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MLB The Show 21 is coming to Game Pass on day 1 (April 20)

Stuart360

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If jim ryan have an active twitter account, you can be sure voices will be out and loud, and i wont be surprise if Sony backed down and offer it on PS+

But jim ryan is jim ryan... good luck !
I wont be playing the game, unless this deal also covers PC Gamepass (is this game even coming to PC, i dont know). And yes Sony may well feel they have to put this on PSNow for the good PR. I just hope if they do, they dont decide its not worth making the game anymore in the future because of all this. I know alot of Sony guys love the game, and i find this whole situation quite funny, but i wouldnt want them to miss out on future versions of the game.
 

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I wont be playing the game, unless this deal also covers PC Gamepass (is this game even coming to PC, i dont know). And yes Sony may well feel they have to put this on PSNow for the good PR. I just hope if they do, they dont decide its not worth making the game anymore in the future because of all this. I know alot of Sony guys love the game, and i find this whole situation quite funny, but i wouldnt want them to miss out on future versions of the game.
Can they afford to put it on PS+? It’s one of their annual revenue boosters during a typically slower spring quarter.

The amount of money they could potentially lose to “save face“ might not be worth it.
 
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tv show lol GIF
 

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Can they afford to put it on PS+? It’s one of their annual revenue boosters during a typically slower spring quarter.

The amount of money they could potentially lose to “save face“ might not be worth it.

I hope they don't. Just watching the crow being eaten is too good right now. Now imagine if Sony confirms "no plans for psnow/ps+".

All the driveby posting in gamepass threads has really paid off lol.
 
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Even though they don't publish it anymore MLB does, What do you think the reaction would be if this was exclusive to Xbox? We already got people pissed because it isn't exclusive to Playstation. Somewhere out there we got deathreats now.
Wonder if this is the reason the next-gen version is so low-budget - Sony is just going to turn this into a roster update series through the rest of the contract.
 

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I mean Jim Ryan said that "there was no massive adverse reaction" to the horizon pc port so clearly they don't care what we tweet.

The only way to improve things for the better is to withhold our money till things get better:

Adverse reaction? No shit. Putting games on PC is one of the most consumer friendly things MS/Sony can do. Imagine not having to arbitrarily be locked in to one piece of hardware to play a game and having the choice of buying it and playing it where you want to. The only people who say otherwise are creepy little possessive Gollum ‘my precious’ types that think they are special for owning a piece of hardware worth a couple of hundred quid.
 
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I hope they don't. Just watching the crow being eaten is too good right now. Now imagine if Sony confirms "no plans for psnow/ps+".

All the driveby posting in gamepass threads has really paid off lol.

Well, that's the one good thing about all those GP threads and tweets. It lets Sony brass know that their player base is absolutely not interested in a value proposition like GP.

Happy Danny Glover GIF by Regal
 
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I think it says a lot that this level of outrage wasn't aimed at price increases, lack of DS4 support, etc.

It took a Game Pass release for a baseball game for Sony to really upset their biggest fan.
 
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so.. if you plan to play mlb the show long term do you pay 70 up front, or sub fees every month for something you wont own if you unsub? pick your poision.

I wonder how much sony will make off this being on gp day 1? either mlb is paying or MS, but someone is paying for sales up front.

For non fans seems good...i don't how many here play sports games more then 6 month...FIFA itself is played more for the cards loot game then for the actual normal play...
 
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it isn't Sony. MLB owns the game and are the publishers beef with them not Sony. Oh and Money rules everthing. Keep it simple
Is it? I know MLB mandated it to be multiplatform, but did they have the say about Gamepass?
 

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I mean Jim Ryan said that "there was no massive adverse reaction" to the horizon pc port so clearly they don't care what we tweet.

The only way to improve things for the better is to withhold our money till things get better:

Think about what you are saying. The game is still on PS, the game will still be the exact same game as it would of been without this news.
You're basically losing it because other gamer sections will also be able to play the game.
And you never know, Sony may end up putting it on PSNow because of this news, and you would win then, if its the money you are worrying about.
 

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From a straight business perspective this move makes total sense once you realize the shots are not being called by Sony but rather by MLB as the actual publisher. However this straight up is a savage game business move for Xbox and Phil to get a beloved Sony Exclusive, developed by Sony game on to Game Pass Day 1 and Sony itself not having the same for PSNow. Its the "This is how we share games" moment of 2021 so far.
 

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Yep.

In terms of the dynamics unfolding at the moment the start of this gen feels very similar to the start of the 360/ps3 generation. The saving grace for Sony is that the hardware seems to be well sorted this time. But everything else? The momentum is swinging away from them and they only have themselves to blame.

Every decision that is being made at the moment seems to be heavily based around money and it's at the expense of people who own PlayStation platforms. There's nothing wrong with making lots of money of course, all companies strive to do exactly that, but the question for consumers ultimately becomes what are we getting in exchange?

Right now it looks like an increasingly raw deal.

It makes no sense. PSNow has been basically left for dead, WWS is shrinking instead of expanding, games going to PC, game prices going up... now a Sony game is on Gamepass day 1 and 70$ on PlayStation.

But hey at least Sony can use all that PlayStation money to keep failing at almost everything else they do. Fuck.
 
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Odd move, I wonder how much MS paid for this little coup.

Sales figures are sure going to be interesting, because if they are down substantially YoY I cannot see the franchise continuing without MLB underwriting the majority of the dev-cost.

I mean the objective reality is that this is likely to hurt sales the most in the one territory that gives a toss about the MLB. I mean, yes Sony could give it away as part of Plus, but objectively wouldn't that be an even bigger slap in the face for fans who buy the game at launch on Playstation?

Not sure what the takeaway is from this...
 

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Haven't bought an MLB game since Triple Play 98 on PlayStation One but seeing MLB The Show 21 on Game Pass Day fucking One, oh man, I may be playing a baseball game for the first time since then.

What a great fucking day!!! Can't wait to see what's next...maybe Nier Replicant, BioMutant or even Resident Evil VIII: Village!!! Let's go baby!!! Like I have said for over a year, Microsoft and Phil Spencer are no longer fucking around. PS fanboys had their laughs and jokes for the last decade but are now sitting in the corner crying and in some cases (on resetera) are even questioning why own a PS5??? And here I always thought it was all about the games. I guess not. Oh well.

What a great start to my six day holiday weekend!!! Whooooo!!!
 

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It's brutal any way you put it. When journalists are pointing out stuff fans have been bringing up you know things are bad.

Shocking development for Sony. No idea what kind of ship they are running over there.

I don't know what's going on, either. They've had a really bad last couple of weeks, with the announced closure of the PS Store on PS3/PSP/PS Vita, and now this.

If they want to satisfy their current base of PS4/PS5 players, then they're going to have to make a sudden decision to match or exceed this.

Can they afford to put it on PS+? It’s one of their annual revenue boosters during a typically slower spring quarter.

The amount of money they could potentially lose to “save face“ might not be worth it.

I don't think they'll put it on PS Plus right now. They might decide to put it on PS Now, as it would give that service a great boost in subscriptions (since PS Plus has so many more subscribers already).

Also, historically speaking, PS Plus games remain accessible to the user as long as the subscription remains active. On PS Now, they sometimes include a time limit before the game leaves the service and becomes inaccessible.

Sony really does have a tough decision here:

  1. If they add it to either service, then they would be potentially be giving up tens of millions of dollars in lost sales.
  2. If they don't add it to either service, then it looks like a slap in the face to their most loyal fans, seeing that a competing console has the game for "free" with their subscription service. This would probably cause a good number of fans to buy and support the other system and service much more heavily.

Sony loses money either way. They probably lose more money in the short term with the first option, but stand to lose a lot more money and suffer damage to their reputation in the long term with the second option.
 

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Sony loses money either way. They probably lose more money in the short term with the first option, but stand to lose a lot more money and suffer damage to their reputation in the long term with the second option.
I dont think Jim cares. The damage is already done with them announcing ports of all first party titles to PC. They dont care about losing money in the long run as long as they make money in the short term.
 
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I don't see Sony producing MLB games going forward. There might be a 2022 release, but I don't foresee The Show 2023.

If Sony releases The Show 2022, MS will also put that one on GamePass. Why would anyone buy the game on PS then? At this stage, Sony would just prefer not to make the game at all.
 
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Why Sony would be pissed? Surely they ( San Diego devs) received some part of the money from MS for GamePass release

They will lose sales on consoles and this game, and credibility on PS community. A game made by Sony is now better offer on his rival. Much PS4 were sold by this franchise, now could move more Xbox units, I think this a disaster for Sony on marketing
 
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Thinking about it, I guess the answer is MTX up the wazoo.

If the game makes more money from the long-tail revenue stream than initial sales, then it makes a lot more sense. I didn't know how heavy the monetization was in game because I've never played the thing, but looking up a few reddit posts about last years version it seems substantial.
 

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I don't see Sony producing MLB games going forward. There might be a 2022 release, but I don't foresee The Show 2023.

If Sony releases The Show 2022, MS will also put that one on GamePass. Why would anyone buy the game on PS then? At this stage, Sony would just prefer not to make the game at all.
I hope thats not the case, a lot of Sony fans love the game. I would have zero problem if Microsoft and Sony (and the MLB if needed) sit down for next years game and work out some kind of deal, with Microsoft paying Sony to carry on developing for Xbox.
 

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It's not as simple as stick it on ps+, they only get a portion of the cost back rather than a full retail sale. It doesn't make sense given that's where the main player base is and is captive. They have no choice (unless they buy an Xbox).

It makes sense on Xbox. New game looking for an immediate loyal user base suddenly available for tens of million people to try and play. Which will no doubt convert into sales going forward when a certain number like the game.
 

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They will. But my point was that PS users will have to buy the game for $70. Even the next-gen upgrade will be paid. Then they will look at the other side and see Xbox Gamepass users playing a PlayStation Studios game for no additional cost.

Knowing that Sony could release it on PS+ day one, but they didn't, would be frustrating.

P.S. I am not a fan of baseball (I don't even know how the game is played) so I wasn't gonna buy it anyway; I've never bought one. But if I were planning to get it day one on a PlayStation, I'd have felt the sting of this move by Xbox. I'd have wanted Sony to release the game on PS+ (or PS Now).
Not in the slightest. PS+ already gives more good games then I can play. I'm struggling to get through my backlog of games bought super cheap on sale to the point I hope ps plus doesn't give away another game I'd like to play.

I live in Europe and most of us don't ever think of Xbox. Every game ever could be free there and we still wouldn't care.

If Xbox gamers are happy then I'm happy for them because they've had a brutal last 10 years unless they owned another console or pc as well.

Don't forget the keyword here is no extra cost because GP isn't free or won't be in a few years when the $1 deals and and the price inevitably increases.

I personally prefer my current buying habits of buying games I want to play for €5-20 on sale and owning them.
 

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I dont think Jim cares. The damage is already done with them announcing ports of all first party titles to PC. They dont care about losing money in the long run as long as they make money in the short term.

I'm not talking about the rabid loonies on Internet forums. I think most reasonable people were OK with Sony porting over some of their first-party games to PC, and even with bringing MLB The Show 21 to Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S. These decisions don't affect the availability or quality of the games on PS4 or PS5.

With this particular situation of MLB The Show 21 appearing on Xbox Game Pass, there's a difference from a monetary perspective. PS4/PS5 owners (especially those who pay for PS Plus and/or PS Now) might feel somewhat jilted that players on a competing platform can get access to the game on day of release without even having to pay anything more for it, while they themselves have nothing to show for it. This type of situation can rapidly spread by word of mouth to the masses. If people perceive that another platform gives a significantly better deal on even Sony's own in--house developed games, then that's where the players will migrate to.