Sony collects full game download codes from all stores

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PlayStation confirms to GamesIndustry.biz that the new strategy starts on April 1, maps for DLC and virtual currency will still be available

Sony Interactive Entertainment will no longer sell digital versions of full games through physical retail, starting next month.

Reports first emerged that the platform holder was pulling full game download codes when a Twitter user, Wario64 shared a memo was reportedly issued to GameStop staff detailing the change.

According to the memo, digital games won’t be able to be purchased through the PlayStation Store until after April 1, although retailers like GameStop can still sell cards for additional content and virtual currency.

Respond to a request for GamesIndustry.biza Sony Interactive Entertainment spokesperson said, “I can confirm that from April 1, 2019, we will no longer be offering full games through SIE’s Global Digital at Retail program. The decision has been made in order to align key activities globally.

“To support full games and premium editions, SIE will introduce increased cuts at select retailers. DLC, add-ons, virtual currency and season passes will still be available.”

The shared memo states that all codes already on the shelves should be deactivated by the end of the month, with customers who pre-ordered a digital code through GameStop being encouraged to upgrade to a physical version of the game.

He also claims there will be two exceptions – Days Gone and Mortal Kombat 11 – presumably because they’re too close to launch to cancel.

This is solely a decision of Sony. Nintendo and Microsoft will continue to sell full titles for download in physical stores.

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