Co-created by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, the 10-episode first season focuses on two homicide detectives who solve murders involving criminals with superpowers. Only the first episode will be available for free at the show’s website; the rest will be available only to Playstation Plus subscribers — $50 annually provides full access to the series as well as discounts, free games and more across the PS4, PS3 and PS Vita systems — or by purchasing individual episodes in the Playstation Store. New episodes will be released each Tuesday following the premiere.
Sony is following a similar release pattern as the one recently unveiled for “Community” Season 6 — a show produced by Sony Entertainment — on Yahoo Screen. Rather than releasing all the episodes at once, as Netflix and Amazon do, it’s asking fans to return to the network repeatedly, most likely in an attempt to keep viewers from visiting the relatively unknown site once and never returning. By releasing episodes weekly, the network will be given multiple opportunities to sell viewers on their service, other products, and (at least for “Community”) timely, and thus more expensive, advertisements. (Sony has not announced whether ads will be shown during “Powers.”)
Bendis and Oeming created the comic book “Powers” is based on, and have been fighting for a live-action interpretation for more than a decade. Sony originally considered it as a movie, but soon passed. FX later passed on a pilot of the potential series, before Sony went forward with it at the Playstation network last year.
Check out the trailer for “Powers” below.