Starting from the beginning of March next year, Sony will no longer give away PS3 and PS Vita games as part of a PlayStation Plus subscription. In a PlayStation Blog, Sony said it “will focus on PS4 titles” instead.
PlayStation Plus launched for the PS3 with Wipeout HD, LittleBigPlanet, and Ratchet & Clank: Quest for Booty as some of its first freebies. Over the years it has come to be a big selling point for existing and prospective PlayStation hardware owners. For some games, launching as a free PS Plus title has propelled their games into the limelight and, in the case of Rocket League, huge success.
“This won’t affect any games you’ve already downloaded, or will download, prior to March 8, 2019, Those games will still be part of your PS Plus games library as long as you remain a member.”
“Many of our fans are playing on the PS4 platform, with the increasingly vast number of PS4s in homes around the world.”
“We’ll continue to prioritize the benefits you receive through your PS Plus membership, such as online multiplayer, online game save storage, PS4 monthly games, and exclusive PS Store discounts across content and network services.”
Looking forward, Sony mentioned there are “plenty of new games and exclusive PS Store discounts to come for PS Plus members, and we look forward to sharing this with you.”
Sony is cushioning the blow by offering a star studded lineup of free PlayStation Plus games for March 2018. Bloodborne and Ratchet & Clank will be available on PS4, while PS3 owners get Mighty No. 9. PlayStation Vita owners can also download Claire: Extended Cut and Bombing Busters for free.