Bugsnax, the first PlayStation Plus title for the PS5 (and available on the PS4), is getting a free update later this month – over a year after the game was first released. The free update is called the Isle of Bigsnax, and adds a new biome to play in with new oversized Bugsnax to collect.
The new island forms just off the coast of Snaktooth Island, and features new environmental puzzles that will put your tools to the test. You’ll need to make use of the buggy ball, triple shot and other tools to overcome the puzzles.
As mentioned, the Bugsnax on Bigsnax Island are oversized, which means your usual traps may be useless. Luckily, there’s a helpful substance on the island called Shrink Spice. If you throw it at a Bigsnak, it will shrink down to a much more manageable size, giving you an opportunity to trap it. Unfortunately the spice is extremely volatile, and once you pick it up you have 30 seconds to use it before it explodes.
Almost all the Bugsnax on the island are brand new, so there’s plenty to discover about their behaviors and abilities. The update also includes your very own hut, while Filbo will introduce you to. You can decorate and personalise the hut with all kinds of unique furniture, wallpaper, and lawn ornaments (my favorite being a twenty-foot tall grumpus skeleton). There are around 180 decorations to collect.
Your hut is also tied to a new set of activities delivered via mailbox. The grumpuses in town will send you requests and challenges, and every time you complete one you’ll get a thank you letter with some gifts attached. You’ll also get letters and gifts to mark various milestones throughout the game (so returning players will have quite a few built up to start with).
These letter challenges will encourage players to explore the game in new ways. You could be tasked with observing a unique Bugsnak behavior, solving a riddle, or climbing to the highest point in a level. Its not yet known if the free update will also include new trophies.
The Isle of Bigsnax will be coming free on April 28 to all Bugsnax owners on PS4 and PS5.