Game Pass watch out, Sony secures day one releases on PlayStation Now

Sony takes a move from the Xbox Game Pass playbook by securing day one releases on PlayStation Spartacus coming soon?

Published Tue, Feb 22 2022 12:07 PM CST   |   Updated Sat, Mar 19 2022 2:11 AM CDT

Sony is securing day one releases on PlayStation Now, which may signal big things to come.

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Sony has taken a move out of the Xbox Game Pass playbook in a bid to boost PS Now. The games titan is now brokering deals to release third-party games day one on PlayStation Now. Sony could be trying to add more value to PS Now in preparation for PlayStation Spartacus, the new ambitious games subscription service that combines PS Now and PS Plus together.

The first game to release day one on PS Now is Shadow Warrior 3. This is an interesting choice because Flying Wild Hog is owned by The Embracer Group, one of the biggest companies on the market, and nestled under Koch Media. This deal may extend to other Embracer or Koch Media games including Saints Row V and maybe even Dead Island 2.

"Oh, and one more thing - Shadow Warrior 3 will be a PlayStation Now title at launch," Flying Wild Hog lead producer Bartek Sawicki said in a PlayStation Blog post.

The paradigm shift is Sony's way of boosting service value while simultaneously staying competitive in a growing subscription market. Sony has laid out ambitions to release a multitude of live games in the next few years and services like PlayStation Now will be instrumental delivery mechanisms for recurring revenues, access points, and overall content availability.

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