Epic Games Store Offers an Unknown Free Game!

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Each week, check out my latest article for the new hit game or add-on released for free from the Epic Games Store! This time, however, Epic is keeping quiet about the game they’re releasing. We don’t know what game will be released for free, and that has us very excited!

Whatever the new game is, it will replace Godfall Challenger Edition and Prison Architect, which are currently free to download until December 16. And could this be just the beginning? Dealabs member Billbill-Kun (who has correctly leaked releases in the past) seems to think that Epic plans to release a new free game daily between December 16th-30th. That’s a pretty big deal!

What is the Epic Games Store?

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Epic games Store

The Epic Games Store has been around for a while, the lesser-known alternative to Steam, the nearly-ubiquitous platform for game purchases since it launched in 2003. But, where Steam originally existed and launched to promote Valve games, Epic Games Store launched in 2018 and quickly rose to success on the Fortnite franchise. At the time of Epic’s launch, Steam took a dramatic 30% cut from the sales of video games through their platform! This hurt both game designers and users, just wasn’t very nice. But the folks behind Epic realized something excellent: they could take a much lower cut and still have a profitable business. This led them to fast domination of the indie market, as small publishers flocked to the far better terms offered by Epic.

Mega Discounts

Epic Games Store offers some seriously incredible discounts on a regular basis, in addition to all the normal discounts one would expect on Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the usual holidays. But the most exciting is their weekly free game or add-on, which simply harpoons all competitors.

When I first heard about this free game, I thought that can’t be real. They must only offer tiny indie games. Not at all, dear reader. Not. At. All. Epic frequently lists unbelievable A-lister games on their weekly deal, as well as sometimes offer two free games instead of one. In addition, just because a studio is smaller doesn’t mean the games it makes aren’t impressive. I’ve picked up some of my favorite new games, for free, from this platform, and most of them have been made by smaller studios (or as side-projects for teams from big studios).

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Epic Games Store love their holiday surprises
Epic Games Store love their holiday surprises

Epic Games Store always offers the best deals, knocking Steam out of the park when it comes to putting small publishers, as well as players, first. That’s why it’s become my go-to pick (even if the lack of a “share game” feature is lacking).

Not only do they run their incredible “free weekly game” year round, when it comes time for the holidays they offer so much more. In both 2019 and 2020, Epic provided players with 12 and 15 games for free during December! If that’s anything to go by, this year could be another astounding line-up.

The games released in 2019 were pretty hot:

  • Into The Breach
  • TowerFall Ascension
  • Superhot
  • Little Inferno
  • Ape Out
  • Celeste
  • Totally Accurate Battle Simulator
  • Faster Than Light
  • Hyper Light Drifter
  • Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun
  • The Talos Principle
  • Hello Neighbor
  • Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair

And in 2020, the releases were even more incredible!

  • Cities Skylines + 3 DLCs: Carols, Candles and Candy, Match Day, Pearls from the East
  • Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty
  • The Long Dark
  • Defense Grid: The Awakening
  • Alien: Isolation
  • Metro: 2033 Redux
  • Tropico 5 + Map Pack
  • Inside
  • Darkest Dungeon + Musketeer DLC
  • My Time at Portia
  • Night in the Woods
  • Stranded Deep
  • Solitairica
  • Torchlight II
  • Jurassic World Evolution

If Epic Games decides to go in for another holiday release series like they did the last two years, it makes sense to assume that what we're in for is something pretty darned... "Epic" indeed.

Could the free mystery game be Shenmue 3?
Could the free mystery game be Shenmue 3?

Rumors are going around across the internet, but the current suggestion by Dealabs member Billbill-Kun (who’s been accurate in PlayStation releases leaked during the last year) thinks that they will kick things off with a free copy of Shenmue 3.

A 2019 action-adventure game developed by Ys Net, it’s an open-world environment filled with brawler battles and quick time events.

Take yourself back to the time of summer camp, bonfires, and scary stories with The Quarry
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Nostalgia is at an all-time high and what better way to take yourself back to the time of bonfires and summer camps than to dive into The Quarry, the horror-drama spiritual successor of Until Dawn from developer Supermassive Games and publisher 2K Games. Like Until Dawn, The Quarry features a cast of teenagers with various levels of relations with one another, finding themselves in danger and needing to rely on their surroundings and ingénue to survive. The plot of the game kicks off with an introduction to the setting, Hackett’s Quarry, by two camp counselors on their way to the camp a day early. Something in the middle of the road causes them to swerve off and get into an accident which, from there, The Quarry's story unfolds as players begin to make their own choices. Each choice creates a new branching path in the story that affects the game later on, as stated by the path chosen sign appearing to remind the players of their chosen fate.