And just a few hours ago, Housemarque’s Returnal was awarded the GOTY prize at the Bafta Games Awards 2022.
The new PS Plus subscription model is one of the big announcements of 2022, and it looks like the developers of Returnal have been hit with the news. PlayStation’s move has sparked all sorts of reactions, and the studios that have taken it under their wing couldn’t be happier with the information. Housemarque, the man responsible for the game, proved as much in recent statements made at the Bafta Games Awards 2022 ceremony, where the game won the GOTY award.
Housemarque’s CEO said PlayStation had a “brilliant” idea
Eurogamer caught up with developer CEO Ilari Kuittinen to find out what he thinks of PS Plus and the inclusion of Returnal on the service. In his opinion, it’s a “genius” idea from PlayStation that will increase the number of users playing with their work: “As you know, it’s been a while since the release. And we know the people who get into [subscriptions] play a lot.”
The CEO is therefore confident that more players will “dare” to try the game: “There’s no hidden cost, if you like, it’s easy to get into.” The statement goes on to reflect on PlayStation’s latest move: “Sony does [make] some wise decisions, like funding this game. They started to fund this game five years ago, they took a leap of faith.”
No further details have yet been announced about the new PS Plus from PlayStation, although we do know that they’re counting on the collaboration of 200 partners to deliver a rich catalogue. Still, many of us have our doubts about the new service: a good question is whether the new PS Plus can compete with Xbox Game Pass?