Season 18, Episode 16

I’ve got a bad feeling about this…

Well, I had to tie it into Star Wars Day somehow. Still, that bad feeling is sitting around the people who are about to be unable to enjoy a game they bought.

I’m speaking of Sony and the Helldivers 2 situation. We discussed it in this episode but just after we finished recording Sony made their move. We had speculated on what they might do and I think we settled on exactly what they actually did.

At launch Helldivers 2 had issues with logins and the like so Sony disabled the requirement to have a PSN account in order to play the game (even on PC). However, this was back in February and only now is Sony coming around to reinstating that requirement. Normally, it’s not a big deal. Plenty of games have requirements just like this in order to play, but the problem here is that in some countries there is no PlayStation Network. They didn’t enforce it as the game launched so a number of people in a number of different countries (177 countries, to be exact) can’t play their game. The Playstation Network doesn’t exist in their country. They can’t make an account.

Steam has now started issuing refunds because of this problem – regardless of time played or how long you’ve owned the game.

I’m sure more will come out about this be it a statement from Sony or the developers, Arrowhead Studios – who’ve actually been on twitter responding to people. The obvious answer for this problem was to just disable the requirement to have a PSN account in order to play the game. It was working fine and had a massive positive review rating on Steam. Within the span of a weekend all of that has been lost.

Speaking of lost, where the hell is Splinter Cell? Ubisoft, it’s been 3,893 days since a new Splinter Cell game (non-animated series or guest spot in another game franchise, remake, BBC radio drama, or VR exclusive) was released.

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