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Epic Games Store to continue giving away games weekly in 2020

The house that Fortnite built is still doling out the gifts this year

Into the Breach art - a mech and its pilot look over the wreckage of an Earth city before stepping back through the temporal breach to attempt to save it again
Key art from Into The Breach, one of more than 70 games Epic gave away in 2019.
Image: Subset Games
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The Epic Games Store burst on to the scene in 2019, grabbing as many exclusive games as it could from Valve’s Steam platform. The company behind Fortnite also gave away free games to anyone who downloaded its client. Today it announced that promotion will continue throughout 2020.

“New decade means new games and we’re looking at a great start with tons of amazing titles coming exclusively to the Epic Games Store in 2020,” Epic wrote in a press release. “To kick things off, we’re extending our weekly free game program throughout 2020. Every single week, come back to claim your game. Once claimed, it’s yours to keep forever!”

The more than 70 free titles last year included older games like FTL: Faster Than Light, Celeste, Totally Accurate Battle Simulator, Superhot, Into The Breach, Rebel Galaxy, and Subnautica. Epic kicked off 2020 with Darksiders, Darksiders 2, and Ubisoft’s Steep. According to Epic, the company has 108 million customers and $680 million in PC games revenue via the Epic Games Store.

The game currently on offer for free is called Sundered, a hand-drawn Metroidvania game from the makers of Jotun.

“In 2020 we’ll continue to lead the way in open and developer-friendly store terms, with 88% revenue sharing, support for developer and publisher payment systems, and keyless purchasing integration with Humble (more PC stores coming soon),” Epic said in its press release.

New features coming in 2020 include cross-platform play between Nintendo Switch, Sony PlayStation, Microsoft Xbox and PC devices as well as iOS and Android platforms. The first third-party title to utilize some of those features will be Dauntless, from Phoenix Labs. Epic promised more information on cross-platform integration soon.

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