Sony erratically adds and removes PS Plus Premium trials twice over

Sony's handling of PS Plus Premium Trials is getting confusing, especially now Elex 2 and MX vs MTV Legends have been removed for a second time.

Sony erratically adds and removes PS Plus Premium trials twice over
Sean Lawson

Sean Lawson

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We recently discussed how PS Plus lacks consistency and all of those PS Plus Trials are part of that problem, too. The PS Plus Premium trial removals are so confusing that your brain attempt to flee your skull, but to be clear: Sony has twice added, then twice removed, the same two PS Plus Trials.

Elex 2 and MX vs ATV Legends removed from PS Plus Trials

When the PS Plus Premium Trials feature was added at the launch of the service refresh last year, Elex 2 was included as one of the games you could try out for a fixed amount of time. MX vs ATV Legends trial support came later in 2022. However, both Elex 2 and MX vs ATV Legends were removed from the PS Plus Premium Trials service a few months ago.

The reason for the removal of both games became clear later as the pair were added as full titles as part of the PS Plus Extra and Premium new games of June 2023. Sony appeared to make the obvious choice — why would you have a trial of a game when you could just play the whole thing as part of PS Plus Extra?

Then, for some reason, that decision was reversed. Suddenly, the pair of games were back on PS Plus Premium Trials for the second time, despite being added as full games to the PS Plus Extra catalog a week earlier. Finally, as of Tuesday, July 4, 2023, both trials were removed — again. That means both games have been added and removed twice over by Sony, making me wonder exactly how many times players will have to spin their heads to keep track of comings and goings.

Sony's PS Plus Trials already has a constant flux of incoming and outgoing trials which often prove hard to track, but this is the first time we've had a double addition and removal. Partially, this is because PS Plus Trials don't have their own tab on the PS Plus section of the PS5 and are relegated to an easy-to-miss sub-category. On inception, there were even hidden games on the PS Plus Premium Trials service that Sony failed to add to the PS Plus Trials section. Heck, Sony's confusing updates are the reason we created a PS Plus Trials guide in the first place!

This time around, Elex 2 and MX vs ATV Legends were clearly never meant to be relisted on PS Plus Trials — yet, somehow, they were. In my opinion, it really shouldn't be this hard to have things go smoothly for the service. PS Plus Extra and Premium also keep seeing issues around the announced games — most recently happening with a PS Plus Extra and Premium's incorrect game announcement for May 2023.

In the grand scheme of things this PS Plus Trials error is small; however, it's another small error in a constantly rolling snowball made of issues that shouldn't exist. PS5 upgrades, PS Plus Premium's inconsistent games, the way Essential and Extra licenses interact with each other, Classic Game trophy support... these are all issues that Sony should have ironed out by now. This is doubly true given we are celebrating one whole year of the revamped PS Plus service.

Well, this might be the most complex story I've written about the tiniest error, but is this just a silly tiny thing? Or do you think, like me, that is it a continuation of minor mistake-making that becomes a serious problem? Just don't mess with our best PS Plus games, Sony! Let us know all your thoughts in the comments below!
Written by Sean Lawson
Sean is a Staff Writer who focuses on the geekiest Sony news. He specializes in PlayStation trophies, the best PS Plus games, RPGs, and fighting games. Sean is using this experience to cover Stellar Blade, Dragon Age Dreadwolf, Baldur's Gate 3, and Dragon's Dogma 2 for PS5, all while he still dives into favorite games like Mass Effect, Tomb Raider, and Persona.
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