Lowers potential sales. It would make more sense to do that once sales are at an all time low and interest for the game is moot. It's the same reason the full game isn't free for Plus yet.
Lower's potential sales? Playstation Plus is 60$ opposed to the 5$ per character and 2-3$ for a stage. Does that mean the games that are free with Playstation Plus are at an all time low? I thought Little Big Planet was popular? Along with Infamous and GoW.
Out of those $60, how much do you think goes to SSM as opposed to customers paying $5 per character ? Keep in mind, $60 is for a years membership, in which A LOT more content is given out, meaning more cost in compensation. inFamous & LBP are popular, but who's buying them now ? The amount they're making through retail/digital sales at this point aren't as high as the amount they'd make by promoting the Playstation Plus model. It's the reason you don't see new games on Plus (except for indie titles), and the reason why the relatively new titles you do see aren't commercial successes e.g. Spec Ops & Starhawk.
I don't know, all the games that become free when you get Playstation Plus started at like 20-40$, so like 1-2$? Well I was planning to buy LBP until I saw it was free on Plus.
I don't keep an eye on what's new on Plus since I already downloaded the 3 games I wanted to tryout.
Wasn't Spec Ops a failed PS1 game? Never heard of Starhawk before this game, same for Gravity Rush and w.e game FP is from.
All Stars DLC is new, SSM can't predict whether sales will increase or decrease significantly, and neither can Sony. Releasing it free for Plus members without a solid idea of what they're making off of it in the long run seems silly. Game sales can lose momentum, but DLC sales can always shift back up, also from what we do know, Fearless was one of the best selling DLC on the PSN store on the month of Febuary (behind Skyrim and Black Ops DLC), which is very impressive - that wouldn't be the case if it were free on Plus.