The exclusive third-party licensing agreement between MLB and 2K Games ended on Dec. 31. It was widely expected an extension would not be reached after Take Two President Strauss Zelnick repeatedly expressed his displeasure with MLB.
Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price will grace the cover of the game. Price, who won this year’s Cy Young award, replaces last year’s Cy Young winner Justin Verlander as the cover athlete.
Along with the return of the MLB 2K franchise, the Perfect Game Challenge and its $1 million cash prize are coming back. MLB 2K12′s Perfect Game Challenge was marred by controversy.
Visual Concepts, who has handled previous MLB 2K games, will be developing MLB 2K13.
Take Two, the parent company of 2K Games, lost over $30 million each year of their previous licensing deal. However, MLB was facing pressure to get an extension in place. No other developer would have the time and resources necessary to release a baseball game in time for the upcoming season.
Despite the poor reception from game’s in the series, baseball fans without a PS3 voiced even more displeasure at the prospect of having no baseball sim option. With the possibility of having no presence on the Xbox 360, MLB was able to make an arrangement.
No details on the agreement between Take Two and MLB were given. It is not known if the deal extends beyond this year.
Previously, the PS3-exclusive MLB 13: The Show was scheduled to be the only MLB offering this season.