It’s been obvious for some time, but the new, revamped Playstation Plus service makes it official: June 2022 is the month that Sony finally bit the bullet, joined Microsoft, and wholly committed itself to an online and subscription-based games strategy. This is the future of gaming, and it’s now.

We used to purchase video games in physical form. We owned our copies outright, which meant that years later, we could pop them in and play them. But today, we play at the pleasure of the publishing companies, which set up massive servers and often require an online connection to get the full experience. Now, the developers can patch the game and update it in response to customer feedback. And the used game market, operating out of brick-and-mortar stores, is now a shadow of what it once was. The flash sales and deep discounts in digital stores make shopping more convenient and less painful. And when you make the buying process easier, the customers spend more.

In addition to the new-and-improved Playstation Plus, this month also features a new Mario sports title, an interactive horror experience, new DLC for current popular titles, and remastered compilations of established classics. Here is your monthly video game news roundup for June 2022.