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PlayStation Plus becomes Sony’s Xbox Game Pass – are exclusive games doomed?

The next game available on PS Plus has been announced and it is speculated that Sony’s subscription service may soon join Xbox Game Pass.

Ghost Recon Wildlands will be available to PS Plus Extra and Premium subscribers later this month as part of the service’s new on-demand library of games. This is what Dealabs member Billbil-kun says (will open in a new tab)which successfully leaked all unreleased PS Plus games for several months.

The open-world tactical shooter sends you to Bolivia to take down a powerful drug cartel and includes all the classic features you’d expect from a Ubisoft sandbox. While we don’t think it’s one of the best co-op games out there, it lets you explore a vast environment with up to three friends.

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Ghost Scout Wildlands

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Wildlands will be added to the PS Plus catalog, in addition to several Ubisoft+ Classics games, as well as a selection of older Ubisoft games available to all Extra and Premium members. This addition is all the more remarkable as the game has just been added to the Xbox Game Pass library.

Earlier this year, Microsoft announced a new partnership with Ubisoft, promising to bring more of the publisher’s games to its platform. So far, it’s been Assassin’s Creed Origins, Watch Dogs 2, and most recently Ghost Recon Wildlands. While these games were thought to be the fruit of a recent deal between the two companies, the impending arrival of Wildlands on PS Plus suggests that Xbox add-ons may not be as exclusive as previously thought. As new games come to Ubisoft+, the two services may become more similar than ever.

Ubisoft games aren’t the only ones homogenizing services. Yakuza: Like a Dragon will release on PS Plus at the end of the month, with most of the other games in the series coming later this year. Nearly all of Yakuza’s games were already integrated into Game Pass long before Sony’s intervention. As Xbox and PlayStation look to consolidate their services by adding more games, they may end up making similar libraries available.

Microsoft will no doubt bet on its exclusives, available from day one, to maintain an edge over PS Plus. In the meantime, Sony can count on its vast catalog of PS1, PS2 and PS3 retro games as an advantage over Game Pass. Regardless of how platforms try to personalize themselves, more games and more features can prove to be beneficial for both new subscribers and longtime loyal users.

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