Sony recently confirmed NBA 2K23, Jurassic World Evolution 2 and Trek to Yomi as the June PS Plus Essential Tier selections. It remains to be seen how the PS free games for June 2023 are welcomed, but it appears reasonable to say there has been an improvement in the last few months. Many PS Plus subscribers, though, may be surprised by the lack of a Call of Duty game.
Of course, there’s still time for this to change this summer, but it’s doubtful. While a Call of Duty game has been released on PS Plus almost every summer since 2018, they all arrived before Microsoft’s takeover of Activision Blizzard. Despite some hiccups, particularly with the CMA, the acquisition appears to be all but completed.
It’s impossible to know what goes on behind closed doors, but the blatant mudslinging between Microsoft and Sony doesn’t appear to have disrupted business as usual. Several Microsoft-owned games, such as Skyrim and Pillars of Eternity, have recently arrived on PS Plus Extra and Premium.
However, while we don’t know what’s going on behind closed doors, that doesn’t appear to be the case for Sony and Activision Blizzard, given that the latter’s beloved IP, Call of Duty, is at the core of it all.
There will be plenty more coming to Microsoft’s domain if the deal is completed, but this single IP has been at the centre of it all for the past several years (and Microsoft before that). In any case, Call of Duty has become a summer tradition for PS Plus, and whether connected or not, it appears to be coming to an end.
PS Plus’ Call of Duty Tradition
Black Ops 3 joined PS Plus in June 2018, Modern Warfare Remastered debuted on its own in March 2019, WWII and Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered were both summer PS Plus games in 2020, and Black Ops 4 was the final to join in July 2021. No Call of Duty game has been released beyond July for the service, so it technically has one more month to keep this tradition alive, although it’s unclear whether that will happen.
It should be noted that no Call of Duty game was released in 2022, although given the intricacies of the service, a hiccup or two in any pattern or tradition is not uncommon (after all, 2019’s CoD game arrived on the service before summer). One missing year does not always signify the end of the tradition, but two do.
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If Sony deviates from history, it will be intriguing to see what else is available on PS Plus this summer. There are a few obvious options if it does land a Call of Duty game for the summer. Since Black Ops 4 was the previous title, the obvious choice looks to be Modern Warfare (with the added benefit of being one of the most popular entries in recent years).
However, Call of Duty titles such as Black Ops Cold War and Vanguard cannot be ruled out. But it’s difficult to say, and all of these titles seem implausible at the moment.
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