Forspoken writer Gary Whitta sparked controversy by mentioning in a Kinda Funny podcast that he heard Sony had paid to block Cult of the Lamb Game Pass Release. The Devolver-published indie which became a worldwide hit seems to have had some sort of marketing deal with Sony given that a number of its trailers premiered on PlayStation and it received a lot of spotlight on the platform, but we’re not sure then that Whitta’s comment should be taken at face value.
Developer’s forspoken statement on Cult of the Lamb Game Pass release
At 32:23 in the video above, Whitta goes on a bit of a rant about having to buy Cult of the Lamb after being “spoiled” by day one launches on Xbox Game Pass. “Someone told me that part of the reason it’s not on Game Pass is that Sony paid them not to put it on Game Pass,” Whitta said before speculating on why. why Sony could have prevented Cult of the Lamb from launching on Microsoft’s subscription service.
ResetEra users have since scrambled to figure out who that “someone” might be. Some people are convinced that Whitta’s source is a random Twitter user, who joked about Sony blocking the deal in light of Microsoft’s recent accusations in a Brazilian court document. For those who haven’t been following this story, Microsoft has accused Sony of paying to prevent games from launching on Game Pass.
Yeah apparently Sony paid them not to put it on GP…
— Cameron Wick (@that_dude_cam) August 12, 2022
At this time, there is no indication that Whitta fell in love with social media, nor can we say he received this report from an industry insider. Whitta happens to be a game developer, so we can’t be so sure he just randomly tossed out the aforementioned statement.
PlayStation LifeStyle has reached out to Whitta for clarification, and we’ll update this article when/if we receive a response.
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