October is finally here, meaning many gamers are diving into new horror game releases, old favorites, and more in celebration of the season, and many gaming services like Xbox Game Pass and Epic Games Store are helping players out there, but not PS Plus. Xbox Game Pass’ line-up, while still missing half the month, is full of releases like the horror game Scorn or the simple RPG Costume Quest. The Epic Games Store brought in two gothic games about hell in the first week, and it’s expected both will have a few more releases before the month wraps up.
Meanwhile, the PS Plus free games for October 2022 include Hot Wheels Unleashed, Injustice 2, and Superhot. What’s more, some regions are getting bonus games like Rogue Explorer, Crisis Wing, and/or Way Down in addition to the three core games. But none of these are fitting for the Halloween, spooky season, but at least hope isn’t over for the company yet. It has yet to announce the PS Plus Extra and Premium games for October 2022.
PS Plus Needs to Embrace the Holiday Season Like Xbox Game Pass and The Epic Games Store
Sony is roughly expected to announce these new PS Plus games sometime between October 10th and 17th, with the games being added around October 21-24. That’s if it’s keeping up with the every two-week releases (PS Plus free games one week, one week off for announcements, one week release, and so on. It’s uncertain what it will add, and it’s hard to even venture a guess. After all, Sony has proven time and again that its PS Plus Extra and Premium drops are substantial, but within that means there is plenty of room to at least throw in a few bones for Halloween lovers.
What’s more, PS Plus Extra and Premium could, in theory, give it the edge this Halloween season over Xbox Game Pass and Epic Games Store, if leveraged right. Xbox Game Pass is limited to things that can be played on PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X consoles, and while that is a huge library (including back-compat games), it’s not going to release a back-compat game on Game Pass. Fans would riot. Meanwhile, the Epic Games Store is restricted to things available on PC via its platform. PS Plus Extra and Premium give Sony a huge library of PS1, PS2, PSP, PS3, PS4, and PS5 games to bring in a touch of horror.
Sony would absolutely dominate the season if it released games like Dino Crisis for PS1 or any number of classic horror games upgraded via their original platform for the new PS Plus tiers. Of course, Sony has been Halloween-agnostic in the past, so there’s not a lot of confidence it will push PS Plus in this direction. But it should.
PS Plus subscribers get a handful of games every month.