No, Sony did not pay to keep Cult of the Lamb off Xbox Game Pass

By Lee Brady,

A rumour that Sony had paid off Cult of the Lamb publisher Devolver Digital to prevent Xbox Game Pass from adding the game to its service has been called "absolutely untrue" by the indie publisher.

This particularly spurious rumour against Sony's business practices piggybacks off the recent bombshell dropped from Microsoft and Sony's subscription service spat that the PlayStation maker does, in fact, pay developers to prevent certain titles from joining Microsoft's Game Pass. However, in this case, Sony has absolutely not paid to keep Cult of the Lamb off Xbox Game Pass.

cult of the lambOh, it's all kicking off now.

Cult of the Lamb could still join PS Plus in the near future

The rumour initially spun out of TheGamer's reporting on the speculation of Kinda Funny Games Daily's Gary Whitta — who in turn was reporting on the word of a low-follower Twitter account, which was itself tracked down by Push Square. That's quite the media trek for some baseless accusations!

TheGamer's original article was then updated on August 18th, 2022, to reflect a Devolver Digital spokesperson's statement that the rumour was "absolutely untrue." Unfortunately, this is a reflection of the damage Sony has done to its online reputation by confronting Microsoft's acquisition of Call of Duty was such a weak argument. The argument was not only flimsy, but it also led to Microsoft outing Sony's use of blocking rights to prevent games from joining Game Pass — all of which has amounted to a baffling PR own goal for the PlayStation company.

cult of the lambDevolver Digital slapping right back with that put down.

All that said, don't be surprised if those Cult of the Lamb trophies eventually find footing in Sony's PS Plus — the game was considered a PlayStation Indie in Sony's marketing, and we already know that Sony invested in Devolver Digital, the game's publisher, last year. Devolver definitely still make deals with Xbox and Game Pass — Death's Door, for example, has recently thrived on Microsoft's subscription. In the case of Cult of the Lamb, however; it would seem that Sony has made a more concerted effort to have this game join Hotline Miami and The Messenger on the PS Plus Extra games catalogue.

Let us know what you think of all this fittingly Cult of the Lamb-inspired chaos in the comments below.
Lee Brady
Written by Lee Brady
Staff Writer Lee keeps one eye on the future (Shadow x Sonic Generations), one eye on the past (PS Plus Premium games), and his secret third eye on junk he really likes (Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts games). Then he uses his big mouth to blurt out long-winded opinions about video games.
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