Thursday, February 24, 2005

Take Two and the Major League Baseball License

I don't know why I didn't realize this before. Today, as I was desperately arguing with myself to justify buying MVP for the PC (the action we are now reporting may well bring the war within measurable distance of its end), I realized that there won't be a baseball game for the PC next year. EA can't make this game next year, at least not with the licensed teams and players.

No baseball for the PC? That's ridiculous.

Of course it is, which is why I don't think it will happen. Nobody's mentioned Take 2 increasing the exposure of their sports line by porting them to the PC, but it makes sense. Absolute sense.

It makes even more sense with Xbox 2. At least 720p will be supported for every game, if not 1080i. Much of the work involved in supporting a higher resolution for the PC will already be done. Plus the XNA tools should, in theory, make it much easier to port the game.

There's no way that a PC version of the baseball game wouldn't be profitable. It's got no competition!

Take 2 has to have growth drivers. There's not going to leave this revenue on the table. They're going to port the entire sports line.

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