PS Plus subscribers get access to three new games this month, namely Hood: Outlaws and Legends, Kill Arrow, and SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated. On their own, these games certainly have their fans, but collectively they don’t land too well among PS Plus users for a variety of reasons. kill the arrow may be the best of the bunch, but many will still turn away from it for its card-based nature.
Overall, it looks like PS Plus subscribers aren’t happy with this month’s selection, and 2022 itself has been an odd year for the service so far. The January and March games were warmly received, but the February and April games were fairly heavily criticized. No one can quite guess what the games will be like month-to-month, but perhaps more than February, PS Plus Free Games April 2022 seems to be caught in a sticky spot. If they indicate that the general quality of service is declining, the reason may be quite clear. But what’s unclear is how this will influence future games on the service as well.
PS Plus’s focus could shift away from free-to-play games
This is all speculative, but the reason these games may be lackluster could be the upcoming changes to the service. Sony recently announced that it is creating new tiers for the PS Plus subscription, with the final tier giving fans access to a library of over 700 games across PS1, PS2, PSP and PS3 platforms, and these changes will be in effect relatively soon: June 2022. That’s incredibly great for fans who wanted to play those older titles, but it might come at a cost beyond the subscription price.
If Sony cares more about the library of free games and higher tiers of the service, it’s possible the base PS Plus tier will suffer. The PS Plus free games for April 2022, then, could be a preview of what fans can expect each month. It seems beneficial that this library is mostly made up of games from older platforms, but there will be major titles like Return and Spider-Man: Miles Morales also available at higher levels. With that in mind, it’s possible that the quality of base PS Plus games will decrease to compensate for the new tiers. This would encourage consumers, after all, to choose the top tier, instead of just having the basic tier.
PS Plus monthly free games against a large library
Nor is it unprecedented. As for the service’s main competition, monthly free games with gold haven’t been “well received” for some time. There’s a ton of variables here, but Xbox Game Pass’ massive library has made a lot of people overlook Games with Gold. Game Pass quickly defined the end of the Xbox One era and the start of the Xbox Series X era, while the selection of games with gold offered each month suffered.
PS Plus’ base tier might fall by the wayside, as might Games with Gold. From a business perspective, it makes more sense to push PS Plus Premium subscriptions above the base tier because it equates to more profit. There are plenty of differences between PS Plus Premium and Game Pass, but on the surface level this is a large library of games compared to a monthly offering of a few. The Xbox ecosystem has proven just how popular and successful the library of games can be on the monthly pick, and it wouldn’t be surprising if the same happened on PlayStation consoles.
Again, there are a ton of variables. So it’s hard to say whether these extra tiers will negatively impact PS Plus monthly free games or not. If you’re basing this on the April 2022 PS Plus free games (prior to the launch of PS Plus Premium in June 2022), any concern is understandable. Now, there might be other factors that impacted the quality of these games that fans don’t know about. Or, April could be a taste of Sony pushing PS Plus Premium above the bottom tier. Once these levels become official, that’s when any changes in the quality of the monthly offers would be most visible and, at that point, most likely to be linked.
PS Plus subscribers typically receive a handful of free games each month.
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