PlayStation Plus Essential users will begin receiving access to Fallout 76 and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order on Wednesday, January 2, Sony revealed. Axiom Verge 2, an indie side-scrolling Metroidvania released in 2021, has joined them.
Fallen Order doesn’t need much introduction; it’s a Star Wars adventure set after the Empire found and killed all the Jedi Knights. The game’s deep exploration and platforming will appeal to players looking for more intellectual challenges, yet packed with action and lightsaber battles.
Considering that Bethesda Softworks is an Xbox studio, Fallout 76 is an exciting choice. But almost two years after the release of Fallout 76 in 2018, Microsoft bought it. Despite this, Fallout 4 was included in the PlayStation Plus Collection, which has been made available to PlayStation 5 owners since the console’s introduction in 2020. This is the first PS Plus game produced by a Microsoft-owned studio since then.
Microsoft and Sony have also been at odds over the latter’s proposed purchase of Activision. Since Microsoft owns titles such as Call of Duty and Diablo, Sony has asked regulators in the US and Europe to reject the acquisition because it would give Microsoft an unfair competitive advantage.
Microsoft claims it has struck a 10-year deal with Sony in exchange for keeping Call of Duty on PlayStation; Bloomberg also said two weeks ago that Microsoft had proposed distributing Call of Duty through the PlayStation Plus network. On December 8, the Federal Trade Commission in the United States formally launched a lawsuit to halt the $68.7 billion transaction, which was announced nearly a year ago.
The third title available to members is Axiom Verge 2, the sequel to 2015’s Axiom Verge, which was largely created over five years by one developer, Thomas Happ. In August 2021, Happ independently released the game on PlayStation 4, and a year later Happ added a PlayStation 5 version.
Biomutant, Mass Effect Legendary Edition and Divine Knockout are still available for PlayStation Plus subscribers until Monday 1 January.
A monthly, three-month, or annual subscription to Playstation Plus Essential, formerly PlayStation Plus, is $9.99, $24.99, and $59.99, respectively. Membership is required for online play on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. See our latest study of the 37 games PlayStation Plus will offer in 2022.