In order to support the containment of COVID-19, which has hit the pause-button on the world, Playstation has announced the Play at Home campaign to help make this lockdown period a whole lot easier.
The Play At Home campaign has two components: first, providing free games to help keep the PlayStation community entertained at home; and finally, establishing a fund to help smaller independent game studios who may be experiencing financial difficulties continue building great experiences for all gamers.
The first game (or rather, three games) is Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection which includes Uncharted, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. The other title is beloved indie adventure, Journey. You shouldn’t need any more motivation to play the Uncharted series, but if you do, read our review of the Uncharted Collection.
They will be available for free for a limited time through digital downloads on the Playstation Store from 16 April through 6 May 2020. Once you redeem the games, they are yours to keep.
As for the indie developer funding, Sony has announced that they’ll be helping support many of their indie partners during this trying economic time.
“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.” said Sony Interactive Entertainment. “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.”