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Steam Starts Auto-Refunding Ghost of Tsushima

It's the only logical step
by Tit Krajnik on May 11, 2024   

Steam has started auto-refunding pre-orders of Ghost of Tsushima for all users who bought the game but live in a country where Sony online services aren't supported. The news comes shortly after the controversy of Helldivers 2 and PSN account linking was resolved, adding more fuel to the fire.

Steam auto-refunds started in response to Sony's decision to cut the list of markets in which it plans to sell Ghost of Tsushima on PC. As another move from Sony, which already tanked its reputation, gamers now have another reason to criticize the publisher who made a series of bad calls in recent weeks.

Auto-Refunds For Those Unable To Access The Game

Recently, Sony found itself under fire after introducing a mandate forcing all Helldivers 2 PC players to link their Steam accounts with a PSN account if they wanted to continue playing the game. The backlash from the community eventually led Sony to backpaddle on the decision and drop the PSN mandate.

But even though the company made the only reasonable call with Helldivers 2, considering the game was already sold in countries that don't support the PSN network, it has already started delisting it in many regions without PSN support. Now, the same decision has been applied to Ghost of Tsushima.

On Friday, May 10, Sony started delisting Ghost of Tsushima in select countries without PSN support, prompting Steam to issue refunds to all players who pre-purchased the game. As reported, this wave of refunds is automatic, meaning that anyone who bought Ghost of Tsushima and lives in a country without PSN support will get their money back soon.

Even though getting a refund automatically is a positive thing, Sony has again made a call that sparked waves of criticism from the gaming community. Some also aren't satisfied that the refunds come back in the form of a Steam wallet top-up rather than the money returning to their bank account, but primarily, people aren't happy that they won't be able to play the game.

With another questionable decision, Sony hasn't done itself any favors, especially after the blunder with Helldivers 2. Still, there doesn't seem to be any solution in sight, meaning that many of those looking forward to playing Ghost of Tsushima on PC won't have access to the game.


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