Sony Unveils Play At Home Initiative And Offers Free Games

Sony Unveils Play At Home Initiative And Offers Free Games

To help us get through the COVID-19 lockdown, Sony offers free games for all PS4 owners.

The majority of the world is stuck at home as we all obey the laws and advice of a lockdown. Everyone is finding ways to pass the time by catching up on television shows, films, reading books or perhaps something creative.

Sony Interactive Entertainment today has unveiled its “Play At Home” initiative which has two parts. The first is the offering of free games as a way of saying thank you to everyone that is physically distancing from others, staying at home and trying to lessen the effects of this pandemic.

The other part is in supporting the independent development partners who will be affected by this lockdown. Sony have set up a $10 million fund to help these smaller studios. Details on how they can access this money will be made available at a later date.

So what have Sony given away? As from Thursday 16th April midnight BST / 1am CEST through Wednesday, 6th May midnight BST / 1am CEST, Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and Journey will be available for free for ALL users, not just PlayStation Plus members. (Germany and China, users will have access to Knack 2 instead of Uncharted.)

Many gamers will have already played through the Uncharted trilogy on their original PlayStation 3 incarnations. The trilogy consists of the games Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception from Naughty Dog Studios.

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The games already looked fantastic on the PlayStation 3 but all three have been remastered and upgraded for an outing on the PlayStation 4. If you’re a PlayStation Plus subscriber, you can also add Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End to your collection as it’s one of April’s free games.

The Uncharted series of games feature the main protagonist Nathan Drake and his partner Sully. Nathan is like a modern day Indiana Jones and the games are full of puzzle solving, travelling the world and gun toting action all entwined into great stories.

If you’re one of the few people who have never played these games, you’re in for a treat. Trust me.

The other title on offer from Sony is Journey. This release is more of an experience than a game that takes around two to three hours to complete.

You play as a robed figure who must go on journey (duh!) but what makes the game a little different is you can interact with other players in real-time who are also making the same quest. You can’t talk to them via voice chat or by text but instead via singing.

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I’m making it all sound a bit daft but the game is a delight to play. What touched me were the stats at the end of your play through that reveal how many others you connected to on your journey.

That’s two great games for you to add to your digital library from today until the 6th May. These games will also be yours to keep after this period, PlayStation Plus member or not.

Thank you Sony.

John Abbitt

About the author | John Abbitt

@UKFilmNerd | John loves film, and he used to write for his own website, The Tydirium Hangar Bay, in the late 1990s. Whilst that website became lost in the passages of time, John's love of film did not. He's back, writing for The Unheard Nerd.