Another Indie Dev Suggests Sony's Denying PS Store Sale Requests - Push Square
Oct 17, 2020 3 mins, 33 secs

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!

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.

A true PlayStation veteran, Sammy's covered the world of PS gaming for years, with an enormous Trophy count to prove it.

He also likes tennis games way more than you.

Themed sales are nice and all but I’m fine just tracking my wishlist once a week rather than poring through lists of the same games on sale every week.

I guess that explains why so many sales have the exact same games.

@zupertramp from what i can tell its being restructured, that can sometimes cause a wipe of things like that.

Is this why Perils of Baking is like 70% off right now in HK and EU but only 50% off in US.

I appreciate the way the PlayStation store does themes sales.

The developer should be able to book a slot the next time there type of content goes on sale.

The alternative is the switch or steam situation where you have about 1000 games on sale all of which are coming in and going out different times and which are not sorted by category.

@Insightful Sounds like your hoping for that to happen.

Yeah the way I read it, it sounded like they were getting rid of it altogether.

@zupertramp I’m assuming that new UI will have wishlist or similar feature, but yes sounds like we’ll have to recreate our wishlist which is silly.

My theory on this is they don’t want people like us putting games on there and waiting for sales.

@AdamNovice Just put people like Insightful on ignore?

When somebody makes a post like that, I usually check their post history.

@get2sammyb Another issue is universal PSN sales...in the indie sale before the current one Timespinner (which had sales on Eshop & Steam),was half price on U.S

PSN but not the EU/Aussie store

Chucklefish/Bodie Lee said on twitter it was out of their hands but they were hoping to sort out the issues with the EU store & get it on sale another time but meantime 2+yrs since its release & no sale if you're tied to the EU psn store

had it on sale

WayForward of Shantae/River City Girls fame has had numerous Eshop/XB/PC sales but with the current exception of Mummy Demastered PS Prices says their last psn sale was 2-3 years ago on the Shantae titles

No psn sale on River City Girls since launch

Still waiting on sales for Blazing Chrome (July/Aug. 2019), Cursed Castilla & Super Hydorah (2+yrs since their last psn sale), Castle Crashers Remastered, Battle Princess Madelyn, to even have their first psn discounts

Pity one can't ask the likes of Shuhei Yoshida or Greg Rice as prominent Playstation Indie reps why

Yes, I like Xbox

Actually, I like all consoles

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