Epic Games Store Free Games List – Schedule, Current and Upcoming Games

We're taking a look at the full list of past, present, and future free games given by the Epic Games Store!

Our Epic Games Store Free Games List features the most recent listings of the games in the Epic Free Games store! We also answer some of the most frequently asked questions about the store, including whether the games are free forever, if you need to install the game, and how often free games are released! This list is updated every Thursday at 10am, when the next free game is released.

Epic Games Store Free Games List

Upcoming Free Game(s): Daemon X Machina Deluxe Edition

Image via Marvelous Inc.

If you're a fan of mechs, this game is perfect for you. In it, you pilot your own customizable Arsenal mech and join up with other mercenaries to defend the human race from totalitarian machines and huge robots. In a post-apocalyptic world, your mechs are humanity's last hope. This free set from Epic includes a full set of exclusive cosmetics for the Deluxe Edition!

Free Period: Jan. 27 to Feb. 03

Available Now: Relicta

Relicta

Relicta is a first-person puzzle game in which you are stranded on an abandoned Moon base, and must use gravity-bending and magnetic abilities to solve puzzles. Your goal? To save your daughter. Beyond that, it's up to you on whether you want to speedrun the game and get to safety as soon as possible, or explore the game in-depth to find all the secrets within.

Free Period: Jan. 20 to Jan. 27

Previously Available

Galactic Civilizations III

In Galactic Civilizations III, you choose one of many races and play as them to develop a thriving civilization that excels beyond the others. Your goal is to use diplomacy, warfare, and technological advancements to keep put you ahead of everyone else in the galaxy. This game bears strong resemblance to Sid Meier's Civilization series, but with more options, and by extension, more customizable strategies.

Free Period: Jan. 13 to Jan. 20

Gods Will Fall

Gods Will Fall is a game that challenges you to take on supremely powerful beings and put and end to their iron grasp on humanity. They have spent several millennia terrorizing anyone that doesn't bend to their will and it is up to you and your clan of eight brave souls to re-establish humanity as the ones that are truly in control. Fighting horrific creatures is one thing, and fighting gods is another. But fighting horrific god creatures? Good luck.

Free Period: Jan. 06 to Jan. 13

Tomb Raider Bundle

This is the final set of free games for Epic Games for 2021, and by far the most valuable. This bundle includes the three most recent installments of the massively popular Tomb Raider franchise. Learn about Lara Croft's origins in Tomb Raider, then continue the story in Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Then, play Rise of the Tomb Raider to continue the story for Lara Croft against the mysterious Trinity organization, as well as the myriad of new mechanics introduced such as Season Passes, multiplayer, and zombies!

Free Period: Dec. 30 to Jan. 06

Salt and Sanctuary

Salt and Sanctuary is a dark, visceral, fast-paced 2D RPG that will put your combat skills to the test. Explore destroyed cities, dungeons full of blood, and monuments withered from battle as you fend off horrific creatures and demonic enemies. Or, if you're squeamish, run far, far away from this game!

Free Period: Dec. 29 to Dec. 30

Moving Out

Moving Out is a silly, physics-based game in which you play as a "professional" mover who must get your client's belongings from one location to another. You can play alone or with friends, but it is certainly much more fun with an extra mover to help you. The challenge in this game is figuring out the physics and the patterns to complete your tasks on time, but without damaging the objects!

Free Period: Dec. 28 to Dec. 29

Mages of Mystralia

Play as Zia, a young girl who finds that she is able to craft magic spells to suit her needs and protect her world of Mystralia. This game covers the puzzle, action, and adventure genres, forcing you to explore, think critically, and defend yourself with every magic ability you can think of. Become the most powerful mage you can as you progress through the story written by Forgotten Realms (base setting for Dungeons & Dragons) designer Ed Greenwood!

Free Period: Dec. 27 to Dec. 28

Control

Manipulate the world around you in Control, a third-person experience where you can telekinetically control anything around you and manipulate your weapons to accommodate for any situation. You must investigate the corruption sweeping through Federal Bureau of Control and put an end to it before it's too late!

Free Period: Dec. 26 to Dec. 27

Prey

In this futuristic sci-fi thriller, you're being hunted by powerful and horrifying alien creatures. Over the course of the game, you must survive to carry out the mission of the space station on which you're trapped with the violent alien predators. Learn supernatural abilities, use powerful equipment and tools, and keep your wits about you—anything to survive.

Free Period: Dec. 25 to Dec. 26

Pathfinder: Kingmaker

Approach a virtual tabletop in the first isometric game co-op RPG set in the Pathfinder universe. Pathfinder is a popular spinoff of Dungeons & Dragons 3.5e, and this game brings much the special classes, customization, and mechanics of the hugely popular franchise. In the game, you rule your kingdom as you choose, and every decision has the potential to massive change your kingdom and characters for better or worse!

Free Period: Dec. 24 to Dec. 25

Vampyr

In Vampyr, you play as Doctor Jonathan Reid, a man who recently became a Vampyr. Your goal is to inconspicuously feed upon the living to survive, but also follow your oath as a Doctor to rid the London of a rapidly spreading disease. As a Vampyr, you don't want infected blood!

Free Period: Dec. 23 to Dec. 24

Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden

In this turn-based strategy game, you play as hyper-intelligent mutant animals that must continue society after a world-wide cataclysmic event. Cleverly plan your tactics to take down groups of enemies based on their own unique abilities, and avoid taking damage as best you can—it's permanent! If you're fond of games like XCOM or Mario Rabbids, this game is for you!

Free Period: Dec. 22 to Dec. 23

Second Extinction

Fight to reclaim earth from mutated dinosaurs in Second Extinction, where you and your friends can work together to take on the horrifying, brutish beasts are taking over. This game was designed for squads, so going solo is not recommended. Teams must master communication, skill, and tactics to fight back against the every changing environment. Make one area safe, the creatures move to another. Can you fend off the hordes and prevent an Emergence Event?

Free Period: Dec. 21 to Dec. 22

Loop Hero

Image via Devolver Digital

Loop Hero is an indie card game in which you must strategically place enemies, buildings, and terrain to boost your heroes and help them survive through each iteration of a never-ending loop. Each time you go through the loop you are given access to better equipment, cards, and abilities that make it possible to take on tougher enemies and become the Loop Hero you strive to be!

Free Period: Dec. 20 to Dec. 21

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a slow-paced mystery that encourages the player to focus on exploration of the mysterious atmosphere provided by the incredible, photo-realistic graphics. As Paul Prospero, it is your job to investigate the disappearance of Ethan Carter after a brutal murder in his home. Uncover the secrets of the town, and do your best to bring Ethan home safe and sound.

Free Period: Dec. 19 to Dec. 20

Remnant: From the Ashes

Remnant: From the Ashes is a survival horror game that puts you in a post-apocalyptic environment full of grotesque creatures and deadly beasts. Your goal is to establish a base (alone or with up to two friends) to give humanity a fighting chance at survival in a wasteland that seems set on destroying any trace of human life.

Free Period: Dec. 18 to Dec. 19

Neon Abyss

Neon Abyss is a shoot'em up platformer that gives players the option to destroy everything and everyone around them with their choice of weapon. Each run is different and each choice you make alters the game, so no two play-throughs are exactly alike. The game sets the pace with its engaging, fast-paced music, you just need to keep up!

Free Period: Dec. 17 to Dec. 18

Shenmue III

Play as Ryo Hazuki, a young martial artist that wants to avenge his father's unjust death. This is the third installment in the series, and it picks up the story where we left off. In this sequel, Ryo must investigate the Phoenix Mirror, which leads him to different parts of China, where he must discover clues about the mysterious artifact.

Free Period: Dec. 16 to Dec. 17

Godfall Challenger Edition

With Godfall Challenger Edition, you immediately unlock a maximum level Valorplate and a bunch of extra goodies to boost you along the levelling process in Godfall. You can play in all three end-game modes, and can challenge all Legendary bosses in the game when you're ready. This is the best way to introduce yourself to this co-op hack & slash game. 

Free Period: Dec. 9 to Dec. 16

Prison Architect

Become a prison warden and use your control to build a relaxed and pleasant prison, or to rule your prisoners with an iron fist in this prison management game. At all times, you must accommodate for the ever-changing complexities of running a penitentiary, including providing basic needs for your prisoners and guards, keeping control, and responding to disastrous situations.

Free Period: Dec. 9 to Dec. 16

While True: learn()

Even though you're supposed to be good at programming, your cat seems to know the profession better than you. In this game, you solve puzzles and learn real programming logic while you build a cat-to-human translation system to better understand what your cat is trying to do.

Free Period: Dec. 2 to Dec. 9

Dead by Daylight

Death is not an escape in this asymmetric killer/survivor horror. You either play as one of four survivors who must repair generators and escape the map, or as the killer who hunts down the survivors with special abilities and deadly traps. Keep your wits about you and play smart to outwit your opponent and complete the task at hand.

Free Period: Dec. 2 to Dec. 9

theHunter: Call of the Wild

Answer nature's call as a Hunter in this reality-inspired hunting game. Animals in the game are true to the real thing, as well as the open-world and atmospheric environments. You're also able to play solo or with friends as you take down your next big game!

Free Period: Nov. 25 to Dec. 2

AntStream Arcade - Epic Welcome Pack

AntStream is offering 1090 Gems (the in-game currency) completely free for you to use on this retro-game streaming platform. Play all those old games you remember from your childhood at any time and gain access to special features with your free purse of Gems provided by this pack.

Free Period: Nov. 25 to Dec. 2

Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna)

In this indie platformer, you follow the adventure of Kisima and her pet fox to see what is causing the eternal blizzard plaguing the world. This game features co-op gameplay, so you can play along with your friend!

Free Period: Nov. 18 to Nov. 25

Guild of Dungeoneering

Guild of Dungeoneering puts you in the the villain seat. You build a dungeon around heroes that are trying to survive the onslaught of traps and enemies. This is a card game where you must (literally) play your cards right to stop the heroes in their tracks!

Free Period: Nov. 18 to Nov. 25

Kid A Mnesia

This is an Epic Games exclusive that commemorates Radiohead's Kid A and Amnesia. It is a first-personal exploration game in which you must explore the surreal world and confusing atmosphere around you.

Free Period: Nov. 18 to Nov. 25

Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep

Gearbox released this adventure pack as a standalone game for players to enjoy. This is an exciting spinoff of the Borderlands series that has strong similarities to Dungeons & Dragons!

Free Period: Nov. 11 to Nov. 18

Rogue Company Season Four Epic Pack

With this Epic Games exclusive pack for Rogue Company, you unlock Switchblade and Scorch, two Rogues who use fire and napalm against their enemies. You also receive Switchblade's Inferno Imp outfit and 20K Battle Pass XP.

Free Period: Nov. 11 to Nov. 18

Aven Colony

As the overlord pioneer of an alien planet, you get to build your colonies from the ground up in Aven Colony. This is a city/colony simulator where you must protect, strategize, and explore a vast new world that is trillions of miles away from Earth!

Free Period: Nov. 4 to Nov. 11

Epic Games Store FAQ

Before we head into the list of past and present free games, I'm going to run through some of the common questions people seem to have about how the free games system works.

Are the Games Free Forever?

They are free during the free period, and you do not need to purchase them after the free period is over. Once the free period is over, you will need to pay the normal price to get them. In other words, they are free forever if you get them on time.

Do I Need to Install the Game?

No, you don't need to install the game to get credit for it. Once you click on the purchase button, you will run through the standard process of purchasing a game but it will be free. You do not have to install it, and it will be available for download anytime afterwards.

How Often Are Games Free?

Every week there will be a free game available. Once a new game is offered for free, the one that will be next will be revealed. They have run events where more games were given out, most notably the Days of Free Games event during the winter holidays. Epic will also sometimes release multiple games at a time for free!

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  1. Hey, why the list is borked? it was all about every game that was given away for free on epic. Now it’s only a shadow of it past self

    1. We actually cut the list by a significant amount because it was causing major issues with loading for some users and the writers editing it. If we can find a way to include all the previous content that doesn’t bog down the page, we’ll consider it. Until then, we figured it didn’t serve a major purpose to have content from more than three months ago since it’s essentially information that doesn’t have a practical use.

  2. Hi Pro Game Guides!

    Your Creator Code ProGameGs has NOT been working for some time now.

    And thanks for the great work here!

    1. Thanks for letting us know about this! I’ll speak to the editors and see how we want to handle this.

  3. Hi, when list will be updated? There are new games on epic free list

    1. This list gets updated every Thursday at 11am ET when the free games refresh on Epic Games Store. Are there any that we missed from last week?

      1. You’ve removed too much, not just the Avon Colony that was incorrectly said to be available this week… Speed Brawl and Tharsis should’ve stayed. πŸ˜‰

        Also, a correction for Halcyon 6: Lightspeed Edition : it was for the Feb. 11 to Feb. 18 week.

        And about Sludge Life… i’ve had it available via the “show more” button since at least Oct 30, 2020… and for me it ended on May 28, not Apr 28. :-B

        1. Hello! That was actually me that added the Aven Colony game, sorry about that! They originally had it on the list instead of The Escapists, but then removed it after I updated the page. Believe me, I was plenty frustrated when I saw that they changed it, haha. As for Speed Brawl and Tharsis being removed, I’m not sure what happened there. I’ll have to fix that; thanks for noticing!

  4. I originally redeemed Alien: Isolation when it was free on December 21. It didn’t include the Last Survivor DLC at that time (I believe the Last Survivor DLC was 75% off instead). When Alien: Isolation went back on free offer on April 22, Alien: Isolation showed as owned for me, and the Last Survivor DLC was not available for free. I checked again today, and this time I was allowed to claim the game again, which got me the Last Survivor DLC for free. I’m not the only one who’s encountered this (e.g. https://www.reddit.com/r/GameDeals/comments/mx1ni9/epic_alien_isolation_last_survivor_dlc_100_off/gvlgcqg/). If anyone already had Alien: Isolation from December and hasn’t checked EGS since early in the day April 22, check to see if you are missing the Last Survivor DLC. If so, you can still claim it before April 29, 11 AM EDT.

  5. well well well.. look how many games i missed

  6. Actually it says Jurassic World Evolution is free until January 7th for a week, not 24 hours

    1. Cheers!

  7. Thanks for keeping it updated!

  8. Next will be the long dark

    1. Is that your prediction?

  9. Wrapper hints next game

    1. The long dark

    2. What do you think tomorrow’s will be?

        1. That would be awesome!

          1. Nope πŸ™ what do you think tommorows is ?

          2. Tomorrow’s got me stumped! Something to do with axes… what do you think?

  10. The wrapper on the game has a symbol hinting the next game. You can predict the next one like last year πŸ™‚

    1. Very cool. What do you think tomorrow’s will be?

  11. Great work on this site, kept me coming back for the updates, I have most of the games but one I missed was Assassins Creed syndicate…….aaaarrrrrrrhhhhhh so mad I missed it by 2hrs, still nags at me now, AC games are in my all time top 10.

  12. A Total War Saga: TROY will be free tomorrow August 13th for 24 hours, just a BTW

    1. Added now, thanks.

  13. man they really canceled the escapists 2 huh. either way im excited for conan exiles!

    1. ugh… conan exiles has been cancelled.

    2. It should hopefully come out at some point in the future.

  14. Hello! Can I ask you? Is it possible to tell if Subnautica will be free again? Or if Subnautica Below Zero will be free for some time too? Thank you. Have a nice day!

    1. Games haven’t returned too often, so I’m not sure if the original Subnautica will be available again for free. It’s usually older games that end up being free, so I don’t think Below Zero will be free anytime soon.

  15. Thank you so much for updating this list, you are doing god’s work

  16. I believe I’ve claimed all the free games on EGS thus far (including normally free-to-play titles), and I thank Epic Games and publishers for the freebies, but I believe the routine freebies will eventually come to an end, either beginning 2021, 2022, or maybe even as late as 2023 (although I think EGS will continue to offer the occasional freebie after that time, just as the Humble Store, GOG, etc. do on occasion), or otherwise there will be more repeats (thus far, only Celeste and Overcooked have repeated). But when I evaluate EGS on the merits (beyond free games and $10 coupons), the Epic Games Launcher and EGS are not progressing as well as I had hoped (not even close). I think Origin is a substandard launcher and store; having said that, in terms of feature set, I find even Origin launcher/Origin.com comparatively better than Epic Games Launcher/EGS at present.

    I wish Epic Games had chosen to compete with Steam and other services via:
    1) A well-designed, full-featured launcher and store experience. E.g. While the EGS catalog is far less crowded than Steam (and I think there is an argument to be made in favor of store curation), discoverability on EGS is actually pretty shoddy.
    2) Working with publishers to lower list prices. E.g. Despite Epic’s more favorable revenue split, many games on EGS are normally priced the same as they are on Steam and other stores (e.g. Borderlands 3 is normally $59.99 regardless of where you buy it); i.e. the better revenue split doesn’t usually result in lower list prices for customers.
    3) Working with publishers for better sales pricing. E.g. Despite Epic’s more favorable revenue split, many games on EGS have the same (pre-coupon) sale prices as they do elsewhere; i.e. none of it is usually passed on to the customer in the form of lower (pre-coupon) sale prices. Where Epic Games is making a positive impact are the $10 Epic Coupons, and I hope the coupons continue on indefinitely for every future sale, but that is coming out of Epic’s pocket, most publishers aren’t lowering their sale prices on EGS despite the revenue split.
    4) A better refund policy. Given its willingness to leverage its deep pockets, Epic Games is in a position to allay publisher reservations with regard to a more customer-friendly refund policy (something better than 2 hours of play time), yet EGS is not standing out from the crowd in this regard.

    As it stands, I grab the freebies on EGS, but I have yet to purchase anything. The primary reason is the Epic Games Launcher. I am not opposed to having multiple launchers on my computer. I tend to be opposed to publisher-centric launchers (e.g. Rockstar Games Launcher), but I already had multiple launchers installed prior to the birth of the Epic Games Launcher, and having multiple publisher-agnostic launchers installed is not an important consideration to me, particularly when I can use one launcher as a meta-launcher. Feature set, however, is important to me. The Epic Games Launcher is just not competitive in this regard, nor do I like the browsing experience on EGS.

    Another reason I have not purchased anything on EGS is somewhat similar to the Osborne effect, except instead of deferring a purchase due to the prospect of a future product, I find that I am more reluctant to invest funds in a product that may later be given away for free. To be clear, this doesn’t keep me from buying games I am really interested in (although, again, I currently prefer a couple of other launchers over the Epic Games Launcher based on feature set, and I am willing to wait a year if I am forced to by EGS-exclusivity deals in order to use those other launchers), but it does keep me from buying games that I am less confident about but that I might otherwise have taken a chance on (and not just on EGS, but on other stores where the games are sold). Having more than two hours (preferably at least five hours) of play time within two weeks of purchase on EGS to refund a game would likely resolve this consideration.

    1. EPIC is focus on giving away games but lacks of interest of building a gamer’s community. The crackwatch even doing this lot better than epic.

    2. ^Forgot Hyper Light Drifter. It has also repeated as a freebie.

  17. Here I was hoping to get ARK for free…
    Instead we get a minigame… IΒ΄ll pass on this week.

    1. ark was free 2 weeks ago. didn’t you claim it?

    2. Overcooked is very fun with friends. Why would you pass on a free game?

      1. i mean its not really that fun if u dont have friends to play with and the 2nd one is better

  18. Does anyone know if there’s any chance some of these games might be free again at some point for those of us that missed it? I can live without most of them since im not really into puzzle games/platformers/horror but ones like Kingdom Come, GTA 5, and Arkham would be great.

    1. This week’s game, Overcooked, is also a returnee. That was previously available eleven months ago.

    2. There is only one game that has returned; Celeste came back on the 12 days of free games.

    3. It doesn’t seem likely that any will return.

  19. Cant believe i found out about this one day after gta v expired…

  20. I only knew about the free games from a friend when gta came out, sad i missed out on more than a years worth of this ;-;

  21. Gta was my first game and next borderlands I missed all the games including those games of which I am a die heart fan :'(

  22. I missed couple of games. The worst was subnautica I missed. Other than that I missed no AAA games so that’s good. Also as I have build like a 102 games collection I had purchased 7 games for 52 dollars with 3 games having gold edition and 1 deluxe. Epic games is such great store for us consumers. I just love them for listening to budget gamers.

  23. Next AAA games probably:

    Civilization VI – May 21. – May 28.
    Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – May 28. – June 4.
    Ark: Survival Evolved – June 4. – June 11.

  24. Started collecting from the beginning – back in dec 2018 – have all the free games πŸ˜‰

    1. You are lucky man I have just got borderlands and gta5 for that also because I heard the news of gta 5 and created an account.
      And I also wanted fs 19 but the time is gone 😒

    2. thats great! i was hoping i knew this right when they were giving away Subnautica. I first stumbled upon Epic on my birthday which is in 4th of april last year πŸ™‚

  25. GTA v is the first time I heard about all these free games, I’m so sad I missed out on everything :(((((

    1. I am with you bro same happened to me😒

    2. aww im sorry don’t worry Epic has no signs of stopping πŸ™‚

  26. I didn’t even know Epic games did this I wish I had cuz GTA’s the first game I have

    1. that’s alright Epic isn’t stopping any soon πŸ™‚

  27. i missed everything before the arkham and lego batman stuff then some other like hello neighbor that wasnt there on my epic fsr but yeah

  28. I missed plenty of frickin games… Mostly due to getting a PC only this year…

    1. you can get them at the epic games website on your phone

      1. i cant believe i missed batman series,farming simulator,metro 2033,lays of fear and hello neghbor i am very upset now.

  29. Collected 88, 7 missed. not bad

  30. Collected 76, 19 missed ;(