PS5 Maneater players ‘being refunded’ following PlayStation Plus inclusion

Is this the start of a new trend? (pic: Deep Silver)

Shark RPG Maneater for PS5 is coming to PlayStation Plus in January, and Sony is, surprisingly, refunding those who already bought it.

Only yesterday, Sony announced its line-up of free games coming to PlayStation Plus in January, which includes the PS5 version of Maneater.

But, in a surprising move from the company, Sony has apparently been issuing refunds to PlayStation Plus subscribers who already bought the game.

According to Reddit user BraeWhyit, who had bought Maneater for PS5 only last month, they received the following message from Sony.

‘As a subscriber of PlayStation Plus, we will refund the purchase price of this product to your PlayStation Store wallet as this is a PlayStation Plus monthly game. This will not affect your ability to play the game as we have not removed the game from your library.’

BraeWhyit adds that their account is US region and they have yet to receive the money back, but refunds do tend to take a few days to process.

What’s more, since BraeWhyit says they still own the original license, they won’t lose access to the game if they ever decide to stop subscribing to PlayStation Plus.

Other users in the comments mention getting the same message and PushSquare reports being contacted by someone with the same experience.

If you’re going to get Maneater, you may as well get it for free (pic: Deep Silver)

It should be noted that this likely only applies to digital copies of Maneater, since Sony wouldn’t be able to refund copies bought from another retailer like Amazon or GAME.

The question now is whether this will become a new norm or not. There have been frequent incidents of PS Plus users buying a game at full price and then learning that the same game will be free the following month, so automatic refunds would be most welcome.

At the time of writing, Sony has yet to comment on if this will become the standard, at least for PS5 games included in PlayStation Plus.

Maneater for PS5 will be available for PS Plus users on January 5, alongside PlayStation 4 games Shadow Of The Tomb Raider and Greedfall.

Maneater is available on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and PC. A Nintendo Switch version is scheduled for 2021.

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