Let’s all be honest, we’re rather looking forward to putting 2020 behind us, with 2021 one day away. So to welcome in the new year, PlayStation has announced its first wave of free titles for January 2021 via PlayStation Plus.
There are two exclusive current-gen titles, with Square Enix’s Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Focus Home Interactive’s Greedfall, available from Tuesday, January 5, while PlayStation 5 owners will be able to claim their copies of Tripwire interactive’s RPG title, Maneater.
Maneater was released in May 2020, allowing players to explore the open waters as a shark, and experience “the ultimate power fantasy as the apex predator of the seas”, according to a PlayStation.Blog post. “Starting as a small shark pup you are tasked with surviving the harsh world while eating your way up the ecosystem.”
While learning to survive and adapt to human and wildlife threats, players will need to scour for resources so they “can grow and evolve far beyond what nature intended, allowing the player to tailor the shark to their playstyle.”
2018’s Shadow of the Tomb Raider will be available for current-gen players on the PS4. Serving as a sequel to 2015’s Rise of the Tomb Raider, (and handy to those who claimed it free on the PS Store back in July) Shadow of the Tomb Raider completes the Lara Croft Trilogy that started with 2013’s Tomb Raider. In a bid to prevent a Maya apocalypse, players assume control of Lara Croft through South American jungles, navigating its terrain, completing puzzles, and avoiding traps.
“Outgunned and outnumbered, you need to use your surroundings to your advantage; strike from the shadows and use mud to camouflage your presence.”
Lastly, there's Greedfall, an RPG title set on a remote island. With magic, creatures, riches to find, and secrets to uncover, players are granted “complete freedom to shape your abilities, spells and skills and decide whether to complete objectives with combat, diplomacy, deception, or stealth.”
January’s titles will be available on the PS Store until Monday, February 1.