It’s Thursday, and that means it’s free PC game day over at the Epic Games Store! But right now it’s even better. Epic is in the middle of their massive Summer sale, and alongside the crazy discounts are a whole lotta free games, released each week as a Mystery Game, and these include some fan-favorite A-listers that I can hardly believe are up for grabs.
This week, you can already grab BioShock: The Collection, and next week’s mystery game will be released next Thursday.
I also discuss some exciting rumors for Bioshock 4, currently being developed and possibly slated for a late-2022 release.
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A podcast called Sacred Symbols run by Colin Moriarty, focused on PlayStation news, released some tentative insider information about the next installment of the Bioshock franchise. Bioshock 4 is supposedly being referred to as “Parkside” internally at 2K, and the Cloud Chamber Studios-developed game could even be seeing a 2022 release date. This sale on Epic might be seen as a hint towards this, as similar sales have occurred directly before the release or announcement of other major games, in order to whet the whistle of new and seasoned players alike.
Since the studio is still recruiting people to work on the title, a 2022 release date does seem pretty unlikely, but it's also possible that things are moving along faster than they appear. It's not a stretch to say that within a year, we could be looking at a new Bioshock release.
Right now, all we have is hearsay, but boy, it’s going to be exciting when it arrives. Until then, we can all enjoy a return to the classics with the remastered bundle currently available for free on Epic!
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, and 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.
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).