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PS5 launch exclusive Destruction AllStars delayed, becomes PS Plus game

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Upcoming PlayStation 5 exclusive Destruction AllStars is delayed until next year, and will become a free PS Plus title.

Silver linings, eh? This might be the first time you’ve heard of the next-gen PlayStation exclusive Destruction AllStars (if you haven’t kept you eye on Sony’s media output) but it might actually be a lot more relevant to you now.

The bad news? One of the only generational exclusives across all the consoles at launch (can you believe it?) is slipping into 2021 very late in the day (only weeks off of the PS5’s release) and for unknown reasons. There could of course be many reasons if we were to speculate. COVID-19 and remote working, or low pre-orders perhaps?

The latter certainly seems to implied by Sony’s director of product development Pete Smith in the blog post wherein the delay was announced:

Destruction AllStars is a multiplayer game that’s at its best when you’re competing with gamers online from all around the world. We want as many people as possible to experience the mayhem on PS5, and what better way to do that than to provide the game to our PlayStation Plus members?”

That said, you would have thought being one of the only first-party releases on PS5 for launch alongside Demon’s Souls, Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Sackboy: A Big Adventure would guarantee a player base. It’s hard to say for sure. Another PlayStation 5 launch game, Outriders, recently faced a similar delay into February due to the pandemic.

Whatever the reasons, the silver lining for consumers is that this previously premium £70 release is going to be complimentary for all PS Plus members when it releases in February 2021. That means if you weren’t enticed by its premium price, you no longer have that barrier to seeing what Lucid Games have been up to since Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions.

Smith also promises refunds for anyone who already preordered the game via the PlayStation Store or at retail. Following the success of multiplayer experiences seeking similar audiences, Rocket League and Fall Guys, putting Destruction AllStars into PlayStation Plus sounds like a solid play.

Maybe the PS Plus lineup is booked out for the next few months, and February 2021 is the first opportunity on the roster?

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