MLB 2K13 due March 5

2K Sports bringing baseball sim to Xbox 360 and PS3 later this year; $1 million Perfect Game challenge also returning.

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MLB 2K13 will be on store shelves March 5 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, 2K Sports announced today. The game's existence had been in question, as 2K Sports parent publisher Take-Two Interactive's deal with Major League Baseball was reportedly due to expire at the end of 2012.

According to today's announcement, Take-Two has reached a new agreement with Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association, and Major League Baseball Advanced Media. Terms of this deal were not disclosed.

“We’d like to thank our league partners for their support in helping us reach an agreement to bring back MLB 2K,” said 2K Sports vice president of marketing Jason Argent in a statement.

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price was chosen as the cover athlete for MLB 2K13. Price was the 2012 American League Cy Young Award winner, posting a 20-5 record and a league-topping 2.56 ERA.

Also returning for MLB 2K13 is the Perfect Game Challenge, which carries a $1 million cash prize. This year, a new contest format will be introduced with "exciting ways to win." These were not detailed, though 2K Sports said additional details on the contest will be announced later. The Perfect Game Challenge is not open to those in Arizona, Connecticut, Maryland, North Dakota, or Vermont.

MLB 2K13 is in development at Novato, California-based Visual Concepts.

Discussion

25 comments
Gladestone1
Gladestone1

huerito323

dude you have the best baseball sim done have to cry about it..You guys have the show which is superior to this game..Ill buy this game because its the only baseball game on the xbox..

tightwad34
tightwad34

Crap, I haven't played a baseball game since Tony Larussa's game for the Genesis. That seems like a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

huerito323
huerito323

I'm not going to buy a PS3 for a fucking baseball game, are you kidding me!? pshh

tgwolf
tgwolf

Oh no, while I was reading this IMPORTANT NEWS about a game I could do without my eye caught the news about the dog Fluffy who got his moment in the spotlight on a random social website and completely lost the opportunity to learn about this sports game...Oh well, I will wait until next year this time for the next very succinct edition of just-another sports game...

GUTZandRAGE
GUTZandRAGE

I had hoped the deal with MLB would expire and EA (or anyone else really) would step up and bring some decent baseball to the XBOX.

Oh, well, guess I'll be buying my second PS3 game.

bizuit
bizuit

This game has been trash for the past 5+ years, disappointing to hear that they renewed their contract with 2K

mmcavs
mmcavs

Great News! The best online baseball game!

criminalscum87
criminalscum87

The Show was one of the main reasons I bought a PS3. Just couldn't handle 2K anymore.

Tribesmaster
Tribesmaster

Damnit! I don't want 2K making baseball games anymore! WHAT EVER HAPPENED WITH EA!?!? This news disgusts me.

miklifton
miklifton

Same game every year! 2k sucks! I miss EA..

wantbackin
wantbackin

While it sucks that GameSpot doesn't have a Sports Editor, I am glad it was one of the few sites that didn't write obituaries about the demise of MLB 2K Funny seeing Operation Sports and Pasta Padre back-peddle with this announcement; especially since they were so adament there would be no game. It's the difference between professional and fan-sites.

But, considering the short turn around, I suspect that there will be very little improvement in 2K13 over 2K12 and last year's game wasn't that good anyway. Yes, it was easily accessible but the lack of improvements held it back. I hope I am wrong but it won't be easy to impress. I also really hope that 2K Sports goes with the cheaper price point to compete. Release their game at 39.99 and it will sell copies to the more casual of sports gamer.

JSusie
JSusie

The Show is better, there's no real valid arguments there.  But 360 owners do not have that luxury.

2k has the NBA all to themselves and they produce a phenomenal game.   They have competition with the MLB license (on the PS3 at least) and they release a sorta crappy MLB 2k series.   Makes zero sense to me.   

dylan417
dylan417

What a joke. The Show is where it's at. Vote Cutch.

Mozuckint
Mozuckint

I was REALLY hoping someone else would get the license.

Ughhh...

nastyhotpocket
nastyhotpocket

why didnt they trash this and bring back college basketball WHY!

rlv217
rlv217

I mainly play the Show nowadays, but 2K can be a fun alternative at times. Good to hear XBOX owners will have an option again this year. ( I own both consoles, and both franchises )

TKandPBC
TKandPBC

The big news here is the possible exclusivity deal extension. I guess MVP 20xx is a long ways off.

jonzilla_basic
jonzilla_basic

I cant seen me throwing down another 60 for a remake of the previous 2 years...

cjf187x
cjf187x

@Tribesmaster The funny thing is that everyone has said the same thing about EA making NFL games.  2K should take over football and EA should take over baseball.

rlv217
rlv217

@Mozuckint I miss the days of having 3 or 4 baseball games to choose from.