MLB The Show 21’s Collector’s Edition is significant this year not just for its contents, but because of what it stands for. Sony has partnered with the Jackie Robinson Foundation, and will be donating $1 to the charity for every copy sold in the US through 31st December. However, as brand strategist Ramone Russell explains on the PlayStation Blog, this relationship runs deeper.
“The donations will establish the JRF MLB The Show Scholars supported by PlayStation Pathways program,” he writes. “Scholars will receive four-year scholarships and extensive support services, including career guidance and internship placement. It’s important for us to write more than just a cheque. The partnership with JRF will also include mentorship with PlayStation and Sony San Diego employees as well as an internship to get real world, on-the-job experience. We couldn’t be more excited to launch this partnership with Jackie’s family and the Jackie Robinson Foundation.”
So, what of the Collector’s Edition itself, then? Well, there are a few permutations. For starters, the Jackie Robinson Edition will be available at retail, and will cost $84.99. It’ll be available in an exclusive Steelbook Case, and will come with a Blu-Ray copy of the PlayStation 4 game as well as a digital copy of the PlayStation 5 edition. You’ll also get exclusive early access (from 16th April) and a bunch of in-game items, including: a Diamond Variety Pack, two Gold Choice Packs, double daily login rewards for the release’s entire lifecycle, 10 The Show packs, 10,000 Stubs, and immediate access to the Jackie Robinson bat skin.
If you don’t want to buy physical, then you can get the Digital Deluxe Edition, which costs $99.99. This focuses more on in-game items, so while you still get both the PS5 and PS4 versions, you also get: two Diamond Variety Packs, five Gold Choice Packs, one Ballplayer Equipment Pack, double daily login rewards for the release’s entire lifecycle, 10 The Show packs, 10,000 Stubs, and immediate access to the Jackie Robinson bat skin.
Then, finally, there’s the Jackie Robinson Deluxe Edition, available physically, which includes all of the contents of the Jackie Robinson Edition, but adds a limited edition New Era MLB The Show 9FIFTY Jackie Robinson Deluxe Edition Cap as well. That will retail for $99.99. One thing to note with this version is that you also get a digital version of the aforementioned hat for use in Diamond Dynasty as well.
Lots to chew over, then. Will you be picking up any of the Collector’s Editions at all? Let us know in the comments section, and remember you can find out more information about all of the options on the PlayStation Blog.