Sony's reportedly planning to force developers to create PlayStation Plus Premium trials for their games
lower cost games will not require PlayStation Plus trials
Published: 26th April 2022 | Source: www.gamedeveloper.com |
Sony's reportedly forcing developers to create PlayStation Plus Premium content
According to a report from Game Developer, Sony has started communicating with PlayStation developers about plans to give PlayStation Plus Premium Subscribers access to timed game trials for new titles. According to sources, developers working on games that cost more than $34 (€33 or 4,000 yen), may soon be required to make a time-limited trial for their game that will be available to PlayStation Plus Premium users.
Sony wants developers to create content for their PlayStation Plus Premium subscription, adding additional value to their service. These time-limited trials must be at least two hours long, and developers have until three months after the launch of their game to release their timed trial. These trails must also be available to gamers for at least twelve months to PlayStation Plus Premium users. Sony also appear to open to developers releasing free game demos instead of time-limited game trials.
At this time, it is unclear whether or not developers will be compensated for creating free PlayStation Plus Premium game trials. Will developers be given funds from Sony's subscription service, or are developers being expected to create free content for PlayStation Plus Premium subscribers. Will developers be forced to create PlayStation Plus Premium content for free? Content that will be considered as a perk for Sony's premium subscription service?
Giving gamers more options to "try before they buy" is a good thing. It allows gamers to make more informed purchasing decisions and can act as a form of advertising for games. That said, if Sony expects developers to create time-trials for their games without compensation, it is hard to see Sony's side of this being anything less than profiting from forced labour. If these trials are PlayStation Premium perks, Sony should compensate developers for their creation. After all, it is PlayStation Plus Premium content. If Sony doesn't plan to compensate developers for this extra effort, they are effectively asking developers to do a lot of work without a guaranteed pay-off.