Not that long ago we mentioned Project Spartacus could be part of a recent State of Play. That showcase came and went. We since saw another State of Play but again no Project Spartacus. This focused on the supposedly troubled Hogwarts Legacy. But this rumored service by Sony is still featuring in leaks. Consequently, could a reveal be close to happening.
This service is meant to rival the Xbox Game Pass service from Microsoft. Game Pass ultimate has Gold subscription and Game Pass for the console as well as PC. We also get cloud gaming and EA Play in the service. Now a report for Bloomberg by Jason Schreier and Takashi Mochizuki offers more information. They say they have been speaking with “people familiar with the plans”. And they also say it will launch with a “splashy lineup of hit games from recent years”. They go on to add we may get the announcement as early as next week.
Project Spartacus And What It Is
This new service is meant to combine PS Now and PS Plus and it seems documents have stated a tiered system.
Documents obtained by Bloomberg last year showed the most expensive tier will also give players access to extended demos and the ability to stream games over the internet. A spokesperson for Sony didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
This information on the tiered system came last month and Jeff Grubb’s podcast transcribed by VGC seems to agree with the. findings by Jason Schreier.
The Spartacus Tiered System
It seems, if these reports are true of course, we will be getting a three-tiered setup.
- Essential: $10 per month
- Extra: $13 per month)
- Premium: $16 per month.
The Essential tier is said to be similar to what is offered now as PS Plus but with only a rumored monthly price, we have no indication of any annual price or if that would even be cheaper. We also don’t know how this affects current PS Plus subscriptions or how any tier upgrade works.
Chances Sony Will Have First Party Games Included
Just before Sony launched the PlayStation 5, Jim Ryan spoke of the feeling at the time. This is what he told GamesIndustry.biz.
We want to make the games bigger and better, and hopefully at some stage more persistent. So putting those into a subscription model on day one, for us, just doesn’t make any sense. For others in a different situation, it might well make sense, but for us it doesn’t. We want to expand and grow our existing ecosystem, and putting new games into a subscription model just doesn’t sit with that.
So it seems we won’t be expecting first-party titles arriving at launch. Expecting the likes of God of War or any remake of The Last Of Us could leave you feeling disappointed.