Over the past eight months or so that the Epic Games Store has been in business, the PC game retailer has slowly ramped up its offering of free games for its users, first giving away a game every two weeks and then transitioning to a weekly giveaway. Now, it appears Epic is testing the waters of giving away two free games on a weekly basis, if the offerings this week and next are any indications of its future plans. From now through August 2, you can claim Moonlighter and This War of Mine for free at the Epic Store; then, on August 2, the pair will be replaced by another duo of freebies: Alan Wake and For Honor.
As a reminder, once you claim any of Epic’s free games, they’re yours to keep forever. To claim them, you’ll have to first create a free Epic account, if you don’t already have one.
This War of Mine
If you enjoy dark survival-themed games that require life-and-death decisions influenced by your own morals, definitely check out This War of Mine, which was developed by the same team behind Frostpunk. The game puts you in the shoes of a group of civilians struggling to survive in a war-torn city. Scavenging for resources like food and medicine is crucial, and along the way, player-controlled characters will run into other NPC survivors, whom you can choose to kill or help out. Epic seems to be giving away the Anniversary Edition, which adds new characters, new locations, and an entirely new ending to the game.
Then there’s Moonlighter, a very different sort of game that you’ll like if you’re into action RPGs with rogue-lite elements. Primarily, you’ll manage your shop in Rynoka Village, controlling inventory, setting prices, recruiting assistants, and upgrading the shop. You can also upgrade other aspects of the town, adding things like a blacksmith or potion-maker to produce items that are helpful for the dungeon portion of the game. Your character can access various worlds through otherworldly gates, where they will fight hordes of enemies and gather profitable loot, resources, and more. As you progress in the game, you can craft new armor and weapons and even enchant existing equipment.
On the topic of PC game deals: Don’t miss out on Green Man Gaming’s huge summer sale going on right now with over 2,000 PC games and DLC marked down. If you like This War of Mine and haven’t played Frostpunk, the latter is on sale for $13.50. Plus, get Resident Evil 2 for $35.63, Monster Hunter World for $27, Civilization VI for $13.20, and more.