In what can only be described as a major surprise, 2K Sports has today announced that the Company has reached an agreement with Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association, and Major League Baseball Advanced Media to release Major League Baseball 2K13, the next iteration of the popular MLB 2K franchise. MLB 2K13 will be available on March 5, 2013, for Xbox 360 and PS3. When 2K’s previous agreement with MLB ran out, everyone pretty much thought that the MLB 2K franchise was dead, instead it appear to be alive and kicking and releasing in just a few weeks.
In a world of leaks where almost no official announcement is ever the first time we’ve heard anything, I think I can honestly say that this one was a surprise to everybody, nobody picked up on the fact that this deal was going down. The major concern now is whether 2K Sports has been developing MLB 2K13 all along or whether it will essentially be a “roster update” of MLB 2K12. At this point we don’t know but for better or worse we won’t have to wait long to find out.
David Price, ace pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays, has been selected as the cover athlete for MLB 2K13. Price was recently named the American League Cy Young Award winner after posting a 20-5 record and league-best 2.56 ERA. Price edged out MLB 2K12 cover athlete Justin Verlander for the honors, and is the third consecutive reigning Cy Young Award winner to grace the cover of an MLB 2K game.
The Perfect Game Challenge, 2K Sports’ groundbreaking $1 million competition, will also be returning for a fourth consecutive year and introduce a new contest format with exciting ways to win. Since 2010, 2K Sports has awarded $3 million in prize money to players exhibiting the highest caliber of skill in throwing a perfect game in MLB 2K. Last year’s Perfect Game Challenge achieved record participation numbers, with nearly 1 million attempts made and more than 1,000 perfect games registered. The contest was won by 21-year-old Christopher Gilmore, who prevailed in an eight-person tournament at the MLB FanCave in New York City. Complete details of this year’s contest will be announced at a later date.