2K’s latest baseball release, MLB 2K13, was widely panned as being a limp copy of the previous MLB 2K12. And now, we have all been taken by surprise at their decision to cancel all future development of the MLB series in its entirety.
According to a statement given to Joystiq by 2K
“[We've] decided not to renew our MLB 2K series for 2014. We are very proud of the achievements made by the MLB 2K team and look forward to their contributions to our future titles, including NBA 2K – our industry’s #1 rated and #1 selling basketball franchise.”
Sales of the MLB title have never lived up to the sales around other sports titles like NBA 2K, FIFA or Madden but at the same time Baseball is a hugely popular sport in the States and in quite a few other countries and as such you would think all that was needed for great sales was a great game.
This announcement however is going to hit Microsoft and the Xbox franchise harder than anyone else as 2K had the exclusive rights for a baseball title on the Xbox 360 and Xbox One. At the time of writing the Xbox One has no baseball title planned for the platform and with the only other proper baseball title currently in development being the PlayStation exclusive, MLB The Show, I wouldn’t expect anything to arrive on the Microsoft platform anytime soon.
I played Baseball quite seriously growing up and I for one am hoping that the MLB finds a new developer for their franchise pretty quickly. The MLB franchise is hard to pick up here in deepest darkest Africa but I’m hoping whoever the next developer is realises the size of the game in countries outside of America and makes the effort to truly bring the world into the game. Maybe one day before we all die the world series could in fact includes teams from across the world?