Playstation plus vita

PlayStation Plus has been a staple in our diet for just over 18 months now, bringing fresh meaning to the word back catalogue and destroying people’s free time the world over. But is it possible to predict what might be coming soon to PlayStation Plus?

We’re going to start with PlayStation Vita. Vita’s library is smaller when compared to the PlayStation 3, which makes it easier to discern trends and predict what could be in the pipeline.

To begin with, we have no inside knowledge that any of the following titles will be hitting Plus this year. We’re just taking a look at the likelihood that they may reside in the instant game collection soon.

Rayman Legends

Developer: Ubisoft Montpellier
Publisher: Ubisoft
Released: 29th August 2013

Ubisoft have been a decent contributor to Plus in the past, with games like Lumines and Rayman Origins joining the instant game collection. The latter of course, gives credence to the addition of an already reduced Rayman Legends in the future.

Coming to Plus? LIKELY

Tearaway

Developer: Media Molecule
Publisher: Sony
Released: 22nd November 2013

If Vita had a jewel in it’s crown then Tearaway would certainly be it. The unique little platformer is so intertwined with Vita that it’s impossible to replicate it on any other system – and perhaps that’s reason enough for Sony not to bring it to Plus.

Tearaway is the perfect pack-in game for the console. It uses every single facet of the Vita, making it a great welcome package for new owners. It doesn’t really make any sense for Sony to include it with Plus, introducing it to people who are already invested in Vita and who use it regularly doesn’t give them any advantage. Tearaway also doesn’t have any DLC at present, so giving the game away to make money on an increase in DLC purchases doesn’t fit here. Add in the fact that Tearaway is already set at a budget price from launch and all signs point to Tearaway not appearing on Plus in 2014.

Coming to Plus? NO

LittleBigPlanet

Developer: Double Eleven/Media Molecule
Publisher: Sony
Released: 19th September 2012

Another Media Molecule inclusion and one that yet again has doubts about becoming a Plus freebie. Mainly due to a comment on the PlayStation Blog in response to whether LittleBigPlanet would be included in the instant game collection.

If that resounding no isn’t reason enough, then the game’s rock bottom price during both European and North American sales towards the back end of 2013 was a good indication. Title’s which go on sale, usually don’t enter PlayStation Plus – but stranger things have happened.

Coming to Plus? NO

Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation

Developer: Ubisoft Sofia
Publisher: Ubisoft
Released: October 30th 2012

Ubisoft’s eagerness to push Assassin’s Creed III onto Plus fairly quickly means Liberation’s inclusion at some point is hopeful. Aveline’s debut has also got the leap to last generations consoles, meaning that adding Liberation to Plus for Vita, won’t get in the way of potential HD sales.

Once the sales of the HD version die down, I really wouldn’t be surprised to see this added to the instant game collection around the summer.

Read our Assassin’s Creed: Liberation Review

Coming to Plus? VERY LIKELY

Persona 4: Golden

Developer: Atlus
Publisher: Atlus
Released: November 20th 2012

Along with Tearaway, Persona 4: Golden is Vita’s most important release. In fact, for many months it was the only reason to own the console.

Companies have been known to add a prequel to plus before the impending release of a sequel. However, with Persona 5 not coming to Vita, there seems to be little incentive for Atlus to follow this trend with Persona.

Much like Tearaway, Persona is one of the high calibre Vita games, and certainly won’t be coming to PlayStation Plus any time soon.

Read our Persona 4: Golden Review

Coming to Plus? NO

Hotline Miami

Developer: Dennaton Games
Publisher: Sony
Released: June 24th 2013

At launch, Hotline Miami received a 10% discount for Plus members, so technically the title has already got it’s feet a little wet from Plus.

With a sequel incoming this year, Hotline Miami’s inclusion on the instant game collection can’t be far away – we’re pretty certain this will be in your download library soon.

Read our Hotline Miami Review

Edit: Hotline Miami has already been free for US Plus members

Coming to Plus? VERY LIKELY

Borderlands 2

Developer: Gearbox
Publisher: 2K
Release: March 18th 2014

While Borderlands 2 isn’t even out yet on Vita, we can still summise whether or not this massive game could, potentially, hit the instant game collection.

There’s one factor that could swing it either way, and that’s if the version of Borderlands 2 that comes with Vita is jam packed with already released DLC. If it isn’t, then allowing the game to feature on Plus could mean added revenue, it’ll give Gearbox a bigger audience to potentially sell DLC too.

However, if the DLC is already included, it’s difficult to see any motivation to supply this as a free game later on.

One other factor is that the PS3 version of the game appeared on Plus, just over a year after it’s initial release.

If Borderlands 2 does hit the instant game collection then we wouldn’t expect it until at least the end of this year. But, we think there’s a decent chance of it happening.

Coming to Plus? MAYBE

PlayStation All Stars Battle Royale

Publisher: Sony
Developer: SuperBot Entertainment
Released: November 20th 2012

PlayStation All Stars Battle Royale has been fraught with adversity ever since it’s reveal. The much maligned Smash Bros. knock-off has been around for well over a year now and looks ripe for Plus.

However, Sony have quite publicly disbanded it’s developer and have stopped producing DLC for the product. At this point the franchise looks dead, and with no future, it looks like this one will be left to rot in the vault of Sony HQ.

Coming to Plus? NO

Killzone Mercenary

Publisher: Sony
Developer: Guerrilla Cambridge
Released: 4th September 2013

Killzone Mercenary is an interesting possiblity. On one hand it would be a highly desirable title on the instant game collection. But with Killzone being the only above average first-person shooter on Vita, I have my doubts as to it’s Plus possibilities.

Would Sony want to give away the only admirable attempt at show casing a dual stick handheld FPS?

Coming to Plus? UNLIKELY

Doki Doki Universe

Developer: HumanNature
Publisher: Sony
Released: 11th December 2013

The personality driven Doki Doki Universe, from the creator of ToeJam & Earl, Greg Johnson, could be ripe for the instant game collection.

It’s cheap price, combined with it’s plethora of add-on packs ticks all the boxes of a Plus addition.

Coming to Plus? VERY LIKELY

What games would you like to see come to PlayStation Plus? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll pass on your wishes to Sony.

Craig is a third of Casually Addicted's origin crew and a keen lover of all things green and white. You can follow Craig on Google + and Twitter @CraigJShields.

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  • rendermonk

    You clearly have no idea how games get brought onto the PS Plus IGC. Most of the time, it’s games that have already bottomed out (Sales-wsie) that then get dramatic discounts and then show up in the next month or two, to the IGC. So games like PS:All stars, LBP, P4G, area all VERY LIKELY to be free games this year. Another thing to watch, is if a series is going to have a sequel soon, IGC tends to try and get the previous games on PLUS as a way of getting you into the series before the next comes out (I’m looking at you here P4G). PS All Stars being as dead as it is, is a prime candidate to give away for free, as it was a high profile game (despite the lack of attach rate) and it doesn’t appear to have much of a future, either in sales of the game or the making of a sequel.

  • Can’t Cook Won’t Win

    RE: Persona 4 Golden.

    Dear Craig,

    On the PS Blog (see comment 115 on http://blog.eu.playstation.com/2013/12/13/playstation-plus-in-january-dmc-soul-sacrifice-borderlands-2-more/comment-page-3/#comments ), the reply to

    “@Chris pls answer^^ is it safe to buy bioshock infinite or persona IV Golden?^^”

    was

    “I would hold off on both of those for now”

    Since Bioshock Infinite was just announced, I am expecting to see Persona 4 Golden on the EU PS+ soon. Can you elaborate as to why you think that P4G is not coming to PS+, given the comment on the PS Blog?

    • Craig John Shields

      Have to admit that I never saw that comment before I started researching this article. Perhaps it was in reference to Persona 4: Golden being included in the Christmas sale?

      I think, like Tearaway, Persona 4: Golden is what I would call a ‘premium’ product for Vita. It would be a bit like giving away The Last Of Us or GTA V on PlayStation 3 I feel. It’s a game that is almost universally declared as the best on the system. I just can’t see the benefit of including it in the plus program.

      I hope, for those who haven’t played Persona, that I’m totally wrong so everyone gets to experience how great it is.

      I would just like to thank everyone for contributing to the discussion as well. I’m well aware some people don’t agree with me, but that’s fine, it’s all about opinions :-)

      • Donnie Morrison

        Since we are awaiting replacement for Uncharted & Gravity Rush, I think that Persona can make the list.

  • Christian Dixon

    Just a quick note: Borderlands 2 was already free on PS+ in the USA. :-)

    • Lance Legstrong

      Perhaps if you read the article you would know that they are talking about the Vita version. In fact the article specifically says it is a Vita edition article.

      • bigevilworldwide

        It’s a good thing dipshits like you are ready to fly in to be an ass hat for no apparent reason other than you have no life

        • Lance Legstrong

          Hello pot, our colors match!!

    • Johndoeurope

      Well… Borderlands 2 is already on PS+, in EU…

    • Sam Corbett

      Its free for ps3 so when it comes out on vita they will give u cross buy so u will get vita version for free right?