Square Enix announced that they are making the 2013 Tomb Raider game free to play on Steam for some time. The game is the first of three in the reboot.
This comes as a part of the Stay Home and Play campaign that Square Enix came up with as a precaution against the coronavirus pandemic. Many countries are under lockdown to prevent the spread of the virus.
Companies like Square Enix are making their products more available and accessible to their users to encourage them to stay indoors. Therefore, the gaming company says this is “a gift” to the community as everyone has no choice but to be in the confinements of their homes.
What they had to say:
The Twitter account brought out a tweet saying: We’re warmed by stories of communities banding together during these uncertain times and are offering a gift to keep friends & family connected through play.”
Square Enix confirmed in a blog post that the 2013 Tomb Raider, as well as Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, are freely available on Steam. They will remain free till Monday, March 23, 23:59 PDT or 6:59 GMT March 24. Once players have downloaded the games in this duration, they can keep it forever.
Square Enix writes that gamers form a global community as well. Everyone rallies together online to bring justice to fantasy kingdoms or recruit crew members to save the universe and partake in healthy competition in action games. For other people, transferring both works and play to an online platform is unfamiliar.
Neither of the games Square Enix is making available is new or recent. However, they make up with their gameplay styles. The 2013 Tomb Raider has the players go on an exhilarating solo adventure. Temple of Osiris allows playing with three other people if social isolation is overwhelming.
Steam is currently breaking all user records it set in the past. As gamers are staying home and bored, people are turning to the game to pass the time, offers like Square Enix’s are keeping them entertained. Phenomena like these are what help Steam hit a record of 20 million for the very first time.