A user by the name of billbil-kun over on the website Dealabs revealed what they claim to be the upcoming monthly games for the now-labelled PlayStation Plus Essential service. The games, which you can claim and own at no additional cost, as long as you have an active PS Plus Essential account, are stated to be Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time, The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan, and the yet-to-be-released Arcadegeddon. Though this is just an unconfirmed rumor at this point, this particular user, billbil-kun, has proven their salt by previously leaking the PS Plus monthly games on the same website, and being right on the money. With that in mind, these games are all but confirmed.
For those a bit out of the loop, PlayStation recently overhauled its subscription model. Instead of having one service that let you play online and got you some games every month, the same service now has three different tiers. You can learn more about that here, but the main thing to take away is that what is now called PS Plus Essential, is essentially the previous base PS Plus service.
Crash Bandicoot 4 is undoubtedly the showstopper here. It was the long-awaited sequel of a very iconic old-school franchise, and though it perhaps didn’t shake the world, like say something like Elden Ring, most reviewed it favorably, praising its well-designed platforming and faithfulness to its predecessors. Man of Medan was the first of studio Supermassive’s Dark Pictures Anthology; a series of shorter story-driven horror games, which has grown to become the team’s staple. The Dark Pictures series has paled in comparison to the first game they made in this style; the fan-favorite Until Dawn. Man of Medan’s reception was mixed, but fans of horror games can at least get a night of cheesy fun out of it. The lesser-known of the bunch is Arcadegeddon, but it has the potential to be the biggest hit.
Many haven’t even heard of this game, and they can’t be blamed. It didn’t exactly make the biggest splash with its marketing, but this is a completely new game, that’s opting to release “for free” (meaning at no additional cost) to PS Plus Essential subscribers. There’s a lot of value in getting something new “for free”, especially when other platforms, like PC and Xbox, will have to pay upfront. A large number of players will likely be motivated to check it out, just for that reason. Arcadegeddon is being developed by IllFonic, a team known mostly for asymmetrical PVP games such as Friday The 13th: The Game, and Predator: Hunting Grounds. This project focuses more on co-op PVE gameplay, and leans further into live-service elements, allowing for endless progression with loot and customization systems.
It’s worth noting the game is actually playable right now on PlayStation and PC, but it’s listed as early access. It’s slated to officially launch in July of this year, which aligns perfectly with this reliable leak. So, as a PS Plus subscriber, you’ll be able to play the game once it’s at its complete and polished state, at least supposedly. Though its early access availability has not made it the most popular live-service game in the industry, this influx of PlayStation players may do a lot for its success.
Another noteworthy aspect of this piece of news, is that Man of Medan is actually available in the second tier of the new PS Plus subscriptions; PS Plus Extra. This will undoubtedly cause some customers to feel disgruntled. If games they can play in the higher tiers become available to users in the lower tier, it’s like the service they’re paying for becomes less valuable, since fewer games are exclusive to it. We’ll have to see what the general reaction will be once the list gets fully confirmed, and everyone becomes aware of it.
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