YES! Visit: http://create.msdn.com/en-us/home/getting_started and click “Install Now” to download the tools, directly, for free, without the need to sign up first.
Ever since the release of the new developer portal (http://create.msdn.com) I’ve been hearing that you need to signup to get the tools, hence they must no longer be free. In reality, what happened is that the old developer website url redirects directly to a login screen, instead of to the new site, leading people to believe that the tools are no longer free. Let me assure you – they are 🙂
Happy App Hubbing!