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The official Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 video game will be free to play this weekend

Olympics Screenshot
Olympics Screenshot (Image credit: SEGA)

What you need to know

  • The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 were postponed to 2021.
  • They're now underway.
  • In celebration, the official 2020 Olympics video game is having a free weekend.

Want to take a break from watching the actual Olympic Games to play a virtual recreation of them? Well, thanks to the fine folks over at Sega, you can this weekend without spending a penny. On Xbox One, Xbox Series X & S, and Steam, players can try out the official Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 video game for free.

You have until Sunday, July 25, 2021, to enjoy the trial. For those of you curious about just how much Olympic goodness is in the game, here's how Sega's Steam store listing describes it:

Prepare to unleash the competitor within as you create your athlete, customize their skills and pick the perfect costume. Why settle for standard sportswear when you can take centre stage as a pirate, astronaut or cowboy? Choose between 18 fun-fueled sporting events—from Tennis and Football to the 100m, Basketball and Boxing—there's always a record to beat and a score to settle.

Sega's not kidding about the costume thing, either. You can dress up as a giant mascot version of Sonic the Hedgehog and crush people in the 100-meter dash. It's nuts.

Xbox users (opens in new tab) will need an Xbox Live Gold or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription to enjoy the Olympics game for free (so, in a sense, it's not really free), while Steam users can enjoy the trial for truly free, no subscriptions required.

Robert Carnevale is the News Editor for Windows Central. He's a big fan of Kinect (it lives on in his heart), Sonic the Hedgehog, and the legendary intersection of those two titans, Sonic Free Riders. He is the author of Cold War 2395. Have a useful tip? Send it to robert.carnevale@futurenet.com.