Well, here’s something that doesn’t happen very often. Right before unleashing July’s pair of free PlayStation Plus games, Sony has decided to swap one out.
Instead of getting Pro Evolution Soccer 2019, subscribers will receive a copy of last year’s Detroit: Become Human, the futuristic thriller from Heavy Rain studio, Quantic Dream.
Meanwhile, arcade racer Horizon Chase Turbo will remain the second free PlayStation Plus game.
We’re making a swap to the PS Plus games line-up for July 2019.
— PlayStation Europe (@PlayStationEU) July 2, 2019
Sony posted the following statement over on the Official PlayStation Blog:
We are making a swap to the PS Plus games lineup for July. This month, we are adding Detroit: Become Human Digital Deluxe Edition*, which also includes Heavy Rain (Beyond Two Souls), to the July games lineup instead of Pro Evolution Soccer 2019. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Sony did not give an explanation as to why Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 was replaced. However, when July’s PlayStation Plus lineup was originally revealed last week, not everyone was particularly happy.
It’s not often that we see annualised sports games being bundled into the free monthly PlayStation Plus offering. On one hand, PES 2019 was generally well received upon release and will still set you back a £15 if you go looking for a copy.
However, with this year’s instalment of the Konami football franchise out in early September, it seems like an odd candidate for PlayStation Plus.
It seems likely that the swap was made following the backlash from PlayStation Plus members who took issue with having a footie game as one of July’s picks, especially with Sony having recently cut the number of free monthly games it offers down to two.
There are bound to be some who were actually looking forward to getting their hands on PES though Detroit arguably makes for a good substitution. We loved the game when it launched last year, scoring it an impressive 9/10.
Source: Official PlayStation Blog