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"Ghost of Tsushima" PC Port Stirs Controversy with PSN Requirement

15 days ago

As the PC gaming community gears up for the release of "Ghost of Tsushima Director's Cut" on May 16, a storm is brewing over its availability. Due to a contentious requirement for players to link to an active PlayStation Network (PSN) account to access its online co-op mode, "Legends," the title has been pulled from Steam in nearly 180 countries. This restriction mirrors the divisive PSN policy that recently rattled the "Helldivers 2" launch, stirring concerns of exclusion and accessibility among the global gaming populace.

 

Refunds and Explanations: A Developer's Balancing Act

 The exclusion from Steam's global marketplaces led to automatic refunds for many disappointed players earlier this week, according to SteamDB. In response, developer Sucker Punch has tried to clarify the situation: the PSN account linking is only mandatory for the multiplayer aspects of the game. The single-player journey through feudal Japan remains accessible without such requirements, consistent with other PlayStation-to-PC adaptations. Despite these assurances, the necessity of a PSN account for full-game functionality has left many fans feeling sidelined.

 

Sony's Global Strategy Faces Scrutiny

This latest episode has overshadowed Sony's strategy to integrate its PlayStation Network deeper into its expanding PC title offerings. While Sony seems to have improved its communication regarding the requirements following the "Helldivers 2" debacle, the decision to lock out players from regions without PSN access has not sat well with the gaming community. As Sony potentially prepares to announce a PC port for "God of War: Ragnarok," all eyes are on how the corporation will navigate the choppy waters of global digital rights and community expectations in its pursuit of a unified gaming ecosystem.

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