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God of War Ragnarok PC port requires PSN, angers fans

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God of War Ragnarok’s PC port requires a PlayStation Network or PSN account, so many regions can’t play it. Here’s why this is such a big deal.

Many PlayStation first-party titles consistently get PC ports after a set amount of exclusivity, and God of War Ragnarok is next on the list. The May 30, 2024 State of Play livestream officially revealed the PC port and its release date, alongside announcing that the game was available to pre-purchase. However, like Ghost of Tsushima and Helldivers 2 before it, Ragnarok on PC will require a PlayStation account.

While this means a simple login for some players, for others, it means they can’t purchase the game at all due to region limitations. 

Why is God of War Ragnarok’s PSN account requirement a big deal?

As PSN accounts are unavailable in many countries, many fans can’t play God of War Ragnarok on PC.

Mandatory accounts aren’t new, as companies like Ubisoft and Blizzard implement similar rules for games. However, God of War Ragnarok requiring players to log in to a PlayStation account is bad for two core reasons.

God of War Ragnarok unavailable due to PSN

The first and most crucial is that PlayStation isn’t available in many countries. This availability restriction means fans in unsupported countries can’t purchase God of War Ragnarok from Steam as the game is delisted for them. If they use a different region account to buy the game, they can’t log in to their PlayStation account without a VPN, which is against PlayStation’s terms of service.

Secondly, and less importantly, God of War Ragnarok is a single-player game. Many see having to log in to a PlayStation account as an unnecessary action, as it means some PC-only players have to create an account strictly for playing a game they already purchased.

Which areas can’t purchase God of War Ragnarok on PC?

God of War Ragnarok’s PC port is delisted on Steam for over 170 countries with no sign of reversal. Below is a complete list of countries where Ragnarok is unavailable.

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Antigua and Barbuda
  3. Anguilla
  4. Albania
  5. Armenia
  6. Angola
  7. Antarctica
  8. American Samoa
  9. Aruba
  10. Aland Islands
  11. Azerbaijan
  12. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  13. Barbados
  14. Bangladesh
  15. Burkina Faso
  16. Burundi
  17. Benin
  18. Saint Barthélemy
  19. Bermuda
  20. Brunei Darussalam
  21. Bonaire/Sint Eustatius/Saba
  22. Bahamas
  23. Bhutan
  24. Bouvet Island
  25. Botswana
  26. Belarus
  27. Belize
  28. Cocos (Keeling) Islands
  29. Democratic Republic of the Congo
  30. Central African Republic
  31. Congo
  32. Côte d’Ivoire
  33. Cook Islands
  34. Cameroon
  35. Cuba
  36. Cabo Verde
  37. Curaçao
  38. Christmas Island
  39. Djibouti
  40. Dominica
  41. Dominican Republic
  42. Algeria
  43. Egypt
  44. Western Sahara
  45. Eritrea
  46. Ethiopia
  47. Fiji
  48. Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
  49. Federated States of Micronesia
  50. Faroe Islands
  51. Gabon
  52. Grenada
  53. Georgia
  54. French Guiana
  55. Guernsey
  56. Ghana
  57. Gibraltar
  58. Greenland
  59. Gambia
  60. Guinea
  61. Guadeloupe
  62. Equatorial Guinea
  63. South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
  64. Guam
  65. Guinea-Bissau
  66. Guyana
  67. Heard and Mc Donald Islands
  68. Haiti
  69. Isle of Man
  70. British Indian Ocean Territory
  71. Iraq
  72. Iran
  73. Jersey
  74. Jamaica
  75. Jordan
  76. Kenya
  77. Kyrgyzstan
  78. Cambodia
  79. Kiribati
  80. Comoros
  81. Saint Kitts and Nevis
  82. North Korea
  83. Cayman Islands
  84. Kazakhstan
  85. Lao People’s Democratic Republic
  86. Saint Lucia
  87. Sri Lanka
  88. Liberia
  89. Lesotho
  90. Libya
  91. Morocco
  92. Monaco
  93. Republic of Moldova
  94. Montenegro
  95. Saint Martin
  96. Madagascar
  97. Marshall Islands
  98. North Macedonia
  99. Mali
  100. Myanmar
  101. Mongolia
  102. Macau
  103. Northern Mariana Islands
  104. Martinique
  105. Mauritania
  106. Montserrat
  107. Mauritius
  108. Maldives
  109. Malawi
  110. Mozambique
  111. Namibia
  112. New Caledonia
  113. Niger
  114. Norfolk Island
  115. Nigeria
  116. Nepal
  117. Nauru
  118. Niue
  119. French Polynesia
  120. Papua New Guinea
  121. Philippines
  122. Pakistan
  123. Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  124. Pitcairn
  125. Puerto Rico
  126. State of Palestine
  127. Palau
  128. Réunion
  129. Serbia
  130. Rwanda
  131. Solomon Islands
  132. Seychelles
  133. Sudan
  134. Saint Helena
  135. Svalbard and Jan Mayen
  136. Sierra Leone
  137. San Marino
  138. Senegal
  139. Somalia
  140. Suriname
  141. South Sudan
  142. Sao Tome and Principe
  143. Sint Maarten (Dutch part)
  144. Syria
  145. Eswatini
  146. Turks and Caicos Islands
  147. Chad
  148. French Southern Territories
  149. Togo
  150. Tajikistan
  151. Tokelau
  152. Timor-Leste
  153. Turkmenistan
  154. Tunisia
  155. Tonga
  156. Trinidad and Tobago
  157. Tuvalu
  158. United Republic of Tanzania
  159. Uganda
  160. United States Minor Outlying Islands
  161. Uzbekistan
  162. Holy See (Vatican City State)
  163. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  164. Venezuela
  165. British Virgin Islands
  166. U.S. Virgin Islands
  167. Vietnam
  168. Vanuatu
  169. Wallis and Futuna
  170. Samoa
  171. Saint Kitts-Nevis
  172. Yemen
  173. Mayotte
  174. Zambia
  175. Zimbabwe

Will God of War Ragnarok reverse the PlayStation account requirement?

Sony and Santa Monica Studio haven’t given any information on whether the mandatory PlayStation account requirement will be overturned.

The immense backlash for Helldiver 2’s mandatory PlayStation account requirement prompted it to get removed. However, the requirement was added after the game’s release, so the instance is significantly different from God of War Ragnarok. 

Players from countries that PlayStation doesn’t support were suddenly unable to play Helldivers 2 despite paying for it, Arrowhead Game Studios worked with Sony to drop the PSN requirements. In contrast, God of War Ragnarok is transparent with the requirement before the port’s release. The situation is similar to Ghost of Tsushima which also requires players to log on with a PSN account.

Sony is likely pushing for its PlayStation overlay and trophy support for all future PC ports. As Ghost of Tsushima’s PC port was PlayStation’s biggest single-player game launch on Steam despite being unavailable in so many countries, God of War Ragnarok’s PSN account requirement is likely here to stay.

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Written by Hannan Mundia

Hannan Mundia has been playing video games since he was just three years old. He loves everything about gaming, from RPGs to first-person shooters. He has sunk countless hours into Bethesda's popular RPGs, but his favorite game remains Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. His writing has also been featured on Fandom Spot, and you can follow him on Twitter / X at @zombiezomz.

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