At the end of every month, PlayStation Plus subscribers look forward to what free games will be available for the next month. Now that the holiday season is here, subscribers are looking to January 2016, but there has been little word so far. There have been a lot of rumored games that seem likely, and Vote to Play could be coming back.
Unlike Xbox's Games with Gold, who have announced their free games ten days before New Year's Day, Sony won't be revealing their free games lineup ahead of the usual time. According to PlayStation Lifestyle, the announcement probably won't take place until after December 30th.
This is what PlayStation Europe Blog Manager Fred Dutton said, and he has been quoted as saying "things can change right up to the wire, so I'm reluctant to give a firm date. But at present, yes, the intent is to have the news for you mid-next week". Apparently, the PS Plus News will also be happening next week as well.
When the games are announced, the January 2016 PS Plus titles will be going live on the PlayStation Store on Tuesday, January 5. Until the official announcement of the games, PlayStation Plus subscribers can only speculate.
For example, the PlayStation Forum has some predictions as to what free games will be available to PlayStation Plus subscribers for next month. One free game for the PS3 is Ragnarok Odyssey Ace, with the other game for the PS3 being Watch Dogs. This open-world hacking game usually surfaces when it comes to predictions for PlayStation Plus free games. Perhaps Watch Dogs will show up sometime next year, as Watch Dogs 2 is believed to be under development.
For the PS Vita, the predicted free games for January 2016 will be Grim Fandango Remastered and Senran Kagura Shinobi Versus. As for the PS4, it will be an Amplitude remake, as well as one Indie game, because the PS4 usually gets one of those for free in the month. It also looks like Vote To Play is coming back for the PS4. Vote to Play was pretty popular back in September, and it would have to begin very soon to elect the game to play for the month of January 2016. Nothing official has been announced, but PlayStation Plus promised that they were going to do Vote to Play a few times a year, so it is overdue for this year.
A recent prediction from Gamer Dude via YouTube video has made some interesting January 2015 predictions for the PS3 such as PES (Pro Evolution Soccer) 2016. Another PS3 prediction is Back to the Future, the RPG from Telltale Games. Again, everything suggested is just suggestions, and fans will have to wait to see if it is correct.
Before the New Year begins, it is still possible to play these free games during Christmas.
PS4 subscribers can play the first chapter of the new "re-imagining" of the King's Quest series with Chapter 1: A Knight to Remember. The original King's Quest was a Sierra Games franchise where players would point and click to solve puzzles and go on a fantasy adventure, and this new version takes some elements from the old and adds a very new spin to it that will delight gamers from now and then.
Also available for the PS4 is Gauntlet: Slayer Edition. The game is a reboot from back in 2014, and the Slayer Edition is a free update for the PC version and a standalone $20 release on the PlayStation 4, according to IGN.
PS3 users can also have access to SSX, a 2012 game that is about Snowboarding, even though Snowboarding is only partially in its title (SSX stand for Snowboarding, Surfing, and MotoCross). Also available for the PS3 is Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. Considering that Far Cry Primal is due out next year, it makes sense that this one is available.
For the PlayStation Vita, users can access Freedom Wars, a Japanese action role-playing game. The last free game available for the PS Vita is Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken.