PlayStation Plus subscribers will be able to claim a brand new game at no extra cost in February. Square Enix's Foamstars, which bears some similarities to Nintendo's Splatoon series, will be available as part of the PS Plus Essential monthly lineup starting on February 6. If you claim it by March 4, you'll be able to play the PS4 and PS5 exclusive as long as your subscription is active. After March 4, the game will cost $30, though you'll still need a PS Plus subscription to play it since it's an online multiplayer title.
In this 4v4 game, you'll try to coat as much of an arena in your team's color of foam as possible. Doing so will give your team an advantage and stymie your opponents. Where Foamstars differs from Splatoon is that foam is a 3D substance. You can slide around the battlefield on and flank enemies to eliminate them. The characters each have distinct abilities and there will be several game modes available from the jump, including one in which you dance on a duck's head to push it toward a finish line. Solo missions are available too.
Debuting the game on PS Plus seems like a smart move for Square Enix. Some other multiplayer titles (particularly Rocket League and Fall Guys) arrived on PS Plus on their launch days and went on to enjoy massive success.
There's one aspect of Foamstars that might put some folks off of checking it out, however. Square Enix says developer Toylogic used Midjourney to create some AI-generated artwork for the game.
“AI was used in the creation of the in-game album covers for the music featured in the Foamstars' soundtrack," Square Enix told VGC in a statement. “In this instance, we experimented with Midjourney using simple prompts to produce abstract images. We loved what was created and used them as the final album covers players will see in the game. Everything else was created entirely by our development team.”
Producer Kosuke Okatani estimated that AI-generated art made up around 0.01 percent or less of the game's artwork, with artists creating the rest by hand. Earlier this month, Square Enix said it would be "aggressively applying" AI and other tech this year to "create new forms of content."