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Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs is free on the Epic Games Store

Amnesia: Rebirth launches on Oct. 20

Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs review b 1920 Image: The Chinese Room/Frictional Games
Nicole Carpenter is a senior reporter specializing in investigative features about labor issues in the game industry, as well as the business and culture of games.

The Chinese Room’s Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs is free this week on the Epic Games Store, alongside developer noio’s Kingdom New Lands. Both games are free until Oct. 22 at 11 a.m. EDT, when Costume Quest 2 and Layers of Fear 2 will take their place.

Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs is particularly timely, as a game that’s perfect to play around Halloween. The first-person horror game was originally released in 2013 on Windows PC, but it later came to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It’s often described as an “indirect sequel” to the original Amnesia: The Dark Descent, which was published and developed by Frictional Games for release in 2010. Like The Dark Descent before it, A Machine for Pigs is a pretty disturbing game.

Aside from the October timing for the free game, A Machine for Pigs is also timely in another way; the next Amnesia game, Amnesia: Rebirth, is slated for release on Oct. 20. This one’s developed by Frictional Games — A Machine for Pigs’ publisher.

Kingdom New Lands, on the other hand, is a strategy survival game from 2015. It’s got a neat retro feel and a fantastic pixel-based art style. Regardless of what you choose to download before the offer ends, you’ll get to keep the game forever.

If you’re looking for a less creepy option for Halloween, you’ll want to check out Costume Quest 2 next week. It’s a super fun Halloween-themed game, with lots and lots of candy.

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