Right here’s one thing odd: Return of the Obra Dinn developer Lucas Pope has revealed that Sony denied his request to low cost the sport on the PlayStation Retailer.
Pope, who can also be the mastermind behind Papers, Please, talked about this in response to a tweet from a fan who inquired a couple of low cost.
Sony denied my request to low cost the sport on PS4.
— Lucas Pope (@dukope) October 16, 2020
Pope’s tweet bought picked up by ResetEra, following which one consumer Akumatic did some digging and located related statements from a variety of different indie builders, certainly one of whom stated that Sony denied his request to supply a launch low cost and his sport offered very poorly on the PS4 in comparison with different platforms. That developer is Mike Rose, and the sport in query is Nowhere Prophet.
One other tweet dated August 2019 from Ratalaika Video games instructed that builders should be invited to PS Retailer gross sales, and so they can solely low cost their video games when Sony permits them to. Apparently, these invites additionally range by area.
Mike Hicks, the developer behind Pillar, wrote manner again in 2015 that his sport was obtainable for a reduced value in Europe. Nonetheless, he needed to watch for Sony U.S. to ask him to a sale so as to provide the identical low cost to U.S. gamers.
“At present one other French indie dev who has a sport obtainable on PS4 instructed me he couldn’t attain Sony Europe to get into the Winter gross sales,” wrote developer Fabrice Breton. “For small indies like us, this can be a waste of cash as a result of 90 p.c of our revenues come from gross sales.”
The examples are countless.
Whereas it’s commonplace for platform homeowners to require approval earlier than discounting video games, it’s unclear what standards Sony has in place for approving and denying such requests.