A new month, a new batch of PS Plus games. I’m sure many of you already know, but the March lineup announcement for PS Plus was actually very exciting, and for more than one reason. Welcome to Lgndary Thoughts!
For those that missed it, here are the PS Plus games for this month:
Ratchet & Clank, PS4
Legend of Kay, PS3
Mighty No. 9, PS3 (Cross Buy with PS4)
Claire: Extended Cut, PS Vita (Cross Buy with PS4)
Bombing Busters, PS Vita (Cross Buy with PS4)
What a month! The trend of AAA games being included continues, but this month goes even further than usual and includes 2 of them. I already own Bloodborne (but am looking forward to having it digitally), so I won’t benefit too much personally, but I am certainly excited for so many others that will finally be giving this game a shot. It is easily one of my favorite Playstation 4 games of all time, and an excellent intro into the “Soulsborne” genre.
Ratchet & Clank is where my real excitement lies this month, as I have yet to play it. I know, I know. I’m a little late to the party. In the end, however, I am glad that I waited.
But like I said, Sony had more to announce this month regarding PS Plus than just the usual lineup. Effective starting a year from now, the PS Vita and PS3 will no longer receive monthly games from PS Plus. I expect many fans of those systems will be upset, but I believe this is actually great news, and something that I have wanted them to do for awhile. As I have said in a previous Thought, the PS3 and the PS Vita, as sad as it may be, are dead systems. Dropping them would allow for a greater focus on the console that is still alive and kicking today.
Of course, that won’t matter if Sony simply drops support, and nothing else. Will the absence of PS3/ PS Vita games from the PS Plus lineup mean that more resources can go to the PS4? Will we get more than 2 games a month? Will those games be higher quality? Will more features be introduced? To be honest, I would be shocked if Sony did anything differently at all.
I hate to say it, but Sony is not the kind of company that thinks they owe anything to anybody for any reason. Nintendo gave launch day 3DS owners free games to compensate for the price reduction, but Sony has never thought like that. I can almost guarantee that Sony will say something along the lines of “The service we offer PS4 owners is worth the cost of PS Plus as is. No changes are necessary just because PS3/PSVita support has been dropped”
I’d like to think I’ll be wrong, and there certainly is a chance that I am, but I don’t plan on getting my hopes up. Luckily, the PS4 offerings with PS Plus have been great, so we won’t have to get too upset as long as we continue to get games as good as Bloodborne and Ratchet & Clank.