Outspoken games dev Cliff Bleszinski has said that Sony, not the angry internet, was the driving force behind Microsoft’s spectacular U-turn last night.
“Sony forced Microsoft's hand, not the internet whining,” he wrote on Twitter. “At the end of the day many hardcore dislike what was attempted. You can't do well in that space with many of your core unhappy. Especially when users have a choice. The nature of capitalism encourages competition and Sony played into that.
Cliffy B, a vocal defender of Microsoft’s online ambitions for Xbox One, also warned that there will consequences due to the decision.
“Brace yourselves. More tacked on multiplayer and DLC are coming,” he added. “You're also about to see available microtransactions skyrocket. HATS FOR EVERYONE. You're going to see digital versions of your favourite games with added features and content to lure you to digital over disc based.
“I have seen the number of unique gamer tags vs actual sales numbers and it ain't pretty. More studios WILL close and you'll see more PC and mobile games. I want developers who worked their asses off to see money on every copy of their game that is sold instead of Gamestop. Fuck me, right?”