Millions of people around the world are isolating themselves to help slow the spread of coronavirus, and Square Enix says it’s been “warmed” by the effort. In response, it’s made 2013’s Tomb Raider reboot free for a limited time, along with co-op spin-off Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris.
To claim the games, you can run through the complicated instructions on the Square Enix store, or you can just find them on Steam and add them to your library, which is much, much easier.
Tomb Raider isn’t exactly hot off the grill: There have been two followups since it released seven years ago, Rise of the Tomb Raider and Shadow of the Tomb Raider, both of which are also discounted at the moment. But they aren’t discounted to the low price of free, and it isn’t as if Tomb Raider is chopped liver: We awarded it a 75% in our 2013 review, praising the spectacle of its scripted scenes. Its age also means that it shouldn’t give lower-spec PCs any trouble: The official GPU recommendation is a Radeon HD 5870 or Nvidia GTX 480.
Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris shouldn’t be overlooked, either. It’s got mixed reviews on Steam, but our reviewer quite liked it, and given that it’s free and many people are spending time at home, getting three other players together for co-op should be easier than usual.
The giveaway ends at 11:59 pm Pacific on March 23, so don’t wait too long to grab both games if you want them.
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Just head over to Steam or navigate to the game in Steam Client before March 24th 2020, add the game to your cart and checkout. Simple as that. After that, the game is yours to keep, and play, forever.
A virtual adventure “We are excited by the stories of communities coming together to support those in need in uncertain times, and by honoring guidelines designed to protect the most vulnerable among us,” Square Enix writes. “Players are part of a global community. We regularly meet online to restore balance to fantasy realms, recruit crew to save the universe from science fiction threats, and engage in healthy competition through high-octane action games. For others, moving to work and online gaming is unknown territory. ” Neither of these games is exactly new, but between them they almost hit the mark of what anyone might need right now; While the 2013 reboot is a great way to embark on an exciting solo adventure, Temple of Osiris is an opportunity to play with up to three others if the isolation is getting too much. It’s deals like these that are likely helping Steam break its concurrent user records. Recently, the platform reached 20 million for the first time.