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PlayStation Plus May Preview: Free Awesomenauts, Trine 2, Rock of Ages, PixelJunk 4am Beta

Grace Chen's Avatar + Posted by Grace Chen on Apr 24, 2012 // Sr. Director, PlayStation Store

PlayStation Plus returns with another month of fantastic free games and awesome exclusives that have subscribers around the world believing in Plus. Kicking things off in May is new release Awesomenauts, FREE for PlayStation Plus subscribers. Watch the trailer below!


This colorfully action packed 2D online multiplayer battler with split-screen gameplay is releasing on May 1st. You’ll storm the game’s online battlegrounds and unlock loads of new abilities and characters for your arsenal. For more details on Awesomenauts come back to the blog a little later today — developer Ronimo will have more details on the game and will stick around to respond to your comments and questions.

Trine 2: PlayStation Plus

PSN hit Trine 2 joins the free games selection in May, boasting widespread critical acclaim and a dazzling fantasy world. Don’t miss out on one of the prettiest titles in gaming — grab Trine 2 for free on Plus this month. Not enough for you? How about getting Rock of Ages for free when it releases on PSN? The acclaimed mix of tower-defense strategy and rolling ball physics (trust us, it’s fun will keep you in stitches with the game’s quirky humor and ultra-addictive gameplay modes.

Rock of Ages: PlayStation Plus

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night: PlayStation Plus

May also brings the free release of PS one Classic Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and Castlevania Chronicles. For many of you, Castlevania: SotN needs no introduction. If you’ve never had a chance to experience what many fans consider to be the definitive Castlevania game, you now have no excuse. Castlevania Chronicles, on the other hand, is based on the original Castlevania but is no less engaging than SotN, especially given its blistering challenge. Gamers who are looking for a classic challenge need look no further!

Saints Row The Third will be available on 5/8 as a PS3 Full Game download. If you missed out on this insane open-world epic last fall, you may want to jump on it as it will have a 20% discount when it releases.

PlayStation Plus April 2012

If you’ve had your eye on PixelJunk 4am, you’ll be happy to hear that Plus subscribers get exclusive access to the game’s beta! All PlayStation Plus subscribers will get access to the online viewer where you can watch performances built in this musical PlayStation Move experience that immerses you in the creative flow of making music. Select Plus subscribers will also get access to the performance beta, so watch your PSN messages to see if you’re selected.

There’s a ton more coming this month that isn’t yet on the list below, including free minis like Velocity and Floating Cloud God, exclusive discounts coming towards the end of the month and more. If you’re not yet a Plus subscriber, you can snag your subscription by clicking here or purchasing it on PlayStation Store.

Remember, some content and/or release dates outlined may change including the addition or removal of content. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, or continue the discussion on the PlayStation Community forums in the Official PlayStation Plus Update thread.

Don’t have PlayStation Plus? Click here to purchase your subscription today!

Exclusives: Early Access:
Pixel Junk 4am Closed Viewer Beta – 5/1
Velocity (Free PS mini) – 5/1
Free Downloads: PSN Games:
Awesomenauts – 5/1
Trine 2 – 5/1
Rock of Ages – 5/15
Minis:
Floating Cloud God Saves The Pilgrims – 5/1
Velocity – 5/1
PS one Classics:
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night – 5/1
Castlevania Chronicles – 5/1
Full Game Trials:
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 – 5/1
Disney Universe – 5/1
Saints Row The Third – 5/8
Assassin’s Creed Revelations – 5/15
Batman Arkham City  - 5/15
Rayman Origins– 5/15
Need for Speed The Run – 5/15
Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition – 5/22
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Future Soldier – 5/22
Free Avatars and Themes:
Dead Cloud Avatar – 5/15
Gear Avatar – 5/15
Mesh Dynamic Theme – 5/22
Discounts: PSN Games:
Datura – 5/8 (PS Plus Price – $7.99)
Disney Universe – 5/1 (PS Plus Price: $15.00)
Rayman: Origins – 5/15 (PS Plus Price: $15.00)
Saints Row The Third – 5/8 (PS Plus Price: $47.99)

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+ regentpark on April 24th, 2012 at 9:52 am said:

It sucks the face that there’s no more Qore =( I WANT IT BACK!!!!!!


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+ regentpark on April 24th, 2012 at 9:52 am said:

the fact**


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+ Saurox on April 24th, 2012 at 9:54 am said:

Is PS+ going to be picking up the RE6 demo?


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+ luvtoseek on April 24th, 2012 at 9:55 am said:

@48, a $25 discount for a Vita launch game (yes, a port but one that’s very well done)… you seriously thought this was for the Vita? Wow, have you ever taken a business course?


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+ Lokekar on April 24th, 2012 at 10:09 am said:

*sigh*
No Dust 514 Beta news. Only thing I am looking forward to this Summer.


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+ LokeSTL on April 24th, 2012 at 10:09 am said:

That’s a pretty good month! But for god’s sake, get the PSone games working on the Vita. “Shortly after launch” my foot! Want to play those Castlevania games on my Vita…


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+ SOOPERGOOMAN187 on April 24th, 2012 at 10:10 am said:

Hey Morgan what are the chances of getting some SOCOM ps2 games digitally released? maybe never now that Sony dissolved zipper interactive. guessing no more support for socom 4 either? (sold it anyways, it was junk) but Socom 2 or 3 or socom combined assault would be awesome. a year ago it was socom combined assault that kept me busy online while the ps3 network was down. still didn’t receive my reward for inf on the hackers…..


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+ GT-420 on April 24th, 2012 at 10:11 am said:

* speechless…. *

..beyond delighted…


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+ SOOPERGOOMAN187 on April 24th, 2012 at 10:12 am said:

oh Castlevania SON sucks big time and i already own it and its the third time you guys have “given” it away. get some new stuff for us, not just repeats….


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+ Gogo_ZvC on April 24th, 2012 at 10:14 am said:

Morgan you forgot to hyper-link this: “Don’t have PlayStation Plus? Click here to purchase your subscription today!”

How will people sign up for this awesome deal? :P

I’m excited to try Trine and Rock of Ages! Castlevania as well, can’t wait!


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    + Morgan Haro on April 24th, 2012 at 11:37 pm said:

    lol; you’re right I did =| *slaps forehead*


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+ Heavenly_king on April 24th, 2012 at 10:16 am said:

When PLUS anniversary comes on June, can you release the offer you always release by that time which is that if we subscribe a year and get 3 more months free XD ??

My subscription ends by March 2013 so I still have time before I need to renew my subscription. But if you make that offer in June I will buy 2 years, so I get 6 months free :D.


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+ johnnyp70 on April 24th, 2012 at 10:20 am said:

Those Castlevania games would look great on my Vita. I will grab them in hopes that Sony finally backs up what they claimed when the Vita was announced. And Trine 2? Between that and Shank 2 we are getting some darn good recent releases for FREE!!!


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+ Heavenly_king on April 24th, 2012 at 10:20 am said:

what a cheesy song in the trailer lol XD


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+ Xer0Signal on April 24th, 2012 at 10:22 am said:

You guys have been nailing it, this year.

I’ve always been happy with PS+, but, 2012 especially has been very rewarding!


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    + Morgan Haro on April 24th, 2012 at 11:38 pm said:

    very glad to hear =)


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+ blakseed on April 24th, 2012 at 10:27 am said:

You guys have outdone yourselves this month. PS+ member for life.


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+ iTofuMan on April 24th, 2012 at 10:31 am said:

So nothing for Vita users again? i would have thought by now you’d at least give us something. maybe even a discount game since i assume thats the only thing we’d be getting from PS+ since youve never given a psp title for free, i doubt you’d give a Vita title for free.

Just saying i think PS+ should be for everyone and not catered to just ps3 users.


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    + Morgan Haro on April 24th, 2012 at 11:40 pm said:

    we hear this loud and clear. it will take some time, but hang tight


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+ KidCommando on April 24th, 2012 at 10:33 am said:

Man, Plus has been in overdrive lately. Keep that content coming and I will always be a subscriber.

Rayman @ $15…..WOW!

as Magnitude would say… Pop, pop!


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+ RoyMunson on April 24th, 2012 at 10:36 am said:

Awesome. Thanks.


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+ CD6405 on April 24th, 2012 at 10:40 am said:

Does Rock of Ages released May 1st or May 15th, as it has 2 dates listed.


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+ Souledge94 on April 24th, 2012 at 10:46 am said:

wow awesomenauts and trine 2 free on the same day *head explodes*


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+ luvtoseek on April 24th, 2012 at 10:46 am said:

@65, haha! Very nice Community reference!


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+ Erlaxis on April 24th, 2012 at 11:01 am said:

This plus thing is ridiculously awesome. I’m really glad I renewed last month.

Including the splinter cell deals, and the free games, Sly, Shank 2 and now Trine 2, It’s been worth the 50 bucks already, and I still have 11 more months of awesomeness to look for.

Now I need more time to game. =) PS+ keeps backlogging the **** out of me. Thanks!


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+ Twice_the_A on April 24th, 2012 at 11:12 am said:

Is the Devil May Cry Collection coming to the PS-Store?


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+ saab01 on April 24th, 2012 at 11:15 am said:

Looking good this month. I am getting so much free games it looks like I will have to upgrade my hard drive soon.
Is there any news on the latest article about saying Playstation Plus was going to be expanded? I still think we need to upgrade the cloud saves 512 MB would be perfect.


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+ Dogtype on April 24th, 2012 at 11:15 am said:

I really think you should consider making Rayman interchangeable between PS3 and Vita. I would like to have the Vita version on sale, but it would be a huge bonus to be able to use the same purchase on both systems. This is what the Vita commercials tout, and it should be so.

Thanks


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+ Kchow23 on April 24th, 2012 at 11:24 am said:

Will there be any new content since Qore is gone? Moreover, what are the benefits for PS Vita users? PS+ needs a bit of a 2.0 upgrade.


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+ John-Shooter on April 24th, 2012 at 11:24 am said:

almost had my hopes up on the rock of ages title till i saw the cover.. totally not what i was expecting.. what a cheap idea for that name of a game..


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+ Monterossa on April 24th, 2012 at 11:29 am said:

Will SSFIV Arcade Edition becomes PSN downloadable?


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+ malaria007 on April 24th, 2012 at 11:32 am said:

what? May is the month of my birthday and I surprised expecting something good, I do not like this update are games for children, when we will offer something interesting to veteran players?

greetings from México


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+ MushThePainter on April 24th, 2012 at 11:41 am said:

Just looked at the trine 2 trophy list.. looks like a very easy platinum.. and it will be mine!


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+ Senjutsu_Dav on April 24th, 2012 at 11:50 am said:

Yes for trine 2! ^_^ Looking awesome!!

I already bought Castlevania though… But it’s SOO GOOD! lol. I alreayd finished it 3 times on the PS3. Once with the main story (something like 199.7% of something, it’s impossible to have 200% on the PS version sadly), once with the LUCKY name (I have like 5 crissaegrim), once with AXEARMOR, and I still need to finish it with RICHTER, I’m about half the game done with this one. I’m just sad that they don’t make a remake of the SEGA CD version of this game, with HD textures (still 2d and everthing, just HD the textures). On the SEGA CD version you can have 200% and you have on more character to play with! ^_^


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+ Criscross87v3 on April 24th, 2012 at 12:01 pm said:

Already have both Castlevania games,but glad even more people can experience SoTN. There is so many great deals and offers associated with Playstation Plus. Not sure how anyone complains for it’s pricing structure. However, if I had only 2 requests, is that there were more discounts. I’m talking about 1 across each platform per month i.e. one for ps1, psp, vita, video, ps3, etc. as for request #2, I think subscribers should allowed to buy the games get for free from Plus. In fact, there has been many times I have read for the occasion that PS Plus offered day 1 discounts people were gonna buy it anyways, so why offer the choice to get the game free or at a nice discount. In the case that PS Plus ends, I’m sure no one wants to have to sift through hundreds of games that can’t play unless they buy. So why not offer the ability to buy now?

Thank you to anyone at Sony who reads these requests and keep up the good work


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    + Morgan Haro on April 24th, 2012 at 11:41 pm said:

    Thanks for the feedback


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+ snakeman07 on April 24th, 2012 at 12:02 pm said:

YES! Man, I love +. Trine 2, glad I waited on that one!


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+ joey_joey_joey8 on April 24th, 2012 at 12:11 pm said:

ireakly want rayman forvita. toomany gamesformy ps3 wish i canplay some on my vita


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+ BLUE-EYED-SLICKT on April 24th, 2012 at 12:17 pm said:

Hey morgan can you tell me if I buy battlefield 3 on psn can my kids and I play online when I put the game on both our ps3′s in private matches online? Does that work cause I only have the single disc and never tryed to see if that would work. We want to be able to set a private match online and play each other without others messing our game up and taking our time learning maps and having fun. Do you know or anyone in the blog post know? Thanks you!


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    + Morgan Haro on April 24th, 2012 at 11:43 pm said:

    Not 100% sure, but theoretically, as long as you’re both using separated accounts, and BF3 supports private online matches (never jumped too much into BF3 on my end), then that should be possible.


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+ Matthijsjuh on April 24th, 2012 at 12:49 pm said:

So… does that mean Castlevania SotN will appear on PSN Europe anytime soon? (I’d happily pay for it, that’s not the point. I just want to play it!)


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+ tusunami on April 24th, 2012 at 12:51 pm said:

And they don’t see why Ps Plus is worth it really really really.


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+ rightontargt4 on April 24th, 2012 at 1:12 pm said:

Wow, great selection this coming month. A bunch of stuff I’ve been meaning to pick up but had other priorities. Thanks for the great free games! I’ll be downloading all 5 freebies and likely picking up Datura as well.

This is great, guys. Totally changed my outlook from this past month’s selection.


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+ StackedPancakes on April 24th, 2012 at 1:13 pm said:

Rayman: Origins on 5/15 ! and my Ps Plus expires 2 days after that = ( but thank you so much for finally putting a digital release. cannot wait for that update.


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+ Inuboykendo1000 on April 24th, 2012 at 1:15 pm said:

I am so excited for these new full PS3 games to come out. I actually prefer digital distribution over buying a game at retail (unless on Wii).


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+ AizawaYuuichi on April 24th, 2012 at 1:36 pm said:

Man, this is going to be a good month. Sucks that I bought Trine and Trine 2 together when the second released, so I miss getting that for free, but everything else is pretty nice.


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+ zzamaro on April 24th, 2012 at 2:05 pm said:

Now that Trine 2 will be free for +, you should offer Trine 1 at a discounted price for those haven’t played it. Myself included :)


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+ devilmosh on April 24th, 2012 at 2:06 pm said:

Classic Castlevania for my birthday – how awesome is that? Thank you! Everything else looks awesome, as well. May is going to rock!


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+ eggmiester28 on April 24th, 2012 at 2:11 pm said:

i was very pissed at atlus for how long it was taking them to release Rock of Ages on psn but since i am a plus member and will be getting it for free i guess i have no reason to be pissed at them


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+ MrBeatdown on April 24th, 2012 at 2:30 pm said:

I’ve mentioned it before, but I figure it wouldn’t hurt to ask again…

I’d really like to see more add-on content for disc-based games offered. I remember the Warhawk map packs were offered in the very first month of PS+, and we’ve gotten a Killzone 3 pack, and the Uncharted 2 DLC, but outside of that I can’t think of anything else.

I generally don’t play PSN games. Most months, I don’t even touch the bulk of the content. Adding things like a map pack each month, either for a newer or older game would be a nice addition I think. It would give people like me who aren’t very interested in PSN games a little more to choose from.

Even older content would be nice… MotorStorm: Pacific Rift track packs, Killzone 2 and 3 map packs, Fallout add-ons, Uncharted 3 skins, Mass Effect 2′s Arrival, or Need For Speed car packs, for example. It would be nice to get things like that once in a while, especially since things like these rarely go on sale.


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+ Lopan on April 24th, 2012 at 3:13 pm said:

Wow this is great news. I knew holding off on buying games will pay off. I never played Trine 1 though, maybe we can get that for free too?


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+ T40Rs731N on April 24th, 2012 at 3:26 pm said:

Trine 2, Castlevania AND Rock of Ages!?!! Wha- wha- WHAAAT? Are you effing kidding me? Fanfriekintastic!

Thanks for brilliant MAY!!


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+ IM_RICK_GRIMES on April 24th, 2012 at 3:34 pm said:

how many GB`s is ghost recon future soldier when it hits psn? also does it come with pre order bonuses like the retail version


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+ Mattotastic on April 24th, 2012 at 3:40 pm said:

Excited for Trine 2! Bought and beat Trine 1 a while back. Great game with some amazing visuals.

Awesomenauts looks awesome aswell! Online battle arena side scroller? Hell yes. I enjoyed their other game Swords & Sandals so I’ll hopefully enjoy this one as well.

Not a big tower defense fan but I’ll try out Rock of Ages.

Thanks Sony. PS+ member since last September and I haven’t been more impressed with a service like this that offers this much content.. and for free! And the discounts are great aswell!

The month of May is gonna be such a steal.


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+ Mattotastic on April 24th, 2012 at 3:42 pm said:

@98: If you’re thinking about buying Ghost Recon when it comes out then just buy the physical copy. The digital copies of FPS games always seem to have issues.


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