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Helldivers 2 was delisted by Sony, not Steam, Valve rep says

Steam representatives are informing some Helldivers 2 players that the game’s publisher, Sony, has removed it from sale in regions where PSN is not available, not Steam itself.

Earlier this month, Sony announced that Helldivers 2 players on Steam would soon be required to sign in to a PSN account for safety and security reasons. He said this would still be a requirement for PC gamers, but due to issues at launch, binding was made optional for a while.

The news immediately sparked backlash, leading to an influx of negative reviews from Helldivers 2 players on Steam. Many asked for refunds as Helldivers 2 was removed from sale in 177 countries where PSN is not available, ultimately leading Sony to cancel plans to make PSN binding mandatory for Helldivers 2 players on Steam .

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In one response, a player was informed that the game had been removed from “specific regions” “as decided by the publisher,” and Steam did not know “when the game might be available in those countries.” Players were then invited to contact Sony themselves to “share (their) feedback” if they had further questions.

The news should quell debate among gamers over whether it was Steam or Sony that removed the game in affected regions, but it’s the latest in a mind-boggling and confusing list of missteps from Sony as it strives to mitigate the consequences.

Why were three additional regions added to the restriction, even though Sony reversed the decision to require players to sign in to a PSN account? Apparently, this is due to a similar removal strategy for the upcoming Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut, for which Steam took the unprecedented step of automatically refunding players who purchased it in countries where PSN is not available .

According to Johan Pilestedt, creative director of Helldivers 2 and CEO of Arrowhead, this was an “administrative error correction.”

“So, to provide an update on the other three country restrictions. These were a correction of an administrative error – they should have been part of the original restriction and this was noticed when the restriction was put in place for Tsushima,” Pilestedt explained on Discord. “This was noticed and executed by Valve.

“While this does not seem positive, it does not indicate further restrictions. The conversation about regional restrictions is still ongoing and is independent of this.”

Pilestedt finished by saying he had “no further information” but that developer Arrowhead “still wants the game to be available everywhere.”

News Source : www.eurogamer.net
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