Sony has confirmed that the previously leaked PlayStation Plus games are arriving on 7 December 2021. The games include the leak we covered last week such as Godfall, Mortal Shell and DC Supervillains. However, up to now users just took for granted that Godfall would be the same version that you can purchase on the store. Sadly, that is not the case. In fact, Godfall Challenger Edition, as it is called, is a separate snippet of the main game that excludes most of the content in the original game.
Godfall Challenger Edition doesn’t come with any campaign to play through, the newest DLC or single-player-focused content. Instead, the game is a portion of only the end-game maxed level modes. So players won’t have any idea what they are doing and why. They will jump into the end-game grind for no real reason other than hacking and slashing (very terribly at the same time because Godfall is just NOT A GOOD GAME). There’s even the question of how much grind you’ll be doing as according to the trailer, your level is automatically maxed out in the mode too.
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It is also important to note that if you find interest in Godfall after playing the Challenger Edition through PlayStation Plus, you’ll need to purchase the full game in order to play everything else. Sony says users can upgrade their game but you’ll need to purchase the Godfall Deluxe Edition to gain access to the main game and Fire and Darkness DLC.
What makes matters worse is that Godfall Challenge Edition comes with some new content for the main game. This includes new cosmetics for defeating campaign bosses as well as a quest system that rewards you with Legendary drops for completing challenges. Sadly, if you download this game through PlayStation Plus, you won’t get access to any of this content. Instead, you’ll be locked into only matchmaking and endgame co-op modes until you purchase the full game.
I know that Godfall only recently got its matchmaking system added to the game, this being almost a year since it was released. This meant you were unable to play online with randoms at all. However, the fact that they released a full game mode just for this is really milking it. Especially considering this is the content you are locked in to play through PlayStation Plus.
Godfall Challenger Edition is essentially a demo. This version of the game is only around to entice players to purchase the full game and nothing else.
The Challenger Edition focuses on three unique modes: Lightbringer, Dreamstones, and the Ascended Tower of Trials. All three are endgame-level content, but you’ll be immediately equipped with a spread of deadly weapons and skill points, letting you team up with up to two other players* in co-op. Perfect your build and smash your enemies. Challenger Edition’s endgame co-op is compatible with all upgraded editions of Godfall & supports cross-gen play. Godfall: Challenger Edition players can upgrade at any time to the Deluxe Edition gaining access to both Godfall and Fire & Darkness campaigns.
Maybe this is for the best though. The Godfall campaign wasn’t great at all and if anything, was a painful grind from start to finish. However, I do feel that players deserve more than just a multiplayer demo as a PlayStation Plus game regardless of how bad the content is. Clearly this has been done to try and sell the main game to players which is just sad and desperate. Godfall Challenger Edition releases on 7 December for PS5 and PS4. The game is available for both platforms through PlayStation Plus.
Source: PS Blog