Sony is pulling the plug on archived Twitch streams for the recently released horror game Until Dawn. A tweet from Twitch’s Support account has announced the shut down, and is looking to see if it can be re-enabled.
Using PS4 Share to broadcast "Until Dawn"? The publisher has disabled archiving for this game. We're reaching out to hopefully enable. ^JM
— Twitch Support (@TwitchSupport) August 26, 2015
Some speculate that the move is an attempt to curb plot leaks before the game has been released worldwide. EU and Australia saw a release just today, and the UK and Japan will be waiting until the 28th and 27th of August, respectively.
Others believe the decision is to encourage players to purchase and experience Until Dawn first-hand, rather than watching through the story online. While the title features “thousands of potential branches to every player’s individual story,” its narrative is heavily dependent on cutscenes, mystery, and surprises. Oftentimes, watching through a few lengthy streams will spoil or satisfy enough to prevent potential buyers from investing in their own playthrough.
Meanwhile, Until Dawn has been keeping fans busy with its complex butterfly-effect plot. If you’re looking for a little guidance, here’s some tips on how to save everyone, and even how to kill everyone in the game.
Sony has responded to the issue with an apology, explaining that the disable was not intentional and that the problem should be resolved shortly.
“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.”