Sony Computer Entertainment America has just introduced PlayStation Network PLAY, a new program showcasing four of the season’s hottest action titles. Starting August 9, 2011 gamers can get more action when the PLAY lineup becomes available for pre-order on PlayStation Network in North America and Europe. With each pre-order from the PLAY program made in the PlayStation Store, gamers will receive a theme for their PS3. PLAY also offers gamers a separate gift with purchase for each order made throughout the duration of the program. In addition, PlayStation Plus subscribers will receive an automatic 20% off every PLAY program purchase. This isn’t a bad idea, I just don’t know if these games are the best combination they could have come up with and that may limit who will use it.
As a bonus gift, action fans ages 18 years and older that purchase all four PLAY titles in the PlayStation Store will receive a voucher code for Sony Online Entertainment’s PAYDAY: The Heist for FREE.
The 2011 PlayStation Network PLAY lineup is:
August 23: Street Fighter III Third Strike Online Edition – This highly-anticipated action-fighting title from Capcom features 20 playable characters, HD graphics, more than 200 pieces of unlockable content, more than 100 trials and more than 100 challenges. When Street Fighter III Third Strike Online Edition is purchased through PLAY, purchasers will be able to unlock GILL, the self-proclaimed god, without having to beat the game with every character, as day-one DLC. Street Fighter III Third Strike Online Edition will be $14.99 and will be available for pre-order through August 18.
August 30: The Baconing – The latest action-RPG title from Hothead Games features the popular hero, DeathSpank, in an attempt to defeat the Anti-Spank and his army of Cyborques before they cast an evil shadow over Spanktopia. Discover exciting new worlds and battle hordes of enemies as you search to unlock the secret within the Fires of Bacon. When The Baconing is purchased through PLAY, purchasers will receive an additional co-op character, Roesha – One Bad Mutha. The Baconing will be $14.99 and will be available for pre-order through August 25.
September 6: BloodRayne: Betrayal – This 2D side-scrolling platformer from Majesco Entertainment features 15 bloodthirsty levels where Rayne attempts to infiltrate a treacherous castle, take out a fiendish horde and stop an evil vampire massacre. When BloodRayne: Betrayal is purchased through PLAY, purchasers will receive a BloodRayne: Betrayal virtual item for their PlayStation®Home avatar and an exclusive dynamic theme. BloodRayne: Betrayal will be $14.99 and will be available for pre-order through September 1.
September 13: Renegade Ops – This top-down, driving shooter from SEGA features a huge variety of vehicles, guns and endless enemies. The game features Sandbox-style missions, so there are many different ways to play. When Renegade Ops is purchased through PLAY, purchasers will receive a Vehicle & Character Pack with two new vehicles and special weapons. Renegade Ops will be $14.99 and will be available for pre-order through September 8.
Bonus Gift: PAYDAY: The Heist – This gritty, first-person shooter from Sony Online Entertainment lets players take on the role of a hardened career criminal executing intense, dynamic heists in constant pursuit of the next “big score.” A voucher code for PAYDAY: The Heist will be provided as a bonus gift to players, ages 18 and older, that purchased all four PLAY titles, for redemption when the game releases. The game can also be pre-ordered separately starting September 20, 2011. PAYDAY: The Heist will be $19.99.
For more information about PlayStation Network PLAY and the rest of the lineup of games available on PlayStation Network, please visit www.us.playstation.com/PSNplay.