for $59.99 and $69.99 USD, respectively. The Collector’s Editions featuring Jackie Robinson on the cover along with other goodies will be available for either $84.99 or $99, depending on the version.
Regardless of which console players play MLB The Show 21 on, expect it to be a hit, more so than in previous years.