Ghost of Tsushima PC Release Blocked in 180 Countries Over PSN Requirement

Ghost of Tsushima: Director's Cut has been delisted from over 177 countries on Steam due to PSN account requirements. Automatic refunds are being issued to affected users, but some have reported issues with the refund process.

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Ghost of Tsushima PC Release Blocked in 180 Countries Over PSN Requirement

Ghost of Tsushima PC Release Blocked in 180 Countries Over PSN Requirement

The highly anticipated PC release of Ghost of Tsushima: Director's cut, developed by Sucker Punch Productions, has been marred by controversy due to its requirement of a PlayStation Network (PSN) account. The game, initially released on PlayStation 4 in 2020, was set to launch on PC on May 16. However, it has been delisted in over 177 countries where access to PSN services is unavailable, following a similar pattern to the recent controversy surrounding Helldivers 2.

Initially, Steam users were told that a PSN account would only be required for access to the Legends multiplayer mode, not for single-player content. However, players who preordered the game found themselves refunded and unable to repurchase it. According to Steam DB on X (formerly Twitter), the game has been delisted from over 177 countries, leaving PC gamers in those regions unable to access the title.

A screenshot from Steam Support revealed that the decision to remove the game was made by Sony, the publisher. Sony's decision to delist Ghost of Tsushima for regions without PSN access raises questions, especially considering their handling of Helldivers 2. The lack of clear communication from Sony has added to the frustration, with players pointing fingers at Steam and Valve for the title's delisting.

The requirement of a separate account for a game isn't unusual, but Sony's execution has turned into a confusing ordeal for players. In response to the delisting, Steam has started issuing automatic refunds to users who pre-ordered the game from affected countries. However, some users have expressed frustration with the refund process, with one user stating they received their refund in the form of a Steam Wallet top-up instead of a bank account refund.

The move has incurred significant criticism from fans, with many expressing disappointment and frustration on social media. One Twitter user wrote, "This is one of the most anti-money moves I've ever seen a company make." To play Ghost of Tsushima on PC in blocked countries, users will need to make the purchase via a Steam account set up in a country that can access PSN. To access multiplayer, users will also need to set up a PSN account in another region.

Key Takeaways

  • Ghost of Tsushima: Director's Cut PC release requires a PSN account, causing controversy.
  • Game delisted in over 177 countries where PSN services are unavailable.
  • Steam users in affected countries receive automatic refunds for pre-orders.
  • Sony's decision sparks criticism and frustration among PC gamers.
  • Workaround: purchase game via Steam account in PSN-accessible country.