Sony Announces Play At Home Initiative To Occupy PlayStation Owners During COVID-19 Outbreak

Posted on April 14, 2020 by Nick Moreno

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In the trying times that have affected majority of the world to combat the novel coronavirus, many have went to the lengths of social distancing and camped it out at home until the outbreak has minimized to impede further spread of the ailment. And while individuals are at home waiting for the imposed State of Emergency to be lifted, people have kept themselves occupied for the time being.

For those who are losing patience, no need to worry, Sony has announced a new online movement for PlayStation 4 owners to take part in to kill time for those who need it. Debuting the Play at Home initiative, Sony suggests that players should continue to stay at home to continue precautionary isolation in efforts to reduce spread of COVID-19.

To help keep console owners at their home, Sony Interactive Entertainment shared that Bluepoint Games’ Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and thatgamecompany’s Journey will be available for free starting tomorrow.

People all over the world are doing the right thing by staying home to help contain the spread of COVID–19. We are deeply grateful to everyone practicing physical distancing and take our responsibility as a home entertainment platform seriously, so we are asking our community to continue supporting the safe choice and the need to Play At Home.

Jim Ryan, Sony Interactive Entertainment President & CEO

Sony clarified that PlayStation 4 owners will have from April 15 until May 5 to install the two games. Both titles are monumental exclusive releases for the overall PlayStation platform offering the entire lineage of the titular protagonist Nathan Drake and the beautifully constructed Journey which continues to echo the craftsmanship of thatgamecompany nearly a decade since the game released.

However, PlayStation 4 owners in selected regions like Germany and China will be give a separate hand of cards as the two countries will receive Knack 2 instead of The Nathan Drake Collection, The Hollywood Reporter adds. Additionally, the blog post does not brush upon the requirement of PlayStation Plus for the titles, so it is assumed this offer will be granted for virtually anyone with a PlayStation 4.

In the latter segment of the post, Sony went on to disclose that the firm has accumulated a fund of $10 million to support independent studios affected by the pandemic. “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.

“With that, SIE has developed a fund to support them during this time. We have earmarked $10 million to support our independent development partners.” Just last week, Wings Interactive reached a combined $280,000 in efforts for struggling independent teams that were affected by the postponement of GDC last month. You can read the full report by heading here.

Source: PlayStation Blog

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