According to a story published this week, Sony requests that developers build time-limited trials for certain titles for the upcoming PlayStation Plus Premium service. It was unclear how much assistance Sony would provide studios for this reason at first. Still, according to Ethan Gach of Kotaku, the PlayStation Store staff will set up the trials on the developers' behalf.
This would relieve pressure on studios and prevent them from devoting valuable resources to creating trials. On the other hand, Gach stated that some creators are concerned that Sony will not split the money from game trials with them. Engadget has reached out to Sony Interactive Entertainment for comment.
Game Developer reported earlier this week that companies were told about the new regulation via Sony's developer site. Games with a wholesale price of at least $34 will require a time-limited trial of at least two hours and must be available to PS Plus Premium subscribers for at least a year. According to reports, the move will not apply to previously published games or virtual reality titles. Developers are reported to have the option of giving unique game samples instead, as long as Sony approves.