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Coming to PlayStation Plus: Zen Pinball, Early Access to Swords & Soldiers, and Red Faction Battlegrounds Beta Access

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Hi everyone,

As we said in our last preview post, there will now be a two week heads up for the exciting content coming to PlayStation Plus subscribers. With that said, let’s get into our packed update for September 21.

PlayStation Plus - Swords & Soldiers

PlayStation Japanese Imports

Our next update is one of our biggest since the launch of PlayStation Plus back in June. Starting off with free games, we have Zen Pinball, Echoes – minis, and Syphon Filter 3. There is also a 50% off sale for Cuboid. After picking up the game, be sure to check out the TikGames-Creat Studios page to grab the DLC for free. Also, we have early access to Sword & Soldiers, an award-winning 2D RTS by Ronimo Games. Finally, a select number of PlayStation Plus subscribers will be returning to Mars for some vehicular combat in the Red Faction Battlegrounds beta. Select users will be notified via an XMB message and email.

Also, a quick friendly reminder to check out some previous content, such as Mushroom Wars, VEMPIRES – minis, and the discount for the Soldner-X: Himmelstrummer and Soldner-X2: Final Prototype Bundle, before it is taken down on September 21.

Not a PlayStation Plus member? Our limited time introductory offer is still available. Get three additional bonus months free when you buy a 1-year package for $49.99. You can find all the details here.

PlayStation Plus Highlight for 9/21:

Free Games
Zen Pinball
Echoes – minis
Syphon Filter 3 – PS One

Early Access Game and Demo
Sword & Soldiers

Free Game Add-on
High Velocity Bowling – Move Compatibility Add-On

Free Themes
Shades of Autumn Theme

Cuboid (50%)
Savage Moon (50%)
LittleBigPlanet: Monster Costume Pack (50%)

Discounted PS One Games
PS One Imports
Cho Aniki

Free Avatars
LittleBigPlanet Avatar – Hugo
LittleBigPlanet Avatar – Marvin

Last Chance, Get Them While You Can – Coming down on September 21:

Free Offers to PlayStation Plus Subscribers
Mushroom Wars
VEMPIRES – minis

Discount Offers to PlayStation Plus Subscribers

Soldner-X2: Final Prototype – 30% Off (PlayStation Plus price $9.09, regular price $12.99)
Soldner-X: Himmelstrummer & Soldner-X2: Final Prototype Bundle (PlayStation Plus price $10.79, regular price $17.99)

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Anglleos said:

September 8th, 5:00 pm

Very Nice!

Jisatsu_Kiddo said:

September 8th, 5:04 pm

i bet all the whiners still complain… it’s sad cause this will be a great update again.

DragonNutz said:

September 8th, 5:05 pm

Yeah, and I really appreciate these two week notices so that I don’t buy something I’m going to get free later. I just wish that there was no surprise at all and we got the lineup when we subscribe to Plus.

Loserkid said:

September 8th, 5:05 pm

Pretty good… I’m a bit concerned with the Beta thing tho.. select number? Doesn’t say how many will have access to it.. I’m looking forward to many of the coming comments on this…

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    Grace Chen said:

    September 8th, 6:23 pm

    Sizes of betas vary for different reasons, based on what the developer needs. There are sometimes certain criteria that need to be met, which leads to limited numbers.

Stoffinator said:

September 8th, 5:05 pm

Why do only select members of Plus get the beta invite? Was that what we were told when we joined?

D-White_123 said:

September 8th, 5:05 pm

Im excited for Zen Pinball! good work! hopefully you all are making progress on Cross game voice chat (=

thedonut said:

September 8th, 5:06 pm

we’re finally getting imports!? oh shi-
are they going to be english translated?

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    Grace Chen said:

    September 8th, 6:23 pm

    Imports will not be localized…

MLZ911 said:

September 8th, 5:06 pm

Nice! I haven’t regretted subscribing to Plus at all. The 50 dollar fee is a hell of a deal for what we get over a course of a year.

BloodiedWraith said:

September 8th, 5:06 pm

Awesome! My wife will be happy with Zen Pinball.

Jetup said:

September 8th, 5:06 pm

PSOne imports?
OMG I just….uuuhhhhh….my panties
Please elaborate!

JoE5005 said:

September 8th, 5:07 pm

Wait a second, so only a select number of PS Plus are getting access to the beta? So you mean not everyone who is paying for this subscription gets the full benefits of it?

…are you kidding me?

xuipid said:

September 8th, 5:07 pm

what is psone imports?

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    Grace Chen said:

    September 8th, 6:26 pm

    PS one classics that are published in Japan. They are being “imported” over to our region.

Kinetic808 said:

September 8th, 5:07 pm

I’m confused…no store update yesterday?

sybaritictrance said:

September 8th, 5:07 pm

I’m excited about Zen Pinball. I have been waiting on that for a while and will finally get to play it. :)

Axecution said:

September 8th, 5:07 pm

Awesome!!! This is more like it. :D

Only thing that worried me is the High Velocity Bowling being free to PS+ members. Is it NOT free to non-PS+ members? Not that i really care Lol :p

mywhitenoise said:

September 8th, 5:09 pm

“Not a PlayStation Plus member?”

Nope, and I plan to keep it that way. What a garbage service.

AmericanAce said:

September 8th, 5:09 pm

“Select” PS+? That wasn’t part of my 50 dollars; I better be in that.

ryheeles said:

September 8th, 5:09 pm

So, should I only take advantage of free offers rather than discounts from now on so I don’t get screwed out of money again like I did with Cuboid?

Glacier928 said:

September 8th, 5:09 pm


steadydecline said:

September 8th, 5:09 pm

finally a game i don’t have and nice to see avatars.

The title of the post it wrong it says “next week”

Andrefpvs said:

September 8th, 5:10 pm

Great, just when us Europeans thought we were catching up, North America has yet another awesome update.

tirminyl said:

September 8th, 5:10 pm

“Join Playstation Plus and get access to select betas!”

Instead you’re saying, “Join Playstation Plus and maybe if you’re selected, you get access to selected betas!”.

AnthonyJoel said:

September 8th, 5:10 pm

Where is the demo for PES 2011??? I read on different blogs about it being released today for Plus suscribers. It was even mentioned on the previous post, and not in this either.

tirminyl said:

September 8th, 5:10 pm

Oh, otherwise, nice update.

RafelContin said:

September 8th, 5:11 pm

Konami is announcing that PES 2011 DEMO will be available for Playstation Plus Subscribers TODAY! Where is it!?

famousmortimer said:

September 8th, 5:13 pm

I already own most of this stuff but I’m not going to complain because it’s a solid amount of content. It’s my own fault for having bought like 5/6ths of the store already ><

socomftbcool said:

September 8th, 5:14 pm

“select PS PLUS”

excuse me , I paid for just as much as everyone else . Please elaborate. Thank You

dokoganryu said:

September 8th, 5:14 pm

Why is it that the Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 demo was available to UK & European PSN+ subscribers, and not to US subscribers? Major games like PES should have been made available, especially as the game itself is being released in the US; it’s unfair if Europe gets all the good stuff while we’re stuck with the rest.

vcotson said:

September 8th, 5:14 pm

Why only a select numbers like @ 4 and 5 said?? let me guess the people who 1st got ps+….I’m sorry to say but if its select, you guys fail big time… You guys did say Select betas…and now its select member numbers?.. your going to get a lot of complains…sorry to say…good update but i myself is looking forward a beta invite but knowing how u guys never send me udpates even th im opt and i speak for other people also…you guys are going to mess up again on this one..prob give it to people who just got their ps3 and not people who got their ps3 on the 1st day…but nice update tho!

almighty-slayer said:

September 8th, 5:14 pm

lol so you only give the beta to some people?

No, that isn’t what you should be doing at all. If one person pays and gets access to the beta and someone else pays and doesn’t get access, it’s a bit unfair.

Give it to all of us or give it to none of us, simple as that!

Reginthorn said:

September 8th, 5:16 pm

Dude this is awesome!

Xulap said:

September 8th, 5:16 pm

Guys, September 21st is NOT next week.

vcotson said:

September 8th, 5:19 pm

@21. don’t you just love it!….if it was the other system all the LIVE members would prob get it…but for plus members its select members…. keep

dragonleader33 said:

September 8th, 5:22 pm

This is much better Sony. Shut the haters up!

spideyal said:

September 8th, 5:22 pm

I’m already eying down what I plan on downloading. :)
I really like Playstation Plus, I’m just hoping this gets us in on the Littlebigplanet 2 and Killzone 3 beta’s. That would be badass if this were true.

djpenny1 said:

September 8th, 5:24 pm

i think he means people that get psn+ now wont get this beta

V_Ben said:

September 8th, 5:24 pm

Right. Having a selection process within a selection process is completely ridiculous and somewhat insulting. People paid money for Plus, and not all of them are going to get into this Beta. Granted, those who do get in will feel all warm and fuzzy and everything, but the rest of the folks will be left in the cold.

Its extremely short-sighted, narrow minded and honestly straight up unfair. Please, see if you can work something out with THQ so that all Plus members get access, otherwise its just silly.

Still, at least you said this 2 weeks in advance, so that you have the chance to change things! :)

robbyearon said:

September 8th, 5:24 pm

I was ready to purchase the Playstation PLUS membership for 90 days JUST to play PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2011 DEMO. too bad the US always behind. PSN America must don’t like to make MONEY!

Elvick_ said:

September 8th, 5:25 pm

Already bought Echoes because it’s $0.99 and awesome. Easily worth it.

socomftbcool said:

September 8th, 5:25 pm

If it is only select plus members who bought Red Faction Guerrilla , I might be able to live with that . Please elaborate Sony .

moriarty1975 said:

September 8th, 5:25 pm


Speaking as a E.U PS+ user i just want to know…your joking right?

thelookey6 said:

September 8th, 5:27 pm

this is the 1st time sine jne im happy

DeviantBoi said:

September 8th, 5:28 pm

Terrible update! The EU PS+ subscribers are getting the Sam & Max games. We’re getting Zen Pinball?!?! And access to the Red Faction beta? Who the heck is excited for that? That’s on nobody’s radar. How about you give us access to the LBP2 beta? Gimme access to that beta and I will consider my $50 well spent. So far, it feels like a rip-off.

Steema said:

September 8th, 5:29 pm

Hoping I get in the Beta for RF. I love the way this content shift is looking. Syphon Filter 3 is also a gem from my gaming past. What we all want though is Castlevania Symphony of the Night. Give that one away and you will get a few new Plus subs too. Just a thought, keep up the evolution in content.

CDubyahS said:

September 8th, 5:30 pm

maybe zen pinball will host a few more tournaments cant wait

brianR said:

September 8th, 5:32 pm

i am so glad i got Plus well worth it.

darthlego said:

September 8th, 5:33 pm

No LBP 2 beta?

phatmercado said:

September 8th, 5:35 pm

Sounds like a good update to me. No complaints here.

fuzzyclutter said:

September 8th, 5:36 pm

@ AnthonyJoel ” Where is the demo for PES 2011 ”

dont get release info from third parties , get it straight from the horses mouth . kotaku doesnt run the show at scea .


September 8th, 5:37 pm

i still don’t see anything about blacklight: tango down yet

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