The only remaining official magazine in Britain has turned off the lights, as the official PlayStation UK magazine no longer exists. The publication’s latest incarnation had 187 issues, with Returnal being the final cover star. Future Publishing closed the official Xbox UK magazine in 2020, while the official Nintendo UK magazine published its last issue in 2014.
The official PlayStation UK magazine was, for a very long time, Britain’s best-selling video game magazine – but the emergence of the internet (and, if we’re being honest, websites like Push the square) resulted in lower sales. For many PlayStation gamers, including ourselves, the post was practically a Bible in the late 90s and early 2000s: these PS1 demo discs were iconic.
The good news is that the UK’s official PlayStation Magazine isn’t going away entirely: the current editors are relaunching PLAY from May 4, with coverage of Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. In the heyday of video game magazines, PLAY was released as an “unofficial” alternative to OPM – but it was finally shut down in 2016. Now it’s back!
“Our goal is for PLAY to go deeper and deeper into the world of PlayStation gaming than ever before,” wrote editor Ian Dean on the GamesRadar website. “And most importantly, it’s made by the same team of writers, editors and designers, with the same access to the industry, the same quality of writing and the same passion for all things PlayStation.”
The magazine will be available worldwide, and you can find out how to buy it here. If you have already subscribed to Official PlayStation Magazine UK, your subscription will simply be maintained. You can read more about the new magazine on Games Radar, but in the meantime let’s get one out for the latest official publication ever to hit UK shores. We will miss you, OPM!
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