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PlayStation Plus members get free PS5 game Thursday

Subscribers who buy Sony's next-gen console can download Bugsnax for free at launch.

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The PS5 version of Bugsnax is free for PlayStation Plus subscribers.

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If you're a PlayStation Plus subscriber who got a shiny, new PS5 on Thursday, you also get a next-gen game for free, as Sony revealed last month. Bugsnax, a super-cute game that challenges you to catch half-bug-half-snack creatures on a mysterious island, is available as part of the $60-per-year service.

You just need to add the colorful adventure game to your library before Jan. 4, 2021.

Bugsnax is also coming out on PS4 and for PC on Thursday, but the PS4 version isn't available to PS Plus members. Still, the PS4 games for November are pretty sweet: Lord of the Rings tie-in Middle-earth: Shadow of War and Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition. They'll be available until Monday, Nov. 30, so subscribers should add them to their libraries before then. Both games will also be playable on PS5 via backward compatibility.

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Also available starting Thursday is the PlayStation Plus Collection, a set of PS4 games available for free to subscribers who own a PS5: 

First-party games 

  • Bloodborne
  • Days Gone
  • Detroit: Become Human
  • God of War
  • Infamous Second Son
  • Ratchet and Clank 
  • The Last Guardian
  • The Last of Us Remastered
  • Until Dawn
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

Third-party games

  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Battlefield 1
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops III -- Zombies Chronicles Edition
  • Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
  • Fallout 4
  • Final Fantasy 15 Royal Edition
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Mortal Kombat X
  • Persona 5
  • Resident Evil 7 biohazard

They're available starting Thursday in the US and Australia -- or on Nov. 19 when the PS5 launches in Europe.