26 August 2020 18:48
As August winds down, it's almost time for a new pair of free games for PlayStation Plus subscribers. Starting September 1, members can grab PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and Street Fighter V. Together, the duo make September one of the strongest months of the year for PS Plus. Both games will be free to claim for subscribers until October 5. Street Fighter V originally released in 2016 and has continued to evolve, with new characters and stages added over the course of seasonal updates.
The popular fighting game is currently in its fifth and final season, and new content is still on the horizon despite Street Fighter V being more than four years old. It earned a 7/10 in our original Street Fighter V review, with critic Peter Brown praising the deep fighting mechanics and unique cast of fighters that has only grown exponentially since release. To celebrate Street Fighter V's arrival on PS Plus, Sony will hold tournaments beginning September 4. Play well enough and you could win some goodies, including cash prizes and an exclusive PS4 theme. While Fall Guys may be the current prince of battle royales, you can grab a decidedly different take on the genre for free throughout September.
Street Fighter 5, developed by Dimps and Capcom, launched in February 2016 on PlayStation 4 and Windows PC. Capcom has re-released the fighting game twice since then, with Arcade Edition in January 2018 and Champion Edition in February 2020. Those packages came with additional content such as new modes, and also included add-on characters. It appears that the version of Street Fighter 5 that will be free on PlayStation Plus is the original game, which now has a regular price of $19.99, having achieved greatest-hits status. Capcom is hosting online Street Fighter 5 tournaments from Sept. 4 to Oct. 3, so PlayStation Plus members in the U.S. and Canada will be able to get in on the action even if they don't currently own the game. Winners of the monthly finals will earn a share of a $1,000 prize pool. PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds (regularly $29.99) debuted in late 2017 on PC, and helped kick off the battle royale craze that continues to this day. The Xbox One and PS4 versions followed in the latter half of 2018. Last month, developer PUBG Corp. released an updated version of the Sanhok map with the game's new season. Both games will be available free for PlayStation Plus subscribers from Sept. 1 until Oct. 5. In the meantime, the August games — Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout, which just became the most downloaded game in PlayStation Plus history, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered — are still up for grabs. Chicken dinners and shoryukens are on the PS Plus menu this September. Take on 99 other competitors in PUBG: PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds or challenge the world's greatest warriors to a scrap in beat 'em up Street Fighter V. Let's take a closer look at both titles. PUBG: PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds* Parachute into a treacherous battleground with only your wits for protection, as you loot gear and outsmart your enemies in a fierce battle royale. Build the ultimate soldier from scratch and test your mettle against up to 99 other players across multiple unique maps. Only one life. Only one shot at victory per match. Wreak havoc on your own or take on the challenge in a squad of up to four players to increase your chances of survival — and glory. Street Fighter V* Play Video New competitors and iconic world warriors square off in Street Fighter V, Capcom's blisteringly ferocious fighter and the latest entry in the legendary Street Fighter series! Sharpen your skills in a variety of single player modes, then prove you've got what it takes to best the globe's finest fighters in online matches! What's more, we're kicking off Street Fighter V PS4 Tournaments starting September 4 in the U.S. and Canada. These events will offer eligible fighters of all skill levels in those regions the opportunity to compete for cash prizing, a unique PS4 theme and a custom in-game title! Restrictions apply. More details to come. Both games will join PS Plus on Tuesday, September 1 and be available to download for PS Plus subscribers until October 5. Last chance to pick up August's PS Plus games And remember, you've still got time to download this month's PS Plus games. Take part in the multiplayer* hilarity of Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout or save the world in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered. Both games will be available until August 31. *PS Plus membership and internet connection required for online multiplayer.