Last year, Sony kicked off their “Play At Home” initiative as a way of making these uncertain times just a little more bearable. COVID continues to keep our doors shut and masks on. The company has decided to bring the program back- and with far more than just two free games on tap.
“This year, we wanted to go further. So we’ve designed a series of free games and entertainment offers for our PlayStation community to make the next few months a little more fun and enjoyable.” says Jim Ryan, President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment.
Running from March and extending through June of this year, several titles will be available to download for a limited amount of time. Including some well-known indies and more significant scale titles. The first freebie to be introduced this month was the 2016 reboot of Ratchet and Clank, which will also receive a 60 FPS patch exclusive to the PS5 next month.
Starting this week, you can now download several more games completely free of charge through the Playstation Store. Astro Bot Rescue Mission, Subnautica, Abzu, Enter The Gungeon, Moss, Paper Beast, Rez Infinite, The Witness, and Thumper will be available until April 22. If you’re looking to dust off your PS VR headset (or perhaps you picked one up thanks to the stimmy), I cannot recommend Astro Bot enough. It truly is a killer app for the peripheral that proves the potential of 3D platform games in VR and the prospect of consumer VR in general. Now that it’s free, you have no excuse not to experience it if you own PSVR.
Suppose the current list of games doesn’t tickle your fancy, not to worry! New titles will be rolling out for the next three months, including RPG Horizon Zero Dawn (available starting April 19 at 11 PM EST). Also, there’s even something for anime fans to take away from this- three free months of Funimation.
Just like the free lineup of games, there isn’t any catch here. Download the Funimation app on your PS4 or PS5, respectively, set up a Funimation account, and sign up for the standard two-week free trial. You’ll receive a promotional code via email that will extend your trial to three months of service. Just remember to cancel beforehand if you’re looking to binge-watch until June. As with any streaming service, you’ll be seeing charges on your credit card after the free trial expires.
I may disagree with Sony’s business decisions at times. However, it is great to see them giving back to the community in these trying times. After, all we’re the ones that have been keeping the PlayStation brand in business since 1995.