The next PS Plus game bundle has been announced, but it may disappoint Premium subscribers.
A bountiful crop of 10 games will hit the PS Plus Premium and Extra libraries on August 16th. blog post (opens in new tab)they are headlined by a trio of Yakuza titles – Yakuza 0, Yakuza Kiwami, and Yakuza Kiwami 2. All three are beloved action RPGs, with Yakuza 0 arguably offering the best entry point into the main series.
They will join the asymmetrical multiplayer horror game Dead by Daylight, which challenges four players to defend themselves – or more likely flee – from a single unstoppable assassin. It’s proven to be one of the most popular multiplayer slashers in recent years, and we even think it’s one of the best horror games out there.
Bugsnax, the creature catcher, is also coming to the subscription service, alongside the open-world co-op shooter Ghost Recon Wildlands. Bugsnax arrived on Xbox Game Pass just a few months ago, while Ghost Recon Wildlands was also added earlier this month. All of this points to a growing crossover between PS Plus and Game Pass.
Some older titles and smaller games will also come to Sony’s subscription platform. Here are all the games coming to PS Plus on August 16:
- Yakuza 0
- Yakuza Kiwami
- Yakuza Kiwami 2
- dead in daylight
- Ghost Recon Wildlands
- Exodus subway
- Mana Trials
- Monopoly Madness
- Monopoly Plus
While it’s a huge number of new games, there’s one big omission among them: retro titles. One of the main selling points of PS Plus Premium is its list of classic PS1, PS2, PSP and PS3 games that gamers can download and play on demand. But any retro enthusiast looking to explore Sony’s back catalog will have nothing new to throw at this month’s lineup.
It’s a repeat of last month’s PS Plus showing, which also didn’t include additional retro games beyond two PSP ports. Sony again seems to have forgotten about Premium members, who may feel frustrated that their higher subscription fee is yielding few monthly benefits over the cheaper Extra tier.
With the revamped PS Plus platform launching just a few months ago, Premium members are likely still enjoying the massive collection of retro games included with its launch. But that won’t keep them busy forever, especially since many of them are simply transferred from the old PlayStation Now service.
If future PS Plus monthly lines continue to offer no new retro games, Premium subscribers may decide that the extra monthly cost of $3 / £2.50 / AU$3 is simply not worth it.