A brand new game, Dead Star, will be part of PlayStation’s April lineup of free PlayStation Plus games, discovered by someone who pre-ordered the game.
March’s catalog of free PlayStation Plus games just went live last week, but one game that will be free next month for those with PlayStation Plus has already been revealed, in a strange bit of happenstance. Normally Sony doesn’t announce the following month’s free games catalog until the end of each month, just days before they become available.
However, one person discovered early that the new multiplayer space combat shooter Dead Star made by Armature Studio (the developer working on the upcoming Xbox One exclusive ReCore) will be free for members in April. After pre-ordering the game on PSN, a person known as BLAMdrew received a message from PlayStation saying he had been refunded because Dead Star would be coming for free in April.
BLAMdrew tweeted out the news and since then Dead Star’s inclusion in the April PlayStation Plus lineup has been confirmed by Sony:
“Yes, Dead Star will be added to the April free games lineup for PlayStation Plus members. Stay tuned for our announcement on the full April free games lineup for Plus members later this month.”
The PSN Store lists Dead Star as releasing on April 5, 2016. Chances are it will be free the same day for Plus members, as April 5 is the first Tuesday of the month, which is usually the day each month’s free games become available. It appears this is a similar situation as when Rocket League was free on PlayStation Plus the same day it officially released last July (that game went on to great success with fans and critics).
Dead Star is a top down space shooter with procedurally generated environments, and is described on PSN as:
Banished to the edge of the universe, you must fight to survive in the prison called the Wastes. Pilot a variety of unique ships through procedurally generated battlefields. Fight other players, capturing and upgrading outposts to gain control of regions. Your skills in combat determines whether you die in a blast of laser fire or gain infamy as the galaxy’s greatest pilot.
Armature Studios is mostly known for porting other studios’ games including Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, The Unfinished Swan, Metal Gear Solid: HD Collection, and Injustice: Gods Among Us. The developer is working with Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune and his studio Comcept and Microsoft Studios to make ReCore, first revealed at last year’s E3 Microsoft Press Conference.
Dead Star will be available on PC and PlayStation 4 (again, free for PS Plus members) April 5, 2016.
If you’re a PlayStation Plus member, are you excited to be getting Dead Star for free next month?