Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) has introduced a new service called “PlayStation Network PLAY.” The service is essentially an incentive to pre-order games from the Playstation Store, giving gamers more bang for their buck in return. With each pre-order from the PLAY program made, gamers will receive a theme for their PlayStation 3 console. PLAY also offers a special gift for those who are signed up with PlayStation Store Plus. Those members will automatically get 20 percent off of every PLAY purchase before September 20th. As a bonus gift, action fans that purchase all four PLAY titles in the PlayStation Store on or before the 20th of September will receive a PlayStation Network voucher code for Sony Online Entertainment’s Payday: The Heist, at no additional cost; similar to Xbox LIVE’s Summer of Arcade.
2011 PlayStation Play Line-up:
August 24th: 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 available for pre-order until August 18th and will be available for purchase at $14.99.
August 31st: The Baconing – The newest action role playing game title from Hothead Studios is the third in the popular DeathSpank series. 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 available for pre-order until the 25th of August and will be available for purchase for $14.99.
September 7th: 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 available for pre-order until the 1st of September and will be available for purchase for $14.99.
September 14th: 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 available for pre-order until the 9th of September and will be available for purchase for $14.99.
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 PlayStation Network voucher code for Payday: The Heist will be provided to buyers of all four PLAY titles as a bonus gift provided they purchase the games on or before the 20th of September, following release of the game. The game can also be pre-ordered separately starting September 21st and will be available for purchase for $19.99.
PlayStation Network PLAY pre-orders started Tuesday, August 9.