At the moment of publishing, neither implicated party — Sony and Rockstar Games — have provided any type of explanation for either of these decisions. We don’t expect this to change for a variety of reasons, but if it does, we will be sure to update the story accordingly.
The first half of the aforementioned major catch is that the game is only being added for two months, which obviously isn’t very long. This is plenty of time to beat and enjoy the game, but two months for a new addition isn’t very long. The bigger part of the catch is that it can’t be downloaded. It can only be streamed, which means if you have bad Internet, good luck playing it. It’s unclear why this restriction is being placed on the game in PlayStation Now, as there’s no such restriction on GTA San Andreas in Xbox Game Pass.
The free PlayStation Plus video games for December 2021 are now officially available. The subscription service’s freebie rotation this month includes Godfall: Challenger Edition, Lego DC Super-Villains, and Mortal Shell. Additionally, the three extra PlayStation VR titles The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners, The Persistence, and Until You Fall remain available to claim. Beyond that, however, there are some very specific caveats to the new offerings.
Beyond all of that, the usual caveats for PlayStation Plus free games apply for December 2021’s titles. Only subscribers can claim them, and even then only for a limited time. These titles are all tied to the subscription as well, so if a player that has claimed a game lets their subscription lapse, access to the claimed video game will be revoked until the subscription is active once again. That said, claimed titles remain attached to the account, so access to all of them will be restored at that point.
More specifically, Godfall: Challenger Edition is for both PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 while Lego DC Super-Villains and Mortal Shell are both for PlayStation 4. Godfall: Challenger Edition is also… not the normal, full Godfall experience. Instead, the Challenger Edition essentially drops players into endgame-level modes Lightbringer, Dreamstones, and the Ascended Tower of Trials. In order to access the game’s campaign, Challenger Edition players will need to upgrade to the Deluxe Edition.