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MLB The Show’s Jackie Robinson edition includes next-gen console upgrade

They start at $84.99, but they include some virtual and physical swag

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This image of Jackie Robinson is on the cover of MLB The Show 21’s Jackie Robinson collectors’ editions.
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Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

Sony San Diego Studio’s MLB The Show 21 — announced on Monday with a groundbreaking launch on Xbox Series X this April — will offer a special edition for both consoles with a vintage picture of Jackie Robinson gracing the cover. This collector’s edition will offer versions of the game for both new consoles and their predecessors.

The Jackie Robinson Edition is $84.99, launches four days before the standard game’s April 20 release, and includes a steelbook game case plus a package of add-on content. A Jackie Robinson Deluxe Edition, for $99.99, adds an MLB The Show-branded baseball cap — both IRL and as a player cosmetic in the game’s Diamond Dynasty mode.

A Digital Deluxe Edition, which lacks the physical goods and the in-game cap, but offers a bunch more Diamond Dynasty player packs and in-game currency, is being offered at $99.99. It, too, launches April 16 and covers both console generations.

All downloadable editions of the game are available for pre-order in The Microsoft Store as well as the PlayStation Store.

Sony Interactive Entertainment America said that every copy of a Jackie Robinson edition sold in the U.S. will set aside a $1 contribution to The Jackie Robinson Foundation, and will establish the JRF MLB The Show Scholars program, part of the foundation’s overall scholarship program.

Jackie Robinson’s 42, worn with the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1947 to 1956, was retired by all 30 Major League Baseball teams in 1997, in observance of the 50th anniversary of the year he integrated the major leagues. Since 2004, however, all baseball players wear No. 42 in games played April 15 — Jackie Robinson Day — a tribute that likewise takes place in MLB the Show.

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