Pricey First-Party PS5 Games Everyone Should Play Are On Sale

Ellie in The Last of Us Part 1

Image: Naughty Dog / Sony

We get it, new-gen games are expensive. At $70 a pop for PlayStation’s most sought after first-party games that are jam-packed with all the goodies you’d want in a PS5 game (like ray-tracing, higher frame rates, and less load times), it’s understandable if you don’t have an extensive collection just yet. The era of $70 games is here, and it hurts—but some of the best first-party PlayStation games are currently enjoying a pretty sweet sale, if you’re looking to toss your extra cash towards one or two of them. Shout out to Polygon for pointing out this nice sale.

A lot of the games currently on sale were PS5 launch titles like Demon’s Souls and Marvel’s Spider-Man Miles Morales Ultimate Edition, so if you were either without a PS5 when it launched or without enough funds to add them to your library, you can make up for that right now. There’s even The Last of Us Part 1 thrown in here (which only came out in September of last year) if you’re currently watching HBO’s The Last of Us show and want to see how it deviates from or sticks to Naughty Dog’s story.

Sony has many of these games discounted on the PlayStation Store, as well, so if you want to immediately download and play a digital version, head there to check them out. Not all of them will be as cheap as the physical ones you can find at third-party retailers, however, so make sure to compare the two to maximize your savings—after all, $10 is an iced oat milk latte with an extra shot (plus tip) where I’m from.

Here are the PS5 first-party games on sale right now

We’ll update this story accordingly if any of these sales change, or if any new games get added to the list. But for now, those nine games should keep you occupied for at least a few months.

It’s not clear if or when any of Sony’s newer titles like God of War Ragnarök will go on sale.

PlayStation Shuts Down First-Party Studio PixelOpus

Ash is seen walking beside a building and touching hands with a painted creature.

Image: PixelOpus

Sony has quietly closed down PixelOpus, one of its first-party PlayStation Studios. Based in San Mateo, California, the studio was responsible for 2014’s Entwined and 2019’s Concrete Genie.

News of this first broke through a Twitter post from the studio, which expressed the team’s gratitude to the players who have enjoyed their games.

“Dear friends, our PixelOpus adventure has come to an end. As we look to new futures, we wanted to say a heartfelt thank you to the millions of passionate players who have supported us, and our mission to make beautiful, imaginative games with heart. We are so grateful!”

Sony didn’t immediately comment on the closure publicly but has since confirmed in a statement to IGN that PixelOpus is, in fact, shuttering on June 2.

“PlayStation Studios regularly evaluates its portfolio and the status of studio projects to ensure they meet the organization’s short and long-term strategic objectives,” the company told IGN. “As part of a recent review process, it has been decided that PixelOpus will close on June 2.”

PixelOpus was a small team within the hulking giant that is PlayStation Studios, having less than 20 employees as of 2019. The studio’s breakout game was 2019’s Concrete Genie on PS4, which was gorgeous to look at and had cool painting mechanics, but its pacing felt a bit plodding, even with a brisk run time of five or so hours. Before the closure, Pixelopus was working on a project with Sony Pictures Animation, but we don’t know yet if that game is still in the works with another team or has been canceled entirely.

It’s a sad end for a talented studio, but feels pretty in line with Sony’s hard pivot to prestige blockbusters at all costs. On top of closing PixelOpus, the company shuttered Japan Studio in 2021, which was putting out some of the more experimental work within the PlayStation first-party ecosystem. It’s a shame, and while there are still some studios doing cool things at places like Media Molecule, there’s certainly a gap within Sony’s catalog without it.

Nintendo Announces First-Party Switch Game With Zero Fanfare

A bunch of people are seen holding Joy-Cons and being really excited about a guy wearing a horse mask in the middle of the crowd.

Image: Nintendo

Almost a full calendar year after the report of its existence went live at Fanbyte, Nintendo has announced a sequel to the unusual mini-game party compilation 1-2 Switch, and it’s launching later this month.

Everybody 1-2 Switch will run you $29.99 when it’s released on June 20, and if you feel so moved, the game went up for pre-order on the eShop alongside its stealth announcement. According to the listing, the game can be played with either the Switch’s standard Joy-Con controllers (perhaps even those new pastel ones) or by using smart devices, which is new for the sequel.

For a game that’s mere weeks away as of its announcement, Everybody 1-2 Switch currently has very little media for any potential pre-orderer to get a sense of what to expect. The eShop listing is just vague enough that it’s unclear what minigames are actually in the thing. The synopsis says the mini-games “feature everything from balloons to aliens, and more” but there’s nothing actually described here. On top of this, there’s no actual footage or images of the game on the listing or Nintendo’s YouTube.

If all of this wasn’t enough of a red flag for you, according to the original Fanbyte report, Everybody 1-2 Switch was apparently bombed in internal testing. Since then, Nintendo has kept the game behind closed doors until it could sort through what to do with it. Now, it looks like the company decided to just drop it with zero fanfare and make whatever money they can off of it.

The original 1-2 Switch hasn’t really had any cultural staying power despite making use of concepts like “HD rumble.” The strange game was a launch title for the Switch in 2017, so a lot of people bought it alongside The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild merely because it was there. But it’s been six years and 125.62 million console sales later and players have more options. Godspeed, Everybody 1-2 Switch and anyone who decides to buy it sight unseen.

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