Gamers unite, Sony has just made a big announcement that is sure to put a smile on your face. The company’s new Play at Home Initiative sees Sony drop a bunch of games online free of charge, including Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and Journey.
“People all over the world are doing the right thing by staying home to help contain the spread of COVID–19. We are deeply grateful to everyone practising physical distancing and take our responsibility as a home entertainment platform seriously, so we are asking our community to continue supporting the safe choice and the need to Play At Home,” Sony Interactive Entertainment president and CEO, Jim Ryan said.
Starting April 15, fans will be able to download Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and Journey for free. Uncharted is one of the most popular games ever released on PS4, with this three-game collection offering the perfect escape for those stuck at home under quarantine. Journey, on the other hand, is a celebrated adventure game that is beautifully framed and executed.
The games will be available starting on April 15 at 8pm PST / 11pm EST and will be available through May 5, 2020 at 8pm PDT / 11pm EST. Once you redeem the games, Sony says they are yours to keep. best of all, the company makes no mention of needing a PlayStation Plus membership to score the games. Unfortunately, the games may take a little longer to download than usual – as the company is complying with the governments’ request to preserve internet bandwidth – but let’s be honest; a free game is a free game.
But aside from free games for fans, Sony’s Play at Home Initiative has another major component; creative funding. Through Sony Corporation’s $100 million COVID-19 Global Relief Fund, Sony Interactive Entertainment is helping those on the front lines, supporting children and educators working remotely, and providing assistance to the creative community. Ryan also revealed that Sony was backing independent developers with a new fund.
“Independent developers are vital to the heart and soul of the gaming community and we understand the hardships and financial struggles that many smaller gaming studios are facing. With that, SIE has developed a fund to support them during this time. We have earmarked $10 million to support our independent development partners. More information about the fund, including participation criteria, will be made available soon,” he said.
Free games for home-bodies? Sounds like a win to us.