PC pre-orders for Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut get Helldivers II treatment

  • If you pre-ordered Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut on Steam and live in a region without PSN, you’ll soon receive an automatic refund.
  • Like the recent Helldivers II controversy, Sony has decided that PSN is required if PC players want to play the game.
  • It was previously communicated that PSN would only be necessary for the Legends multiplayer portion of the game, but that decision has been walked back.

Sony has done little to garner good will from PC players in recent weeks as a result of its confusing decisions surrounding access to Helldivers II via Steam. After correcting its mistake following serious online backlash, the company has once again made a call that will earn the ire of PC players, this time for Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut.

As reported by Eurogamer, those who pre-ordered the game on Steam, but live in a country where access to the PlayStation Network (PSN) is not available legally, are having their orders cancelled and receive an automated refund.

The studio behind the game, which is also a part of the PlayStation Studios stable, Sucker Punch, has begun alerting players who pre-ordered regarding the refunds.

“You are receiving a refund for a game you pre-purchased – Ghost of Tsushima. The publisher of this game is now requiring a secondary account to play portions of this game – and this account cannot be created from your country,” a communication sent out via Steam explains.

This latest news is frustrating for two reasons. One as the game is set to release this week on 16th May, making the timing of the decision feel last minute, and two, as it was previously communicated that a PSN account would only be needed for the Legends multiplayer portion of the game, with the single player campaign being freely accessible to anyone who purchased the PC version on Steam.

Sucker Punch confirmed this news via its X account on 3rd May regarding what could and could not be played for Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut.

At the time of writing, it has yet to communicate or share any feedback regarding the walking back of its original decision. It remains to be seen how this reversal will impact the reception of the game on PC, especially as its debut on the PlayStation 5 was seen as a true win for the console that only had a handful of exclusive titles at the time.

This does not impact South Africa, where PSN is available, but the Steam page for Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut has been removed from roughly 170 countries.


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