170 countries will not be allowed to play this PlayStation game

170 countries will not be allowed to play this PlayStation game
170 countries will not be allowed to play this PlayStation game

You have to believe that PlayStation is keen on creating accounts. Only a few weeks after attracting the wrath of PC gamers with Helldiverse 2, the studio is back at it again and offers us the same controversial dish. This time it is Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut which is at the heart of the problems. While the title is expected on PC on May 16many pre-orders are canceled and refunded, without prior notice or warning.

This is happening on platforms Steam, Epic, and Green Man Gaming, with thousands of claims at stake. However, it is not these sales platforms that are to blame. Indeed, it turns out that canceled pre-orders occur in countries that do not have access to the PlayStation Network, the network that Sony uses to collect data from its online users and which is essential on console. Also on PC? It is towards this possibility that public opinions tend.

A PSN account required to play?

Yet, Ghost of Tsushima is not the perfect topic to talk about the PlayStation Network. There Director’s Cut brings a single multiplayer mode, named Legends, and this would be the only party concerned with the creation of a mandatory account to benefit from it. Unfortunately, this is enough for PlayStation to render the entire game unavailable in over 170 countries not having access to create an account on this network.

Players who don’t have a short memory will remember that this same scandal affected Helldiverse 2 only a few days ago. 4 months after its release, Sony wanted to impose a PSN account on PC players, thus withdrawing the title from sale in more than a hundred countries as well. But after strong criticism, the firm had gone backwards… for this time. It was a safe bet that the company would try the experience again on its next upcoming games, but no one would have dared to imagine that this would happen with Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut.

For the moment, Sony has not reacted to the situation. It is still likely that the company will clarify things in favor of players. Unfortunately, it seems that the 170 delisted countries have little recourse. For all those who can create a PSN account, however, we do not yet know if it will be requested when launching the game or only when accessing the multiplayer part. It is obvious that the first option would be very unwelcome, while it will be a question of accommodation for the second.

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