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PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 users can own a copy of Ratchet & Clank for free, as part of the company's Play At Home initiative. Sony introduced Play At Home in April last year, as the world was just entering consecutive lockdowns due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Under the initiative, the company gave away digital copies of two games last year – Journey and Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection – completely free-of-cost. These free titles could be downloaded by anyone, whether a person has a PlayStation Plus subscription or not. Sony has brought back the initiative again this year, starting with a free copy of Ratchet & Clank for the month of March, with more games expected to be announced until June.
The first free game to be offered is Ratchet & Clank (Review), the strangely addictive and surprisingly hilarious space adventure starring Ratchet, a lombax (a feline humanoid) and his trusty robot buddy, Clank. Developed by Insomniac Games of Spider-Man fame, Ratchet & Clank is marked by outlandish weapons, engaging gameplay, and gorgeously rich worlds to explore. Starting March 1 at 8pm PST (March 2/ 9:30am IST), users can redeem the game free-of-cost anytime before March 31 8pm PDT (April 1/ 9:30am IST).
As mentioned earlier, you don't need a PS Plus subscription to access the Play At Home titles. All you need to do is redeem the game and it will be yours to download and play. Interestingly, PlayStation 5 owners will automatically have free access to Ratchet & Clank via the PlayStation Plus Collection. Sony is going to announce more free games as the Play At Home initiative continues until June.
PlayStation has announced the free games lineup for March. The free slate of games include the critically accalimed Final Fantasy VII Remake, the puzzle Maquette, the sci-fi RPG shooter Remnant: From the Ashes, and the first-person PS VR shooter Farpoint.
Out of the lineup, only Maquette is a PS5-exclusive title. It should be noted that the PS4 version of Final Fantasy VII won't be available for a PS5 digital version upgrade. Apart from these, PS5 users will still have free access to Destruction AllStars.
The games will be available for download starting March 2 until April 5.
You will need to have an active PlayStation Plus subscription to have continued access to the games, once you've added them to your library. PlayStation Plus subscriptions are available in India at Rs. 499 for a month, Rs. 1,199 for three months, and Rs. 2,999 for 12 months.
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