Subscribers have until July 31 to claim the games.
Essential is the entry-level PlayStation Plus membership tier, which offers subscribers access to a few ‘free’ games every month.
Players can continue to play these games for as long as they subscribe to Essential or a higher tier.
SIE CEO Jim Ryan said in May that 30% of PlayStation Plus users are subscribed to the more expensive Extra and Premium tiers, which were introduced last summer.
These membership tiers offer subscribers access to the Game Catalogue, a library of up to 400 downloadable PS4 and PS5 games, as well as Ubisoft+ Classics, a curated selection of titles from the Assassin’s Creed publisher.
Features reserved for Premium subscribers include game trials, cloud streaming for PS4 games, and access to the Classics Catalogue, which includes hundreds of games from the original PlayStation, PS2, PS3 and PSP.
Sony is currently testing cloud streaming for PS5 games, a feature which will be offered to Premium subscribers when it’s available.