Showing posts with label Epic Games. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Epic Games. Show all posts

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Rebel Galaxy Free on Epic Games Store Now

Epic Games Store offers PC version of space combat simulation game Rebel Galaxy in their weekly giveaway of free games.

Although Epic Games initially announced to giveaway one free games each two weeks on their digital distribution outlet Epic Games Store at launch, they wanted to double down and go weekly during their first major sale last month.

This week, space adventure game Rebel Galaxy from developer/publisher Double Damage Games is up for anyone to claim from Epic Store with a free account before June 27, 7:59 PM PT/10:59 PM EST to own it forever in your collection.

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Rebel Galaxy Free on Epic Games Store Now

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Players will be exploring uncharted routes of space and engage into action-packed combat against pirates. Wandering around a randomly generated in-game world, you will come across friendly aliens and be scrapping for wreckage.

Despite having a core narrative, you are allowed to walk your own path as you see fit whether that could be mining asteroids or just hanging around. However, gameplay mechanics is often limited to two-dimensional movements for most parts.

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Weekly free games distribution was supposed to end after E3 2019 but following feedback from community of users, EGS has decided to keep up this schedule for rest of the year and continue rolling freebies each month, which is a lot of games.

Next week, free copies of 2017 critically-acclaimed adventure puzzle game Last Day of June by Italian developer studio Ovosonico and publisher 505 Games will be handed out on Epic Games Store for PC platform, from June 27.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Enter the Gungeon Free on Epic Games Store Now

Epic Games Store will be giving up bullet hell shooter game Enter the Gungeon this week in their weekly free games giveaway.

Today marks the end for Epic Mega Sale that ran for a month-long and with that, Epic Games Store was supposed to go back to a biweekly schedule for free PC games giveaway but Epic Games decided to continue on a weekly basis for rest of 2019.

This week, fast-paced bullet hell shooter Enter the Gungeon from developer Dodge Roll and publisher Devolver Digital joins free games lineup starting from today and will be up for grabs until June 20, 7:59 PM PT/10:59 PM EST.

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Enter the Gungeon Free on Epic Games Store Now

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Players will assume role of a protagonist from four to raid a spooky dungeon filled with living bullets and other firearm pieces on a distant world of Gunymede while seeking for an ultimate treasure, The Gun That Can Kill The Past.

Its gameplay mechanics feature some roguelike elements and is designed in pixel art to present retro-inspired visual. Other than going solo, you can also team up with your friends for a co-op adventure to blow up those gungeons for good.

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All you have to do to own this dungeon-crawling shooter to your collection of games is to sign into your free Epic Games Store account and claim it from there to own it forever, which is usually sold for a retail price of $14.99 only.

If going for adventure and exploration off world is your thing, then you are up for a treat because Epic Store will be adding space combat simulation game Rebel Galaxy from developer/publisher Double Damage Games on June 20 to offer for free.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Shenmue 3 Epic Store Exclusivity Creates Kickstarter Controversy

After Shenmue III has been announced as Epic Games Store exclusive for PC, backers are now even denied refunds on Kickstarter.

At E3 2019 event, renowned Sega developer and Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki took stage during PC Gaming Show 2019 to showoff brand-new gameplay trailer for Shenmue III and reveal that PC version will be an Epic Games Store-exclusive.

Now whether or not they decided to make it a timed exclusive is not clear yet but many backers are very upset over this decision of shifting platform since it was originally planned for a Steam release and are already asking for a refund.

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Shenmue 3 Epic Store Exclusivity Creates Kickstarter Controversy

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Right after their announcement at E3, development team has updated their Kickstarter page with new information to declare Epic Store exclusivity. What they explained as reason for their recent decision of changing outlet is given below.

We are happy to announce that Shenmue III for PC will be an Epic Games Store exclusive. Development for Shenmue III has been moving forward using Unreal Engine and the support we have received from Epic has been excellent. But most importantly, in looking for the most enjoyable experience on PC, it was decided together with Deep Silver after much discussion that the Epic Games Store would be the best distribution platform option.

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Apparently, it was publisher Deep Silver that pushed for Shenmue III exclusivity and their official statement of most enjoyable experience on PC being on EGS clearly shows how detached they are from players these days.

When they removed Metro Exodus from Steam earlier before launch to make it a timed exclusive at Epic Store, fans were enraged. They started review-bombing to plummet its overall score, which then took Steam to intervene and stop them.

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Official Kickstarter page of Ys Net is flooded with angry response from fans seeking either an explanation or their money back. Some pointed out that it was mentioned in early phase of campaign that they are to provide Steam keys for PC platform.

Even those who would purchase a physical copy would only have a box with a code in it that still need to be activated via Epic Store. Charging a $59.99 amount for a box that doesn't even come with a disc seems like a scheme to get some extra money.

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After Yu Suzuki launched the Kickstarter project looking for $2 million in funding back in 2015, it has been backed by nearly 70,000 people and raised over $6 million in a month, only so they can screw over players on PC four years later.

When you thought Epic Store exclusivity was the worst thing to happen to the game, Ys Net has denied granting any refunds for making this change, therefore leaving PC players with no option to either get their hard-earned money or preferred platform.

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Epic Games are definitely favoring developers by taking only 12% cut from sales rather than 30% and started a trend for exclusive games to incite competition but that is also leading studios into taking such controversial decisions.

A few months ago, Epic Games Store has bagged crowdfunded project Phoenix Point out of nowhere that was originally promised to launch on Steam but in that case, developers were generous enough to offer a refund to its backers at least.

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Denying request for refund was perhaps the most anti-consumer act from their part and maybe even led to some legal action, because ripping off people for their money with false pledges like this need some serious consequence enforced by law.

What happened as a result will now have people to be more suspicious before crowdfunding any project on Kickstarter. There is currently a Steam page for the game though but that is probably because they forgot to remove it.

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Epic may have given a hefty amount to Deep Silver and Ys Net for a store exclusivity deal like they did with Snapshot Games for having Phoenix Point. However, they should have considered how it would ruin reputation for both companies.

After years of development and a couple of delays, Shenmue III is finally all set to arrive on November 19 for PC and PlayStation 4. Only if they have kept promise of delivering Steam keys to backers, there would probably be a little less backlash.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Kingdom: New Lands Free on Epic Games Store Now

In their recent free games offering, Epic Games Store gives away kingdom-building simulation game Kingdom: New Lands.

It has been a few weeks that Epic Games have launched their first-ever sale on Epic Games Store in "Epic Mega Sale 2019" to offer amazing discounts on PC games and doubling down on their run on biweekly free giveaway games.

After offering action adventure game City of Brass last week, Kingdom: New Lands is currently free on Epic Store. It will be available for anyone with an account to claim and add to their library before June 13, 7:59 AM PT/10:59 AM EST.

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Kingdom: New Lands Free on Epic Games Store Now

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New Lands is an updated version of original kingdom-building simulation game from publisher Raw Fury and rendered in pixel art-based graphics. More content are added to it aside from making several improvements on its award-winning gameplay.

Player takes on the role of a monarch king or queen for a quest to expand their empire through exploration. During their journey, they come across NPCs, gather resources or even travel on other islands, all within a two-dimensional screen.

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New Lands keeps things simplistic and retains a retro vibe that instantly engages fans of 2D games. Despite limited of moving either left or right, you can start each time a better kingdom than before using your past experience.

Also, don't forget to check out Epic Mega Sale because some games are available at an insane 75% off on Epic Games digital outlet. Action-packed dungeon crawler title Enter the Gungeon will be added to Epic Store as their next freebie on June 13.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

City of Brass Free on Epic Games Store Now

Epic Games Store offers first-person action adventure City of Brass in their regular weekly giveaway games for free.

With launch of "Epic Mega Sale 2019", popular video game company Epic Games have bumped up their offering of free giveaway games and switched into a weekly schedule from a previously set biweekly fashion during this promotional period.

On their latest pick of free games, Epic Games Store has picked up PC version of first-person action adventure title City of Brass from developer/publisher Uppercut Games and starting from today, you can claim a copy to own forever.

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City of Brass Free on Epic Games Store Now

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Regularly available for a retail price of $7.99 only, the game is currently free of charge for anyone with a free Epic Games account to sign in and add to their online games library anytime before June 6, 7:59 PM PT/10:59 PM EST.

City of Brass features a distinct visual style and has likeness to Arabian Nights in terms of its overall theme. Player character is a thief, who is seeking hidden treasures throughout a mythical metropolis while avoiding traps and fighting enemies.

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Though Epic Games Store has faced criticism and scrutiny over their store exclusive title chasing, their digital distribution platform received an immense positive response when it comes to free games they offered for everyone.

Epic Store has planned in advance to give micro strategy simulation game Kingdom: New Lands for free up next, which actually is a reworked version of Kingdom from publisher Raw Fury and adapts a retro-styled look with its pixel art design.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

RiME Free on Epic Games Store Now

Epic Games Store is offering adventure puzzle game RiME from Tequila Works for free giveaway until May 30.

If giving away free games from Epic Games Store in a biweekly cycle was a crazy idea then hold your horses for some wild ride as Epic Games decides to double down on their offering and giveaway a game for free each week during Epic Mega Sale.

Already halfway though their current giveaway title, Epic Store has listed a beautifully crafted puzzle game RiME on their digital distribution outlet today for anyone looking to claim it for free within May 30, 7:59 PM PT/10:59 PM EST.

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RiME Free on Epic Games Store Now

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Exploration based adventure puzzle game RiME from developer Tequila Works was launched on 2017 in association with publisher Grey Box and Six Foot that sends players on a journey into a mysterious island to reach peak of a giant tower.

You play as a young boy who is guided by a fox and ventures through a land with closely guarded secrets to unlock. The game features a linear design and keeps things simple yet interesting in terms of its gameplay and story setting.

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Island of Discovery

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While you are at it, you can also feel free to check out mind-bending text adventures game Stories Untold that is on giveaway list of Epic Store now and will be available to pick up to add in your library forever before May 30, 2019.

Released only a year ago on 2108, first-person dungeon crawler title City of Brass from developer/publisher Uppercut Games would be joining up next on Epic Games Store free giveaway games lineup from May 30 through June 6.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Borderlands 3 and Vampire: Bloodlines 2 Pulled from Epic Mega Sale

Following huge price off announcement in Epic Mega Sale, Borderlands 3 and Vampire: Bloodlines 2 is pulled from Epic Store.

Ahead of annual Summer Sale of rival distribution platform Steam, Epic Games Store launched "Epic Mega Sale" that offered customers some pretty sweet discount deals and a generous $10 cash back on purchase worth $14.99 or above.

However, it appears that some publishers were not willing to be as generous with their games as Epic Games and therefore pulled off titles like Borderlands 3 and Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 from first major sale of Epic Store.

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Borderlands 3 and Vampire: Bloodlines 2 Pulled from Epic Mega Sale

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Publishers often give a hefty 75-80% discount offer over select titles on various occasions but what Epic Store did to compete with Steam was not okay with some studios and they were not even notified on what final sale prices would be.

When this drastic move didn't sit well with fellow publishers, they pulled out games like Borderlands 3, Oxygen Not Included and Vampire: Bloodlines 2 simply because their mega sale was diminishing values of these games prior release.

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This unwanted debacle between distribution platform and AAA-publishers could have been avoided easily if Epic Games Store actually communicated with their partners before announcing the mega sale and didn't rush out things.

However, games bought during sales would still be honored at bought price even though some of them are currently removed from storefront. That includes highly anticipated upcoming titles from Gearbox Software and Paradox Interactive.

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Another title to create some stir during this sales period is Early Access action role-playing game Hades from developer Supergiant Games, which used to sale for just $10.99 and comes at only $6.99 after applying a 65% discounted rate.

Upon launch of Epic Mega Sale, this rogue-like dungeon crawler saw a rise in price cap that ended up being $24.99 and only came down to $14.99 following price off, so that it wouldn't be affected by newly reduced rate at all but players are not happy with such shady approach.

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Supergiant Pulled Hades from Epic Sale

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When fans took issues with a sudden change in pricing, Supergiant issued an apology on their official Blog and Discord channel for communicating poorly about their plans but it comes very suspicious why they would do it when the sale went live.

They also cleared out that players can get the game for $10 off by participating in ongoing offer that will end on June 13. From June 14, Hades would be available on $24.99 price since they updated it with so many new characters, events and features.

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Although claimed that they do not want to follow business model of Valve's Steam, Epic Games actually did worse by making expensive deals with major game developers to make their titles Epic Games Store exclusive on PC platform.

Response from PC gaming community was largely negative to this practice and some angry mobs even review bombed previous titles from those game studios on Steam; most recent examples being Borderlands 2 and Rocket League.

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Of course, Steam had their rough days in the beginning and stumbled many times before coming to a steady position. With time, Epic Store can eventually provide a better experience if they truly are here to change PC gaming for good.

Obviously, "Epic Mega Sale" was meant to benefit customers and developers but Epic Games clearly need to learn from their mistake and change their attitude of throwing money at everything whenever there is a problem.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Stories Untold Free on Epic Games Store Now

Story-driven adventure title Stories Untold from No Code joins list of Epic Games Store free giveaway games.

Six months into business and Epic Games have already given away a dozen games already on their digital distribution platform Epic Games Store. Well, it would be a dozen after you take their most recent free game into account.

Epic Store has been offering PC version of games from different genres for free and people eventually find every once in a while what they love and fans of narrative-driven adventure would love Stories Untold that is free on their outlet right now.

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Stories Untold Free on Epic Games Store Now

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To claim this biweekly free giveaway game, all you need to do is to head over to Epic Store and proceed to checkout like any regular purchase but without any cost from today, May 16 through May 30 within 7:59 PM PT/10:59 PM EST.

Launched on February 2017, Stories Untold is an episodic horror adventure-puzzle game from developer No Code and publisher Devolver Digital. In an anthology of four tales, the game largely focuses on an interactive experience for players.

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Stories Untold mixes up elements from various gameplay styles such as classic point-and-click approach and much more. You will be hit hard with 80's retro nostalgia as you explore these short stories and that is essentially good news for many.

Up next on Epic Games Store free giveaway list is a puzzle-adventure game titled RiME, which arrives on May 23 and would be up for grabs until May 30. Also, don't forget to check out "Epic Mega Sale 2019" when you are at it to enjoy some amazing discounts.