Leaked Capcom files reveal that Sony allegedly paid to have the PC version of Monster Hunter delayed and the announcement of its existence pushed back.
Capcom's open-world multiplayer action RPG Monster Hunter World initially released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One back in January 26, 2018, but the PC version was several months late. It released in August 2018 and Capcom said back then that the delay on the PC version is to ensure that the game is optimised and fine-tuned for the platform as much as possible.
Today, we have interesting and perhaps controversial details coming from an alleged Capcom leaked file, which reveals that Sony paid to have the PC version of Monster Hunter World delayed.
The info comes from Twitter user AsteriskAmpersand a Monster Hunter researcher and modder who claims that Sony are also the reason for the delayed Iceborne release on PC and non-existing crossplay.
"The leaks file Global Meeting_minutes_20190315 confirms Sony paid to have the PC Version of MHW delayed and the announcement of its existence pushed back. They did the same for Iceborne release. They are also the reason crossplay and cross-saves were not enabled," the leaked files reportedly state.
This certainly is a big claim but it would not be surprising at all, to be honest. Sony have been aggressively pushing for timed exclusive deals with third-party publishers and strongly opposed to cross-play but ever since Microsoft and Nintendo started to become more open towards the idea, the Japanese tech giant have backed down a bit.
As always with unconfirmed claims, leaks and rumours, take this with a dose of scepticism, until we get a more solid report on the matter.