Play at Home 2021 update: 10 free games to download this Spring

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Play at Home 2021 update: 10 free games to download this Spring

Download free indie games and PS VR games starting March 25. And get ready: PS4 blockbuster Horizon Zero Dawn will be free for a limited time starting April 19.

Hi again! Last month we revealed our new Play at Home program for 2021, which aims to provide the PlayStation community with free games and entertainment offers to make the next few months a little more fun.

The program kicked off earlier this month with access to a free digital copy of the 2016 hit Ratchet & Clank for PS4 — and you can still claim a free digital copy of the game through March 31, 2021 at 8pm PDT* / April 1 at 4am BST / 5am CEST.

Now, let’s talk about the next Play at Home content drop, which hits March 25! This time our focus is a selection of free games from some of our top independent partners, and the previously announced extended trial offer for Funimation (or Wakanim) in the countries where they are available.

Starting March 25, 2021

PlayStation and some of our favorite indie partners are collaborating to provide more free games to explore while you’re staying safe and staying home:

Abzû

From the artistic mind behind Journey, Flower, and The Pathless, ABZÛ is a beautiful underwater adventure that evokes the dream of diving. Immerse yourself in a vibrant ocean world full of mystery and bursting with color and life.

Enter the Gungeon

Enter the Gungeon is a gunfight dungeon crawler following a band of misfits seeking to shoot, loot, dodge roll and table-flip their way to personal absolution by reaching the legendary Gungeon’s ultimate treasure: the gun that can kill the past.

Rez Infinite

Prepare yourself for the ultimate version of Rez, a thrilling journey of sights and sounds and shooting action, remastered and upgraded by members of the original development team exclusively for PS4 and (optional) PlayStation VR.

Subnautica

You have crash-landed on an alien ocean world, and the only way to go is down. Subnautica’s oceans range from sun-drenched shallow coral reefs to treacherous deep-sea trenches, lava fields, and bio-luminescent underwater rivers. The water teems with life: Some of it helpful, much of it harmful.

The Witness

The Witness is a single-player game in an open world with dozens of locations to explore and over 500 puzzles. This game respects you as an intelligent player and it treats your time as precious. There’s no filler: each of those puzzles brings its own new idea into the mix. So, this is a game full of ideas.

We’re also proud to serve up a selection of free PlayStation VR games*** starting on March 25:

Astro Bot Rescue Mission

Get a whole new perspective on platform games, thanks to PlayStation VR, in this daring rescue operation. Take control of Astro in a massive adventure to rescue his crew, where the PS VR headset puts you right in the thick of the action. Judge every jump with accuracy and be curious – there are lots of secrets to discover in your daring quest.

Moss

Moss is a single-player action-adventure puzzle game and new IP from Polyarc tailor-made for the VR platform. In Moss, players meet Quill, a young mouse with dreams of greatness beyond the confines of her settlement. While exploring the woods, she finds a mysterious Glass Relic and an ancient magic is awakened.

Thumper

Thumper is rhythm violence: classic rhythm-action, blistering speed, and brutal physicality. You are a space beetle. Brave the hellish void and confront a maniacal giant head from the future. Every crushing impact is interwoven with a pounding original soundtrack. To reach synesthetic bliss, you must go through rhythm hell.

Paper Beast

Experience a dreamlike odyssey in virtual reality. Discover a wild ecosystem, born from lost Internet data. Be the first to explore a world inhabited by exotic and surprising creatures, and shape your environment to overcome obstacles and puzzles. Unravel the mysteries of Paper Beast, a game born from the imagination of Eric Chahi (Another World, From Dust).

This amazing selection of PS4 games and PS VR games will be available for free download from March 25 8:00pm PT / March 26 03:00 GMT / 04:00 CET to April 22 8:00pm PT / April 23 04:00 BST / 05:00 CEST.

Funimation / Wakanim

Don’t forget: in participating countries, we’re also offering an extended trial of Funimation (or Wakanim, depending on region), a joint venture of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Aniplex of Japan. The anime-focused subscription service includes shows such as My Hero Academia, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Attack on Titan, and Fruits Basket. This extended trial offer  kicks off on March 25 and is available through April 22****. 

Starting April 19, 2021

But there’s more to come later this spring. Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition will be available for free download between April 19 8:00pm PT / April 20 04:00 BST / 05:00 CEST and May 14 8:00pm Pacific Time / May 15 04:00 BST / 05:00 CEST.

We’ll have more to share soon. We appreciate the support from the PlayStation community, and hope you enjoy our latest content drop – please stay safe and thanks for playing!

* Subnautica, The Witness, Abzu, Rez Infinite, Moss, Thumper and Paper Beast are not available in China.

** Enter the Gungeon is not available in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand.

***DualShock 4 wireless controller required to play Moss and Paper Beast. To experience PlayStation VR, you will need the following: PlayStation console system, PlayStation VR headset and PlayStation Camera. PS5 console users will also need the PlayStation Camera adaptor – click here  for more information).

****FUNIMATION — On top of the standard 14-day trial, new users can get an additional three months. WAKANIM — New users will get 90 days. Unless you cancel your subscription before the end of the period, your subscription will automatically roll into a paid-for, ongoing subscription with a recurring monthly fee. Age restrictions apply. Offer available from March 25 8pm PDT – April 22 11:59 PDT.

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  • Those are some sick PSVR Games thanks Jim!!! 👊👊👊

    • Facts! Glad I have PSVR and never purchased any of those titles. 💯🔥

    • Awesome! One way to attempt combating against the Bethesda acquisition!

    • @princegroove Astro Bot Rescue Mission really is THE best VR title ever. It’s ridiculously good! If you are not just happy with shooters that is. Moss is also amazing, loved it. That these games are both on this list is a miracle. No better time to get a VR headset then now, I guess. I also find it really cool that Thumper is on this list! I’ve played it, it really is a secret tip. But it’s really cool! Although I have played those amazing titles already, I am really stoked about Paper Beast, as I have not yet bought that one. But I had my eye on it for quite some time for sure.

    • That’s not something I typically say, but don’t you think you’re being too generous?

      It is absolutely great don’t get me wrong, but maybe you could add a huge amount of games on PS Now and boost the sales of PS Now.

      You can do both at the same time. You could put Kena: Bridge of Spirits available day one for PS Now and making it available for a week or 2. That is certainly something that would boost the sales of PS Now, PS+ is already maxed out at 95% of PS5 owners having PS+, imagine if PS Now also gave those numbers.

      In any case, thanks a lot for these amazing games.

    • I didn’t own a single one of these games so I’m pretty hyped especially for Horizon Zero Dawn in April.

    • Some of the games won’t show up as free.

    • That’s right sir. Reow

      See you in the Underground, PSVR, Underground.

    • Some great games to play. Can’t wait.

      Not related. But how would one contact the devs of ps5 UI design team in regards to things they could improve upon?

      I really wish I could move/hide the “red dot” when I manually record gameplay. It sits exactly where I don’t want it in a lot of games.

      An example is in GT Sport, it sits directly in the centre of my rear view mirror. Making me unable to use it properly in online races.

      Cheers, all the best.

    • This is awesome.thanks for the free games.

  • Holy W

    • In the original play from home post, they struck out Canada for the Funimation trial. WHY NOT?!?!

    • @ZanFear it has to do something with what stuff is available in different places in the world. For example, netflix has different stuff in different places in the world.

  • Dear
    @Sony
    Start thinking about the real gamers
    No wonder it’s impossible for the normal person to buy a PS5 when a certain, well-known, high street chain has 53 available at £700.
    I am not UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES prepared to pay that sort of money for something which should retail at £449.99 brand new

    • Follow wario64 on Twitter and turn on notifications. He has the most up to date news on when different retailers and Sony direct has ps5s in stock. This is unequivocally the easiest way to get a ps5.

    • Thx playstation. ❤️❤️❤️

    • CEX had my comment about this taken down from trustpilot

    • Then just buy one already. Anyone that REALLY wants a PS5, just gets it. Every country has their own very good Twitter user that tells you what store is getting stock and when. You would know this, again, if you really actually wanted one.

    • Not to play Sony’s advocate, but playing it: you know Sony isn’t responsible for retail price, right? While it does present an SRP (suggested retail price) it’s only that, a suggestion.
      Blame retailers by overpricing the console and keeping you, me, and thousands of gamers just wanting.

    • Yeah CEX should be ashamed of themselves.

    • @julz1
      The problem is that those vendor’s are allowed to do that; not the supplier. That’s a bigger debate about what is legal vs morally ethical I guess. Regardless, I don’t think that’s within Sony’s control.

    • I 2nd @thenthomwaslike. wario64 sent out a tip and I was able to snag one from a retailer that way. But it’s not a end-all. It was still a challenge to score it. I got lucky.

    • I mean the main reason I haven’t got a PS5 is because it has basically zero PS5 games. So for me there isn’t really much point in actually owning one at the moment other than to play a PS3 port I finished a bunch of times 10 years ago and some PS4 titles.

      Hopefully by the 6 month launch anniversary there will be some actual PS5 games come out (maybe).

    • I want one but I’ll probably wait until the hard drive is larger and more PS5 specific games are available. I probably would have jumped on it already but the lack of communities (for example) and other features make it less of a draw for me. It seems pretty limited currently and definitely won’t get the disc version since they don’t seem to support Dobly Vision or Atmos. So, I bought a standalone player for that. So far, on both sides, it seems like things were rushed and they should have taken another year or two before releasing something.

    • @MiseryPrincess

      Okay – here’s almost zero:

      Demon’s Souls
      Borderlands 3
      Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition
      Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate
      The Nioh Collection
      Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time
      Control: Ultimate Edition
      Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
      Yakuza: Like a Dragon
      Hitman 3
      Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
      Warframe
      Overcooked! All You Can Eat
      The Pedestrian
      Astro’s Playroom
      Nioh 2 Remastered: The Complete Edition
      WRC 9 FIA World Rally Championship
      Planet Coaster: Console Edition
      DIRT 5
      Sackboy: A Big Adventure
      NBA 2K21
      Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy
      Cyber Shadow
      Destiny 2: Beyond Light
      Observer: System Redux
      The Pathless
      Immortals Fenyx Rising
      Puyo Puyo Tetris 2
      Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
      The Sinking City
      Mortal Shell: Enhanced Edition
      Bugsnax

    • Ok @profflimjam I believe that they was saying ps5 only. Out of your list name 6 that are only on ps5 and not games coming out soon

    • @ profflimjam – LMAO all recycled games or cross-gen that look exactly the same on PS4.Outta of your lil list…only Astro and Demon’s Souls are real PS5 games and Demon’s Souls is a lame recycled crap of a remake that leaves you only with Astro but miles and Sackboy count too.PS5 is a helluva bait joke…can’t believe people fall for it.

    • True

    • The problem for SONY is that everyone who wants a PS5 can’t get a PS5. I would be willing to buy a bundle. They aren’t available. I follow various PS5 people who post drops for the console. It’s a broken system. I have been trying since the PS5 releases and the bots snatch up the drops EVERY TIME! Sony needs to (other than Amazon) supply units for in person sale only. They could force retailers not to sell them online until the chip supply chain opens up. Sell them online on Amazon and Sony direct, and brick and mortar for all other retailers.

      I’m fairly certain that by the time they are stocked in stores, it will be the PS5 slim that will be there and not the current PS5. I just want one prior to the launch of Gran Turismo 7.

  • Great news! Good selection of games and Horizon as a cherry on the top

  • PlayStation thank you for helping us get through this rough time. I know gaming is not the highest priority but entertainment can keep a person from going out and possibly being exposed to illness. Wear a mask, get vaccinated, be safe!

    • I’m glad they are supporting PSVR too! Just wish I would’ve waited about two more weeks before I bought Moss on sale. Getting it free is a sweet deal. The game is great.

    • Prophetic words, indeed.

    • If the survival rate was below 99%, maybe I would consider derailing my entire life over it. But since it isn’t, we have all gone back to living our lives here in Florida, and our state is much better off for having done so.

      Take precautions if you must, while also acknowledging this virus was always being overblown for political purposes.

      It’s not what they are making it out to be.

    • @satellite_anthem
      over a half million people have died in the US in a year and millions more greatly suffered even with masks and distancing measures. precautions are not effective unless a majority take them, if it is left to individual choice, then precautions will not be very effective as shown my increased infection rates every time rules are relaxed. the US has had 121,882,440 cases of covid and 2,692,806 resulting deaths. this comes out to 2.2%, or a 97.8% survival rate.

  • Loving the psvr games here. I wish you would have highlighted them sooner in playstation plus but I’m happy to see them now

  • God I love Astrobot. I just hope Playstation is getting an Octopath Traveler release as well as Microsoft.

    • Octopath Traveler is coming to Xbox One and X/S on March 25. The game will be on gamepass so it will also technically be on pc.

  • What the heck?!?! This is crazy!! Thank you!

  • I have most of these games…but free is free

  • Can I still get Abzu and The Witness for free if I already have them from PS+? I have Horizon Zero Dawn already installed, if I get Horizon Zero Dawn Complete do I have to download the whole game again or will it just unlock the extra DLC on my already downloaded version?

    • Yes. You will be able to upgrade them to permanently owned copies. People could do this with Ratchet and Clank this month if they had already gotten the PS+ version in the past. You just have to “rebuy” the games.

    • Thank you @Valyrious for answering. That’s good to know.

    • I can confirm this. Had disc and Plus versions of Ratchet and was still able to grab it again.

      For me, this selection is great. I only own 2 of them, plus Horizon on disc.

      Thanks a bunch, PlayStation.

    • I just got them and can confirm that @Valyrious was right.

  • Hurra, aunque ya lo tenía en físico, tener Horizon zero dawn en digital, no esta mal

  • This is amazing! I’m so hyped so excited these are great games for free wow

    • Sony is throwing down fot this stay and play at home initiative. After starting with Ratchet and Clank, I look forward to playing Abzu, Subnautica, and the other indie games. And Horizon Zero Dawn coming next month. I don’t own a VR due to motion sickness but that lineup looks great as well. Wow, what a nice lineup. And like some have already said I’m still looking to pick up a PS5 so I hope supply catches up with demand soon.

    • @Den_SF – I also suffer from motion sickness, and so do my kids. But we are all able to play certain VR games. Start out playing just a little at a time, 10-20 minutes and build up from there. I got the Platinum on Astro Bot and it was amazing start to finish. Don’t let motion sickness stop you from trying it!

  • Very nice! Two of my favorite games of all time on here, Horizon and Astro Bot Rescue Mission!

  • That’s awesome! I love free games than paid games.

    PlayStation is best ever! I love Sony!

    PlayStation and Sony are rocks! ;) Yay!

  • nice all sony needs to do is say we all can have outrider free with plus this month to compete with the other side lol

  • Very cool, thank you Cerny.

    We still need Knack 3 tho.

  • How about you help me with the drifting controllers for my ps5?? I have tried to contact Sony in every way possible. I just want new controllers and Im not buying more because I have only had them 5 months.

    • This is in no way relevant to the post. Nice attempt!

    • This is covered under their basic dual sense warranties. There’s no reason at all for you to be “contacting Sony in every way possible” when you can just easily file a claim on their site and get them replaced, especially if this is your idea of contacting them.

    • xcvbxf

  • No surprise the main game is from PS Now… Pretty bad that it recently got added as a main monthly game then gets given away free… i really don’t understand why you hate your subscribers. Why not give away something for everyone instead of yet again one from your services. 3 of these are from PS Now and Plus.. 4 are for psvr which hardly anyone uses.

    • No matter what they give away, someone will own…

      Why not just appreciate they are even doing this, instead of being ungrateful?

    • Zuntenshi.. oh give over. Appreciate what, that they keep giving away games from their subscription services… Its annoying that they keep putting Now games on Plus and Plus games in Now! All the games and they have to choose ines from Plus and Now. Its just ridiculous. Horizon is just for promotion like R&C….

    • hey man, here in south africa, we don’t have ps now, so to see these games being given away for free is amazing! so can you please, just shut up?

    • The entitlement is incredible.

    • Maybe, with a few more PSVR giveaways, they might get a bigger user base. Mines great and I’ve been patiently waiting for some acknowledgement in the form of some free games on PS+ for months…

    • JoeCamNet jog on

    • PSNow is not available around the world.
      Now everyone else has a chance of playing these games, what is your problem? And you are always going to find ps+games on Psnow because Psnow has 800 freaking games ofcourse the here is always going to be games that exist on both. And these are “free games” meaning after your subscription expires they will stay in your library.

  • Great selection but I have all of them :P
    It’s alright, there’s always a next time :)

  • This is awesome!

    Adding 1440p and 21:9 support to the PS5 would be even more awesome :)

  • This is great!

  • Thank you guys so much :) all these games make quarantine much more interesting!

  • Nice
    Thank you
    😍😍😍😍😍😍

  • Wow thanks very much! Going to have so much fun with all of them!

  • This is very nice of you guys. Thank you so much.

  • This is wonderful and yea it made my day . I’m really looking forward to playing Horizon: Zero Dawn . I been a part of the PlayStation community for a while and I’m now starting to give my feedback since I see that it actually does help the company out . Keep your heads up and and continue to be the best entertainment company out there .

  • Jim Ryan liar traitor

    • Holy crap you’re still whining about this? You need help

    • @Ralstonizer That Tew-SP-BR won’t stop until he gets banned by moderators for spamming etc. The fact that there seems to be no moderators are dealing with him for over a year means that Tew-SP-BR is wasting his time since no one in the company is going to hear him.

  • Thank you so much playstation 😁! Will always be in our hearts 👏! For The Players

  • Does Horizon zero dawn include extra dlc? such as the art of horizon zero dawn?

    • Yes, this is what is included with the Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition :

      • Horizon Zero Dawn.
      • The Frozen Wilds expansion.
      • Carja Storm Ranger Outfit and Carja Mighty Bow.
      • Carja Trader Pack.
      • Banuk Trailblazer Outfit and Banuk Culling Bow.
      • Banuk Traveller Pack.
      • Nora Keeper Pack.
      • Digital art book.
      • PS4™ theme.

    • Have the game but not all the DLC so will definitely pick this up.

  • BRUH. I wasn’t expecting anything on THIS scale. Holy crap 🤯

  • Stunning stuff, only just read the text afterwards and realise Horizon Zero Dawn is in there too. That is a great idea with the new one coming out. Only started playing PSVR is the last month and Astro is indeed welcome. Will still get it when its a bit cheaper physically. ^_^

    • (This is about your previous comment) People shouldn’t have to go on twitter to look for a ps5. Sony should’ve had enough.

  • And I know its been said before but with Horizon Zero Dawn coming for free, you HAVE to look into getting a 60fps unlock patch for PS5 ready for April. That would be the icing on the cake.

  • thanks guys! im bored out of my mind at home and this might help a little!!

  • Lets GOOOOOOOOO

  • Thank you so much Ryan for thinking about psvr users. 💙💙💙

  • Thank you for the VR love!

  • Awesome, this is so pro consumer, to give all of these games away, regardless of whether you’re subbed to PS Plus or not, just truly free.
    I already have Horizon Zero Dawn, Moss and Astro.

    I’ve wanted to play Paper Beasts, Abzu, Thumper and Rez Infinite for a while, just haven’t gotten around to getting them yet, I have played some of Subnautica on Game Pass on my Xbox One X, which was pretty fun and relaxing, but I think it’s also got a free upgrade on PS5.
    Great stuff Sony!!!

  • What a selection of games, this is so good. Thank you Sony! 😍

  • Just when I had thought Sony had forgotten about this. I guess good things do come to those who wait!

  • Wow! This is awesome. But we still need KNACK 3!!

  • Great selection of games.

  • Thx abzu and subnautica is my favorites games

  • LET’S GOOO PLAYSTATION FOR THE WIN

  • If you own a PSVR and haven’t played Thumper before, prepare thyself for the tripiest of trips.

  • Don’t sleep on Paper Beast. It’s one of the best games that nobody played.

  • Amazing selection of games! Those are some killer VR titles!

  • Please don’t lock those games from PS5 upgrade especially Subnautica!

  • Even though I am usually pretty critical, things that deserve to be praised should be.
    This is an unexpected ammount of games and a good selection at that. And as I was missing high-profile indies from ps+ for a while, this makes up for it quiet well.
    Good job!

  • The only game I interested and …
    ** Enter the Gungeon is not available in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand.
    Nice sony.

    • You can always just make an account in a different territory and download it from there.

    • I’m pretty sure that has something to do with the local governments rather than Sony because Sony is the sole publisher worldwide on PS platform and they have absolutely zero reason to not give them in a specific reason other than following the local governments laws.

    • Not sure why that particular game would be banned by that sort of thing.

      It probably just was never released there due to language/translation.

      I mean, I don’t know of any specific laws against cutesy cartoon guns in Thailand or Taiwan…

    • It sucks anyway… you wont be missing anything, NT and BOI are both way better, but hey just my opinion, do with it whatever you must :)

    • Thats the game devs not sony.

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