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Sony deal reportedly blocks Resident Evil Village's release on Xbox Game Pass

Published: 07:03, 21 April 2021
Resident Evil Village

A full document that reveals a marketing deal between Sony and Capcom has been discovered in the leaked files. According to the deal, Resident Evil Village won't be coming to Game Pass at least for a full year since its launch.

After a long wait, Capcom'd highly-anticipated survival horror Resident Evil Village is just around the corner. And as we get closer and closer to the release date, some new details about the game are starting to surface online, thanks to the major Capcom leak, which hit the company last year.

According to the documents found in the leaked files, Sony have a contract with Capcom to ensure that no version of the game runs and looks better than on PS5 and to keep Resident Evil Village off Xbox Game Pass for a full year.

"During the term, Publisher shall not authorise, assist or encourage any third party to include the game in any Competetive Platform subscription service, including but not limited to Google Stadia Pro subscriptions, Microsoft's Xbox Live Gold, Project xCloud or Game Pass subscription service or similar Competetive Platform subscription service," it's written in the alleged contract.

Additionally, Sony will have the exclusive rights for the first negotiation to include the game on their PlayStation Plus or PlayStation Now.

As for the performance and the game's visuals, the contract basically states that Xbox Series X and PC version of the game should not look or run better than on PlayStation 5. So basically, even if developers can push the visuals, at least on PC, they won't be able to do so, since the contract blocks that option.

A well known Resident Evil leaker Dusk Golem states that Sony and Capcom had a similar deal for Resident Evil 7. Apparently, the devs had to cap the texture resolution on PC to look the same as on the PS4 Pro version which was "the lead platform", just like PS5 is now for Resident Evil Village.