PlayStation Plus Essential games for July 2022 leak online

The games lineup for PlayStation Plus Essential in July has been revealed by a reputable leaker.
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The free games for PlayStation Plus Essential subscribers in July 2022 have reportedly leaked online, courtesy of renowned insider billbil-kun, who has shared scoops on the service for nearly every month since September 2021, per VGC.

Notably, this is the first month that the free PS Plus games will have to contend with the catalog of downloadable games on the Extra and Deluxe tiers of the service – but luckily, there are some real heavy hitters on the way that should provide great value for entry-tier subscribers.

According to billbil-kun, the new PlayStation Plus games for July 2022 are:

  • Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time (PS4 | PS5)
  • Arcadegeddon (PS4 | PS5)
  • The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan (PS4)

As in other months, these games will be claimable for four weeks, with players retaining ownership as long as they have an active PlayStation Plus subscription. Last month’s games – God of War, Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker and Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl – are currently available for everyone, and will be replaced in early July.

Of the games on offer, Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time should be considered the flagship title here. This sequel goes bigger and bolder than any past Crash title, and features hundreds of hours worth of collectibles and platforming. While some of the levels can be frustrating, the adventure is extremely gorgeous, and well worth checking out.

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The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan is a similarly great inclusion – but be wary this horror title can get extremely spooky. If you’re somebody who recently enjoyed The Quarry, or if you’re in love with Until Dawn, this game should get your heart pumping.

The final game included is Arcadegeddon, a neon-infused multiplayer shooter inspired by arcade classics. While this title has largely flown under the radar, it may find a brand new audience when it arrives as a free game with PlayStation Plus Essential.

While these titles are yet to be officially confirmed, billbil-kun certainly has some solid sources, and it’s likely we won’t have to wait long for confirmation from Sony.

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.