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

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Limbo Free on Epic Games Store Now

Epic Games Store gives out puzzle-platform title Limbo from indie studio Playdead on this week's free giveaway.

In a race to giveaway a free game every week to play till the end of 2019, Epic Games have decided to go on a weekly schedule of rolling out more titles on their digital distribution platform Epic Games Store with no sign of slowing down.

This week, Epic Store is offering PC version of acclaimed puzzle-platform game Limbo by partnering up with indie developer/publisher Playdead and you can claim a copy anytime before July 25, 7:59 PM PT/10:59 PM EST.

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Limbo Free on Epic Games Store Now

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Players are tasked to assume role of a nameless boy who finds himself amidst a jungle where a giant spider constantly tries to kill him. He is looking for his missing sister and everyone else that come across are either dying or ran away.

Limbo gives out a creepy ambiance to build up tension through dangerous puzzles and traps in a monochrome setting. Despite having no text or dialogue of any sort, it still manages to keep players engaged in a compelling journey into unknown.

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Originally sold on EGS for $3.99 only, anyone with a free Epic Games account can add it to their library of games to own it forever and though it may be cheaper compared to past free giveaway, Limbo is worth keeping into collection.

Doubling down on their weekly freebie releases was not enough for Epic Games Store, which is why they are about to give out both indie action RPG title Moonlighter and war survival game This War of Mine next week from July 25, 2019.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Torchlight Free on Epic Games Store Now

On their latest weekly games giveaway, Epic Games Store offers acclaimed action RPG game Torchlight for free.

In a running streak of offering players free games on PC platform periodically, Epic Games continues to bring more titles to their digital storefront Epic Games Store and following E3 2019, they shifted from biweekly to a weekly schedule.

Last week, they announced to giveaway action role-playing hack and slash game Torchlight from developer/publisher Runic Games to players as a freebie title to add to their collection before July 18, 7:59 PM PT/10:59 PM EST.

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Torchlight Free on Epic Games Store Now

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Players would enter a fantasy town full of caverns and dungeons, where they are to encounter hordes of twisted creatures. Fans of dungeon crawler experience loves to slay monsters and collect loots, something the title is well-known for.

After picking a hero from Alchemist, Destroyer and Vanquisher, while tagged along with a pet cohort, you are to jump into action. An engaging, Diablo-styled gameplay helped it stand out among many from respective genre of ARPG.

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A critically acclaimed action RPG from 2012, Torchlight is succeeded by a direct sequel in 2012 and developers are currently working on an upcoming free-to-play MMORPG that is looking forward to a 2019 release window.

Although PC version of the game was sort of an exclusive release on Steam until now, Epic Store has managed to broker a deal with Runic Games for folks with an account on their platform and then give it to them for free of charge.

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In an attempt to encourage players to come on board, Epic Games intends to drop more free game until the end of 2019. Also, their giveaway lineup has been slowly improving now and it can actually help drive more people to their outlet.

Epic Games Store already revealed that 2010 indie puzzle-platform game Limbo from developer studio Playdead is coming next week on their store and like always, you will require a free account to reserve a copy for yourself forever.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Shenmue 3 Backers Won't Get Pre-Order Content

Kickstarter backers will not receive Shenmue III pre-order content for free upon launch but sure can pay for it.

If debacles created around upcoming anticipated action-adventure game Shenmue III was not enough by now, we have more disappointing news at hand for backers who funded creator Yu Suzuki on Kickstarter to make this project successful.

Going Epic Games Store-exclusive was bad enough for many fans on PC but in a latest crowdfunding update, developer Ys Net also states that backer are not receiving pre-order content included in Deluxe Edition, unless they pay for it.

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Shenmue 3 Backers Won't Get Pre-Order Content

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Apart from going timed exclusive at Epic Store, it was announced at E3 2019 that developers are now working on post-launch content and they are likely to be added as pre-order bonuses or be included in Deluxe Edition and Season Pass.

Even though people who funds projects on Kickstarter receive some extra incentive limited for them as an appreciation for their support, Ys Net decided to completely deny them of any extra content and that includes higher tier backers as well.

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When someone at ResetEra forum asked for a response from YS Net about Season Pass, they had the following to say.

Dear Antonio,
We apologize for the long delay in responding. Your feedback is appreciated and we will look into having your noted points in future updates.
Standard and deluxe versions released through retail sales are not affiliated with the crowdfunding campaign, so will not be included with backer pledges, however, they will be available for sale separately. Kickstarter Backers will receive the Kickstarter version, Slacker Backers will receive the Slacker Backer version. Both have unique content respective to their versions not available in the retail versions.
A season pass is not included.
Trial version release date info has yet to be confirmed and will be announced in the updates when details are available. You will be receiving your trial version, but we must ask for your patience for a little longer.
There will be more information following in the days ahead concerning updates.
Sincerely,
The Shenmue III Team

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According to their statement, backers are still getting some exclusive content respectively unique to Kickstarter and Slacker Backer version. Nevertheless, if you are so willing to enjoy post-launch content for Shenmue III, pay for it.

Though it was probably a decision made by publisher Deep Silver but Yu Suzuki has clearly forgotten how for all those backers who showed up pledging their support to his KS project at first hour has gotten major companies getting involved.

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A considerable faction of backers who gave their money to Suzuki and his company Ys Net for a copy of the game on Steam upon release now either has to wait a year if they are unwilling to install Epic Games launcher on their PC.

Although they were originally denied any refunds by Ys Net for this change, which created a major backlash and possibly had some lawsuits incoming but CEO of Epic Games, Tim Sweeney came offering a full refund for damage control.

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Suzuki revealed in a recent interview during PC Gaming Show 2019 that the game won't even be covering Ryo's complete story but only 40% of it, which means he already has plans for one or two more upcoming sequels in mind.

Given how his backers are scammed out of what they are promised in early phase of Shenmue III, his reputation is literally tarnished and he surely will face trouble gathering funds for next Shenmue game without Epic Games or Sony backing him.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Dauntless: Fortune & Glory Update Release Date

New Trials challenge, Hunt Pass and more content comes to Dauntless via upcoming Fortune & Glory free update.

When immediately out of open beta phase, free-to-play online action role-playing game Dauntless from developer Phoenix Labs and publisher Epic Games thrives with a strong player base of 6 million across PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Following its official launch on May 21, dev team is coming up with their first major content update Fortune & Glory for free over all available platforms on July 16, 2019, which will include new Hunt Pass, Trials and much more.

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Dauntless: Fortune & Glory Update Release Date

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A newly introduced character, Lady Luck comes to Ramsgate along with a new arena where you can jump up in solo or co-op action. Slayers can go against known Behemoths on a varying level of difficulty and comes with unique modifiers.

Each week, Trials combat arena will be throwing new challenges at you and of course, brave takers will score some exclusive rewards. Lady Luck will offer you Steel Marks currency to buy weapon mods and special moves or Gilded Marks for cosmetic.

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Trials of Lady Luck

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Being able to put up a good fight ensures glory when top-tier players will make it to Wall of Champions leaderboard. Your name and time for completing these weekly challenges will inspire others to be as competitive to reach the top.

While performing some sick combat maneuvers, don't forget to watch out for snail-like Smollusks creatures as they may not appear to be much harmful but can cover a large area with sticky ooze and can ruin a great hunting run in no time.

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Conquer Trials Challenges

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Fortune & Glory free update is all set to arrive on live servers of this monster-hunting action RPG from July 16 and will kick-off High Skies season, which is inbound with two Hunt Passes, slew of new content and more cosmetic items.

Also, newest cosmetic modifier slot to be added in Loadout menu of Dauntless to equip your head bling items like helmets and masks. Lady Luck may come up with a bunch of new options and Slayers will seek out what she has to offer as well.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Overcooked Free on Epic Games Store Now

Epic Games Store is offering acclaimed cooking simulator game Overcooked for free on their latest giveaway.

One simply can't walk straight away from Epic Games free games giveaway on their digital distribution platform Epic Games Store, which has gone weekly to offer more video games to everyone who is interested to grab them.

In their latest collaboration with developer Ghost Town Games and publisher Team17, players are getting their hands on PC version of cooking simulator title Overcooked for free from today until July 11, 7:59 PM PT/10:59 PM EST.

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Overcooked Free on Epic Games Store Now

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Enter into Onion Kingdom which is at a peril and needs some finest cooking of master chefs to save it from an ancient edible evil. Players would step into some of the cruelest and unusual kitchens they can ever think of to cook and serve up.

Designed to show off your hidden culinary chops into couch co-op, you can team up with up to four fellow chefs when you are at it. Whether you want to step in for some competitive challenge or chaotic fun in co-operative mode is on you.

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Overcooked base game is usually sold for $16.99 only on other PC game stores and it is priced $6.99 on EGS but getting a free copy is even better. So, head on to Epic Games Store now and add it to your library within July 11 before it is gone.

Epic Store already announced to bring out some dungeon crawling adventure next week with action role-playing hack and slash game Torchlight of 2009 from developer Runic Games and publisher Perfect World on their outlet.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Shenmue 3 Backers Getting Refund from Epic Store

Backers of Shenmue III are now getting refund for Steam version by none other than, Epic Games Store.

Long after going through Kickstarter to crowdfund then stuck in development for years than promised, long-awaited action-adventure game Shenmue III is finally set to arrive on November 19, 2019 for PC and PlayStation 4 platforms.

A new gameplay trailer at PC Gaming Show 2019 revealed PC version of the game is now an Epic Games Store-exclusive and backers are denied a refund for this change, causing backlash but Epic Games has come to their rescue now.

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Shenmue 3 Backers Getting Refund from Epic Store

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If moving over to Epic Store for PC version was not frustrating enough for majority of backers, developer Ys Net and publisher Deep Silver managed to infuriate them by not allowing a refund though their initial response on their official Kickstarter page.

Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki came under heavy backlash as well for promising to provide Steam keys and then switching to EGS, effectively forcing everyone to play it on a storefront that many are not comfortable with for various shady reasons.

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In a latest Kickstarter update, developers try to justify their action of shifting outlet by pointing that they couldn't provide Steam keys because of sales policies by Valve, which requires a game to be on their storefront for sale to generate keys.

Physical version will come in a disc with EGS code or they can wait for a year to receive a Steam key after exclusivity period ends. People can also choose to pick a PS4 version if they don't want to redeem digital code for Epic Games Store or just get a refund.

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However, higher tier backers are not getting full refund but only partial because many of stretch goal for Shenmue III are already implemented in the game and developers currently working on some post-launch content too.

When people funds video game projects on crowdfunding platforms, they place a huge trust on developers that they don't have for AAA-companies and Ys Net has completely broke that trust with their recent bait and switch act on consumers.

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CEO of Epic Games, Tim Sweeney clarified their position on offering full refund to upset backers on behalf of Ys Net.



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Now, Sweeney can expect to get some praise from people for handling a grieving situation but not everyone is ready to forget the fact here that whatever major backlash sparked was because of Epic Store trying to snag out another exclusive.

His follow-up Tweet says when they go after crowdfunded games that are successful in future, they would at least ensure that there are keys from other PC stores available to offer or a guaranteed refund and it is nothing but a subtle hint that they will.

RELATED: Shenmue 3 Delayed to November 2019

We are not sure what Shenmue developer Yu Suzuki was thinking about going EGS-exclusive and not even worrying about fans who supported him whereas parent company Sega didn't want to make a sequel because it made no significant business.

Shenmue III has proven to all that Kickstarter can literally do nothing in getting people their money back in situation like this and Tim Sweeney just clearly hinted that parties will advertise their games on Steam only for Epic to snag it later.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Last Day of June Free on Epic Games Store Now

Epic Games Store gives up puzzle adventure game Last Day of June for free on their weekly games giveaway.

During their first-ever mega sale online, Epic Games have decided to shift into a weekly schedule for giving out free games on their digital distribution platform Epic Games Store and decided to continue that anyway even when it's over.

This week, critically-acclaimed adventure puzzle game Last Day of June is available for free to claim with a free Epic Store account and add to your library forever but you have to do that before July 4, 7:59 PM PT/10:59 PM EST.

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Last Day of June Free on Epic Games Store Now

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EGS has brought to you an interactive tale of Carl and June, in association with developer studio Ovosonico and publisher 505 Games. In a cinematic experience, Carl would embark a journey to save June's life by going through a series of events.

Players go back in time before a tragic accident that claimed her life and tries revisiting early memories of that day as Carl. In a cycle of love and loss, complex sequence starts unlocking and you face an emotional challenge in the end.

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Whether the genre of game is your cup of tea or not, free games are always great when you have no new title at hand to spend time with. Besides, we are getting a lot of more freebie titles throughout until 2019 comes to an end.

Epic Games Store already announced their upcoming free giveaway title for next week and it is going to be PC version of fan-favorite cooking simulation game Overcooked by developer studio Ghost Town Games and publisher Team17.

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.

Epic Mega Sale 2019

Ahead of summer 2019, Epic Games Store offers their first major sale in "Epic Mega Sale" and more free games than ever.

Ever since it's official launch back in December 2018, Epic Games has been bagging exclusive titles from renowned developers and giving away free games on a biweekly basis via their digital distribution platform Epic Games Store.

Lately, they have announced to sponsor PC Gaming Show at E3 2019 next month and backed it up with kicking-off their first major sale that comes with insane discount offers to turn your head around and more free games giveaway!

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Epic Mega Sale 2019

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Starting from May 16, ordering any game with a price tag of $14.99 or above gets you an instant $10 discount on behalf of Epic Store until June 13. However, it will not be applicable for DLC, Season Pass or other in-game purchases.

In case of every pre-order placed for unreleased game before May 16 that are worth $14.99 or more, customers will automatically get a $10 refund in next 7-12 days to the payment method they used for purchase and enjoy the sale.

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Many partnering developers and publishers are currently offering up to 75% off on games within their storefront. Games that are bought between May 2 and May 15 will also get a refund amount, more of which is detailed in their official FAQ section.

Epic Store is also very thankful to an immensely positive reception of their one free game in every two weeks offer and decided to give you a title each week during Epic Mega Sale for free by starting the queue with Stories Untold.

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Epic Mega Sale Games Under $5

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Within a price range of only $5, you can bag titles like Donut County, Metro: Last Light Redux, Metro Exodus, Oxenfree, Shadow Complex Remastered, Thimbleweed Park and What Remains of Edith Finch for now to add to your collection.

Increase that cap to $10 to add Afterparty, Close to the Sun, John Wick Hex, Operencia: The Stolen SunPhoenix PointShakedown: HawaiiSubnautica, The Walking Dead: The Final Season and World War Z to your purchase list.

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Epic Mega Sale Games Under $10

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If shaking up the entire video games industry with Fortnite wasn't enough, Epic had to go further and beyond and this major sales announcement is seemingly a counter to annual Steam Summer Sale that is coming in a few weeks.

Epic Games Store has been open for six months or so and despite many gamers on PC platform despises their controversial policy with exclusives to stay ahead of competition, they are making some serious wave in video game space.

Fortnite X John Wick: Wick's Bounty Limited Time Mode

Baba Yaga steps into battle royale and bounty hunters are on his tail in Fortnite X John Wick limited time mode "Wick's Bounty".

Although online battle royale game Fortnite mostly gained popularity among masses because of its free-to-play economy, it had some major crossover events with big-name franchises like Avengers that only gave it a signal boost.

In their recent arrangement, developer/publisher Epic Games have launched a limited time mode for Fortnite Battle Royale titled "Wick's Bounty" that invites everyone's favorite deadly assassin John Wick, nicknamed "Baba Yaga".

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Fortnite X John Wick: Wick's Bounty Limited Time Mode

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To kick-start this John Wick-themed event, a brief trailer is launched as well to make things exciting for players.




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The teaser opens with Reaper walking into an alleyway with his gun while tossing a gold coin and a shadow approaches from other side, which turns out to be Mr. Wick and these two starts shooting each other before it ends.

A contract is placed on him by The High Table and you are to complete challenges by taking out every other rivals till last-man-standing for gold tokens but these tokens would be given as a bounty to players who eliminates you.

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Wick’s Bounty Free Rewards

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Scoring more kills gets you more gold and it makes you more visible to map, putting a target on you. Collecting most amount of gold can put you on map for everyone to see too but you can respawn only three times during this LTM.

Aside from bonus XP, you can earn free rewards like Boogeyman Wrap, Gold Token Back Bling and One Shot Glider. Get John Wick Set from Item Shop that comes with John Wick Outfit and a Simple Sledge Pickaxe modeled to his iconic hammer.

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John Wick Set

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What many have been pointing out upon launch of Wick's Bounty is that Fortnite always had a bearded character wearing suit, which pretty much akin to Mr. Wick and players even refer him to as "John Wick" since the beginning.

Epic Games probably wanted their own version of Baba Yaga back then and designed the real John Wick to be more serious-looking than his cartoonish and less cool counterpart to help people differentiate between them.

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In 2014, actor Keanu Reeves (Constantine, The Matrix) starred in neo-noir action thriller movie John Wick that eventually became a franchise after the movie became an instant hit, releasing two more sequels; John Wick: Chapter 2 and John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.

Also, if you are a fan of John Wick, you can check out action focused strategy game John Wick Hex and even pre-order it now. Courtesy of "Epic Mega Sale", owning PC version of the game on Epic Games Store will cost you only $7.19.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

World of Goo Free on Epic Games Store Now

Epic Games Store is giving away classic puzzle game World of Goo for free and you can claim it before May 16.

Marking eleventh entry on free games giveaway initiative by Epic Games at their digital distribution outlet Epic Games Store is a puzzle video game titled World of Goo by indie developer/publisher 2D Boy from 2008.

Most recently, the game has been polished with an update for modern gaming platforms and PC version of this classic puzzler is now free to grab for everyone to add to their Epic library before May 16, 7:59 PM PT/10:59 PM EST.

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World of Goo Free on Epic Games Store Now

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In a sticky puzzle setup, the game lets you create structures with living balls of Goo throughout different levels of its overall five chapters. So many things that you can build with those globs, it doesn't stop surprising you anytime soon when you start playing.

Courtesy of its recent update, the game has now migrated to widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio from 4:3 that used to be a standard for it. This new improvement will allow players to enjoy it in whatever screen size they want to run it on.

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Set on a very unique comical theme of its own, there are cut-scenes to fill you in between chapters of your playthrough. Once previous feature of an in-game leaderboards is what you will notice missing from recent version as it often used to stress their server out.

Whereas World of Goo is available on various marketplaces for $9.99 only, Epic Store would only charge $5.99 for it when it is not given for free. Besides, they already offered $154.89 worth of games for free from the point of their store launch.

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Award-Winning Puzzle Game

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In one of their recent statement, Epic Games have revealed that there has been over 25 million installs for all ten free games they gave up so far ever since their inception back in December 2019 and that surely was a pretty good response.

When World of Goo is no longer available to claim on their storefront, Epic Games Store will be offering narrative-driven adventure title Stories Untold by developer No Code and publisher Devolver Digital from onwards May 16.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Epic Games Acquires Psyonix

Revealed in a surprise announcement, Epic Games will be acquiring Rocket League developer studio Psyonix very soon.

After scoring surprising success with vehicular soccer game Rocket League on all major platforms, indie developer/publisher Psyonix has made quite a reputation and now they are being acquired by industry giant Epic Games.

Obviously this transaction will take time as each party would negotiate their conditions, which will probably take another month or two and the game will eventually come to their digital distribution platform Epic Games Store.

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Epic Games Acquires Psyonix

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Epic has managed to amass a fortune by taking the world by storm with their free-to-play online Battle Royale game Fortnite and now they even have their own online marketplace to feature exclusive titles from various publishers.

Although Psyonix claimed to provide continued support for PC version of Rocket League through releasing frequent updates but from what it looks like, it will become another exclusive game when it comes to Epic Store in late 2019.

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It is stated in their official announcement that the title will stay on every other available platform for sale and cleared their intent to support all existing purchase on Steam, tactfully avoid mentioning whether they are completely removing it from Valve's storefront.

Of course, that is just a speculation at this point but a very obvious one given Epic's recent history of bagging exclusives from Steam. However, moving over to Epic Games would give Psyonix some long-term advantage like getting more eSports coverage.