PlayStation Now is losing games ahead of PS Plus launch

The games listed for removal in May include a number of Sega and Konami titles.
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The launch of all-new PlayStation Plus is imminent – and it’s bringing sweeping changes across the board. Ahead of the service rollout in May, it appears Sony is tweaking the games lineup for PlayStation Now, with over 50 games identified as leaving the service over the coming weeks. These titles will likely no longer be available when Now rolls into Plus, indicating licensing agreements or deals may be changing between services.

Most of the games, identified by Reddit user Cobra_Bite are from major publishers, including Sega, Konami and THQ. All games reportedly feature leaving dates on their home pages, and it’s unknown whether they’ll return on the streaming-friendly version of PlayStation Plus.

The list of games is as follows:

Leaving PlayStation Now on 3 May 2022

  • Akiba’s Beat (PS4)
  • Akiba’s Trip (PS4)
  • Anomaly 2 (PS4)
  • Exile’s End (PS4)
  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City – The Definitive Edition (PS4)
  • Hotel Transylvania 3: Monsters Overboard (PS4)
  • Lovely Planet (PS4)
  • NBA 2K18 (PS4)
  • No Time To Explain (PS4)
  • Sonic CD (PS3)
  • Steredenn (PS4)
  • The Final Station (PS4)
  • The Golf Club 2019 (PS4)

Leaving PlayStation Now on 17 May 2022

  • Alex Kidd in Miracle World (PS3)
  • Altered Beast (PS3)
  • Bomberman Ultra (PS3)
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (PS3)
  • Catherine (PS3)
  • Comix Zone (PS3)
  • Crazy Taxi (PS3)
  • Destroy All Humans! (PS4)
  • Fighting Vipers (PS3)
  • Golden Axe (PS3)
  • Metal Gear Solid 4 (PS3)
  • Metal Gear Rising (PS3)
  • Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (PS4)
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PS4)
  • MX vs. ATV Supercross Encore (PS4)
  • NiGHTS Into Dreams (PS3)
  • Renegade Ops (PS3)
  • SEGA Bass Fishing (PS3)
  • Silent Hill HD Collection (PS3)
  • Sonic Adventure (PS3)
  • Sonic Adventure 2 (PS3)
  • Sonic Generations (PS3)
  • Sonic the Fighters (PS3)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I (PS3)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II (PS3)
  • Sonic Unleashed (PS3)
  • Sonic Forces (PS4)
  • Sonic Mania (PS4)
  • Super Hang-On (PS3)
  • Team Sonic Racing (PS4)
  • The Dwarves (PS4)
  • The House of the Dead 3 (PS3)
  • The House of the Dead 4 (PS3)
  • The House of the Dead: Overkill Extended Cut (PS3)
  • The Revenge of Shinobi (PS3)
  • Valkyria Chronicles Remastered (PS4)
  • Virtua Fighter 2 (PS3)
  • Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown (PS3)
  • Virtua Fighter V (PS4)
  • WWE 2K19 (PS4)
  • Yakuza 4 (PS3)
  • Yakuza 5 (PS3)
  • Zeno Clash 2 (PS3)

Going forward, it appears these games will no longer be available for subscribers – although Sony is yet to confirm the complete scope of the removals. Given the major updates set to hit PlayStation Now in regions where it’s currently available, it’s likely the ‘fresh’ version of the service will be quite different going forward.

It’s unclear whether these titles will be replaced, or if PlayStation’s streaming offerings will be slimmer from May.

The full games lineup for all-new PlayStation Plus has yet to be confirmed by Sony, but given the rollout begins in May, we can expect to hear more shortly. While the removal of PlayStation Now games doesn’t directly impact subscribers in Australia, it could give an indication of what to expect from the ‘Extra’ and ‘Deluxe’ tier subscriptions launch on 22 June 2022.

Leah J. Williams is a gaming and entertainment journalist who's spent years writing about the games industry, her love for The Sims 2 on Nintendo DS and every piece of weird history she knows. You can find her tweeting @legenette most days.