MLB 2K6 benched 'til April

Release date for 2K Sport's baseball game is back, back, back, and gone from March; PS2, Xbox versions take swings first.

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There are three things that are almost guaranteed come the beginning of April. Major League Baseball's season starts, Cracker Jack production skyrockets, and gaming gets its first round of baseball titles. This year, however, the latter may be a little late.

Online retailer EBGames.com is listing 2K Sports' MLB 2K6 as now releasing on April 10 for the Xbox and PlayStation 2 versions and April 24 for the GameCube and Xbox 360 editions. GameStop.com has similar dates for the GameCube, Xbox, and Xbox 360 versions, but lists March 20 as the release date for the PS2 edition. Neither site has a product listing for the PlayStation Portable version.

2K Sports has always held that the game's release date was Spring 2006, so the game may not even technically be delayed. However, the MLB 2K series nearly always slides into stores before the first pitch of the MLB season, which will be tossed out on April 2 this season.

As of this year, 2K Sports is the sole third-party licensee of the Major League Baseball license and has no competition from rival Electronic Arts, which in prior years has seen the two race to get their game out first. It's quite possible that it is using the extra time to fine tune the game and avoid a repeat of last year, which drew gamers' ire with reports of bugs and glitches in MLB 2K5. 2K Sports will be several innings behind Sony's MLB 06: The Show though, as it shipped in late February for the PS2 and PSP.

However, the new date is not official. Reps for 2K Sports had not responded to requests for comment as of press time. For more information on the game, check out GameSpot's recent hands-on with the Xbox 360 version.

Discussion

24 comments
skitzocyko
skitzocyko

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pimpbot76
pimpbot76

I can't WAIT!!. I love Baseball Games...!>!>!

KiLLer_ba
KiLLer_ba

this is not good news for baseball fans if its true

killa-k
killa-k

not a baseball fan but that's not good

Space_Godzillla
Space_Godzillla

2K always had the best sports games, good to see they beat EA from ruining another sports franchise like they did with football.

GUTZandRAGE
GUTZandRAGE

If you people don't care about Baseball, why the **** would you post? You need the attention that bad? As a Baseball fan I am disappointed and think it's a bad move for 2K. I was not going to buy The Show at first, but now that option makes more sense. Skipping 2K's game is making more sense, too.

longhairbilly
longhairbilly

I like the 2k sports games, they have great online leagues stat tracking from the pc.. I'm looking forward to this on the 360..

espme
espme

this will be the ultimate baseball game ever,especially on 360

dawooten
dawooten

mlb 06: the show is better anyway

Midnight_Eyez
Midnight_Eyez

I hate 2K games even more now. BRING BACK MVP.

dwoop
dwoop

When is the NFL Draft again? Almost time for college spring scrimages...looks like no sports are on again since it's now spring time again...March Madness will keep this month going and then nothing until college BCS talk begins...I think there is a game that people like to play with a stick and a ball to hit with it but I might just be making this all up...Football is America's past time!! HA HA

jdbthexboxgamr
jdbthexboxgamr

doh!,oh well,I'll keep swinging in mlb 06 the show on my PSP til then..........

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

I am not a fan of Baseball but would have liked more that 2k could do football then Baseball.I wish EA could let 2k also make Football that way EA also can make Baseball.THat way both games would have been better.I just hope some day both can make both of these games but most likely will not happen.But I will still hope it comes true.

limberis
limberis

This is killing me...I'm trying to wait for 2K's game to compare with Sony's. But with spring training, the WBC and now the actual season going it will be a great test of my patience. Baseball is like an action, strategy , and rpg all in one.

Orasion_Seiz
Orasion_Seiz

only die hard baseball fans will enjoy this game.

Nobility
Nobility

I'm still eager to see more of the 360 edition.

reece590
reece590

Yeah, I never have rented or bought and Baseball game. But when ever i see my friends play them the game looks so much fun..Then when I play I get bored very quikly... I might rent this one.......

gameloverx
gameloverx

Cant wait because my dad's a baseball fan

xboxdudeman800
xboxdudeman800

by the time it comes out I will just say "I'll just wait for next year's game, it will be better"