A few days ago, the highly anticipated The Last Of Us Part II was the victim of very serious leaks on various foreign forums, disclosing the entirety of its scenario and some sequences of gameplay. A disaster for the Naughty Dog studio which enters its final days of development (the game was postponed to June 19, 2020 due to the Covid-19 crisis).
Alas, the next Naughty Dog title is not the only one to be struck by this scourge. Although here, seeing the game leaker even before its release is a special case, many players are spoiled a few days before the release of a game, or the days that follow, because of clever little ones who come to display images or video passages on forums and social networks. What if Sony has been working on this since … 2018?
An anti-spoil patent recently put online
So it was on the famous official website of the American administration that Sony filed a patent in October 2018, which was published only a few days ago. A patent without images, but with many explanations which show that Sony has been working for almost two years on a system to block sequences of games likely to spoil the intrigue of the game in question. For several years now, Sony has been trying to protect players with a list of trophies partially hidden before the release of the game. With this new patent, the Japanese giant could take a new step.
The idea is to allow a platform to identify many items and objects likely to be spoilers and to block them so that no screenshot or video capture is possible. The idea is not even to blur the image, but to literally block the sequence. Thus, this would prevent players from sharing the passages on social networks. As indicated in the patent, the items or objects in question that could be blocked are quite varied:
A trophy, user-generated content, an activity, a character, an entity, a setting, a revelation, an action, an effect, a place, a video, a community post, a level, an object, statistics .
There is already a problem with this (good) idea. What about streamers on Twitch, YouTube or even Mixer? With these kinds of initiatives, these players could be blocked and therefore could not offer the game in live broadcast. Will Sony go all the way with this patent? Has the firm found an alternative solution? Case to follow!