Until Dawn is fantastic, and the horror premise is readymade for streaming and Let’s Plays. Who lives? Who dies? It’s perfect for an audience! For whatever reason, though, Sony has decided to handicap how people share experiences, if you’re streaming directly from a PlayStation 4.
I’d read some scattered reports that Twitch archives for Until Dawn weren’t saving, including one from Kotaku’s own Patricia Hernandez. After doing a little digging, I found this:
This only happens while using the PlayStation 4’s built-in Twitch app. If you’re capturing footage using a separate box, Sony isn’t actively taking down everything related to Until Dawn.
Still, what the hell? This doesn’t make a lick of sense to me.
If I’m stretching my imagination, I suppose Sony’s worried about people spoiling the story revelations for other people? Banning archives isn’t going to stop that. This is tone deaf.
Sony hasn’t responded to my request for comment, but hopefully this is a temporary mistake.
UPDATE - 2:43pm, August 28: Sony says this was a mistake and that they will turn archiving on. Their statement:
We are currently working on a fix that will enable archiving of Until Dawn Twitch streams as this feature was unintentionally disabled. We are humbled by the community reception of the game and are excited to see fans sharing experiences on Twitch and YouTube. We apologize for the inconvenience and will provide an update as soon as the issue has been resolved.
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