If you're a fan of 100-hour long Japanese RPGs and you happen to have a Japanese PlayStation account complete with PS Plus Extra, then you've just struck gold. The new PS Plus tiers, Premium and Extra, have just launched in Japan, and the Extra option includes almost every Falcom RPG available on PS4. (You can find a complete list of the PS Plus Extra launch games for Japan through the link.)
That's right, Extra subscribers get the two remastered Crossbell games, Trails from Zero and Trails to Azure, as well as all four titles in the Cold Steel series. Even Trails into Reverie is included — the game that takes place after the Cold Steel saga, and isn't due out here in the West until sometime next year. Oh, and don't forget spinoff The Legend of Nayuta: Boundless Trails. That's eight highly rated JRPGs.
That's already an absurd amount of adventure — a catalogue that could keep you busy for weeks, if not months. But it doesn't stop there: PS Plus Premium subscribers get access to the older Trails in the Sky series via PS3 streaming. Jeez!
And as if that wasn't enough, Falcom's other major property, Ys, is also a big part of the PS Plus Extra package. PS4 titles Ys: Memories of Celceta, Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana, and Ys IX: Monstrum Nox are all on there. Remastered action RPG Tokyo Xanadu eX+, too.
Now then, the big question: are any of these Falcom games going to be on PS Plus Extra outside of Japan? Honestly, probably not — Tokyo Xanadu, maybe — but we obviously can't say for certain. Part of our reasoning is that the four Cold Steel games were made available through PS Now in Japan earlier this year, so it makes sense for them to be included with PS Plus Extra. As for the other PS4 Trails titles...well, they haven't been localised yet!
So yeah, we wouldn't get your hopes up. Still, this is an impressive offering for Japanese players, and well worth highlighting so that we can compare how things stack up when Extra arrives overseas.