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PlayStation Plus Update: Outland and Bloodrayne: Betrayal Join the Instant Game Collection

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The first two episodes of Telltale’s The Walking Dead joined the Instant Game Collection last week, and today, we’re announcing even more content coming to Plus! We’re excited to welcome PSN Games Outland and Bloodrayne: Betrayal to the PlayStation Plus family. Read on to learn more about these games and other great content coming exclusively for Plus members.

PlayStation Plus Update August 2012

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August 14th PlayStation Plus Update


Free for PlayStation Plus Members

This innovative PSN Game blended open world 2D action color-based puzzle platforming to deliver an experience like none other. Heralded by critics, we’re happy to bring Outland to Plus members. Make sure you check out the co-op challenges scattered throughout the game’s world to get the most from Outland’s breathtaking world.

Bloodrayne: Betrayal

Free for PlayStation Plus Members

With this year’s PSN PLAY in full swing, we thought we’d revisit one of last year’s PSN PLAY titles to deliver free to Plus members. Sporting incredibly slick animation and amazingly detailed characters, monsters, and environments in luscious (LUSCIOUS) high resolution, this is a game that many might have missed, and now have no excuse not to check it out.

PlayStation Plus Update August 2012

Papo & Yo

20% discount for PlayStation Plus Members (Regular Price: $14.99, PS Plus Price: $11.99)

We’re always looking to get members the best deals on new releases,so we’re making the anticipated PSN Game Papo & Yo that much easier to snag when it drops on 8/14. It’s an amazing world crafted by the team at Minority. Follow a young boy named Quico and his best friend Monster through the surreal favelas of his homeland. It’s a dangerous journey through a constantly changing world, and you get an exclusive price break on the new adventure. Check out all the great features on Papo & Yo and pick up the game this week!

August 21st PlayStation Plus Update

Dust 514

Closed Beta Access and 50% off Mercenary Pack Add-On

Remember that Beta I talked about earlier? I know, it was a bit in the making but we’re happy to welcome our friends from the Dust 514 team into Plus with exclusive access for the closed beta. Dust 514 is the free to play first person shooter that may change the face of how we battle online in games. Help test the first live direct connection to the extremely popular EVE Online MMO as players on the main server in DUST 514 and EVE Online can chat in real time and send in-game mail between games. It’s a first in gaming, it’s free to play when it releases later this fall, and exclusive access is coming to Plus members on 8/21. You’ll have until September 4th to jump in the Beta. Read more about the features available in this Beta in a post from Brandon Laurino, Executive Producer on Dust 514.

PlayStation Plus Update August 2012

We’re also sporting a 50% discount on the Mercenary Pack DLC for Dust 514 which gives access to in-game currency to spend in game, skill boosts, and exclusive gear. Now I know what you’re thinking: this is a beta, how can I buy Add-Ons if it’s in beta? Good question! Any Add-Ons that are purchased with Dust 514 while the game is in Beta will be carried over when the game releases later this fall. So buy with confidence! There’s a ton of great Dust 514 blog posts; read up on the game and jump in the Beta.

PlayStation Plus Update August 2012

Counter Strike: Global Offensive

20% discount for PlayStation Plus Members (Regular Price: $14.99, PS Plus Price: $11.99)

It’s the return of the king. The first editions of Counter Strike back in the day paved the way for what online shooters are today. Now Valve is partnering with PlayStation to deliver this new release 20% off when it becomes available for download on 8/21. The final title of the PSN PLAY promotion, make sure you’ve picked up as many titles from PLAY as possible so you can get the most amount of PlayStation Store credit back on September 7th.

Natsume Sale

50% off for PlayStation Plus Members (Regular Prices: $14.99, PS Plus Price: $7.50)

Natsume fans! Got a PSP? You’re in luck. 4 of Natsume’s best titles including some of the best from the Harvest Moon series are going on a nice 50% off sale. Adventures To Go!, Harvest Moon: Boy & Girl, Innocent Life: A Futuristic Harvest Moon , Reel Fishing: The Great Outdoors, and Harvest Moon: Hero of Leaf Valley are all part of the sale.
Watch the PlayStation Store Updates for more news on additional Plus deals. Stay tuned for our next update scheduled for August 27th, and as always, let us know your thoughts in the comments.

PlayStation Plus Update August 2012

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Darth-Krayt said:

August 13th, 7:32 pm

You know what? Free PSP games for Plus is a fantastic idea you guys at Sony may want to consider doing ASAP. Specifically PSP games that can be downloaded directly with the Vita from the store. That sounds to me like the best possible way of making Plus members who are Vita owners happy, and I’d imagine if they are mostly 1st party games with less 3rd party, it would be fairly affordable on Sony’s end as well even on top of what you already give us. As long as they can be played on the Vita everyone would be happy. So long as they aren’t games competeing with new Vita releases as to not impact those sales.

Tjoeb123 said:

August 13th, 7:36 pm

(sigh)…Metal Gear Solid HD collection (PS Vita) (Konami) at some time in the future, too….

ToFeY said:

August 13th, 7:36 pm

i usually don’t complain but now seriously NA’s plus is a joke now >;(
they always give us crappy games or games we already own WTF

StraussVanDor said:

August 13th, 7:37 pm

Hi there! I’ve recently bought a PS3 and I can’t quite get all these freebies for PSN+ subscribers.
I mean, if I subscribe for a month right now, will I get all this games immediately for free?
What happens with those games when my subscription expires?

StraussVanDor said:

August 13th, 7:38 pm

Also, are PSVita and PSP games playable on my PS3?

Sorry for double posting. =)

DazeOfWar said:

August 13th, 7:42 pm

@Strauss: If your Plus subscription expires you lose the access to play the games you got for free. If you sign back up all the games you got before it expired will still be there to play.

Also you can not play Vita or PSP games on your PS3.

DazeOfWar said:

August 13th, 7:43 pm

@Strauss: In case you are also wondering anything you buy with a Plus discount is yours to keep forever.

StraussVanDor said:

August 13th, 7:45 pm

@DazeOfWar: Thanks for the info!

gamerarthur5 said:

August 13th, 7:47 pm

you know all the games i see now i would prefer the EU they are getting dead space who wouldn’t want deadspace then 2d games there need to better games the only game i see that good is dust that is it everything else isn’t funny

hongthay said:

August 13th, 7:51 pm

Has Sony ever considered an option to buy a PSN game as a gift for a PSN friend, so they can just download the title and play together?

DazeOfWar said:

August 13th, 7:54 pm

@Strauss: Glad to help out.

zingakun said:

August 13th, 7:57 pm

Great titles coming to PS+, but I’m really sorry, there’s no way not to compare it to the incredible content offered in the EU, and for that I’m not happy with my plus subscription…

I believe this is my last month of plus, and I don’t see any advantages on renewing it. Please, amaze me next month.

MarkakaJin said:

August 13th, 8:02 pm

Another week of weak content for the PS+ subscribers. Well, except Outland. I like that game. Never owned, played the demo and I’m looking forward to playing it as a full version. The discounts are great, even though I miss them all the time but keep it up. Who cares what others say that it’s free and we’re whining or whatever. We paid a subscription that will give us free great content from Playstation Plus. If you pay a subscription for 50 bucks or at least 17 for the three months subscription, surely we must get something out of that? Right? I mean we pay for it because of the content that you guys give out for free but lately, it’s getting weak. I love Playstation Plus and I love subscribing it because it saves me a lot of money and I love the free content you guys are giving out but it’s getting weak. It need to be back where it was awesome, how you guys pulled off with the so-called 12 game instant game collection, that was awesome. The ones who thought that we are complaining, we’re not complaining. We just want awesome content. Not all that weaksauce. We don’t want that. Gives us some epic stuff because it is Playstation “Plus”.

boomstickbhg said:

August 13th, 8:12 pm


You’d certainly know better than I do, I tend to only read the posts that get replies.

So I’ve seen the comment on not wanting a rental vs owning, no real sense of how often it was said.

Personally the rent vs own thing would bother me far more than Vita support or PS3 full games, guess not many people feel the same, maybe i’m just too old. Services like Netflix have no interest for me so I also have little concept of how they operate (specifics).

Or to put it another way, not counting MMOs, PSN is the only service I’ve ever paid a monthly fee for heh.

Moofboy said:

August 13th, 8:16 pm

Hey Morgan! Kind of a bland update for me personally, but half the fun of a Monday is reading the rants on the blog anyway! Today was not a let down either…

So, after reading the posts and seeing that many people are upset over themes, avatars, etc, I had an idea (although I may not have been the first person to come up with it). I have gotten three people to sign up for plus just because of how much I enjoy the service (which I openly acknowledge paying for and will continue to pay for by renewing). That said, have you guys ever considered a referral program? Offer themes or avatars or whatever for a referral or a number of referrals. Obviously this would have to be retroactive for me :)

Anyway, just a thought! Keep up the great work!

trae_trae88 said:

August 13th, 8:30 pm

lovin playstation….psplus ppl shouldnt have much 2 complain about….i signed up last month an got nearly 20 games since….thumbs up!!!!!!!

RatCloner101 said:

August 13th, 8:31 pm

How about An My Little Pony Game and TV Shows on like Lazytown eps ?
Justin Bieber Game ?
Free Addon’s Like LBP 1
Free Avatars Like MLP
Free Dev Tools ? or 900 dollars

davionwalker22 said:

August 13th, 8:33 pm

BlooodyCow you not a plus members so why you here???

davionwalker22 said:

August 13th, 8:37 pm

+ StraussVanDor you get all games for free but when plus member expires you cant play any more

MrBeatdown said:

August 13th, 8:46 pm

I’m seeing a few ideas thrown around, so here’s mine…

A PS+ points system that lets us choose what we want, not from the entire PS Store, but from a pre-determined collection that sees content rotated in and out each month. Like a really big version of the Instant Game Collection, but we have to pick from it instead of getting all of it.

Offer a mix of PSN games, full games, PS1 games, DLC, avatars, minis, themes, and discounts, and “price” them all accordingly.

Like say… give us ten points that are only good for the month. I could spend 4 points on a full PS3 game, 3 points on a PSN game, and three points on a second PSN game.

Or 3 points on a PSN game, two points on a PS1 game, 3 on a big discount on a paid game, and two on a couple avatars.

Different games can be “priced” accordingly depending on how new/popular/expensive the are.

You can even use the points system to offer discount tiers. Instead of 50% off a game, I could cash in a few points to get an even better discount.

I think that would be a great way to cater to different tastes while still maintaining control of the pool of what’s offered for free.

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    Morgan Haro said:

    August 13th, 10:35 pm

    Well, there’s nothing that could support a system like that for the time being. It’d be a bit outside of the current system’s abilities to manage on a per user level, but it’s a good idea nonetheless. Thanks for the suggestion! perhaps there’s an idea in there that might still be able to be used in some other way to help gamers who may already have IGC content. I’m trying to find the answer to that question at the time being myself, but we’ll figure it out =)

MaKTaiL said:

August 13th, 9:14 pm

@369 MrBeatdown, you sir are my hero! That’s the best idea I’ve read. This would be a perfect new system for PSN+ and Sony would benefit a lot from it.

Say they price a PS3 Retail Game as 10 points. It’s up to us to use it all or save it for something else.
Or say they price a recent PS3 full game as 30 points. You have to wait 3 months to get it (assuming points are cumulative). While I get less games, I’ll get what I want.

They could even create a discount system. The game is 30 points, but if you use 15 points you get 50% discount.

As much as I love this idea, knowing how Sony has treated it’s costumers ideas *cof cof* XMB 2.0 *cof cof* since the last few years, I doubt they will ever do this. I still have hopes though.

What do you say about this Morgan? Pass it along to the PSN+ team. I bet they will love it.

nextleveltaken said:

August 13th, 9:22 pm

Never seen so many ungrateful whiners in my life.

I’ve had the service for quite a while, and I love it. I’ve gotten a ton of FREE content, be it avatars, or themes, or PS1 games or minis. As for the “free” PSN and PS3 games not being free. Well, if you let your subscription lapse, sure, but even if you go x amount of months without Plus and then sign back up, those games will still be waiting for you. Plus, why would I let something this cheap, and this great expire? Cloud saves, automatic updates, discounts…

Even when some of the games I bought were offered free (Walking Dead, I’m looking at you!), I wasn’t upset, because the game is awesome regardless, and my purchase was more than justified.

Thank you Sony for the great content. Remember Xbox Live gets you what again? Oh yeah, the ability to play online multi-player, a free feature of the Playstation 3.

jdslayer01 said:

August 13th, 9:22 pm

first of alll if your going to start a big argument there s place for that ** the forum** if your weant to post ideas*** the forum*** if your want to leave y start something you allready lost ……to be quite truthfull about what is now* —- its not about you its about everyone so start acting that you realy know something usefulll or reliable….. and if your gona leave because your mind is way to numd to know the fact that there is more then just you quit… im sure you can find so many great companys to ofer free internet play and free game at an option*

buffpotato said:

August 13th, 9:30 pm

Playstation is not just about PS3! You guys make two handhelds PSP and PS Vita. Yet both are left out in the cold when it comes to Plus. I liked the old system because it gave PS1 games and Minis which could be used on the PSP and will soon to be able to be used on Vita. And if you don’t have a PSP or Vita they still worked on PS3! Now we just get PSN games. Most of which I don’t care for and would rather not waste time playing on my home console. But I am stuck until next April with PS+.

Can I suggest we get more equity for the Playstation family and make Plus less PS3 focused?

jdslayer01 said:

August 13th, 9:31 pm

second* if your starting to see and cant bring the right dont start because there is no right* fact not fiction…… there are over 1000% of savings in each years wich is over 600$ per years for a single user -your litle 50 $ think it throught quick sony is the bigest deal breaker and you want more….. id say go slow someone else cuz your brain isint ass fast a sony breath of fressh air for every one and your just taking it all for your selfs….. keep in mind spaming the wrong place just shows how lost this world is and how dangerous poeple get …. so i you wana start a killing spreee and your 10 years old or even 20* fine….. your probebly a baby without theyre candy **** and sony give you a piece aof candy for free wich you rarely seee in life….

DeeeJayX said:

August 13th, 9:37 pm

This looks good to me!, haven’t tried either game yet, And I am clueless of what Papo and Yo is even with watching the trailer.

jdslayer01 said:

August 13th, 9:40 pm

you guyz willl and never will understand how critical this is to form a breath of freshhh air to someone did you ever give someone air it sure dont look like it with all the wrong timming and all the wrong places …. i ust dont see your side ever groing in life****…. end of transmition****

jdslayer01 said:

August 13th, 9:46 pm

ps*** this is facts

jdslayer01 said:

August 13th, 10:05 pm

ohh and ust to ustify wats righttttt for wats right cuzzz thisss is ridiculous dont start to say game selections are crap because your ust craping on the game developers… did you ever make a game ? did you have any good ideas* from the looks of its you just got out of schoool to put on a slick shirt to make you look cool** hey theyre not you markS Brain=—–()*_$0—-|> SLOW* i guess you cant figerout wat this means:O peace*

MrSignal said:

August 13th, 10:18 pm

Seeing as there is a fair amount of interest in discounts on titles, can I suggest a few initiatives?

How about markdowns on titles that will be getting sequels shortly?

I was literally in the store about to pick up a copy of Darksiders, but to my dismay they were out of copies.
Why do they gotta have the case out for a game getting a sequel released soon when they got no copies screws with you a bit, but hey Gamestop. Shove some of the prequels to this years sequels out for a heavy discount and see some real sales.

As for the slight issues with the Vita, why not include a monthly set of discounts on digital copies of favorites and new titles? Might even boost the sales of the larger size titles like Uncharted.

Then you got the HD remasters/re-releases. Will you guys be putting trials up for the ratchet and clank/ jak and daxter series?

soldierone said:

August 13th, 10:21 pm

Not to the offense, but “I think you’ll like what the next months have to offer; stay tuned!” That was said two weeks ago, and earlier in the month when people complained that EU gets the better updates. Then we just got Walking Dead episode 1 and 2….Bloodrayne is cool, but the update is still lacking. How come its always “wait a little longer” I bought 3 months, and have been waiting the entire 3 months for something…..there should be some type of extension since “next month” is going to be worthwhile…..sorry, just not too happy with the past 3 months….feels like a wasted 20 dollars. I opted into PS Plus instead of Battlefield Premium, and lets face it their overpriced DLC packs feel like more content at this point.

BloodySky said:

August 13th, 10:29 pm

Nice, I am a huge fan of BloodRayne and have been wanting to try this new game out. I know it’s nothing like the original, or the sequel, but I was still really interested in it. So I’m glad I get to own it for free with Plus.

Some people are going a little overboard with the complaints, in my honest opinion. I have been a Plus member since Plus started and I have not regretted it for an instant. I have gotten to enjoy quite a few games that I would of never even given a second glance at, thanks to PS+. That alone makes it all worth while for me.

Peridot_Weapon said:

August 13th, 10:38 pm

Likewise, Bloodrayne’s one of those on my “curious, but not enough to pay for” list, so I don’t object to seeing that show up.

And for people saying “they better not release a major update next month, that’s when my three month subscription runs out and if they only release new full PS3 games every three months I’ll have to keep renewing my subscription …”

… exactly. That’s simple marketing. And at the end of the day, it’s about getting you to become – and stay – a PSN+ member, NOT about making sure you 100% love each and every game released along the way.


August 13th, 10:46 pm

Im not complaining about PS Plus being bad but i am suggesting that PS Plus offer some more great games. I mean Europe continues to get greater PS Plus games than the U.S. I’d like to get Motorstorm Apocalpse too.

diarrheavanfrank said:

August 13th, 11:16 pm

@Morgan, I know it’s not anything you haven’t heard already, but come on. There’s no way you guys seriously thought this was going to sit well with the community. I don’t need to waste time telling you how exponentially more awesome Europe’s perks are, firstly because it’s obvious, but also because it’s what most of the people are saying. I will say though, you guys let me down. This sucks. I’m sorry to say you suckered me in through next June.

Everybody else, you few tough guys saying things along the lines of “stop complaining” and what have you, well, stop complaining about the complaining, clearly you’re not happy either.

Davenport said:

August 13th, 11:34 pm

extremely disappointed in both of these additions to the PS+ instant game collection. in my opinion both games are trash. please take note of the other negative comments in this post echoing my sentiments. and maybe in the future provide PS+ members a voice in the game selection.

RyuuHou24 said:

August 13th, 11:36 pm

I said this before, I’ll say it again, take a cue from Europes YIGC. They are doing it right. You are doing it WRONG.

I still can’t believe you basically made PS Plus a freaking marketing tool this month for the walking dead game series there, to attempt to get more people buying the later episodes.

Ah well, another month with nothing to look forward to from Plus. Shame, but life carries on.

MrBeatdown said:

August 13th, 11:36 pm


Thanks for the reply. I figured a points-based system would be on the more complex side. It would probably require a firmware update or something. But I figured it was worth putting out there. It might be a good option, especially if Sony wanted to start mixing PSP, Vita, or any future platform’s content into PS+.

Anyway, thanks for listening!

unbornsoldier said:

August 14th, 12:53 am

i agree with mostly everybody here,there needs to be a way to choose from a couple games,so we dont get what we already bought,in my opinion that takes something out of ps plus,and having this option would make alot of people happy,i already have outland and the walking dead def worth every penny so basically im only getting bloodrayne for this instant collection update??i still think its a great service and i would recommend it to anyone,but there are a few kinks that need to be ironed out,thanks for all the great discounts,beta opportunities,free avatars,themes,and instant game collection etc…respect to the whole ps team keep up the great work,satisfied ps plus member even with the minor kinks lol that need to be ironed out

neuropunk said:

August 14th, 1:31 am

PS+ members should receive the ability to ALPHABETICALLY SORT OUR PSN DIGITAL GAMES ON OUR XMB LIST!

nextleveltaken said:

August 14th, 2:41 am

“PS+ members should receive the ability to ALPHABETICALLY SORT OUR PSN DIGITAL GAMES ON OUR XMB LIST!”

I second this! Also, PS+ users should get bigger, FREE Hard Drive upgrades, lol. Seriously though, would love to see some free movies/shows thrown in from time to time.

no9dream said:

August 14th, 3:12 am

I’ve been a PS+ subscriber from the 1st month of it’s existence. I like where it is now. Avatars & themes are all fine but how much time do you spend looking at either? I’d rather have games, and not minis or PSP or Vita games, but that’s just me. I’m not into handheld games. As far as PS1 games go I bought those when they came out and don’t want to go down memory lane, with some exception to HD remakes. PS2 games are another story but I’d rather get games made for the PS3. I’ve been playing DUST 415 beta for 3 months and welcome new players. It’s a great game with a lot of promise and quite complex. What I’d like to see is the ability to give things we already have as PS+ers to people on our friends list and with less regional restrictions. You can play DUST415 with all gamers worldwide but if a friend from New Zealand or Holland or UK wants help on DCUO I can’t help them because of regional restrictions. SONY is a huge international corporation why all the virtual borders? We can make the world a better place by starting in the virtual world, rather than dividing us because of what’s available in each region. It seems that the powers that be don’t want us to get along.

no9dream said:

August 14th, 3:15 am

And my hats off to Morgan Haro. Before he came along we rarely had any replies to our comments here. Good job Morgan. I don’t envy you one bit.

Ericho316 said:

August 14th, 3:33 am

Another couple games that I already bought when they released. Should try maybe one PSN game and one game that was made digital, better chance on people not owning one of them I’d say. I mean I like the money I save with PS+ when I do buy the games, but when a game like Walking Dead is made free after only a short time it really makes it less worth it and you are just taking the money that I saved back.

Meccs said:

August 14th, 3:35 am

Once again a great update even though I already own Outland. Thank you guys!

ReDHaze_Phoeinx said:

August 14th, 4:00 am

Another great update :) Thanks Morgan and the team.

lisatsunami said:

August 14th, 4:08 am

I’m only up to page 6 of 8, but feel I need to pause & say this: I nominate Morgan Haro for temporary sainthood. He’s plugging away, 33 replies, & politely responding to a minor mountain of abuse including downright slander. One person, who consistently posts ugly comments, has the audacity of saying Morgan “abused” a commenter. Complete bull-shi-ite. Yes, his job is to post & sometimes respond, but nobody in America has a job where they must accept the bullying going on here regularly. Even if you have a job slinging burgers, which wouldn’t surprise me, a job low on the prestige scale, you should not, & would not, tolerate bullying by your customers.

I know it’s never going to abate. I’ve been following this blog since the Great Outage of 2011 & it’s always been like this. I just want to say that I appreciate Morgan’s work & I’m sure the majority of us Plussers do, especially the day 1 plussers like me. I remember when there was no Morgan & nobody answered.

Thanks, Morgan.

PS: my apologies to those of you who have burger slinging jobs. Every job done well & with integrity makes an important contribution to our society.

Faenix1 said:

August 14th, 5:35 am

Any plans for Stranger’s Wrath HD to be on our PS+? OR even a massive discount on it?
(Hoping if I ask every week/month it’ll eventually happen. haha. XD)

TheChopper1209 said:

August 14th, 5:49 am

How about some Vita discounts? EU users always get some of those!

TheChopper1209 said:

August 14th, 5:59 am

I mean, I really apreciate all the content that has been given to us PS Plus suscribers, but the first discounts on Virtua Tennis and Hot Shots Golf were a great great deal! I purchased both.

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