Sony Interactive CEO and Jim Ryan discusses the future of the Play at Home initiative.
In a recent interview, PlayStation boss and Sony Interactive CEO Jim Ryan said that Play at Home’s free games could return in the future. However, that is not necessarily good news, as it would require a continuation of the ongoing pandemic.
Christopher Dring of GamesIndustry.biz recently spoke to Ryan during an event in London. The interview touched on several topics, including his career, the future of PlayStation, and Sony’s response to COVID-19. Dring brought up Play at Home during the middle part of the conversation. Ryan explained that Sony Interactive Entertainment began the initiative to keep people entertained during the first wave of lockdowns in 2020. The company then brought it back during COVID’s resurgence last winter. When asked about the future of Play at Home, Ryan said PlayStation would keep bringing it back as long as it seemed necessary. That means the free games will most likely only return if COVID goes through another resurgence.
That’s bittersweet news for anyone hoping Play at Home’s free games would continue. According to Ryan, players redeemed 60 million games during the initiative. The available titles included a variety of PS4 and PS VR titles, including Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, Ratchet and Clank, Subnautica, and Horizon Zero Dawn – Complete Edition. Play at Home also offered free in-game items and currency and an extended trial for the Funimation streaming service.