GameStop is publishing a game AND ‘not trying to be a publisher’

Got peas on my head don’t call me a pea


The new hotness from Insomniac (aside from the Ratchet and Clank tie-in) is Song of the Deep, a 2D, underwater metroidvania. It’s $15 for PC, PS4, Xbox One. And GameStop, the retailer, is publishing it. But don’t call GameStop a publisher.

GameStop’s Mark Stanley told MCV, “We are not attempting to be publishers here.” Well you fucked up that one! Publishing a game is the last thing you should do if you don’t want to be a publisher. This is like when I have to scream-splain to the Target cashier that I’m not “trying” to make a scene. 

“We are simply taking a great opportunity to collaborate in a non-traditional way, and trust that the combination of all these great ingredients we have put in make for a great experience.” Yawn. “GameStop has worked closely with all publishers for many years, and our store associates have been instrumental in growing triple-A franchises. That will not change. We are simply taking an opportunity to do something different.” Yawwwn.

Oh, and GameStop, which is not trying to be a publisher. Well, Stanley, might you folks go on to publish more games?

We will listen to what the game community has to say about this game, and go from there,” he said.

Stanley! No! Fuck! If you aren’t trying to be a game publisher, leaving open the option of publishing more games is the second last thing you should do. Fuck!

GameStop: ‘We’re not trying to be a publisher’ [MCV]

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