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Ghost of Tsushima: Director's Cut, with a stern-looking Japanese man talking to another man.

After Helldivers 2, Ghost of Tsushima PC is blocked in over 170 countries

Sony seems to have blocked the PC version of Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut from sale in over 170 countries, after doing the same with Helldivers 2. And, while it’s since been rectified, Japan, where the game takes place, was briefly one of those blocked regions.

Once a PlayStation exclusive, the Sony-published Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut comes to PC this May 16th. But it appears to have hit a similar snag as online-only shooter Helldivers 2. Sony announced it was going to enforce the game’s PlayStation Network account requirement but, after a huge backlash, decided better of it. However, on Steam, that game is still blocked in regions where you can’t register a PSN account.

And, as recorded by SteamDB, the same appears to be true of Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut. The game’s single-player mode does not require a PSN account, but the multiplayer Legends mode does. It was this samurai game’s single-player that had us hooked, but we can absolutely understand players wanting to team up.

However, if you’re in Armenia, Bahamas, Malaysia or any one of 177 countries/territories, you’ll apparently be unable to purchase it. Even if you have zero interest in multiplayer, it’s out of your reach. The fact you can’t register a PSN account in these countries means you’d be getting a game with reduced functionality. That’s almost certainly Sony’s reason for blocking Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut in those regions.

The game is also available on the Epic Games Store, with the same PSN requirement. Since there’s no SteamDB alternative for Epic, it’s unclear whether it’s similarly region-restricted, though it does seem likely.

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Could Sony pull a Helldivers 2-style U-turn, stripping Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut of its PSN requirement? It’s possible, but we’re not about to hold our breath. It may be that the company is prepared to eat the potential lost sales to keep the requirement in place. For now, if you live in one of these countries, Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut’s PC-based samurai antics look to be out of your reach.

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