2K may have the multiplatform Major League Baseball rights tied up, but as a first-party publisher, Sony has been producing its own critically lauded MLB games for years. Almost ready for another go around the bases, next year's entry now has a release date, platforms, and cover athlete.
Sony announced this week that Boston Red Sox All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez will be taking the role of cover athlete for the 2012 iteration. A release date of March 6 was also revealed for the PlayStation 3 and all-new PS Vita versions.
Next year's entry will mark the first time Sony's baseball franchise is not appearing on the PlayStation 2 or PSP. It also represents the series' inaugural outing on Sony's forthcoming handheld, the PS Vita. In a comment on the official PlayStation Blog, a Sony representative said to "stay tuned" in regard to potential cross-system save portability.
MLB 12 is confirmed to support the PS Move motion controller, although it's unclear to what degree. Last year's game also had PS Move support, but only in the Home Run Derby mode.
For more on Sony's baseball franchise, check out GameSpot's review of last year's MLB 11.