Sony didn't pay to block Cult of the Lamb from Xbox Game Pass

Sean Carey - August 19th 2022

There's a rumour currently doing the rounds in a lot of Xbox circles that suggests Sony paid to keep the indie hit Cult of the Lamb from joining Xbox Game Pass. Publisher Devolver Digital has now stepped in to debunk the rumour.

Speaking on the Kinda Funny Games Daily podcast, Garry Whitta said that he'd heard Sony had paid off publisher Devolver Digital to stop Cult of the Lamb from appearing on Xbox Game Pass.

Devolver Digital debunks Cult of the Lamb Xbox Game Pass rumour

"Somebody told me that part of the reason why [Cult of the Lamb is] not on Game Pass is Sony paid them not to put it on Game Pass," Whitta said. "It will then incentivise you to not do any additional subscriber deals with competing platforms."

Now, Cult of the Lamb publisher Devolver Digital has weighed in. In a brief statement given to The Gamer, Devolver Digital called the rumour "absolutely untrue."

Recently, as part of the fallout over Microsoft's proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard in Brazil, Microsoft accused Sony of paying developers and publishers to keep their games out of the Xbox Game Pass library. In a document sent to Brazil's Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE), Microsoft said, "Sony pays for 'blocking rights' to prevent developers from adding content to Game Pass and other competing subscription services." While that may indeed be true in some cases, Devolver Digital is adamant that this did not happen with Cult of the Lamb.

In other Cult of the Lamb news, Devolver Digital announced that the rogue-like action-adventure game surpassed one million players in its first week.

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