Sony Interactive Entertainment’s Play at Home Initiative is coming back for a second year, giving everyone 2016’s Ratchet & Clank for PlayStation 4, as well as an extended free trial to Funimation for new subscribers to the anime streaming service.
SIE started Play at Home in April 2020, in the first weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic and the shutdowns, sheltering orders, and quarantines it brought to the United States and Europe. The company then offered Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and Journey to everyone as an incentive to stay home and maintain social distancing. SIE also set aside $10 million to help its independent development partners, struggling financially against the effects of the global pandemic.
“The past 12 months haven’t been easy,” SIE chief executive Jim Ryan said in a statement. “And I think we’re all hopeful that we may be starting to see some flickers of light at the end of this long COVID-19 tunnel thanks to the tireless work of the medical community and people around the world.”
Ryan said the game and the Funimation offer were thank-yous to the PlayStation community for doing their part. Ratchet & Clank will be available beginning March 1, and free on the PlayStation Store through June. More details will come regarding the length of the Funimation trial (called Wakanim in continental Europe), and that preview offer will begin March 25.
Ratchet & Clank is part of the 20-game PlayStation Plus Collection, so those with a PS Plus subscription already have it. It was also offered as a free game to PlayStation Plus subscribers in March 2018.