PlayStation Network PLAY: But wait, there's more!

Anything you can do, I can do better – and Sony agrees, revealing plans for the first PlayStation Network PLAY event, kicking off later this month.

This “brand-new annual program” will feature four of the most awesome PlayStation Network titles, and – if you catch ’em all – you’ll get an extra one free.

If you don’t want all of them (and why not?), there’s still an extra incentive for you – if you pick up a PLAY title at any time during the promotion, you’ll receive a piece of DLC for the game, plus a new theme with every pre-order after August 10th. There’s even a 20% discount for PlayStation Plus subscribers, too.

So – what’s in store?

[img_big]center,8086,2011-06-07/16x9_with_Smooth_Filter_1.jpg,Street Fighter III Third Strike Online Edition[/img_big]

August 24: The PLAY program kicks off with Capcom’s highly-anticipated Street Fighter III Third Strike Online Edition, available to pre-order until 18 August, 2011. This action-fighting title features 20 playable characters, HD graphics, more than 200 pieces of unlockable content, more than 100 trials and more than 100 challenges.

When Street Fighter III Third Strike Online Edition is purchased through PLAY, purchasers will be able to unlock GILL, the self-proclaimed god, without having to beat the game with every character, as day-one DLC. All pre-orders will also receive a Capcom-produced theme.

[img_big]center,7996,2011-06-23/Screenshot1_SpankThrone.jpg,The Baconing[/img_big]

August 31: Hothead Studios’ The Baconing will be available to pre-order until 25 August 2011. This action-RPG title is the third in the popular DeathSpank series. Attempt to defeat the Anti-Spank and his army of Cyborques, before they cast an evil shadow over Spanktopia. Discover exciting new worlds and battle hordes of enemies as you search to unlock the secret within the Fires of Bacon.

When The Baconing is purchased through PLAY, purchasers will receive an additional co-op character, Roesha – One Bad Mutha. All pre-orders will also receive a static theme, exclusive to PLAY.

[img_big]center,7758,2011-08-03/BloodRayne_Betrayal_PR_7.jpg,BloodRayne: Betrayal[/img_big]

September 7: Majesco Entertainment‘s BloodRayne: Betrayal will be available to pre-order until 1 September 2011. This 2D side-scrolling platformer features 15 bloodthirsty levels where Rayne attempts to infiltrate a treacherous castle, take out a fiendish horde and stop an evil vampire massacre.

When BloodRayne: Betrayal is purchased through PLAY, purchasers will receive a BloodRayne: Betrayal virtual item for their PlayStation Home avatar and an exclusive dynamic theme. In addition, all pre-orders will also receive a static theme exclusive to PLAY.

[img_big]center,7881,2011-07-27/23513ro_021.jpg,Renegade Ops[/img_big]

September 14: The SEGA title Renegade Ops will be available to pre-order until 8 September 2011.This top-down, driving shooter from SEGA features a huge variety of vehicles, guns and endless enemies. The game features Sandbox-style missions, so there are many different ways to play.

When Renegade Ops is purchased through PLAY, purchasers will receive a Vehicle & Character Pack with two new vehicles and special weapons. All pre-orders will also receive a static theme, exclusive to PLAY.

[img_big]center,8242,2011-07-21/psn_payday_panicroomscreenshots_july11_chavez.jpg,PayDay: The Heist[/img_big]

Bonus gift: PayDay: The Heist. This gritty, first-person shooter from Sony Online Entertainment lets players take on the role of a hardened career criminal executing intense, dynamic heists in constant pursuit of the next “big score.” A PSN voucher code for PayDay: The Heist will be provided to buyers of all four PLAY titles as a bonus gift if they make their purchases by 20 September 2011.

The game releases on 5 October 2011. The game can also be pre-ordered separately from 21 September 2 2011 until 29 September 2011, and all pre-orders will receive a static theme.

PlayStation Network PLAY

PlayStation Network PLAY

These games are not platform exclusives, they’re not indies, and this isn’t a “seasonal” collection. It’s just four (five!) great action games all bundled up together, to make them easier to grab – so why not?

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