You’d think Sony would be all too happy to discount PlayStation Store games at a developer’s request, but we’ve been hearing for a few weeks now that the Japanese giant is being, well, less than helpful in that department. The latest to speak out is Lucas Pope of Return of the Obra Dinn fame, which is currently half-price on practically all platforms – except, you guessed it, the PlayStation 4.
Asked whether Sony’s system would get the discount, here’s what Pope replied:
In isolation, it wouldn’t mean much, but this isn’t the first time we’ve heard stories like this. In fact, one eagle-eyed ResetEra poster has compiled all of the individual complaints of developers who’ve been unable to get their games discounted on the PS Store. It’s, er, staggering really, as we can only imagine promotions like this increase overall sales for developers, which the Japanese giant pockets a cool 30 per cent cut from.
This must be extremely frustrating for teams with their livelihoods on the line, and while PlayStation generally has an install base that’s far too large to ignore – look, it can’t make the PS4 a particularly attractive platform to develop for. Hopefully this is something the manufacturer can rectify swiftly, because it’s unquestionably a bad look from where we're sitting.
Heck, this author would have bought Return of the Obra Dinn at half-price! This is bad news for everyone!