Sony Announces 10 Free Game For New Play At Home Initiative

Sony Announces 10 Free Game For New Play At Home Initiative

Written by 

Tom Chapman


18th Mar 2021 11:23

Sounding a bit like Old Rose from Titanic, it feels like 84 years since we first entered lockdown. In reality, it's been a full year that we've been locked up in our homes by COVID-19. Although we've had the odd break and chance of freedom, we've largely been confirmed to our homes for the past 365 days. While this has given gamers a little more free time to polish off that award-winning title they'd always wanted to play, it's left some of us running out of games to sink our teeth into. Fear not, the latest Sony Play at Home initiative is giving away 10 free games for you to enjoy.

We're not quite sure why the PlayStation favourite is giving away 10 free games so close to the (hopeful) end of lockdown, but with the end in sight, the company is probably doing its best to make sure we don't toss our consoles aside when we're given a chance at freedom. Those who've signed up to PlayStation Plus will know all about the monthly crop of free games to download but broadening its horizons, Sony's latest scheme is open to everyone - no subscription required.


What is the Sony Play at Home initiative?

2021's Play at Home initiative kicked off earlier this month, giving players a free copy of 2016's Ratchet & Clank reimagining for PlayStation 4. If your quick, you can still grab Insomniac's title until March 31. Following the success of the giveaway, Sony has confirmed it's giving away another 10 titles, which includes the award-winning Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition. Guerilla Games delivered the stunning PlayStation exclusive in 2017, and with Horizon Forbidden West coming later this year, now could be a great time to take a dip into this world - if you haven't already. Also, it's well-timed to refresh your memory of what you might've forgotten. 

The other nine games coming to PS4 and PS5 include Abzu, Enter the Gungeon, Rez Infinite, Subnautica, and The Witness. PSVR owners can also nab free copies of Astro Bot Rescue Mission, Moss, Thumper, and Paper Beast. Although Horizon Zero Dawn is the big hitter, there's a healthy roster of indie titles. Also, you can't look a gift horse in the mouth. A free game is a free game!

To download your free games, simply sign into the PlayStation Store, find the various games, and press download. Importantly, you don't have to be a PlayStation Plus member to take advantage. We've already been impressed by the PlayStation Plus Collection that came alongside your PS Plus membership on PS5, but with Zero Dawn not making the cut, the latest drop is a big win. 


When does Sony Play at Home start?

Play at Home first started last April, with Sony gifting fans Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and Journey for free. The promo only ran until May, however, the latest is set to run a little longer. The latest crop of games will be released on March 25 and be available to download until April 22. Not everything will be available all at once though. For those who can't wait to play Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition, you'll have to wait until April 19. Thankfully, it'll be on offer until May 14.

Discussing the return of Play at Home, Sony CEO Jim Ryan explained how the company wants "to make the next few months a little more fun and enjoyable". In a statement, Ryan added, "In these historic times, the team at PlayStation wanted to thank the community by giving something back. These days, we could all use something to look forward to and another reason to stay safely socially distanced, so we are happy to be able to offer a free selection of great games and some entertainment offers."

If you still find yourself at home on furlough, or with a little extra time on your hands, the Sony Play at Home initiative sounds like a great way to while away the hours. 


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Tom is Trending News Editor at GGRecon, with an NCTJ qualification in Broadcast Journalism and over seven years of experience writing about film, gaming, and television. With bylines at IGN, Digital Spy, Den of Geek, and more, Tom’s love of horror means he's well-versed in all things Resident Evil, with aspirations to be the next Chris Redfield.

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