Sony has announced that due to the continuing COVID-19 Pandemic their Play At Home initiative is returning starting in March with the first title available for free being 2016's Ratchet and Clank.
Developed by Insomniac Games, Ratchet and Clank was sort of a reimagining of the first game, and companion to the Ratchet and Clank film that released at the same time. It was also the best launch in the series, and it was the second best-selling game on the PlayStation store in April at launch in 2016 in the US. The game has you playing as the anthropomorphic feline Ratchet with a wide variety of guns and gadgets to battle Doctor Nefarious, previously presumed dead, as well as his robot buddy Clank, with some segments having you control Clank exclusively.
This is also coming as Insomniac is building up for the release of the PlayStation 5 exclusive Ratchet and Clank: A Rift in Time, which is positioned as a tent pole title for Sony.
When Can You Get Ratchet and Clank Free?
You can pick up Ratchet and Clank (2016) for free starting March 1st. This is free to keep, and it is available to everyone on the platform, so it is actually free unlike the PlayStation Plus games that Sony likes to brand as free. You do want to act fast though, you can only grab this through March 31st, as the offer expires then. As long as you grab it before that though it is yours to keep.
On PlayStation 5, Ratchet and Clank (2016) is available as part of the PS Plus Collection which included a number of PlayStation 4 games for subscribers. Even if you have subscribed to PS Plus though and made use of the collection, you should add it so it remains in your library even if your PS Plus lapses.
What Else is Coming in Play At Home?
Play at Home has returned through June, so this isn't going to be the only thing offered. For the most part, Sony is holding its cards close to its vest but they did announce that Funimation and Wakanim will be offering 90 day extended free trial in regions where they are available. This offer will be starting on March 25th.
It's been a busy day for Sony though, with Play At Home being only one of many announcements. That includes Gran Turismo 7 delayed out of 2021, a new VR headset coming in the future, and more PC ports of games coming.