Christmas Bloodbath, an upcoming low-poly horror recreation, was initially deliberate to launch on Swap, Xbox, and PlayStation later this month. Nevertheless, a couple of weeks earlier than launch, the developer behind the spooky recreation revealed that Xbox and Nintendo gained’t let the sport launch on their respective platforms, and so they’re claiming it’s as a result of it’s “too loopy” for the console makers.
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Indie developer Puppet Combo has change into well-known for its PS1-style horror video games that usually function unusual pictures, lo-fi aesthetics, creepy characters, and controversial dashboard icons. The studio was based in 2012 and since then has launched over a dozen small horror video games, totally on PC, although. A few of their video games do find yourself on consoles. And its 2021 holiday-themed horror recreation, Christmas Bloodbath, would be the newest title from the indie studio to make its technique to console—however simply the PlayStation because it appears Xbox and Nintendo aren’t followers of Puppet Combo’s creepy recreation.
On November 3, Puppet Combo introduced that its console port of Christmas Bloodbath would launch on PlayStation on November 17. Followers rapidly started asking in regards to the Swap and Xbox ports of the sport. (Previous Puppet Combo video games, like Homicide Home, have been launched on these platforms.) The developer rapidly responded to followers, explaining that these variations weren’t going to occur.
In line with Puppet Combo, the studio discovered in late October that Nintendo had apparently stated no to the sport being obtainable on the console or its digital retailer. When a fan responded angrily in regards to the information, a spokesperson for Puppet Combo replied: “I simply discovered final week. I blew a number of cash on a Swap port we will’t [release.]” The studio additionally claims that Nintendo gained’t enable them to “censor” Christmas Bloodbath to permit it to be launched on Swap.
The account additional advised that the sport is “too loopy” for Nintendo and later stated the identical with regard to the Xbox port.
A consumer requested if the studio had given up on bringing its scary video games to Microsoft’s dwelling console, after a earlier port was additionally denied. Puppet Combo stated no, including: “We nonetheless attempt to get each recreation on Xbox and so they say no.”
Puppet Combo’s Christmas Bloodbath has attracted controversy over a few of its content material. The sport, which stars a serial killer dressed as Santa killing individuals, features a scene set in a university classroom, although some thought it was evoking a college bloodbath that includes baby victims. Puppet Combo denies this and informed IGN that every one the victims are adults.
Kotaku reached out to Nintendo and Xbox in regards to the recreation and why it was denied approval.
Puppet Combo video games nonetheless allowed on PlayStation
Whereas the violent content material and disturbing nature of the sport might need led to the cancellation of an Xbox or Swap port, the sport remains to be coming to PlayStation. Sony appears more than pleased to help Christmas Bloodbath and doesn’t appear to have an issue with Puppet Combo in any respect, even streaming the developer’s earlier horror recreation Keep Out Of The Home on the PlayStation Entry YouTube channel.
Puppet Combo supervisor Ben Cocuzza talked to IGN in regards to the Christmas Bloodbath scenario and defined that the plan was to port the sport to all three consoles, as they work on all variations on the identical time. The studio wasn’t selecting favorites or attempting to upset anybody.
“Within the case of Xbox, the sport was not accepted to the ID program,” defined Cocuzza. The supervisor additionally confirmed Nintendo “determined to not launch the sport.” Some followers are irritated that earlier Puppet Combo horror video games have been allowed to launch on Xbox and Swap, one thing Cocuzza acknowledged, telling IGN “Xbox and Swap carry earlier Puppet Combo video games which makes this disappointing to many followers.”
It’s wild to observe Nintendo let blatant, barely playable knockoff video games like the terrible Burnout (not from EA) on its retailer platform, but deny entry to a recreation that’s already out on PC, is well-liked, and comes from a developer with a confirmed monitor report.