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PlayStation Plus April Preview: Free Shank 2 and Shift 2 Unleashed, Ghost Recon Future Soldier Beta

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This April, we’re preparing some great offers for PlayStation Plus that will make you think twice about going outside. For starters, we’re happy to announce the free games coming in April to Plus: PSN Game Shank 2 and PS3 Full Game Shift 2 Unleashed! You’ll be able to get these titles free in Plus starting on April 3rd and throughout the month of April. In addition, we’ve also got more free content including PSone Classic Silent Hill, PS minis Cananbalt, Farm Frenzy 2 and Mystic Garden, as well as PSN Game Frogger Returns.

PlayStation Plus

Free games aren’t the only benefit to Plus. Last month saw the exclusive early access to the much-anticipated PSN game Journey. This month, you’ll be the first to try out Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Future Soldier Beta!

Hefty discounts on the games you care about are always a part of Plus, and April will bring more discounts on content you love. New releases Wheels of Destruction, House of the Dead 4, and the debut of the standalone Grand Theft Auto IV: Episodes from Liberty City will all have discounts the day they’re available to download from PlayStation Store!

PlayStation Plus

You’ll also want to check out sweet free Avatars from the PS Vita hit Escape Plan, as well as PlayStation Plus exclusive avatars and themes for The House of the Dead and Devil May Cry.

There’s more to come in April that we can’t quite talk about yet, but rest assured we’ll bring you more news throughout the month on more great Plus content. If you haven’t seen all that Plus has to offer for yourself, you can go to the PlayStation Store on your PS3 and head to the PlayStation Plus section, or click here to purchase a voucher code online that will be emailed instantly to you to redeem in the PlayStation Store.

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.

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Exclusives: The House of the Dead 4 Demo – 4/10
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Future Soldier Closed Beta – Date TBA
Free Downloads: Shift 2 Unleashed – 4/3
Shank 2 – 4/3
Frogger Returns – 4/17
Minis: Canabalt – 4/10
Farm Frenzy 2 – 4/3
Mystic Garden – 4/10
PS one Classics: Silent Hill – 4/3
Full Game Trials: Grand Theft Auto IV Episodes From Liberty City – 4/10
Dead Rising 2: Off the Record – 4/17
NHL 12 – 4/17
Disney Universe – 4/24
The Cursed Crusade – 4/24
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 – 4/24
Media: Qore Episode 47 – April – 4/10
Free Avatars and Themes: Escape Plan Lil Avatar – 4/3
Escape Plan Bakuki Avatar – 4/3
Escape Plan Logo Avatar – 4/3
Escape Plan Triangle Avatar – 4/3
Escape Plan Laarg Avatar – 4/3
Discounts: GRAND THEFT AUTO IV EPISODES FROM LIBERTY CITY – 4/10 (PS Plus Price: $11.99)
THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD 4 – 4/17 (PS Plus Price: $6.99)
Disney Universe – 4/24 – (PS Plus Price: TBD – 50% off Store Price)
Exclusive Discounted Avatar Bundles: Devil May Cry Avatar Bundle- 4/3 (PS Plus Price: $0.99)
Devil May Cry 2 Avatar Bundle – 4/3 (PS Plus Price: $0.99)
Devil May Cry 3 Avatar Bundle – 4/3 (PS Plus Price: $0.99)

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Oysterboy said:

March 26th, 11:14 am

Fantastic birthday month update!

Kchow23 said:

March 26th, 11:14 am

Wow… a pretty good month! Would be great if you guys had a deal on renewing or buying a year membership with a season pass of The Walking Dead Game!

soulzonik said:

March 26th, 11:14 am

Very nice! Awesome update.

LongbowAVRiL said:

March 26th, 11:14 am

Can’t wait to play Ghost Recon: Future Soldier.

CabooseFan91 said:

March 26th, 11:15 am

Can’t wait for Ghost Recon Beta and Shank 2 being free is cool :D will have to renew my plus sub soon though :D

Do you know the exact date of when the beta starts yet?

Wozman23 said:

March 26th, 11:15 am

Awesome deal for anyone who didn’t pick up Shank 2.

I was hoping with the recent Rayman release, we could get free classics. I’ve wanted to revisit them since I was floored by Origins. Guess it’s time to buy the first two.

Ethereal said:

March 26th, 11:15 am

Sweet update! Silent hill FTW! Ill be trying the ghost recon beta as well.

AgitoKoyoto said:

March 26th, 11:16 am

Excited for Ghost Recon! As well as Battlefield: Bad Company 2! What is the price for Battlefield: Bad Company 2?

playaplus said:

March 26th, 11:17 am

love it

TopAce2010 said:

March 26th, 11:17 am

Awesome! Tried Shank 2!!! More freebies!!!

Monterossa said:

March 26th, 11:17 am

Is SSF4 coming to PSN?

Kchow23 said:

March 26th, 11:19 am

Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 needs to come to the PS Store! Almost impossible to find in stores now :(

uncleniccius said:

March 26th, 11:19 am

I hope us EU’ers get the Ghost Recon beta!

Gilgamesh247 said:

March 26th, 11:20 am

I’m gong to enjoy April’s PS Plus freebies. I love racing games and getting the GR beta is awesome too :D. I wonder if in the near future we’ll see CS:GO beta.

androvsky said:

March 26th, 11:20 am

Why no PS2 games? It’s bad enough there’s nothing for people who already own the discs, but not even getting PS2 games as a free game through plus is even more annoying. At least there’s more coming in April, because Canabalt is about the only thing listed I’m interested in. :/ Maybe Shift 2.

Big_Money_Mike said:

March 26th, 11:22 am

=( i want to get plus for my account but its a sub account so its doesnt work i am 18+ please eventually make it possible


March 26th, 11:22 am

Awesome update! Is there any word on if House of the dead I & II is coming to the psn something point in the future? I enjoy both those games. Oh i also wondering if i need to play the Shank one to enjoy the two? Keep up the great work Sony.

DrixxInDaHouse said:

March 26th, 11:23 am

Are there going to be Plus discounts/free games/stuff for Vita soon? I have been a plus member for as long as I can remember and love it, but would also love seeing some Vita stuff asap!

jwspiker said:

March 26th, 11:24 am

awesome update..

Xer0Signal said:

March 26th, 11:25 am

Wow, another pretty crazy month.

You guys are killing it in 2012, so far!

GT-420 said:

March 26th, 11:31 am

Wow, Plus keeps on delighting me. Sony, you just unlocked the “March Customer O-Face” Gold trophy.

But I really doubt you have what it takes to unlock the Platinum O-face trophy. Prove me wrong!

Heisem said:

March 26th, 11:32 am

i’m surprised…this only happens once a year, i’m a day one PS+ member and i haven’t played any of those free games since Mushroom Wars/Age of Zombies….i played RE(PSone) though…i’m not complaining, but i wish PS+ were more about service instead of content because i can buy any of those games whenever i want while the service is something that gives me a reason to subscribe in order to improve my PS online experience…

GT-420 said:

March 26th, 11:33 am

BTW, would really love a PLUS deal on Warriors Orochi 3.

saintaqua said:

March 26th, 11:48 am

Oh wow! I’m so happy! I was wanting Shank 2 but was waiting on a sale, this is way better!
And I haven’t tried a NFS game since PS2! What a great opportunity. Thanks PS+!!!

vcotson said:

March 26th, 11:48 am

Grace, do you know when Strom will come back to PSN? I really wanted to get it :(

Link01 said:

March 26th, 11:48 am

Sweet deals! I always love Plus, I’m just still waiting on Vita announcements :D. I would really like a discount on Escape Plan or Resistance Burning Skies :D.

DeathGazer said:

March 26th, 11:48 am

Pretty surprised Shank 2 is a freebie already. And another full-priced PS3 game? Nice!

johnnyp70 said:

March 26th, 11:52 am

So glad I waited on Shank 2. Sometimes having a backlog of games has its advantages! Great timing for Silent Hill classic, too. And gotta love the Escape Plan Avatars. April is starting on a high note.

DazeOfWar said:

March 26th, 11:52 am

Awesome. I’ve been wanting to get Shift 2 so it’s a good thing I waited. Shank 2 and Silent are also good. I’m also really excited to try out Ghost Recon.

KwietStorm said:

March 26th, 11:58 am

I don’t care if its just for Plus..can we get a firmware update with a categorized download history list and a sign-in invisible feature?

KidCommando said:

March 26th, 11:58 am

Sounds good! Keep up the great content and I will always be a Plus member.

station3fever said:

March 26th, 11:59 am

Wow, sounds great! Talk about a birthday present lol. I’m glad my birthday is in April (the 8th) with all these great goodies :) It’s a good time to be a Plus member :) thanks guys & gals. Oh and please don’t let this be an April fools joke?. Thanks again.

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    Kristi Fernandez said:

    March 26th, 12:04 pm

    Hi – This is not an April Fools joke, so don’t worry. Glad you’re happy. Happy early birthday!

Conaaando said:

March 26th, 12:00 pm

That’s great! Free titles, I love them. :-) Thanks.

davo20xx said:

March 26th, 12:02 pm

Nooooooo i just Buy Shank 2!!!! and i hate Need For Speed!!! Horrible month… :( why not the first Shank?? HORRIBLE PLUS MONTH!!!

Budapesti said:

March 26th, 12:02 pm

Are we ever going to get the bug fixed wherein we cannot play the free Playstation Plus minis titles on Vita? It’s very nice to get the minis games, and I do have a PSP, but it would be even better if I could play them on my new, shiny handheld (not to mention a majority of the PSP games I’ve bought over the years from PSN, most of which don’t work on Vita… what happened to the ‘weekly updates’? Don’t even get me started on the PS1 classics!!!)

davo20xx said:

March 26th, 12:03 pm

I never buy anithing fron PSN STORE again!!!

saab01 said:

March 26th, 12:06 pm

Shift 2 is a disappointing game. I would rather take Hot pursuit which is a 100 times funner to play. I never played Shank but I heard good things of Shank 2. Again I really wish we can start to choose what Full game and PSN game we can get each other. It feels like each month is hit or miss. Sometimes its content that some of us like and other times its stuff that we don’t care for. We should add a section on the xmb where the plus members can choose between 5 games and the one with the most votes wins for the month. This way we can all be happy.

ThatNickGuy said:

March 26th, 12:07 pm

Free Silent Hill, Shift 2, AND Shank 2? Not to mention Frogger, which could be a hit or a miss? Heck yeah, I’m down for all that!

That said, I miss when we used to get free dynamic themes. There hasn’t been many dropping as much as it did in the past.

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    Kristi Fernandez said:

    March 26th, 12:13 pm

    Don’t worry the list in this post is not the full list for the month. Just the high level goodies. We’ve got 3 free dynamic themes exclusive for Plus members lined up this month so we’ve got you covered.

ShinobiNYC said:

March 26th, 12:07 pm

When is the Silent Hill HD Collection hitting the PS Store? Shouldn’t they be out already?

TwinDad said:

March 26th, 12:14 pm

My one concern about getting a game for free under plus is that I can no longer purchase the game. I wanted to purchase Final Fantasy 5 from this weeks sale, but I cannot as I have purchased it under PS+. I want to have a copy to use after PS+ runs out and I can’t purchase it. Please give PS+ users the ability to purchase a game what we have gotten for free.

Kaoskauser said:

March 26th, 12:16 pm

Epic update! I was actually looking into buying Shift 2 a while ago too. =)
Never played either Shank game, but I’m looking forward to it.

PhillBill007 said:

March 26th, 12:16 pm

Pretty sure I asked for pecan sandies….

gamerjtc said:

March 26th, 12:16 pm

yes thanks you guys great stuff FOR APRIL .my BIRTHDAY IS ON APRIL 14 cant wait to get shift 2 and ghost recon beta

JSmokes1122 said:

March 26th, 12:18 pm

I love you SONY :D

TomHoang said:

March 26th, 12:22 pm

I didn’t even care for Shift 2 Unleashed, but after watching some youtube videos, it looks awesome! Can’t wait to play it for free now.

namDa65 said:

March 26th, 12:23 pm


So glad i bought plus. I am so impressed right now.

Link01 said:

March 26th, 12:27 pm

Oh, I know it’s a long shot… but any news on that rumored Vita update with fixes coming next month. That Blue tooth auto on at start up really drives me nuts.

Oakridge said:

March 26th, 12:27 pm

I would rather take Hot pursuit over Shift 2 but nice month overall.

ItaChu said:

March 26th, 12:29 pm

shift 2 ….geezus i hated the first one i couldnt control my car, ….im sure ill hate this one too :( and shank 2 lol i got it already on my other account :( but thnx anyway sony :) i still love u

chrisredfield_97 said:

March 26th, 12:30 pm

anything for europe i would love if they come to european store too this would be a great ps plus update for April let’s hope we will not have any outage again like last year good ps plus update silent hill will be awesome and i must say tom clancy’s beta will be cool i’m going to try it out that’s all

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