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Quite a few people probably don't know or don't remember that the Epic Store is giving away free games every week. As most people have very busy lives nowadays it can be difficult to remember to check the store every week. They have been giving away some pretty good games and it would be a shame to miss these. Therefore I will try to update this post every week with the games they are giving away until they stop doing it. This is obviously meant for people that are interested in downloading something from the Epic Store. This week you can download:

The End Is Nigh

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8DUps2QKA0

The End Is Nigh is a sprawling adventure platformer where you die a lot, but that's ok because you are probably already dead anyway.

https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/product/the-end-is-nigh/home

ABZU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9d8YjpJgiU

From the art director of Journey® and Flower®, ABZÛ is a beautiful underwater adventure that evokes the dream of diving.

https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/product/abzu/home

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Thanks for the updates.

Devilish methods.

Exclusive on Epic Store only but free games.

The only sane marketing strategies are at GOG.com these days. Only they promote the GOG Connect feature with Steam for games that publishers give a green light to.

I also hope those exclusives are temporarily exclusive on Epic Store and not for 5-10 years. But, without doubt Steam needs competition.

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"I really perceive that vanity about which most men merely prate — the vanity of the human or temporal life. I live continually in a reverie of the future. I have no faith in human perfectibility. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active — not more happy — nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago. The result will never vary — and to suppose that it will, is to suppose that the foregone man has lived in vain — that the foregone time is but the rudiment of the future — that the myriads who have perished have not been upon equal footing with ourselves — nor are we with our posterity. I cannot agree to lose sight of man the individual, in man the mass."...

- 2 July 1844 letter to James Russell Lowell from Edgar Allan Poe.

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I've had a free game off the epic store but their game launcher isn't the easiest thing to use. epic email me every few days to tell me about the free games, and upcoming games

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Even tho I don't complain about the free games, I'm not comprehending what they are doing, looking at it with reason, it makes me think Epic is insane, imo they will do to gaming what they did to engine marketing, they will devalue them so much that people will not want to pay much, if anything, for games anymore. And those that end paying the heavy price is the ones making small indie games as always. When Epic games made their engine "free" they pretty much killed the engine business for indie engines and even the other top AAA engines have no choice now but be "free" to use as well. 

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2 hours ago, HMart said:

Even tho I don't complain about the free games, I'm not comprehending what they are doing, looking at it with reason, it makes me think Epic is insane, imo they will do to gaming what they did to engine marketing, they will devalue them so much that people will not want to pay much, if anything, for games anymore. And those that end paying the heavy price is the ones making small indie games as always. When Epic games made their engine "free" they pretty much killed the engine business for indie engines and even the other top AAA engines have no choice now but be "free" to use as well. 

GOG also had free giveaways (Fallout 1, Grim Fandango) but usually for older games. Epic and GOG can't do it without the publisher's consent I think.

Not sure about engines. Many engines were free to begin with for indie developers like Unity? Can't hurt to have more choice right? Games are expensive enough already. 

 


"I really perceive that vanity about which most men merely prate — the vanity of the human or temporal life. I live continually in a reverie of the future. I have no faith in human perfectibility. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active — not more happy — nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago. The result will never vary — and to suppose that it will, is to suppose that the foregone man has lived in vain — that the foregone time is but the rudiment of the future — that the myriads who have perished have not been upon equal footing with ourselves — nor are we with our posterity. I cannot agree to lose sight of man the individual, in man the mass."...

- 2 July 1844 letter to James Russell Lowell from Edgar Allan Poe.

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I'm sure the publishers/developers are giving consent because Epic most pay them a nice amount and promise them more profit (because Epic takes less cut than Steam) by making their store more popular this way. 

Some games are indeed expensive, 60€ for a game, specially when many are play once and discard is insane.

Personally i'm starting to wait and see what free game shows up in the Epic store, right now I have 3 games on my library that were on my wishlist on steam! That is 3 games that I will not buy now.  

About Unity, at that time it add two versions, a professional version and a personal version, the personal version was free, for non commercial games, if i'm recalling well and didn't supported many of the features of the professional version, like real time shadows, to survive Unity add to blend them into one and make the engine "free" (still not open source tho).

I'm all about choice don't take me wrong, is fantastic that many people, is now able to play games that they would never be able to, unless they pirated them, at least pirates now have no excuse. But one thing is certain in the engine space (that matter) many choices is not a thing that you have now.  

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unity now has 3 engine versions, one free and two you pay a subscription for, but it now seems the different versions are based on what support you get from unity rather than there actually being a difference in the engine features.

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The Epic Launcher certainly isn't the most polished yet when you look at Steam, but I'm willing to give them a shot. Quite a few games are a lot cheaper than on Steam and I know Steam has a lot more to offer socialwise and with reviews and all. But to be fair a review is just based on opinions of other people and there have been several games with horrible reviews on Steam that I actually enjoyed. And yes like stumpy said, you can obviously subscribe to receive emails, but even then it can't be difficult to remember sometimes if you don't take a look right away because you have just a week to 'buy' the game.

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From now till the 19th the free game on the Epic Story is:

Conarium

Conarium is a chilling Lovecraftian game that follows the gripping story of four scientists and their endeavor to challenge what we normally consider to be the "absolute" limits of nature. Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft's novella At the Mountains of Madness, but largely set after the original story.
 
You, as Frank Gilman, open your eyes inside a room filled with strange, pulsating noises. Patterns of lights executing a Danse Macabre on the walls is presented by a queer device on the table. Having recalled nothing other than that you’re in Upuaut, an Antarctic base located near the South Pole, you find the place deserted and have a distinct feeling of something being terribly wrong. Somehow knowing that your memories cannot guide you enforces a strange feeling of vulnerability, a familiar yet alien sensation of being a part of a peculiar whole... Soon you will discover that having used the device during the expedition, you have died but then returned subtly changed, speaking of strange memories and of strange places. You have lost something important or gained something sinister...
 
Explore the Antarctic base, as well as dreams and visions. Study clues and unlock secrets, whilst avoiding macabre beings at all cost.
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNUzrWv50EI
 
https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/product/conarium/home

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