PlayStation Plus Essential users will start receiving access to Fallout 76 and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order on Wednesday, January 2, Sony revealed. Axiom Verge 2, an independent side-scrolling Metroidvania released in 2021, has joined them.
Fallen Order doesn’t require much introduction; it is a Star Wars adventure set after the Empire found and killed all of the Jedi Knights. The game’s in-depth exploration and platforming puzzles will appeal to players searching for more intellectual challenges yet being packed with action and lightsaber battles.
Considering that Bethesda Softworks is an Xbox studio, Fallout 76 is an intriguing choice. But nearly two years after Fallout 76’s release in 2018, Microsoft bought it. Despite this, Fallout 4 was included in the PlayStation Plus Collection, which has been made available to PlayStation 5 owners since the console’s introduction in 2020. This is the first PS Plus game produced by a Microsoft-owned studio since that time.
Microsoft and Sony have also been at odds over the latter’s proposed purchase of Activision. Since Microsoft owns titles like Call of Duty and Diablo, Sony has asked regulators in the U.S. and Europe to disapprove the acquisition because it would give Microsoft an unfair competitive edge.
Microsoft claims it has made a 10-year deal with Sony in exchange for keeping Call of Duty on the PlayStation; Bloomberg also said two weeks ago that Microsoft had proposed distributing Call of Duty through the PlayStation Plus network. On December 8, the Federal Trade Commission of the United States formally launched a lawsuit to halt the $68.7 billion transaction, which was announced almost a year ago.
The third title available to members is Axiom Verge 2, the follow-up to 2015’s Axiom Verge, which was mostly created over five years by one developer, Thomas Happ. In August 2021, Happ independently released the game on the PlayStation 4 and, a year later, added a PlayStation 5 version.
Biomutant, Mass Effect Legendary Edition, and Divine Knockout are still available to PlayStation Plus subscribers through Monday, January 1.
A monthly, three-month, or annual subscription to Playstation Plus Essential, formerly PlayStation Plus, is $9.99, $24.99, and $59.99, respectively. Membership is required for online play on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. See our most recent study of the 37 games PlayStation Plus will provide in 2022.