Next month’s pair of free PlayStation 4 games for PlayStation Plus subscribers consists of Sonic Mania and Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, Sony announced Wednesday.
Sonic Mania is a throwback to the 16-bit era of the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, with side-scrolling platforming gameplay in which Sonic, Miles “Tails” Prower, and Knuckles are all playable. In a surprise move, Sega handed the development keys to notable members of the Sonic fan game community, including Christian Whitehead, whom the company had previously hired to handle mobile ports of 16-bit Sonic games. Sonic Mania was originally released in August 2017 on Nintendo Switch, PS4, Windows PC, and Xbox One.
Borderlands: The Handsome Collection’s appearance in June’s PS Plus lineup is a great, cheap way to catch up on the shooter franchise before the Sept. 13 release of Borderlands 3. The package, which was released in March 2015 on PS4 and Xbox One, includes 2012’s Borderlands 2 from Gearbox Software and 2014’s Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel from 2K Australia. As for the original Borderlands, 2K Games released a 4K remaster of the game on PC, PS4, and Xbox One last month.
Both Sonic Mania and The Handsome Collection will go free for PS Plus members on June 4. In the meantime, the May games are still available.