Sony is going to help gamers pass the time while they are stuck at home.
Sony has announced the Play At Home Initiative, which they are beginning to help those who are staying at home to avoid spreading COVID-19. The Initiative will have two parts. The first will see Sony giving out free games to help the PlayStation community stay busy while they are practicing social distancing. The second part is to fund smaller independent game studios who may be experiencing financial difficulties at the moment.
The first two games that Sony is giving away as the first part of the Stay At Home Initiative are Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and Journey. Once the games are downloaded, they yours to keep to keep. Gamers do not need PlayStation Plus to claim the games. The games will be available to claim starting April 15th at 8:00 p.m. PST. Sony does state that with their goal to preserve internet access in the US and Europe, game downloads may take a little longer.
The Stay At Home Initiative will also see Sony help fund smaller independent studios. The company stated that they will set aside $10 million to help these smaller developers. Sony has stated that more information about the fund, including participation criteria, will come at a later time.
"During these days of physical distancing, fans have turned to gaming for moments of respite and enjoyment," Sony Interactive Entertainment President and CEO Jim Ryan stated. "At Sony Interactive Entertainment, we are privileged to bring this much-needed entertainment. We know this is just one small step and we are thankful to be able to offer this support to our players, our communities, and our partners."
Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and Journey will be available until May 5th at 8:00 p.m. PST. Sony did not state if and when any other games would be offered through this Initiative.