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New PlayStation Plus: Third-Party Day One games

New PlayStation Plus: Third-Party Day One games

Ubisoft gets the ball rolling, and many others chip in, but it seems it’s early days yet for the service
Of all the game publishers working with Sony, Ubisoft is making the biggest contribution to the library of PlayStation Plus in June. Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla stands out. (Image: Ubisoft)

Sony has already made its plans known regarding the list of games it will be bringing to its revamped PlayStation Plus service in June but, truth be told, it’s everyone else’s contributions to its library that most gamers are curious to know about. Sony’s games and franchises are well-known and established by now — and it is its own service we are talking about here, after all — so it was more or less a given that the Japanese would bring out the big guns. And they did. What about the biggest publishers, though? Or indie developers? Well… things aren’t entirely clear yet, but Ubisoft got the ball rolling.

The French company officially announced that a number of its most popular titles will be collectively called Ubisoft Plus Classics and that they will be included in the PlayStation Plus Extra or Premium subscription come June. These titles include Assassin’s Creed ValhallaFor HonorThe Crew 2Child of LightEagle FlightFar Cry 3: Blood DragonFar Cry 3 RemasterFar Cry 4Legendary FishingRisk: Urban AssaultSouth Park: The Fractured but WholeSouth Park: The Stick of TruthSpace JunkiesStar Trek: Bridge CrewStarlink: Battle for AtlasSteepThe CrewThe DivisionTrackmania TurboTransferenceTrials FusionTrials of the Blood Dragon GameTrials RisingValiant Hearts: The Great WarWatch DogsWerewolves Within and Zombi.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is another third-party highlight of the new PlayStation Plus library, but almost no other production in there is as important. (Image: Take-Two Interactive)

These are 27 games in all that Ubisoft Plus Classics will be starting with. The company promises to grow that list to 50 by year’s end, which would be a noteworthy contribution by any standards. Not all games in that initial list are of top quality and many are rather old, but the inclusion of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla alone (a game offering more than a hundred hours of gameplay all by itself) is rather important. Unlike Sony, Ubisoft does not seem to plan “rotating” its titles in and out of PlayStation Plus, at least initially, so 50 of its games included in the new service in 2022 is an interesting prospect indeed.

Sony also confirmed a number of games other publishers — such as Square/Enix, Rockstar, 2K Games, Capcom, Bandai/Namco, 505 Games, WB Games and Annapurna Interactive — are bringing to PlayStation Plus in June. These are Ashen (PS4), Batman: Arkham Knight (PS4), Celeste (PS4), Cities: Skylines (PS4), Control: Ultimate Edition (PS4/PS5), Dead Cells (PS4), Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition (PS4), Hollow Knight (PS4), Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (PS4/PS5), Mortal Kombat 11 (PS4/PS5), Narutoshippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 (PS4), NBA 2K22 (PS4/PS5), Outer Wilds (PS4), Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4), Resident Evil (PS4), Soul Calibur VI (PS4) and The Artful Escape (PS4/PS5).

It seems that most third-party publishers will initially support PlayStation Plus in a rather careful manner. It’s understandable but it does not help the latter’s case. (Image: Sony)

Third-party publishers will be contributing to the other types of games offered to PS Plus Premium/Deluxe subscribers too, Sony noted. The Classic Games Catalog of PSone and PSP games, as well as PS2 remasters, will also include Mr. DrillerTekken 2Worms World PartyWorms ArmageddonBioshock RemasteredBorderlands: The Handsome CollectionBulletstorm: Full Clip EditionKingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning and the LEGO Harry Potter Collection. PS Plus Premium subscribers will also be able to play a number of PS3 titles via game streaming, including Asura’s WrathCastlevania: Lords of Shadow 2Devil May Cry HD CollectionEnslaved: Odyssey to the WestF.E.A.R.Lost Planet 2Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 and Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare.

This is most probably not the final list of games that PlayStation Plus Extra, Premium or Deluxe subscribers can look forward to in June, but it’s already apparent that third-party support for the new service is offered rather cautiously. It’s great that PS Plus subscribers will have access to such high-quality megahits as Assassin’s Creed Valhalla or Red Dead Redemption 2 — as well as such indie darlings as Celeste and Hollow Knight — but it feels as if most publishers decided to play it safe with Sony’s service, at least in the beginning. The absence of Electronic Arts is greatly felt, as is Activision/Blizzard’s (which won’t be contributing to PS Plus after its takeover by Microsoft). Chances are we’ll be getting one more update on that final list until Sony’s revamped service launches. Whether there’s room for drastic changes in the meantime remains to be seen.

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