PS Plus Subscribers Are Gonna Be Talking About Bugsnax, But Only on PS5

*music stops just before the key change*

Bugsnax, Young Horses’ infectious adventure game about an island of sentient fruit creatures, is going to be kicking off the PlayStation 5’s PS Plus offerings next month as the first free game available to subscribers on the console. However, the offer won’t extend to the PlayStation 4 version, and will be exclusive to anyone who managed to lock down a pre-order of the console coming out on November 12. However, if you’re a Plus subscriber in general, you’ll still be able to redeem the free game and play it on PS5 if/when you do upgrade.

Young Horses’ latest will also be getting an extended stay on the PlayStation Plus line-up, as it will be available as a free download to subscribers up until January 4, about a month and a half longer than most games stay on the service. While I have issues with the game’s association with redundant song structureBugsnax has been a quiet buzz in my looking forward to the PlayStation 5 for awhile, slowly growing louder and louder as we get closer to the system’s launch in just two short weeks. Especially after seeing the excellent voice cast that’s playing the citizens of Snaktooth Island.

Along with Bugsnax, Plus subscribers will also get access to Middle-earth: Shadow of War and Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition, both of which will be playable on both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. These two will be available on November 3 until November 30.

In other news:

While we don’t know what’s coming to PlayStation Plus immediately after Bugsnax, we do know that one of the PlayStation Plus games subscribers will be getting in February is Destruction AllStars, which was meant to be a launch title for the PS5 next month before seeing a four-month delay. If history tells us anything, launching your game on PlayStation Plus is a surefire way to see that your game has an audience at launch, as the service has over 41.5 million subscribers as of earlier this year. Games like Rocket League and Fall Guys debuted as free games on PlayStation Plus, and have since gone on to see significant success they might not have seen had they not been free at the outset. Bugsnax might not have a multiplayer component that will keep it in people’s field of view like those games have, but Young Horses probably got a nice chunk of cash as part of the deal.

Starting with the PlayStation 5, Sony is introducing a PlayStation Plus Collection, which will give subscribers access to a handful of major PS4 games playable through backwards compatibility. Next month, the new feature will kick off with the following games:

  • Bloodborne
  • Days Gone
  • Detroit: Become Human
  • God of War
  • Infamous Second Son
  • Ratchet and Clank 
  • The Last Guardian
  • The Last of Us Remastered
  • Until Dawn
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Battlefield 1
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops III – Zombies Chronicles Edition
  • Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
  • Fallout 4
  • Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Mortal Kombat X
  • Persona 5
  • Resident Evil 7 biohazard