PlayStation Plus April Preview: Free Shank 2 and Shift 2 Unleashed, Ghost Recon Future Soldier Beta

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PlayStation Plus April Preview: Free Shank 2 and Shift 2 Unleashed, Ghost Recon Future Soldier Beta

This April, we’re preparing some great offers for PlayStation Plus that will make you think twice about going outside. For starters, we’re happy to announce the free games coming in April to Plus: PSN Game Shank 2 and PS3 Full Game Shift 2 Unleashed! You’ll be able to get these titles free in Plus starting on April 3rd and throughout the month of April. In addition, we’ve also got more free content including PSone Classic Silent Hill, PS minis Cananbalt, Farm Frenzy 2 and Mystic Garden, as well as PSN Game Frogger Returns.

PlayStation Plus

Free games aren’t the only benefit to Plus. Last month saw the exclusive early access to the much-anticipated PSN game Journey. This month, you’ll be the first to try out Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Future Soldier Beta!

Hefty discounts on the games you care about are always a part of Plus, and April will bring more discounts on content you love. New releases Wheels of Destruction, House of the Dead 4, and the debut of the standalone Grand Theft Auto IV: Episodes from Liberty City will all have discounts the day they’re available to download from PlayStation Store!

PlayStation Plus

You’ll also want to check out sweet free Avatars from the PS Vita hit Escape Plan, as well as PlayStation Plus exclusive avatars and themes for The House of the Dead and Devil May Cry.

There’s more to come in April that we can’t quite talk about yet, but rest assured we’ll bring you more news throughout the month on more great Plus content. If you haven’t seen all that Plus has to offer for yourself, you can go to the PlayStation Store on your PS3 and head to the PlayStation Plus section, or click here to purchase a voucher code online that will be emailed instantly to you to redeem in the PlayStation Store.

Some content and/or release dates outlined may change including the addition or removal of content. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, or continue the discussion on the PlayStation Community forums in the Official PlayStation Plus Update thread.

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Exclusives: The House of the Dead 4 Demo – 4/10
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Future Soldier Closed Beta – Date TBA
Free Downloads: Shift 2 Unleashed – 4/3
Shank 2 – 4/3
Frogger Returns – 4/17
Minis: Canabalt – 4/10
Farm Frenzy 2 – 4/3
Mystic Garden – 4/10
PS one Classics: Silent Hill – 4/3
Full Game Trials: Grand Theft Auto IV Episodes From Liberty City – 4/10
Dead Rising 2: Off the Record – 4/17
NHL 12 – 4/17
Disney Universe – 4/24
The Cursed Crusade – 4/24
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 – 4/24
Media: Qore Episode 47 – April – 4/10
Free Avatars and Themes: Escape Plan Lil Avatar – 4/3
Escape Plan Bakuki Avatar – 4/3
Escape Plan Logo Avatar – 4/3
Escape Plan Triangle Avatar – 4/3
Escape Plan Laarg Avatar – 4/3
Discounts: GRAND THEFT AUTO IV EPISODES FROM LIBERTY CITY – 4/10 (PS Plus Price: $11.99)
THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD 4 – 4/17 (PS Plus Price: $6.99)
Disney Universe – 4/24 – (PS Plus Price: TBD – 50% off Store Price)
Exclusive Discounted Avatar Bundles: Devil May Cry Avatar Bundle- 4/3 (PS Plus Price: $0.99)
Devil May Cry 2 Avatar Bundle – 4/3 (PS Plus Price: $0.99)
Devil May Cry 3 Avatar Bundle – 4/3 (PS Plus Price: $0.99)

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  • Fantastic birthday month update!

  • Wow… a pretty good month! Would be great if you guys had a deal on renewing or buying a year membership with a season pass of The Walking Dead Game!

  • Very nice! Awesome update.

  • Can’t wait to play Ghost Recon: Future Soldier.

  • Can’t wait for Ghost Recon Beta and Shank 2 being free is cool :D will have to renew my plus sub soon though :D

    Do you know the exact date of when the beta starts yet?

  • Awesome deal for anyone who didn’t pick up Shank 2.

    I was hoping with the recent Rayman release, we could get free classics. I’ve wanted to revisit them since I was floored by Origins. Guess it’s time to buy the first two.

  • Sweet update! Silent hill FTW! Ill be trying the ghost recon beta as well.

  • Excited for Ghost Recon! As well as Battlefield: Bad Company 2! What is the price for Battlefield: Bad Company 2?

  • love it

  • Awesome! Tried Shank 2!!! More freebies!!!

  • Is SSF4 coming to PSN?

  • Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 needs to come to the PS Store! Almost impossible to find in stores now :(

  • I hope us EU’ers get the Ghost Recon beta!

  • I’m gong to enjoy April’s PS Plus freebies. I love racing games and getting the GR beta is awesome too :D. I wonder if in the near future we’ll see CS:GO beta.

  • Why no PS2 games? It’s bad enough there’s nothing for people who already own the discs, but not even getting PS2 games as a free game through plus is even more annoying. At least there’s more coming in April, because Canabalt is about the only thing listed I’m interested in. :/ Maybe Shift 2.

  • =( i want to get plus for my account but its a sub account so its doesnt work i am 18+ please eventually make it possible

  • Awesome update! Is there any word on if House of the dead I & II is coming to the psn something point in the future? I enjoy both those games. Oh i also wondering if i need to play the Shank one to enjoy the two? Keep up the great work Sony.

  • Are there going to be Plus discounts/free games/stuff for Vita soon? I have been a plus member for as long as I can remember and love it, but would also love seeing some Vita stuff asap!

  • awesome update..

  • Wow, another pretty crazy month.

    You guys are killing it in 2012, so far!

  • Wow, Plus keeps on delighting me. Sony, you just unlocked the “March Customer O-Face” Gold trophy.

    But I really doubt you have what it takes to unlock the Platinum O-face trophy. Prove me wrong!

  • i’m surprised…this only happens once a year, i’m a day one PS+ member and i haven’t played any of those free games since Mushroom Wars/Age of Zombies….i played RE(PSone) though…i’m not complaining, but i wish PS+ were more about service instead of content because i can buy any of those games whenever i want while the service is something that gives me a reason to subscribe in order to improve my PS online experience…

  • BTW, would really love a PLUS deal on Warriors Orochi 3.

  • Oh wow! I’m so happy! I was wanting Shank 2 but was waiting on a sale, this is way better!
    And I haven’t tried a NFS game since PS2! What a great opportunity. Thanks PS+!!!

  • Grace, do you know when Strom will come back to PSN? I really wanted to get it :(

  • Sweet deals! I always love Plus, I’m just still waiting on Vita announcements :D. I would really like a discount on Escape Plan or Resistance Burning Skies :D.

  • Pretty surprised Shank 2 is a freebie already. And another full-priced PS3 game? Nice!

  • So glad I waited on Shank 2. Sometimes having a backlog of games has its advantages! Great timing for Silent Hill classic, too. And gotta love the Escape Plan Avatars. April is starting on a high note.

  • Awesome. I’ve been wanting to get Shift 2 so it’s a good thing I waited. Shank 2 and Silent are also good. I’m also really excited to try out Ghost Recon.

  • I don’t care if its just for Plus..can we get a firmware update with a categorized download history list and a sign-in invisible feature?

  • Sounds good! Keep up the great content and I will always be a Plus member.

  • Wow, sounds great! Talk about a birthday present lol. I’m glad my birthday is in April (the 8th) with all these great goodies :) It’s a good time to be a Plus member :) thanks guys & gals. Oh and please don’t let this be an April fools joke?. Thanks again.

    • Hi – This is not an April Fools joke, so don’t worry. Glad you’re happy. Happy early birthday!

  • That’s great! Free titles, I love them. :-) Thanks.

  • Nooooooo i just Buy Shank 2!!!! and i hate Need For Speed!!! Horrible month… :( why not the first Shank?? HORRIBLE PLUS MONTH!!!

  • Are we ever going to get the bug fixed wherein we cannot play the free Playstation Plus minis titles on Vita? It’s very nice to get the minis games, and I do have a PSP, but it would be even better if I could play them on my new, shiny handheld (not to mention a majority of the PSP games I’ve bought over the years from PSN, most of which don’t work on Vita… what happened to the ‘weekly updates’? Don’t even get me started on the PS1 classics!!!)

  • I never buy anithing fron PSN STORE again!!!

  • Shift 2 is a disappointing game. I would rather take Hot pursuit which is a 100 times funner to play. I never played Shank but I heard good things of Shank 2. Again I really wish we can start to choose what Full game and PSN game we can get each other. It feels like each month is hit or miss. Sometimes its content that some of us like and other times its stuff that we don’t care for. We should add a section on the xmb where the plus members can choose between 5 games and the one with the most votes wins for the month. This way we can all be happy.

  • Free Silent Hill, Shift 2, AND Shank 2? Not to mention Frogger, which could be a hit or a miss? Heck yeah, I’m down for all that!

    That said, I miss when we used to get free dynamic themes. There hasn’t been many dropping as much as it did in the past.

    • Don’t worry the list in this post is not the full list for the month. Just the high level goodies. We’ve got 3 free dynamic themes exclusive for Plus members lined up this month so we’ve got you covered.

  • When is the Silent Hill HD Collection hitting the PS Store? Shouldn’t they be out already?

  • My one concern about getting a game for free under plus is that I can no longer purchase the game. I wanted to purchase Final Fantasy 5 from this weeks sale, but I cannot as I have purchased it under PS+. I want to have a copy to use after PS+ runs out and I can’t purchase it. Please give PS+ users the ability to purchase a game what we have gotten for free.

  • Epic update! I was actually looking into buying Shift 2 a while ago too. =)
    Never played either Shank game, but I’m looking forward to it.

  • Pretty sure I asked for pecan sandies….

  • yes thanks you guys great stuff FOR APRIL .my BIRTHDAY IS ON APRIL 14 cant wait to get shift 2 and ghost recon beta

  • I love you SONY :D

  • I didn’t even care for Shift 2 Unleashed, but after watching some youtube videos, it looks awesome! Can’t wait to play it for free now.


    So glad i bought plus. I am so impressed right now.

  • Oh, I know it’s a long shot… but any news on that rumored Vita update with fixes coming next month. That Blue tooth auto on at start up really drives me nuts.

  • I would rather take Hot pursuit over Shift 2 but nice month overall.

  • shift 2 ….geezus i hated the first one i couldnt control my car, ….im sure ill hate this one too :( and shank 2 lol i got it already on my other account :( but thnx anyway sony :) i still love u

  • anything for europe i would love if they come to european store too this would be a great ps plus update for April let’s hope we will not have any outage again like last year good ps plus update silent hill will be awesome and i must say tom clancy’s beta will be cool i’m going to try it out that’s all

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