These great Sony Station Pass games are now free to play for all!
Here’s the official post from the Sony Station Pass Message Boards:
It’s been a few months in the making but finally… it is my great pleasure to make the following announcement:
Starting June 26th, the Station Pass games, Infantry, Cosmic Rift, and Tanarus, will be completely free. Yes, 100% (no money needed, no small print, no exceptions, etc) free!
In order to make this transition, as of May 26th, billing will be turned off to prevent anyone else from subscribing and to allow everyone’s paid time to be completed. Since some accounts will expire before the end of the month and before the games are set to free, guest accounts will have to be used for that transitional period. My apologies for any inconvenience this transitional period may cause, but there’s no way around it, and well, I think some may say the end result makes it worth it.
Additionally, as some of you may have already guessed from my not overly cryptic posts, we’re busy at work documenting the Infantry & Cosmic Rift map editors which we will make publicly available soon after we make the switch to free.
I trust once the games are set to free, and the Infantry & CR editors are available, we will see a good inflow of maps designed by you guys, which takes us to the next task on my list; Player Content Team. We will set up a team to help funnel / implement / appraise the many maps I am sure we will get. More than anything, I want to make sure this process is transparent to the rest of the community, mainly to prevent any preferential treatment, and because I fully believe that if you took the time to make a map, it should have a fair shot of at least being play tested. There’s obviously quite a bit to spec out and define before the PCT happens, but I wanted to bring it up now since I knew it was probably going to be the #1 question right after reading the big announcement above.
In Tanarus’ case, since there’s no guest access, we may have an extended ‘free weekend’ a week or so prior to the official change to free to try to alleviate any down time for those who end their billing cycle earlier than the end of the month.
So alas, I hope you enjoy the last of your P2P days, and I hope everyone is as excited about the news as I am.
-Jose Araiza / SPD_G
It looks like there are still some issues with warnings about limited access and having to purchase the Station Pass.Â Ignore these warnings, they are working on the problem.Â Here’s what they say about it:
As you may have noticed, today was our first day of being officially switched over to free. I have to say I am very happy with the population growth we have seen just today, and my guess would be you guys are as well since it gives everyone a little more to shoot at.To those of you who are new to the game; welcome! Enjoy our games, and stay tuned for additional free content. To those of you who are returning to the game; what I said above, plus my thanks for coming back to check out the new direction (and better if I may say) we’re taking the games on.
I will also take this opportunity to give you all updates about a couple of other bits:
- PCT - The announcement is on hold for the time being until we get the tools in place for these folks to actually help out. It’d do it now, but there’s no point in naming folks until they can actually help out… and the suspense is just too much fun
- Map Editor - The map editor will be available as soon as the Station.com goes live. I am told next week, but I know web presence and marketing are taking the needed time to make the revamp be as smooth as can be, so this may be delayed a day or two if need be. I will keep you posted as things develop.
- Launch Pad - The false ‘you need to sub or have limited access’ prompt and subscribe buttons bugs are being fixed as we speak, and should be rolled out as soon as they pass QA.
I believe that’s all for the time being, but if I missed anything, or you guys have any questions, please post them as I will try to address as many of them as I can.
-SPD_G / Jose
I just love free PC games! Have Fun: http://stationpass.station.sony.com/