In an attempt to keep players home and self-isolate amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, Square Enix has made its 2013 reboot of Tomb Raider and Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris free on Steam for a limited time. Even though the freebies are apart of a Stay Home and Play campaign, these games will continue to be apart of player’s libraries long after the sale is over. The games will be available from now up until March 23rd, 11:59 p.m PDT.
“We’re warmed by stories of communities banding together to support those in need during uncertain times, and by honoring directives intended to protect the most vulnerable among us,” Square Enix explained in a blog post. There are two ways to get these free games, one which involves going through Steam itself or through the Square Enix website. Going through the Square Enix website means that you’ll need a Square Enix Members Account, but they’re completely free to sign up for, so don’t worry about any fees.
As such, the company is offering up both Tomb Raider (2013) and Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris. Recently, the COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a line of highly anticipated, high-profile cancellations, postponements, and changes related to the alarming spread of the coronavirus. Most notably, E3 2020 has been canceled, Pokemon Go implemented changes to encourage social distancing, EA has also confirmed its halting all live esports events, too, and is also recommending its staff work from home, as is Rockstar amongst many others.
On a more positive note, Nvidia is giving PC gamers a chance to make a difference by using their hardware’s power to access the Folding@home application, which lets you donate unused computing power to help with research into the coronavirus. Tomb Raider isn’t the only game free on Steam right now as part of coronavirus-related efforts. Headsnatchers, Deiland and Drawful 2 are free. Stanley Parable and Watch Dogs are also free on the Epic Game Store, and GOG has a number of DRM-free games to download for free as part of a similar stay at home campaign.