Gamers are going to have to find an alternative method to become a millionaire with the announcement by Take-Two that the company has no further plans for its Major League Baseball 2K sports franchise.
“Our legacy Major League Baseball agreement will sunset in fiscal 2013,” Take-Two told Kotaku in a statement released after the company’s recent investor call. “MLB 2K12 is our last offering under that agreement. At this time, we have no further comment.”
Kotaku points out that while the statement appears to leave the door slightly ajar to Take-Two and Major League Baseball re-upping on an exclusive deal, comments made by Take-Two when speaking about the situation during the investor call strongly suggest that it’ll pass.
MLB brokered a deal in 2005 with Take-Two that gave the developer sole rights to developing multiplatform MLB-licensed videogames, a deal that expires at the end of Take-Two’s fiscal 2013 year. While the series generated buzz over the last few years with its $1 million challenge to the first player to throw a perfect game the last two years, critically the game struggled to win over reviewers and gamers alike.