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Steam is auto-refunding Ghost of Tsushima pre-orders

Following on from the news that the PC release of Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut will be unavailable for purchase in over 170 countries/territories, Steam is now auto-refunding pre-orders for anyone living in those territories.

Unlike Helldivers 2, which had the requirement rescinded, Ghost of Tsushima does not require a PlayStation Network account to play the entire game. It does, however, require one for multiplayer. That means people living in countries such as Malaysia, Greenland and so on, would be getting a slightly limited product.

Now, as reported by Reddit, Steam has started cancelling and refunding Ghost of Tsushima pre-orders. Steam sent a message to each user: “.. 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.”

Eurogamer has also reported Green Man Gaming has taken similar measures and we’d expect Epic Games Store to follow suit. It’s not clear whether Steam or Sony initiated the refund. But this could become a serious problem for Sony, if they continue to make PSN accounts in any way compulsory.

Related: Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut Review

Why is this so much of an issue? One NeoGAF poster has done the maths. They’ve confirmed that while Steam and Xbox accounts are available in 250+ countries, for PSN it’s a measly 70. So, any time a PlayStation PC port requires a PSN account, at all, it could be barred from those regions. It may not be as big a financial loss as say, excluding China, but it’s not a good look.

It’s been rumoured that God of War: Ragnarok is coming to PC, so fans will be watching to see if that requires a PSN account. There’s no multiplayer in that game but if Sony added in a PSN overlay, as they did with Ghost of Tsushima, that could be enough to cause problems. You can bet that, next week, Sony will having some serious conversations.

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