2K Sports will be making an Major League Baseball game this year after all. The company announced today that it had made an agreement with the MLB and Player's Association, and will be releasing MLB 2K13 on March 5 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
The cover athlete will be David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays, winner of the Cy Young Award and having posted a 20-5 record and 2.56 ERA. The announcement is light on new feature details, but it does mention that the Perfect Game Challenge will return to award players who manage to pitch a perfect game. The last competition had 1,000 perfect games registered, because that happens way more often in video games than it does in real life.
Kotaku reports that the game had been a money-loser for years according to Take-Two head Strauss Zelnick, who said that the deal's expiration would mark 2K12 as its "last offering under that agreement." That would have left MLB 13: The Show unchallenged as the singular baseball game this year, and Xbox 360 owners would have been left out in the cold.
"We'd like to thank our league partners for their support in helping us reach an agreement to bring back MLB 2K," said 2K Sports marketing VP Jason Argent in the announcement. "We know fans are extremely passionate about the MLB 2K series and the Perfect Game Challenge."