The wobbling, inflatable Wipeout-style battle royale Fall Guys had a pretty popular beta over the weekend. And today, riding that wave of hype, the studio has announced it will be part of August's PS Plus lineup.
Detailed on the PlayStation blog, Fall Guys will be available to download starting on its release date of Aug. 4, and on through the month of August, for any PlayStation Plus subscriber to try out. The Fall Guys will be joined by a very different game, tonally, in the remaster of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
If this is the first you've heard about Fall Guys, the concept is simple: 60 players get queued up together into a sort of game show, where they're gradually eliminated by challenges until only one is left standing. This isn't the shooting kind of battle royale, though. Fall Guys is mostly about platforming, dodging obstacles, and trying to not get blasted off the side of the course by a mallet or windmill.
As its developers told USgamer in March, it takes some clear inspiration from shows like Takeshi's Castle and Wipeout. It honestly makes for a really good time; I streamed it with our own Mike Williams last Friday, and I don't think I've seen an hour go by so fast in a while.
This day-and-date launch on PS Plus is reminiscent of Rocket League's launch back in 2015, another game that debuted on PS Plus alongside other platforms. The availability of the game, combined with its inherent novelty, helped blast Rocket League into massive popularity. Fall Guys seems to be combining a little of that with Valorant's closed beta hype strategy.
Whether this one-two punch succeeds in making Fall Guys a true battle royale contender remains to be seen, but it certainly has everyone's attention at this point. Fall Guys will come to PlayStation 4 and Steam on Aug. 4, free for PS Plus users and $19.99 otherwise.