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Has Take-Two Interactive Killed the MLB 2K Franchise?

Posted on May 22, 2012 AT 03:31pm

A serious of events have unfolded today which seemingly point to Take-Two Interactive ending their series of Major League Baseball 2K games.

Word has come out from Kotaku that this could indeed be the case, given what has transpired this afternoon. During an investors call today, Take-Two noted that losses associated with MLB 2K would be 50% less in the coming fiscal year, and zero in the following fiscal year.

That combines with this statement that Kotaku received from a Take-Two spokesman:

“Our legacy Major League Baseball agreement will sunset in fiscal 2013. MLB 2K12 is our last offering under that agreement. At this time, we have no further comment.”

While on its own, simply stating that Take-Two’s current agreement with Major League Baseball will be over next year doesn’t mean the series is finished-but that combined with the financial statement certainly seems to point to the franchise going into retirement.

This also brings up another interesting situation as Kotaku points out: This could mean absolutely no MLB-licensed baseball simulation title on the Xbox 360 next year. PS3 owners will of course have Sony’s MLB The Show, but on Microsoft’s console, there seemingly will be a gap between MLB 2K‘s ramping down, and the point that another company should pick up the MLB license and have enough time to craft a new title.

Source: Kotaku

Eric L. Patterson, Executive Editor
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