MLB 2K publisher Take-Two Interactive has officially erased all traces of the series, removing past titles from Steam and deleting the MLB 2K13 web page. The story originated on Pasta Padre, and was quickly snapped up and verified through statements to some outlets such as Polygon.
Take Two was quite mum on a release of a 2013 edition of the title, and surprised quite a few with an announcement in January that the annual series was not yet dead. While the 2013 version did hit shelves in March, it was widely panned, and even criticized as a repackaged version of 2K12.
The 2K website reflects the series' unfortunate demise, as the site has absolutely no mention of a baseball game at all, including the forums and the MLB 2K Facebook page is also not found. Users have confirmed that Steam also is representative of the wipe, saying that going back to 2010, all titles have been removed from the catalog. The deletions seemed to coincide with the new year, which could mean that all licensing agreements were set to expire on December 31st, 2013.
Polygon was able to attain a direct statement from 2K Sports, stating,
We have decided not to renew our MLB 2K series for 2014. We are very proud of the achievements made by the MLB 2K team and look forward to their contributions to our future titles, including NBA 2K — our industry's #1 rated and #1 selling basketball franchise.
The franchise got it's start back in 2004 with ESPN Major League Baseball 2K4, and with future iterations was praised for it's production value, great fielding, and online components. While the franchise went through lackluster reviews, poor sales, and constantly being compared to the stellar MLB: The Show franchise, the 2K series fell on tough times that it just couldn't seem to shake.
At the time of this writing, no other publishers or developers have stepped up to state their intentions of making an MLB game, leaving MLB: The Show as the only show in town. This means Xbox One and Xbox 360 owners have quite literally, no options for a baseball title in 2014.