Showing posts with label Epic Games. Show all posts
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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Conarium Free on Epic Games Store Now

Latest giveaway on Epic Games Store brings Lovecraftian horror adventure game Conarium this week for free.

Coming back to Epic Games Store to collect latest free PC game this week, you might be wondering why Epic Games is offering only a single game instead of two, since their latest giveaway title looks scary and not for youngsters.

Turns out, indie Lovecraftian horror game Conarium is for teenagers above age of twelve and therefore, it will not be locked out by Parental Controls feature and you can grab a copy before September 19, 7:59 AM PT/10:59 AM EDT.

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Conarium Free on Epic Games Store Now

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Conarium is based on a plot where a group of scientists discovers ancient ruins of an alien race known as Elder Things on an expedition to Antarctic and protagonist Frank Gilman finds himself on an abandoned base there without a clue.

At times there are some puzzle-adventure elements and players would realize that Lovecraftian horror is unlike anything they have experienced before and props to developer team for a making a difficult adaptation into life.

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H.P. Lovecraft novella "At the Mountains of Madness" has served as source of inspiration for developer Zoetrope Interactive and publisher Iceberg Interactive to make Conarium a reality in 2017 that you have a whole week to claim a copy of.

Although Epic Games Store typically announces their upcoming giveaway game a week before, all they have for next week is a composition of images from Batman games from Arkham Asylum and LEGO Batman games titled as "???".

Thursday, September 5, 2019

The End is Nigh and ABZU Free on Epic Games Store Now

Epic Games Store offers two new PC games The End is Nigh and ABZU for free giveaway this week.

Yet another week has arrived for players of PC platform to receive two free games at digital distribution outlet Epic Games Store, courtesy of Epic Games who would otherwise be willing to offer a single title for giveaway each week.

Latest weekly freebies at Epic Store have included The End is Nigh and ABZU, two games for anyone to claim and keep forever with a free Epic Games account within a week before September 12, 7:59 AM PT/10:59 AM EDT.

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The End is Nigh and ABZU Free on Epic Games Store Now

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In a platforming adventure experience, The End is Nigh lets player assume the role of a black blob named Ash. He is a sole survivor of an apocalyptic event that occurred when his console cartridge crashes and now he is out seeking friends.

This critically acclaimed single-player game from 2017 was developed and published by Edmund McMillen and Tyler Glaiel. There are over 600 interconnected decaying levels that spanned through more than 12 chapters for players to explore.

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ABZU comes from developer Giant Squid and publisher 505 Games as an adventure underwater and its mysteries. Immerse yourself into a beautiful surrounding that will help you feel a connection with sea life but beware of hidden dangers.

There are areas unlock that will unveil new secrets and some ancient technology buried within deep to discover. This multiple award-winning title hails from art director Matt Nava, who was also involved with indie games Flower and Journey.

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For this week, Epic Games Store chooses to include two games because the first one was already picked for giveaway and it had a mature rating that could prevent young audience form accessing it due to Parental Controls feature.

EGS is drawing interest of players on PC platforms to their storefront with their weekly freebies and for next week, they have announced to add Conarium from developer Zoetrope Interactive and publisher Iceberg Interactive on September 12.

Shenmue 3 Offers Limited Time Only Refunds

Kickstarter backers of Shenmue III have only two weeks for refund requests or to change their preferred version.

Even after having a very successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, action-adventure game Shenmue III from developer Ys Net and publisher Deep Silver took its sweet time in development phase and had a number of painful delays.

When it becomes an Epic Games Store-exclusive, upset fans were asking for a refund that was initially denied. Epic Games offered to pay angry backers on their behalf but now it is revealed that requests will be accepted for only two-weeks.

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Shenmue 3 Offers Limited Time Only Refunds

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In a latest update on Kickstarter page, Ys Net announced to do an e-mail survey on backers in mid-September that offers a refund request for anyone who originally pledged for PC platform and don't want to have Epic Store version.

Typically, these surveys go out to donors shortly before releasing final product to finalize their product preferences or change shipping address. Unfortunately, it will last only for two-weeks and doesn't seem like a smooth process at all.

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Following that limited time window, no one can request a refund anymore and processing could take from up to 20 business days to 3 months for entire transaction to be complete, meaning a backer can wait for 4 months to get their money back.

Asking for patience from fans, Ys Net has apologized for this lengthy process which is due to Shenmue III campaign being running for longer than 4 years that adds up with complexity of payment arrangements and transactions system.

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Ys Net has also planned out a trial version for the game, which will be coming out in mid-September and no specific dates were revealed. It will be playable for an hour but they didn't specify whether or not it is an exclusive to PC.

Although players can get quite a lot of experience from that opening hour from demo that is set on the game's starting area. However, no progress will be carried out to final release version when it becomes available to PC and PlayStation 4.

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Even though CEO of Epic Games, Tim Sweeney promised to cover any cost for Ys Net to cover refunds for player base on PC, remaining Kickstarter backers are not going to receive its pre-order content for free anymore as they were promised.

Shenmue III is currently scheduled to release for PC via Epic Games Store and PS4 on November 19, 2019. It will likely to come to Steam storefront a year after release when its one year exclusivity period on EGS is finally over.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Celeste and Inside Free on Epic Games Store Now

Epic Games Store is offering two new indie games Celeste and Inside for PC in free giveaway this week.

On yet another week of free games giveaway program by Epic Games at their digital distribution outlet, players are getting two titles on PC platform without spending a dime that they can keep into their collection forever.

Two critically-acclaimed indie platformer titles Celeste and Inside has made their way to this week's Epic Games Store lineup for freebies that anyone can claim with a free account right now until September 5, 7:59 AM PT/10:59 AM EDT.

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Celeste and Inside Free on Epic Games Store Now

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Celeste focuses on a young adventurer named Madeline, who attempts to climb the titular mountain despite warning from a local woman. There, she sees a dark reflection of her and is swayed away by various challenges not to continue.

Both developed and published by Matt Makes Games in 2018, this indie smash-hit has been awarded "Best Independent Game" for its beautifully designed 2D in-game world and responsive gameplay at The Game Awards 2018.

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Then puzzle-platformer game Inside comes from indie developer/publisher Playdead and is about a boy wandering in a dystopian world. As a spiritual successor to Limbo from 2010, it adapts a 2.5D gameplay for immersive experience.

Despite belonging to a side-scrolling puzzle genre, elements of the game are designed to give away a horror movie vibe at times. Inside has won in "Best Art Direction" and "Best Independent Game" category at The Game Awards 2016.

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Epic Games Store has determined to sell these two games on their storefront for $7.99 only in regular retail price. One of the free games for this week has a mature rating and if you miss that for Parental Controls feature, you can still have another.

Next week, players on PC platforms are getting two more free titles; ABZU and The End is Nigh on EGS once again. They will become available from September 5 and would only require a free Epic Games account to add to your library.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Fez Free on Epic Games Store Now

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

In last few weeks, Epic Games have started giving out two titles for free on Epic Games Store instead of one, so young players will not miss out due to Parental Controls feature but this week, they have something in that is for everyone.

In their latest giveaway, Epic Store is offering PC version of acclaimed indie puzzle-platformer Fez from developer Polytron Corporation and publisher Trapdoor and anyone can grab a copy anytime before August 29, 7:59 AM PT/10:59 AM EDT.

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Fez Free on Epic Games Store Now

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You will assume the role of a creature named Gomez who lives in a 2D world and discovers other sides of 3rd dimension. This revelation has changed everything for him and he then embarks a journey to roam other sides of the world.

You will navigate and rotate between these 2D views in order to solve various puzzles by lining up platforms. Gomez wanders around looking for new paths and connecting near inaccessible cubes or their fragments to save his 3D universe.

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Epic Store decided to offer free PC games each week instead of a biweekly manner they started with and then decided to give out two titles at once whenever a title was for mature players, so no one will be deprived of a freebie that week.

For their upcoming giveaway schedule for next week, two fan-favorite indie platformer titles Celeste from Matt Makes Games and Inside by Playdead will become available for free on Epic Games Store from August 29, 2019.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Hyper Light Drifter and Mutant Year Zero Free on Epic Games Store Now

This week, Epic Games Store offers both Hyper Light Drifter and Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden for free.

Ever so consecutive with their running free games giveaway program, Epic Games has decided to brought over two new titles to offer anyone and everyone without a charge on their digital distribution outlet Epic Games Store.

This week, fans of Epic Store freebie games are getting their hands on PC version of Hyper Light Drifter and Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden, both having to garner a very positive feedback from players upon initial release.

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Hyper Light Drifter and Mutant Year Zero Free on Epic Games Store Now

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Comes as a fusion of titles like Diablo and Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, 2D action role-playing game Hyper Light Drifter is rendered in 16 it-style pixilated graphics and follows an easy to get in but difficult to master approach.

You assume the role of a Drifter character that wields technology of a forgotten past and keeps battling scary monsters. His primary weapon of choice is an energy sword, which charges ammo for guns whenever he strikes enemies with it.

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Then developer The Bearded Ladies and publisher Funcom joins the party with their latest turn-based tactical role-playing title Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden, set around survivors of a global nuclear war and became mutants.

You go in with a party of three mutant scavenger characters known as Stalkers to represent Ark, a last settlement of civilization and freely explore wasteland of Zone to gather resources among Ghouls or hostile humans of the old world.

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Now without delaying, head over to EGS before August 22, 7:59 AM PT/10:59 AM EDT and then claim a copy of both of these giveaway titles for PC platform with just a free account to have them in your online library of collection forever.

Next week, Epic Games Store will be giving out award-winning 2012 indie puzzle-platform Fez from developer Polytron Corporation and publisher Trapdoor, which will stay up for grabs on their storefront for a whole week.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

GNOG Free on Epic Games Store Now

Epic Games Store returns this week to giveaway two new PC games, Alan Wake and For Honor for free.

After offering two free games for last two weeks, Epic Games comes with a single freebie offering this week. Today, 3D puzzle-adventure game GNOG from developer Ko-Op and publisher Double Fine goes free on Epic Games Store.

If you haven't played or purchased it on other platforms, then you can simply head over to Epic Store anytime before August 15, 7:59 AM PT/10:59 AM EDT and grab a copy for PC platform with a free account on their digital outlet.

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GNOG Free on Epic Games Store Now

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Players are to roam through a tactile world full of toys and explore its secrets by perform actions like click, grab, poke, point, pull or spin. GNOG wants to interact with you using colorful designs and help you solve puzzles.

You can also enjoy the joyride in VR only if you have Oculus Rift or HTC Vive headset to immerse yourself into it. Depending on what riddle you are up to solving, you may end up in outer space or could be cooking in a stove. Yeah, that sounds weird!

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Despite often being on headlines for being on the crosshairs of PC gamers every now and then, Epic Games Store has managed to bring some positive vibe top their storefront with their free game giveaway program and some traffic.

For next week, Epic Store is returning once again with a bundle of two different titles; action role-playing game Hyper Light Drifter and turn-based tactical RPG title Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden for free on August 15, 2019.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Alan Wake and For Honor Free on Epic Games Store Now

Epic Games Store returns this week to giveaway two new PC games, Alan Wake and For Honor for free.

In a running streak of offering players free games on PC platform, Epic Games continue to bring more new titles to their digital storefront Epic Games Store and their giveaway lineup has been slowly improving in each passing week.

Freebie titles are now being offered on a weekly basis on Epic Store and this week, players will be able to grab two new games into their collection with a free account and it has to be done before August 9, 7:59 AM PT/10:59 AM EDT.

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Alan Wake and For Honor Free on Epic Games Store Now

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People can head over to Epic Games Store to pick up PC version of Alan Wake and For Honor, a psychological thriller and a medieval action fighting game from developer/publisher Remedy Entertainment and Ubisoft respectively.

Alan Wake takes you on a mysterious journey of a best-selling thriller novelist who is having a writer's block and goes to small town of Bright Falls for a vacation but ended up being busy saving his wife from shadowy dark presence.

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In For Honor, you will pick up a warrior character from renowned factions of Knights, Samurai, Vikings and WuLin. Then get into battle to fight enemies in single-player campaign and multiplayer modes to enjoy melee action.

Last week, EGS has given up two free games priced $7.99 only, simply because one of the titles, This War of Mine was M-Rated and was most likely to deprive younger players from accessing it if Parental Controls feature was there.

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Epic Games didn't actually need to go out of their way to offer an extra title in their giveaway program but doing that helped promote their store feature and eventually helped drive more people to their outlet seeking those games.

Epic Store will be offering 2016 puzzle-adventure game GNOG next week, from August 8, 2019 on their platform for a visually explosive fun-ride experience by developer studio KO OP, in association with Double Fine Presents.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

MechWarrior 5 Delayed to December, Will Be Epic Games Store Exclusive

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries is now delayed to December and is becoming an exclusive to Epic Games Store.

Returning back to MechWarrior franchise of giant robot fighting games after nearly two decades, MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries was scheduled to launch on September 10, 2019 but now that date has been pushed back to December.

In a recent official announcement, developer Piranha Games have revealed that MW5 has now been delayed for exactly three months back and coming out for PC platforms on December 10, 2019 as an Epic Games Store-exclusive.

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MechWarrior 5 Delayed to December, Will Be Epic Games Store Exclusive

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Piranha Games were sure to thank publisher Epic Games to come forward helping them reach their internal goals in official blog post. Those interested taking part in Closed Beta program should place pre-order now to get access in November.

Since community of PC gamers usually gets annoyed when an upcoming title becomes exclusive to Epic Store and developers have already anticipated that there may be some refund requests coming their way following the exclusivity news.

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So, anyone seeking to get refunds for pre-ordering MechWarrior 5 can claim their money before September 1. However, customers withdrawing pre-orders won't be able to join in upcoming Closed Beta and won't receive any exclusive DLC items.

Also, they are offering a full refund for any tier of pre-order anyone have placed and will yet allow people to keep all bonus content of MechWarrior Online including badges, items and XP regarding whatever editions they have chose.

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It is very much possible that Epic Games have suggested developers that customers are offered a voluntary refund before they start creating an issue, given their past experience of snagging store exclusivity of Phoenix Point and Shenmue III.

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries adapts gameplay aspects of MechWarrior 2: Mercenaries in terms of giving players choice to run their own campaign. Additionally, pilots are allowed to build and guide their own units alone or with AI controlled pilots.

Moonlighter and This War of Mine Free on Epic Games Store Now

Epic Games Store is giving away two indie PC games, Moonlighter and This War of Mine for free this week.

It seems that giving out a free game every single week was not enough for Epic Games and so they decided to giveaway two games at once on their online distribution outlet Epic Games Store this time as announced last week.

For very first time, Epic Store will be giving out two indie titles for free today and anyone interested in bagging them can simply add these games to their collection with a free account anytime before August 2, 7:59 AM PT/10:59 AM EDT.

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Moonlighter and This War of Mine Free on Epic Games Store Now

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Players can pick up PC version of action role-playing title Moonlighter and war survival game This War of Mine on EGS, both hailing from indie developer and publisher 11 bit studios yet appeals to different range of audiences for their themes.

Because of the latter among two freebies are M-Rated, it would likely to restrict younger players from accessing it for Parental Controls feature and therefore, a PEGI-18 game was added to lineup for players of all ages.

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Moonlighter sends you on an adventurous journey of discovering priceless treasures by going in other dimensions and realms as a shopkeeper from a small village of Rynoka, in hopes of becoming a hero through rogue-like gameplay.

Step into a ravaged city playing This War of Mine, where players take on a group of civilians and ensure their survival by seeking food, medicine and shelter. Other than that, you have to be on a lookout for scavengers and snipers take your survivors out.

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Though both titles offered at Epic Store are from different genre, they do worth the same amount of $7.99 only. At least, some who would miss out one for Parental Controls need not to be grumpy thinking they got a lesser game or something.

Next week, Epic Games Store intend to give two new titles, psychological thriller title Alan Wake from Remedy Entertainment and medieval action fighting game For Honor from Ubisoft for their free game promotions on August 2, 2019.

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 major companies has gotten 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.

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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.