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This PlayStation Plus free game cost Sony $3.1 million

This PlayStation Plus free game cost Sony $3.1 million

Sony reportedly spent $3.1 million on securing ARK: Survival Evolved for 2022's March PlayStation Plus line-up.

It’s been a rollercoaster month for PlayStation Plus. For the most part, fans are pretty pleased with October’s Essential tier offerings. In case you missed it, subscribers can now grab Hot Wheels Unleashed, Injustice 2, and Superhot. It doesn’t sound like the world’s most exciting line up but don’t dismiss Hot Wheels Unleashed. It’s a surprising hoot of a good time.

To counter that success though, PlayStation Plus also released what many are calling one of the worst games of all time. Subscribers in Spain were treated to the bonus title No Way Down, or should I say ‘subjected to.’ What we now know is just how much money Sony is willing to spend to create a juicy PlayStation Plus line-up.

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As spotted by YouTuber GP (via Kotaku’s Ethan Gach), Sony paid a whopping $3.5 million to secure ARK: Survival Evolved as a part of this year’s March PlayStation Plus line-up. The news has come to light thanks to a September SEC (a financial document) which detailed Snail Games’ 2015 buyout of Studio Wildcard.

Gach explained, “Sony paid $3.5 million to make ARK: Survival Evolved a March PS Plus game. Microsoft paid $2.5 million to keep it on Game Pass for the first half of this year, and $2.3 million to bring ARK 2 to the service when it launches.”

The question is, was the big spend worth it? According to fans, the answer is no. Kingslayer-Pegasus wrote, “I think they overpaid for that,” while LimoncelloFellow added, “I actually wouldn’t download it again after uninstalling. It’s lame ass. Game sucks.” It’s true that ARK: Survival Evolved is going through a rough patch but if you’re a gamer who likes to be in it for the long haul, there’s a lot to like.

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Topics: PlayStation, Playstation Plus, Sony