In the on-going saga of events surrounding Konami, they have now removed the P.T. demo file from PlayStation UK Store completely. Meaning even if you owned it, you can no-longer re-download the file.
Previously if you had owned the P.T. demo file on your PlayStation 4, you could simply go to your Library and re-download it. But as confirmed below, the file is now completely gone - even from owners of its 'digital license'.
The normal series of events surrounding digital license holders on the PSN Store - for files that have since been removed - is that they disappear from the storefront, but owners could still find them in their download list for future use.
I believe this is the first case of a file completely being removed, regardless of ownership. The only way you can now play P.T. is if the file is already installed on your PlayStation 4 system.
In The Author's Opinion
This is quite the spiteful move from Konami as it's not like they no longer have the rights to the demo or Silent Hill itself. Konami also seem to removing listings from gamers on eBay selling their PS4's with P.T. pre-installed, such a move will only further create a grey-market for the game.
Ultimately these kinds of moves only alienate Konami from gamers even further, a company that could do with some goodwill right now.
What it means for digital licenses as a whole with games on the PlayStation Store is more worrying, if publishers can ultimately remove anything you have previously purchased then where is the line truly drawn? I think these kinds of incidents make an all-digital future all the more unlikely.
What do you think of Konami removing P.T.? Let me know in the comments below.
Konami (Corporation) is a japanese video-game developer and publisher known for Silent Hill, Metal Gear Solid and the Castlevania franchises among many more.
The company was founded in 1969, and its current headquaters are located in Tokyo, Japan. It's Pro Evolution Soccer franchise is known as Winning 11 in Japan.