News of a sudden delay for a console launch title might be seen as worrying in most circumstances, but in the case of the PlayStation 5 and Destruction AllStars, this might be a shrewd and savvy move on Sony's part. Instead of launching alongside the PS5 on Nov. 12, AllStars is being pushed to February 2021 and will be available for free with PlayStation Plus for two months.
Developed by Lucid Games, Destruction AllStars is a multiplayer car combat game that could prove to be one of those flashy early-gen showcases for Sony's new consoles. High resolutions and framerates combined with some over-the-top vehicular action have served console launches well in the past, but besides the possibility of last-minute technical hiccups contributing to the AllStars delay, Sony may also have another promising precedent in mind in pushing back the release.
"Destruction AllStars is a multiplayer game that's at its best when you're competing with gamers online from all around the world," says Pete Smith, director of product development for PlayStation in a new blog post regarding the delay. "We want as many people as possible to experience the mayhem on PS5, and what better way to do that than to provide the game to our PlayStation Plus members?"
Pushing back Destruction AllStars and releasing it as a free PlayStation Plus title (as opposed to a full-price $70 purchase) could help fill an early 2021 gap in releases for Sony's new console while also chasing the success of previous free multiplayer titles on PlayStation. Launching as a free PlayStation Plus title helped a similarly absurd car game, Psyonix's Rocket League, become an overnight sensation. Mediatonic's Fall Guys then surpassed that debut success story on PS4 just a few months ago. Destruction AllStars likely wouldn't need to be half as successful as Rocket League or Fall Guys for Sony to chalk it up as a win, and if Lucid's title proves to be decent fun, it'll generate goodwill from early PS5 adopters regardless.
Influencers and publications (including USgamer) have PlayStation 5 consoles now, but early impressions, reviews, and hands-on previews of launch titles like Demon's Souls and Spider-Man: Miles Morales will come closer to the actual launch next month. We're less than three weeks away from the launches of both the PS5 and the new Xboxes, and even with this delay, Destruction AllStars will arrive before plenty of people have had the chance to pick up a next-gen system.