Ghost of Tsushima: Director's Cut Now Delisted in Countries Where PSN is Not Available

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  • Ghost of Tsushima: Director's Cut Now Delisted in Countries Where PSN is Not Available

    Sony needs to get this mess sorted right quick.
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    Ghost of Tsushima: Director's Cut has now been delisted from PC storefronts across 180 countries and regions. These 180 countries and regions where the game has been delisted are ones in which PlayStation Network does not exist. So far, we know that Steam and Green Man Gaming have pulled the game from these regions and have started to issue refunds to those who may have already purchased the game ahead of its release on May 16th. We have not seen any reports about the Epic Games Store release of Ghost of Tsushima being pulled in any region, but that may simply be due to not many purchases being made through that storefront. Most likely, Ghost of Tsushima was pulled from the same regions on the Epic Games Store.

    When the PC system requirements for Ghost of Tsushima were revealed, Sony noted that connecting to a PSN account would be entirely optional. The only time in which you would have to log into a PSN account is if you wanted to access your PlayStation Friends list, Trophies, or to play the game's Legends mode online with others (this mode can still be played solo). A PSN account and login were optional if you were strictly playing the game's lengthy single player campaign and did not care about PSN Trophy support.

    This means that either that optional login is now a requirement, or Sony is actively looking to avoid a similar issue with Ghost of Tsushima that they had with Helldivers 2 just this past week. A full list of the countries and regions where Ghost of Tsushima was delisted on Steam can be found at the bottom or on SteamDB.

    If you recall, one of the biggest complaints over the mandatory login to PlayStation Network for Helldivers 2 is the fact that the game was sold for months in areas where PSN does not exist. If the PSN requirement did go through, this would have led to players in all of these countries being unable to play the game they were playing just fine for months prior. Thankfully, Sony walked back this PSN requirement globally, but kept Helldivers 2 delisted in 180 countries and regions where PSN does not exist.

    With this pre-emptive delisting for Ghost of Tsushima, Sony seems to be calling the bluff of many players that review bombed Helldivers 2. After all, a significant number of complaints were about how Helldivers 2 was sold and playable for months before the PSN requirement came into play. Will those same people now change what they're angry about since Ghost of Tsushima is being delisted ahead of its PC release?

    I mean yeah, people will probably shift to being angry about some other aspect of the PlayStation Network login requirement. You just have to wonder though: Do these same people complain just as loud and just as vehemently against games from Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Rockstar Games, Microsoft, Bethesda, Paradox, Stardock, and more? After all, many titles from these companies all require third-party logins.

    Or perhaps a lot of those people that cited the "late" PSN addition and who review bombed Helldivers 2 were mad just for the sake of being angry about something. Surely, that couldn't have been the case.

    I am not saying that what Sony is doing is right in any way. Sony should certainly get this mess with PlayStation Network sorted out damn fast if they want to continue releasing games on PC. They either need to ditch PSN integration (unlikely) or they need to start supporting PSN in far more regions than they currently do (slightly more likely). If Sony doesn't work something out soon, that studio is going to have a very rough road ahead of them on PC if they decide to continue releasing games on the platform.

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    • cikame
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      cikame commented
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      Maybe i'm crazy, but i would have thought selling a game would be more important than making people sign into a thing.

    • nossirrah
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      nossirrah commented
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      or their numbers show that those lost sales are less than what a psn user spends in average.

    • AzaleaBC
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      AzaleaBC commented
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      Sony PC titles are commonly pirated and shared on release day. I can see those people being many more with this move.

    • cikame
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      cikame commented
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      nossirrah It's hard to get accurate sales data from most countries and honestly i'd rather let someone else do that work other than me, but some easily obtainable stats are Steam users per country.
      The country in the non PSN list with the most Steam users is the Philippines with 2.1 million users, there are a few of them with around half a million users such as Vietnam and Kazakhstan and many with 20k or less.
      You are correct in that it's easy to think Sony just aren't bothered about most of those countries right now, and many of those Steam users might be playing light games on affordable hardware so they might not be buying Sony games, but it didn't stop them selling the game to them before they delisted it, honouring the freedoms inherent to the platform i'd rather PC games were available to everyone.
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