The New and Upcoming PlayStation+ Premium & Essential Subscription Service will unfortunately not include Day 1 Releases of first-party big new titles.
Unlike their rivals over at Xbox Game Studios, PlayStation will not be offering big first-party titles for free as Day 1 Releases as part of the upcoming PlayStation+ Premium and Essential Subscription Services. In an interview with gamesindustry.biz, PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan talks about how PlayStation is enjoying a “good virtuous cycle with the studios” in terms of releasing new games to their platform. He says that the virtuous cycle is “where the investment delivers success, which enables yet more investment, which delivers yet more success. We like that cycle and we think our gamers like that cycle.” Simply put, they believe that both developers and players alike are in line with the current release cycle of first-party games. They are right in that regard at how players are fast at gobbling up first-party releases when they come out on PlayStation, which happens because Sony is successful in making sure all of the games released under their watch are high quality, meaty games.
But this means that games like God of War: Ragnarok, Spider-Man 2, and Wolverine won’t be coming out as Day 1 releases on PlayStation+ Premium or PlayStation+ Essential. Players who are looking forward to an Xbox Game Pass-esque service that brings the latest games on PS4 and PS5 will be disappointed. According to Ryan,
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“We feel if we were to do that [releasing new first-party titles on PS+] with the games that we make at PlayStation Studios, that virtuous cycle will be broken. The level of investment that we need to make in our studios would not be possible, and we think the knock-on effect on the quality of the games that we make would not be something that gamers want.”
It’s up to the players now to vote with their wallets. Do they believe what Jim Ryan is saying and accept the fact that PlayStation+ Premium won’t offer any new first-party Triple-A games as part of its services? PlayStation+ Premium is expected to roll out this Summer.