The PS Plus free games available to download and play during July 2019 got a shock change just before they were due to go live.
Sony apparently pulled PES 2019 in favour of Detroit: Become Human on PS4, which is a bit of a tweak in genre, to say the least.
No real explanation was provided by Sony, who confirmed the change through a short statement: “We are making a swap to the PS Plus games lineup for July. This month, we are adding Detroit: Become Human Digital Deluxe Edition, which also includes Heavy Rain (Beyond Two Souls), to the July games lineup instead of Pro Evolution Soccer 2019.
“We apologize for any inconvenience. Here’s more information about Detroit: Become Human, which will be available to PS Plus members along with Horizon Chase Turbo from 2nd July to 5th August.”
Sony doesn’t usually tell PS Plus members exactly how long a game will be available for and they are not accustomed to making such last minutes switches.
In a short update released to Gamespot, Konami – the publisher behind the PES brand – appeared to confirm it was Sony who was behind the change.
“This decision was made by Sony and so please make an inquiry to Sony,” the statement reads.
Another one, this time from a brand manager for PES, adds: “I cannot really tell you what happened because I just found out today, in the morning when I opened my laptop. I can’t really explain.”
Decisions like these aren’t commonplace, but they do confirm one important fact that shows Sony PlayStation is tracking fan feedback closely.
And there’s been a lot of discussion surrounding the choice to bring in Detroit: Become Human over PES.
Created by Quantic Dream, DBH is probably one of the best-reviewed games featured as part of the monthly PS Plus free games cycle.
It was highly acclaimed and scored good reviews when it was first launched on PlayStation consoles back in 2018. Meanwhile, PES 2019 has a dedicated following but is probably more limited in appeal due to it being a sports game.
Speaking about PES 2019 being included in the PS Plus lineup, one fan commented online: “I’d be happy to try it out, especially with FIFA going downhill these last few years. Still, I can totally understand why people who don’t like sport games are p*****d.
Another adds: “I bought PES when it was under £10 & the lack of licences did dampen my opinion of it. The gameplay was actually pretty decent.
“I think those that have played football games in the past but not any of the recent FIFA games will enjoy it more than the FIFA stalwarts giving PES a go.”
Is this something we can expect Sony PlayStation to do in the future too? So far, we can only predict that this is a blip that will probably not happen much in the coming months.
But with the PlayStation subscription services becoming so crucial to Sony, it would make sense that they would do as much as they can to keep their PSN customers happy.
For those footy fans who might be disappointed to see PES 2019 removed from the official lineup, there is another alternative.
A free-to-play version of PES 2019 is also available on PS4 and includes much of the same core gameplay. PES 2019 LITE is a pretty hefty download, meaning you will need to find around 30GB of space on your console.
“Now you can play the Online myClub and PES LEAGUE Mode, as well as the Offline Exhibition Match and Training Mode all for free,” the official PES 2019 LITE description explains.
“Create your very own dream team with myClub, where current and historic superstars can be signed.
“Users will be able to qualify for global events by participating in the CO-OP (3v3) ONLINE Championship, time-limited tournaments, or the newly introduced PES LEAGUE myClub – either in 1v1 or CO-OP competitions.
The full PS Plus July 2019 roster includes free game downloads for Detroit: Become Human and Horizon Chase Turbo.