Last year in April, Sony launched the Play At Home initative for PlayStation users. The aim was to keep gamers entertained at home by offering two free games and support independent game studios who faced issues with their releases.
Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and Journey served as the starter for gamers last year. Luckily, I got to claim it during it’s free purchase window.
Not resting on their laurels, the official PlayStation Blog has announced that they’re bringing back Play At Home for four months starting from March 2021.
Games to keep for life each
The first game being given away will be Ratchet & Clank (2016) for a limited time. Once you redeem the game, it’s yours for life. The game will be made free starting March 2 at 4AM GMT; convert that to your respective local time depending on where you’re residing in the Middle East.
You will need to check the online store either via web or directly from the console to buy it. Expect the Store to face a surge in activity and traffic which may cause redemption issues. You’ll have a full month to claim and download the game, if you don’t get lucky on the first day.
Don’t expect to claim free games for the recently launched PlayStation 5 (it’s only been a few months). These free games will definitely apply to the PlayStation 4 which is still equally popular. The next-gen console is still facing supply restock issues worldwide, including in the Middle East.
You can still transfer your library via backwards compatibility. If there’s a free upgrade to the Playstation 5 version, you’ll definitely be able to claim it since you already own the digital version. You don’t even require a PS Plus subscription to claim them, but you will need it for online multiplayer.
ICYMI, your PS4 also has an added benefit of allowing PS5 Remote Play (if you own both consoles).
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