Many gamers say that exclusive sports game contracts stifle the product. Madden takes flack every year for being the same game and supposedly not being as good as ESPN NFL 2K5. Regardless, critics would indicate otherwise. Take-Two also signed an exclusive deal with Major League Baseball to do the same thing. This series however has shown gamers may be right because it has not performed well critically or been a tremendous boom financially, especially in the last few years. All of this may have led to Take-Two announcing it has no further plans for its Major League Baseball 2K sports franchise.
“MLB 2K12 is our last offering under the agreement signed in 2005. At this time, we have no further comment.”
According to That VideoGame Blog and Kotaku, the statement appears to leave the door slightly open for Take-Two and Major League Baseball to re-sign another exclusive deal. However, comments made by Take-Two officials suggest this will not happen.
The exclusive deal expires at the end of Take-Two’s fiscal 2013 year. It looks like the “perfect game million dollar challenge” was not enough to keep the MLB 2K series rounding the bases.