PlayStation 5’s launch game lineup has just gotten smaller. It’s not just the Xbox getting hit by delays in 2020. Though the Sony game getting delayed this time is much less impactful than the loss of Halo Infinite to 2021 will be, there’s still a sting to be felt here. Destruction AllStars delayed to 2021 amid ongoing issues that at this point we can all predict.
So what’s the actual explanation here? Sony has been pushing PlayStation+ for a while now. And you would be forgiven for thinking that it had nothing to do with this latest delay. But as it turns out, it’s a key player.
“Destruction AllStars is a multiplayer game that’s at its best when you’re competing with gamers online from all around the world. We want as many people as possible to experience the mayhem on PS5, and what better way to do that than to provide the game to our PlayStation Plus members?” Sony’s product development director Pete Smith explained in today’s announcement that the game is being pushed in part to bundle it into PS+.
Destruction AllStars is set to launch exclusively for the PlayStation 5 in February 2021. And when Destruction AllStars drops in February 2021, it will be free for two months to all members under the PlayStation+ banner.
Developers Lucid Games promise that more updates are coming soon. The team is even working on a new trailer to hype up the game ahead of launch. They also offered an apology. “This may be disappointing news for some of you who were looking to play the game at launch, but we hope you understand the decision,” they said in the announcement.
The idea seems solid, as Sony likely offered to help out the company if they were feeling the squeeze of the impending release. So while it sucks for gamers to have one less game to pick from, it’s probably better in the long run that the team has more time to prepare. The idea that they can use that few months to let more gamers get PlayStation 5’s, thus having a larger pool of potential players, makes sense as well.