A spokesper­son for PlaySta­tion has giv­en some clar­i­fi­ca­tion as to why the com­pa­ny is bring­ing its MLB The Show 21 to Xbox Game Pass. This per­son told Inverse it was about expand­ing the reach of the MLB the Show series. The rep­re­sen­ta­tive did say it was the MLB’s deci­sion to do this. 

As part of the goal for this year’s game, MLB decid­ed to bring the fran­chise to more play­ers and base­ball fans,” the PlaySta­tion spokesper­son told Inverse. “This deci­sion pro­vides a unique oppor­tu­ni­ty to fur­ther estab­lish MLB The Show as the pre­mier brand for base­ball video games.”

When asked about the deal to bring MLB the Show 21 to Xbox Game Pass, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Microsoft said “We curate the library with the diver­si­ty of our 18 mil­lion mem­bers in mind.” How­ev­er, MLB did not respond to Inverse’s request for comment.

MLB The Show 21 is the first PlaySta­tion-pub­lished game to come to Xbox. It will release for Game Pass sub­scribers for free, while PlaySta­tion users will have to $70.

The game launch­es on April 20th on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S.