PS Plus Premium day one Game Trials are an exciting demo replacement

By Kes Eylers-Stephenson,

PlayStation Plus Premium users will be able to download a Game Trial for limited access to Rollerdrome next month. Roll7's shooter will be the first day one Game Trial for a new release, hinting at a proper demo replacement.

PlayStation Plus Premium users are getting access to Game Trials for a select amount of titles at the moment, though this will soon expand to all titles. Kicking this expansion off is RollerdromeRoll7's new action game — which comes with the perk day one, signalling that games will be getting day one trials replacing the demo in the future.

PlayStation Plus Premium Game Trial perk finds day one host in Rollerdrome

rollerdromePlayStation Plus day one Game Trial for Rollerdrome

Game Trials have been one of the lesser advertised perks of Premium — even in our PlayStation Plus guide it was hard to qualify. In short, you get two hours of access to some games and can then choose if you want to buy them. If you say yes, all the trophies you've earned so far will pop and your save will carry over. Currently available is a limited selection of games including Horizon Forbidden West and Death Stranding. Now, the upcoming action-shooter on eight wheels, Rollerdrome, will be getting a Game Trial as soon as it lands on 29th August 2022.

This will be combined with a lower fee for Plus subscribers in the first two weeks — £16.49/$19.79 — before rising back to the normal value of £24.99/$29.99. Roll7 seem fond of this method of delivery, given that the superb OlliOlli World is also available through the Game Trial perk on Premium. This will bring the list of available game trials up to 14 in total, with Rollerdrome being the first to boast the day one trial since Premium launched.

We should also note that the developers made a really cool development video for Rollerdrome that looks as cool as a duck on a skateboard:

To us, and this is merely speculation, this probably earmarks the future of how the perk will work and what will give the Game Trial value. A two-hour trial for every game, combined with a Plus discount and easily recoverable saves, should help give certain lower-key games a greater share of the limelight on release. Between Rollerdrome and Stray, another title coming day one as a Plus release, it seems a month in we are starting to see Sony's plan for the service take form.

Taking over from the era of demos with this method, we think, would help alleviate the pain of missing those disks that came with magazines while offering up a curated selection of games to try before you buy. Perhaps this could help Rollerdrome make our PS Plus best games list in the future? What do you think? Is Roll7's latest game the start of how Sony and publishers plan to use Game Trials? Let us know in the comments, and see you in the Rollerdrome!
Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Written by Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Associate Editor Kes is our resident expert in PlayStation news. He writes about upcoming exclusives like The Last of Us and God of War, PS Plus and PS Studios news, and his favourite games — The Witcher 3, Assassin’s Creed, and The Outer Wilds — before an evening swim.