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The first PS Plus update is disappointing for Premium subscribers

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Sony has revealed a slate of new games heading to PS Plus Extra and Premium as part of the revamped subscription services' first major content update.

Leading the pack of new PS Plus titles is Stray. An upcoming third-person adventure game, you’ll play as a cat exploring a cybercity populated by robots, lots of neon lights and seedy mysteries. It’s the first project from studio BlueTwelve, which was set up by a couple of ex-Ubisoft developers. It’ll be arriving on PS Plus on its launch day, July 19.

Alongside that is Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade, the PS5 port of the Final Fantasy VII Remake. As well as being optimized to use the DuelSense Wireless Controller’s haptic feedback, packing in several quality-of-life updates, and boasting improved visuals that take advantage of next-gen hardware, it also comes bundled with the Intermission DLC. The PS4 version of the game will also be available, albeit without the expansion. 

Also coming is Marvel’s Avengers, Crystal Dynamics' superhero battler that was released to fairly poor reviews. It might not be one of the best co-op games around, but will provide a few hours of fun for you and up to three buddies.

A bunch of older titles will also be added, including five Assassin’s Creed games and Saints Row IV. Find the full list of games below. They’re all due to hit the service on July 19.

  • Stray | PS5 and PS4
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake | PS5 and PS4
  • Marvel's Avengers | PS5 and PS4
  • Assassin’s Creed Unity | PS4
  • Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag | PS4
  • Assassin’s Creed Rogue Remastered | PS4
  • Assassin’s Creed Freedom Cry | PS4
  • Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection | PS4
  • Saints Row IV: Re-Elected | PS4
  • Saints Row Gat out of Hell | PS4
  • Spirit of the North: Enhanced Edition | PS5
  • Ice Age: Scrat’s Nutty Adventure | PS4
  • Jumanji The Video Game | PS4
  • Paw Patrol on a Roll! | PS4
  • ReadySet Heroes | PS4
  • No Heroes Allowed! (PSP)
  • LocoRoco Midnight Carnival (PSP)

Little to gain

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade

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PS Plus subscribers will likely be happy to see Stray on the list. The upcoming feline adventure has caused quite a stir among cat lovers, as well as those who like the look of its peculiar and placid environment. Add to that Final Fantasy Intergrade, which only released just over a year ago, and PS5 owners have something to get excited about.

But July’s line-up is disappointing for retro enthusiasts. There’s no new PS1, PS2 or PS3 games coming to the service, leaving anyone who subscribed to PS Plus in the hopes of returning to older games out in the cold.

It also means that PS Plus Premium members aren’t getting much of a return on their high subscription fees. A Premium subscription grants you access to PS Plus’s library of retro games, but with only two PSP titles added to the catalog this month – No Heroes Allowed! and LocoRoco Midnight Carnival – the extra $3 / £2.50 / AU$ 3 monthly cost hardly seems worthwhile.

One sparse month won’t put off most Premium subscribers, who are still exploring the massive library of classic games that PS Plus launched with. But Sony will need to make sure the value of future monthly drops matches Premium’s inflated price. Otherwise, members will be tempted to drop down to the cheaper Extra tier to save themselves some cash.

Callum Bains
Gaming News Writer

Callum is TechRadar Gaming’s News Writer. You’ll find him whipping up stories about all the latest happenings in the gaming world, as well as penning the odd feature and review. Before coming to TechRadar, he wrote freelance for various sites, including Clash, The Telegraph, and Gamesindustry.biz, and worked as a Staff Writer at Wargamer. Strategy games and RPGs are his bread and butter, but he’ll eat anything that spins a captivating narrative. He also loves tabletop games, and will happily chew your ear off about TTRPGs and board games.