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 each and every free game that has been available in Epic's new store! We've got the full date ranges, as well as taking a look at some of the most frequently asked questions about the store, including whether or not the games are free forever, if you need to install the game, and how often free games are released! We'll be updating this list whenever a new game is release or announced.

To help promote Epic's new store they've started releasing free games to the public. They started it off with a bang by releasing the very popular Subnautica to users of their platform, and they've continued to release some impressive games along the way.

Epic Games Store Free Games List

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Upcoming Free Game: Sherlock Holmes Crimes & Punishments

Free Period: April 9th - 16th, 2020

Become the most celebrated detective of all time: Sherlock Holmes! Use your impressive talents as a detective to solve six thrilling and varied cases.

Current Free Games: Drawful 2, Gone Home & Hob

Free Period: April 2nd - 9th, 2020

You can also get the game Totally Reliable Delivery Service for free until April 8th, 2020!

Gone Home

June 7th, 1995. 1:15 AM. You arrive home after a year abroad. You expect your family to greet you, but the house is empty. Something's not right. Where is everyone? And what's happened here? Unravel the mystery for yourself in Gone Home.

Hob

Hob is a vibrant, suspenseful action-adventure game set on a stunning and brutal world in disarray. As players delve into the mysteries around them, they discover a planet in peril. Can it be mended, or will the world fall further into chaos?

Drawful 2

The team behind the hit party games Fibbage, Quiplash, and YOU DON’T KNOW JACK presents Drawful 2, the game of terrible drawings and hilariously wrong answers!

Figment, Tormentor x Punisher, Drawful 2, & World War Z

Free Period: March 26th - April 2nd, 2020

Figment

Figment is an action-adventure game that invites you to explore a unique surreal universe filled with music, humor and multi layered narrative.

Tormentor x Punisher

Everything in Tormentor x Punisher can be killed in one hit, from bosses to yourself. Bosses conjure traps to make the arena hellish. Demons adjust to your play style and punish you. Perform combos on enemies and gain cool upgrades. Reload your machine gun by firing your shotgun.

Drawful 2

The team behind the hit party games Fibbage, Quiplash, and YOU DON’T KNOW JACK presents Drawful 2, the game of terrible drawings and hilariously wrong answers!

World War Z

World War Z is a heart-pounding four-player cooperative third-person shooter featuring massive swarms of zombies that recklessly rush their living prey.

The Stanley Parable & Watch Dogs

Free Period: March 19th - 26th, 2020

The Stanley Parable

The Stanley Parable is a first person exploration game. You will play as Stanley, and you will not play as Stanley. You will follow a story, you will not follow a story. You will have a choice, you will have no choice.

Watch Dogs

As Aiden Pearce, a brilliant hacker, turn Chicago into the ultimate weapon in your quest for revenge. But what happens when your personal quest collides with an entire city?

Anodyne 2: Return to Dust, A Short Hike, Mutazione

Free Period: March 12th - 19th, 2020

Anodyne 2: Return to Dust

Run, jump, and drive across vast, dreamy 3D landscapes. Shrink into surreal, 2D dungeons inside of characters' bodies. Travel the world, meet strange people, and save the world from the dangerous Nano Dust.

A Short Hike

Hike, climb, and soar through the peaceful mountainside landscapes of Hawk Peak. Follow the trails or explore the backcountry as you make your way to the summit. Along the way, meet other hikers, discover hidden treasures, and take in the world around you.

Mutazione

A mutant soap opera where small-town gossip meets the supernatural. Join Kai as she arrives in the mysterious community of Mutazione to care for her ailing grandfather. Discover scenic hangouts, magical gardens, new friends, and old secrets...

GoNNER & Offworld Trading Company

Free Period: March 5th - March 12th, 2020

GoNNER

GoNNER is a tough as hell score-based procedurally-generated platformer with roguelike elements. GoNNER is also a story about friendship between Ikk, Death, and a space whale named Sally.

Offworld Trading Company

Mars has been colonized, and Earth's corporate titans fight to dominate this new market. Competition is fierce in this fast-paced economic RTS from Civilization IV Lead Designer, Soren Johnson.

Inner Space

Free Period: February 27th - March 5th, 2020

InnerSpace is a game about exploration, about player-driven moments both small and grandiose. Take your time, soar through the skies and dive through the oceans, and the secrets of the Inverse will reveal themselves.

Faeria & Assassin's Creed Syndicate

Free Period: February 20th - 27th, 2020

Faeria

With its unique living board, Faeria is also the only card game where you can gain all 300 cards in less than 50 hours.

Assassin's Creed Syndicate

This game was announced later, and it was originally only going to be Faeria for free in this week!

London, 1868. In the heart of the Industrial Revolution, play as Jacob Frye - a brash and charismatic Assassin.

Kingdom Come: Deliverance & Aztez

Free Period: February 13th - 20th, 2020

Kingdom Come: Deliverance

Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a story-driven open-world RPG that immerses you in an epic adventure in the Holy Roman Empire. Avenge your parents' death as you battle invading forces, go on game-changing quests, and make influential choices.

Aztez

Aztez is a unique hybrid of beat 'em up and turn-based strategy, set in the world of the Aztec Empire. Highly technical, real-time, beat-em-up combat events resolve ongoing conflicts in your expanding empire.

Carcassone, Ticket to Ride, & Pandemic

Free Period: February 6th - 13th, 2020

It appears Pandemic isn't going to be available although it was promoted previously as one of the free options.

Carcassonne

The official adaptation of the famous board game Carcassonne! A modern classic tile-placement game based on the award wining game in which the players draw and place a tile with a piece of southern French landscape on it.

Ticket to Ride

The official adaptation of Days of Wonder's best-selling train board game, Ticket to Ride takes less than one minute to learn but a lifetime to master. Over 70 million games played online and a new game starting every 4 seconds on average!

Pandemic

Humanity is on the brink of extinction. As members of an elite disease control team, you’re the only thing standing in the way of the four deadly diseases spreading across the world. The fate of humanity is in your hands!

Farming Simulator 19

Free Period: January 30th - February 6th, 2020

The ultimate farming simulation returns with a complete graphics overhaul and the most complete farming experience ever! Become a modern farmer and develop your farm on two huge American and European environments, filled with exciting new farming activities, crops to harvest and animals to tend to.

The Bridge

Free Period: January 23rd - 30th, 2020

The Bridge is a logic puzzle game that forces the player to reevaluate their preconceptions of physics and perspective. It is Isaac Newton meets M.C. Escher. Manipulate gravity to redefine the ceiling as the floor while venturing through impossible architectures.

Horace

Free Period: January 16th - 23rd, 2020

"The best platformer of 2019." Horace is a huge platforming adventure which pushes the boundaries of the genre with a profound story of a small robot learning of life, the universe and Douglas Adams. Made by videogame lovers for videogame lovers!

Sundered: Eldritch Edition

Free Period: January 9th - 16th, 2020

For the King was delayed, and it looks like Sundered: Eldritch Edition will be given away instead!

Sundered is a chaotic hand­-drawn metroidvania where you resist or embrace ancient eldritch powers, a challenging and unique take on a classic genre from the creators of Jotun, now with local co-op!

Darksiders (Warmastered Edition), Darksiders 2 (Deathinitive Edition), AND Steep

Free Period: January 1st - 9th, 2020

Darksiders (Warmastered Edition)

Deceived by the forces of evil into prematurely bringing about the end of the world, War – the first Horseman of the Apocalypse – stands accused of breaking the sacred law by inciting a war between Heaven and Hell.

Darksiders 2 (Deathinitive Edition)

The ultimate DARKSIDERS II experience! 1080p native resolution. Reworked and tuned game balancing and loot distribution. Improved Graphic Render Engine for even higher visual quality, lighting and shadows. Improved and reworked level, character and environment graphics.

Steep

Ride a massive open world across the Alps, where the powder is always fresh and the run never ends. Defy and master the mountain alone or with friends on skis, wingsuits, snowboards and paragliders. Record and share your best stunts.

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair

Free Period: December 31st, 2019 - January 1st, 2020

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is a brand-new platform adventure from some of the key creative talent behind 'Donkey Kong Country'. With their arch-nemesis Capital B up to no good, the buddy duo needs to spring into action once again to save the day!

Hello Neighbor

Free Period: December 30th - 31st, 2019

Hello Neighbor is a Stealth Horror Game about sneaking into your neighbor's house and figuring out what he's hiding in the basement. Play against an advanced AI that learns from your actions.

Talos Principle

Free Period: December 29th - 30th, 2019

The Talos Principle is a first-person puzzle game in the tradition of philosophical science fiction.

Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun

Free Period: December 28th - 29th, 2019

Shadow Tactics is a hardcore tactical stealth game set in Japan around the Edo period. A new Shogun seizes power over Japan and enforces nationwide peace. In his battle against conspiracy and rebellion, he recruits five specialists with extraordinary skills for assassination, sabotage and espionage.

Hyper Light Drifter

Free Period: December 27th - 28th, 2019

Explore a beautiful, vast and ruined world riddled with dangers and lost technologies.

FTL: Faster Than Light

Free Period: December 26th - 27th, 2019

This "spaceship simulation roguelike-like" allows you to take your ship and crew on an adventure through a randomly generated galaxy filled with glory and bitter defeat.

Totally Accurate Battle Simulator

Free Period: December 25th - 26th, 2019

Totally Accurate Battle Simulator is a wacky physics-based tactics game. Experience accurate warfare through the ages. TABS uses state of the art physics-based simulation to provide you with never-before-seen insight to our greatest battles of history.

Celeste

Free Period: December 24th - 25th, 2019

Help Madeline survive her inner demons on her journey to the top of Celeste Mountain, in this super-tight platformer from the creators of TowerFall. Brave hundreds of hand-crafted challenges, uncover devious secrets, and piece together the mystery of the mountain.

Ape Out

Free Period: December 23rd - 24th, 2019

APE OUT is a wildly intense and stylized smash ‘em up about primal escape, rhythmic violence & frenetic jazz. Build up nearly unstoppable momentum and use your captors as both weapons + shields to crush everyone on your procedurally generated path to freedom.

Little Inferno

Free Period: December 22nd - 23rd, 2019

Congratulations on your new Little Inferno Entertainment Fireplace! Burn flaming logs, screaming robots, credit cards, batteries, exploding fish, unstable nuclear devices, and tiny galaxies.

Superhot

Free Period: December 21st - 22nd, 2019

SUPERHOT is the first-person shooter where time moves only when you move. No regenerating health bars. No conveniently placed ammo drops. It's just you, outnumbered and outgunned, grabbing weapons off enemies to shoot, slice, and maneuver through bullets.

TowerFall Ascension

Free Period: December 20th - 21st, 2019

TowerFall Ascension is the definitive version of the hit archery combat game. Inspired by classics from the golden age of couch multiplayer, it's a 4-player local party game centering around hilarious, intense versus matches.

Into the Breach

Free Period: December 19th - 20th, 2019

Control powerful mechs from the future to defeat an alien threat. Each attempt to save the world presents a new randomly generated challenge in this turn-based strategy game from the makers of FTL.

The Escapists & The Wolf Among Us

Free Period: December 12th - 19th, 2019

The Escapists

You’ve landed yourself in prison again, and your only chance is to engineer an escape by any means necessary. How you do it is up to you! Why not cause a prison riot? Or dig a tunnel right under the walls of the prison? Or even steal a guard uniform to blend in with your captors?

The Wolf Among Us

This was added later during The Game Awards!

Based on the award-winning Fables comic books (DC Comics/Vertigo). As Bigby Wolf - THE big bad wolf - discover that a brutal, bloody murder is just a taste of things to come in a game series where your every decision can have enormous consequences.

Jotun - Valhalla Edition

Free Period: December 6th - 12th, 2019

Jotun is a hand-drawn action-exploration game set in Norse mythology. In Jotun, you play Thora, a Viking warrior who died an inglorious death and must prove herself to the Gods to enter Valhalla. Impress the Gods!

Rayman Legends

Free Period: November 29th - December 6th, 2019

Jump and fight your way through each world to save the day and discover the secrets of every legendary painting in Rayman Legends.

Bad North

Free Period: November 21st - 29th, 2019

Position and relocate your troops to fend off the Vikings, who each have their own counters to the threats you pose. Pick your battles and plan your evacuations carefully! Lose a commander and they're gone forever; lose everything, and it's game over!

The Messenger

Free Period: November 14th - 21st, 2019

As a demon army besieges his village, a young ninja ventures through a cursed world, to deliver a scroll paramount to his clan’s survival. What begins as a classic action platformer soon unravels into an expansive time-traveling adventure full of thrills, surprises, and humor.

Nuclear Throne & Ruiner

Free Period: November 7th - 14th, 2019

Nuclear Throne

Nuclear Throne is a post-apocalyptic roguelike-like top-down shooter.

Ruiner

RUINER is a brutal action shooter set in the year 2091 in the cyber metropolis Rengkok. A wired psychopath lashes out against a corrupt system to uncover the truth and retrieve his kidnapped brother under the guidance of a secretive hacker friend.

SOMA & Costume Quest

Free Period: October 31st - November 7th, 2019

SOMA

SOMA is a sci-fi horror game from Frictional Games, the creators of Amnesia: The Dark Descent. It is an unsettling story about identity, consciousness, and what it means to be human.

Costume Quest

Costume Quest is a Halloween adventure from Tim Schafer's Double Fine Productions. In this charming role-playing game, choose your hero and trick-or-treat through three beautiful environments full of Double Fine humor and story.

Q.U.B.E.2 & Layers of Fear

Free Period: October 24th - October 31st, 2019

Q.U.B.E.2

Q.U.B.E. 2 is the sequel to the hit first-person puzzle game Q.U.B.E. As stranded archaeologist, Amelia Cross, you must solve the puzzles of this mysterious world and find a way back home.

Layers of Fear

Layers of Fear is a first-person psychedelic horror game with a heavy focus on story and exploration. Delve deep into the mind of an insane painter and discover the secret of his madness.

Observer & Alan Wake's American Nightmare

Free Period: October 17th - 24th, 2019

Observer

What would you do if your fears were hacked? >observer_ is a cyberpunk horror game from Bloober Team, the creators of Layers of Fear. Play as an Observer, the new front line of neural police, as you hack into the jagged minds of the insane.

Alan Wake's American Nightmare

A thrilling new storyline, hordes of creepy enemies, serious firepower and beautiful Arizona locations, combined with a fun and challenging new game mode!

Surviving Mars

Free Period: October 10th - 17th, 2019

Surviving Mars is a sci-fi city builder all about colonizing Mars and surviving the process. Choose a space agency for resources and financial support before determining a location for your colony. Build domes and infrastructure, research new possibilities and utilize drones to unlock more elaborate ways to shape and expand your settlement. Cultivate your own food, mine minerals or just relax by the bar after a hard day’s work. Most important of all, though, is keeping your colonists alive. Not an easy task on a strange new planet.

Minit

Free Period: October 3rd - 10th, 2019

Minit is a peculiar little adventure played sixty seconds at a time.

Everything & Metro 2033 Redux

Free Period: September 26th - October 3rd, 2019

Everything

Everything is an epic, award-winning reality simulation game - where everything you see is a thing you can be, from animals to planets to galaxies and beyond. Travel between outer and inner space, and explore a vast, interconnected universe of things without enforced goals, score...

Metro 2033 Redux

In 2013, the world was devastated by an apocalyptic event, annihilating almost all mankind and turning the earth’s surface into a poisonous wasteland. A handful of survivors took refuge in the depths of the Moscow underground, and human civilization entered a new Dark Age.

Batman: Arkham Collection & Lego Batman Trilogy

Free Period: September 19th - 26th, 2019

It looks like they've fixed the bugs, you can now grab the Batman: Arkham Collection and Lego Batman Trilogy for free!

Batman: Arkham Collection

Batman: Arkham Asylum

Experience what it’s like to be Batman and face off against Gotham's greatest villians. Explore every inch of Arkham Asylum and roam freely on the infamous island.

Batman: Arkham City

Batman: Arkham City builds upon the intense, atmospheric foundation of Batman: Arkham Asylum, sending players flying through the expansive Arkham City - five times larger than the game world in Batman: Arkham Asylum - the new maximum security "home" for all of Gotham City's thugs, gangsters and insane criminal masterminds. Featuring an incredible Rogues Gallery of Gotham City's most dangerous criminals including Catwoman, The Joker, The Riddler, Two-Face, Harley Quinn, The Penguin, Mr. Freeze and many others, the game allows players to genuinely experience what it feels like to be The Dark Knight delivering justice on the streets of Gotham City.

Batman: Arkham Knight

Batman™: Arkham Knight brings the award-winning Arkham trilogy from Rocksteady Studios to its epic conclusion. Developed exclusively for New-Gen platforms, Batman: Arkham Knight introduces Rocksteady's uniquely designed version of the Batmobile.

Lego Batman Trilogy

The LEGO Batman Trilogy Pack offers players an unprecedented opportunity to experience the complete LEGO Batman saga.

Conarium

Free Period: September 12th - 19th, 2019

Conarium is a chilling Lovecraftian game, which follows a gripping story involving four scientists and their endeavor to challenge what we normally consider to be the ‘absolute’ limits of nature.

The End is Nigh & Abzu

Free Period: September 5th - 12th, 2019

The End is Nigh

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

Abzu

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

Celeste & Inside

Free Period: August 29th - September 5th, 2019

Celeste

Help Madeline survive her inner demons on her journey to the top of Celeste Mountain, in this super-tight platformer from the creators of TowerFall. Brave hundreds of hand-crafted challenges, uncover devious secrets, and piece together the mystery of the mountain.

Inside

Hunted and alone, a boy finds himself drawn into the center of a dark project.

Fez

Free Period: August 22nd - 29th, 2019

Gomez is a 2D creature living in a 2D world. Or is he? When the existence of a mysterious 3rd dimension is revealed to him, Gomez is sent out on a journey that will take him to the very end of time and space.

Hyper Light Drifter & Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden

Free Period: August 15th - 22nd, 2019

Hyper Light Drifter

Echoes of a dark and violent past resonate throughout a savage land, steeped in treasure and blood. Hyper Light Drifter is an action adventure RPG in the vein of the best 16­bit classics, with modernized mechanics and designs on a much grander scale.

Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden

Mankind has been eradicated by climate change, nuclear war, and pandemics. Will your team of mutants survive the Zone? Mutant Year Zero: Roadto Eden is a tactical adventure game combining turn-based combat with real-time exploration, story, stealth, and strategy.

GNOG

Free Period: August 8th - 15th, 2019

GNOG is a 3D puzzle game set in a tactile world of toys and secrets. Point, click, grab, poke, spin, pull, and play with uniquely charming monster heads as you explore the hidden worlds inside them. Filled with eye-catching designs, playful interactions, and a rich, reactive soundtrack, the hand-crafted heads come to life in either standard play or in VR.

For Honor & Alan Wake

Free Period: August 2nd - 9th, 2019

For Honor

Enter the chaos of war as a bold Knight, brutal Viking, deadly Samurai or swift Wu Lin, a legendary Faction consisting of four of the greatest warriors. In For Honor, wield your blade like never before with the innovative Art of Battle combat system that puts you in total control of your warrior. Master your sword and fight in brutal, fast-paced melee combat across an engaging story campaign and groundbreaking multiplayer modes.

Alan Wake

When the wife of the best-selling writer Alan Wake disappears on their vacation, his search turns up pages from a thriller he doesn’t even remember writing. A Dark Presence stalks the small town of Bright Falls, pushing Wake to the brink of sanity in his fight to unravel the mystery and save his love.

Moonlighter & This War of Mine

Free Period: July 25th - August 2nd, 2019

Moonlighter

During a long-passed archaeological excavation, a set of Gates were discovered. People quickly realized that these ancient passages lead to different realms and dimensions – providing brave and reckless adventurers with treasures beyond measure. Rynoka, a small commercial village, was founded near the excavation site providing refuge and a place for adventurers to sell their hard-earned riches.

Moonlighter is an Action RPG with rogue-lite elements following the everyday routines of Will, an adventurous shopkeeper that dreams of becoming a hero.

This War of Mine

In This War Of Mine you do not play as an elite soldier, rather a group of civilians trying to survive in a besieged city; struggling with lack of food, medicine and constant danger from snipers and hostile scavengers. The game provides an experience of war seen from an entirely new angle.

The pace of This War of Mine is imposed by the day and night cycle. During the day snipers outside stop you from leaving your refuge, so you need to focus on maintaining your hideout: crafting, trading and taking care of your survivors. At night, take one of your civilians on a mission to scavenge through a set of unique locations for items that will help you stay alive.

Limbo

Free Period: July 18th - July 25th, 2019

Uncertain of his sister's fate, a boy enters LIMBO.

Torchlight

Free Period: July 11th - July 18th, 2019

Legions of twisted creatures, emboldened by Ember, have begun to swarm up from the caves below the sleepy enclave of Torchlight. In this critically acclaimed Action-RPG, you’ll choose from three powerful heroes to adventure the depths for endless treasure and glory. Your adventure is unique, through randomly generated environments with new monsters, treasures, puzzles, and items each time.

Overcooked

Free Period: July 4th - July 11th, 2019

Overcooked is a chaotic couch co-op cooking game for one to four players. Working as a team, you and your fellow chefs must prepare, cook and serve up a variety of tasty orders before the baying customers storm out in a huff. Sharpen your knives and dust off your chef’s whites, there isn’t mushroom for error and the steaks are high in these crazy kitchens!

The Onion Kingdom is in danger and only the finest cooking can save it! In Overcooked players must journey through a variety of cruel and unusual kitchens on their quest to become master chefs capable of conquering an ancient edible evil which plagues the land.

Play solo or engage in classic, chaotic couch co-op for up to four players in both co-operative and competitive challenge modes. You’ll have to cook a range of different dishes and work together in order to become the most effective and ultimate team!

Last Day of June

Free Period: June 27th - July 4th, 2019

Join Carl and June on what begins as a magical outing to their favorite spot, and try to unlock the sequence of events that could save the day – and June’s life – in this cinematic experience that will compel you to ask yourself: “What would I do to save the one I love?”

Last Day of June is an interactive tale about love and loss, from an all-star team of creators.

Rebel Galaxy

Free Period: June 20th - 27th, 2019

Rebel Galaxy is a game of action-packed combat, exploration, discovery, trade, and “negotiation” with the outlandish denizens at the edge of the known universe.

You’ll battle pirates, explore anomalies, befriend aliens, scavenge battle wreckage, mine asteroids, and discover artifacts. Choose your path as a roguish do-gooder, crafty space-trader or power-hungry privateer in this swashbuckling space adventure.

Enter the Gungeon

Free Period: June 13th - 20th, 2019

Enter the Gungeon is a bullet hell dungeon crawler following a band of misfits seeking to shoot, loot, dodge roll and table-flip their way to personal absolution by reaching the legendary Gungeon’s ultimate treasure: the gun that can kill the past. Select a hero (or team up in co-op) and battle your way to the bottom of the Gungeon by surviving a challenging and evolving series of floors filled with the dangerously adorable Gundead and fearsome Gungeon bosses armed to the teeth. Gather precious loot, discover hidden secrets, and chat with opportunistic merchants and shopkeepers to purchase powerful items to gain an edge.

Kingdom New Lands

Free Period: June 6th - 13th, 2019

Be brave, ruler, and fight to the bitter end,
lest these New Lands conquer you instead.

Kingdom is a minimalistic micro strategy game with modern retro aesthetics and an ambient soundtrack. Players take control of a monarch struggling to build their kingdom from nothing by exploring the world, recruit loyal subjects and defend from the nightly Greed attacks.

City of Brass

Free Period: May 30th - June 6th, 2019

Become a daring thief in City of Brass, a first-person action adventure from senior BioShock developers.

Armed with scimitar and a versatile whip, you’ll lash and slash, bait and trap your way to the heart of an opulent, Arabian Nights-themed metropolis – or face certain death as time runs out.

Rime

Free Period: May 23rd - 30th, 2019

Play as a young boy who has awakened on a mysterious island after a torrential storm. You see wild animals, long-forgotten ruins and a massive tower that beckons you to come closer. Armed with your wits and a will to overcome—and the guidance of a helpful fox—you must explore the enigmatic island, reach the tower's peak, and unlock its closely guarded secrets.

Stories Untold

Free Period: May 16th - 30th, 2019

Stories Untold is a narrative-driven experimental adventure game, that bends the genre into something completely unique. Combining a mix of classic text-adventure, point-and-click and more, 4 short stories are packaged together into a single mysterious anthology that has been described as “a fantastic, fascinating example of interactive visual storytelling” and earning widespread critical acclaim since release.

The game pulls together 80s retro nostalgia, innovative and experimental genre-defying gameplay, and tense, psychological horror to create “one of the most fascinating and unique tales you can play this year.”

• Four unique stories, with their own settings, gameplay and mechanics.
• Play mind-bending text adventures, process radio transmissions and conduct experiments on bizarre artifacts
• Gorgeous retro-aesthetic brings back vivid memories, or a glimpse into what was.
• Sublime synth-wave horror soundtrack, inspired by 80s horror soundtracks.
• Achievements to unlock, and narrative secrets to discover
• Genre-hopping: from psychological horror, to tense mystery and terrifying sci-fi; Stories Untold is truly “4 stories, 1 nightmare”

World of Goo

Free Period: May 2nd, 2019 - May 16th, 2019

Beautiful and surprising, the millions of Goo Balls who live in the World of Goo are curious to explore - but they don't know that they are in a game, or that they are extremely delicious.

Welcome to the multiple "Game of The Year" award-winning puzzle game - World of Goo. Drag and drop living globs of goo to build structures, bridges, cannonballs, zeppelins, and giant tongues.

Transistor

Free Period: April 18th, 2019 - May 2nd, 2019

From the creators of Hades and Bastion, Transistor is a sci-fi themed action RPG that invites you to wield an extraordinary weapon of unknown origin as you fight through a stunning futuristic city.

Transistor seamlessly integrates thoughtful strategic planning into a fast-paced action experience, melding responsive gameplay and rich atmospheric storytelling. During the course of the adventure, you will piece together the Transistor's mysteries as you pursue its former owners.

The Witness

Free Period: April 4th, 2019 - April 18th, 2019

Wow, this is a pretty big one. One of the more popular and interesting puzzle games will be free for two weeks!

You don't remember who you are, and you don't remember how you got here, but there's one thing you can do: explore the island in hope of discovering clues, regaining your memory, and somehow finding your way home.

Oxenfree

Free Period: March 21st, 2019 - April 4th, 2019

Oxenfree is a supernatural thriller about some friends who enter into a ghostly rift unwittingly.

Slime Rancher

Free Period: March 7th, 2019 - March 21st, 2019

Slime Rancher is a fire-person sandbox game that has you collecting slims, growing crops, harvesting resources, and exploring an alien world!

Thimbleweed Park

Free Period: February 21st, 2019 - March 7th, 2019

If you are into solving mysteries, playing multiple characters, and things getting really weird the deeper you delve then Thimbleweed Park is for you!

Axiom Verge

Free Period: February 7th, 2019 - February 21st, 2019

Axiom Verge is a Metroidvania game, think Ori in the Blind Forest or Hollow Knight. The graphical style is similar to the original Metroid series and kind of reminds me of the old school Contra games.

The Jackbox Party Pack

Free Period: January 24th, 2019 - February 7th, 2019

The Jackbox Party Pack is a pretty big departure from the first few games in that it's meant to be played with a group of people. There are multiple games like Fibbage XL, Drawful, Word Spud, and Lie Swatter. You can use your phones, tablets, or computer as a controller to participate. If you are a streamer, you can have an audience of people join in and help vote for the best answers in certain games!

What Remains of Edith Finch

Free Period: January 11th, 2019 - January 24th, 2019

What Remains of Edith Finch is an interesting exploration game that has you exploring the Finch family house. As you explore, you'll learn more about Edith's family history as she tries to find out why she's the last one in her family alive.

Super Meat Boy

Free Period: December 28th, 2018 - January 10th, 2019

Super Meat Boy was the second offering in the series of free games. If you love difficult platformers, then you'll love Super Meat Boy. It was a pretty big change of pace when it first released, and it paved the way for games like Celeste to find success.

Subnautica

Free Period: December 12th, 2018 - December 27th, 2018

Subnautica was the first game released as a freebie. It is arguably also the best of the games, I had an extremely good time with it and it is a very unique experience. You play as a survivor of a space ship wreck and attempt to survive in an alien world that is primarily covered in open ocean. Hopefully, you were lucky enough to grab it because if not I would strongly recommend grabbing it because it was one of my favorites of the year.

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?

Yes, they are free forever if you "purchase" them during the free period. You just have to navigate to the game during the specific free date range and click on the purchase button right below the name of the game. The game will be available for installation in your library at anytime.

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 12 Days of Free Games event during the winter holidays of 2019. Epic will also sometimes release multiple games at a time for free!

How Long Will They Be Giving Out Free Games?

While this program was expected to come to an end in 2019, it looks like they've decided to extend it throughout 2020. We don't know if it will extend into 2021, but if the store and promotion remains popular I wouldn't be surprised to see them continue.

Epic Games Store vs. Steam

There is some controversy going on with the two competing companies for the game store space. Epic has offered to take less of a cut of sales from developers if they agree to exclusivity in distribution. That means the game won't be available from Steam (usually for a year after release) if the developer agrees to the deal. This has angered people who just want the games to be available in every store, especially since a lot of people have been using Steam for a long time.

The other issue for people is that the Epic Games Store is lacking a lot of the features that make Steam so great. There's no ability to review games or talk about them with the community. It is a very limited experience, and interestingly enough a lot of players of some of the free games that have been released will actually go to the Steam Community page of that game to ask questions.

About the Author

Evident is a lifelong gamer and creator of websites. He mostly focuses on shooters, but has been known to dabble in the occasional card game as well. You can find him binge watching TV shows in his downtime.

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  1. Thanks for updating this page, it’s been really helpful! Just a suggestion: maybe move the FAQ to the bottom so that the Free Games List can be at the top? Alternatively, making a “Contents” section that contains a direct link to the Free Games List? 😀

  2. It’s a shame i got all the other free games but Super meat boy and Subnautica. Pretty much the only two games i have ever wanted.

    1. Yikels – I was looking at games to see if I wanted something. I saw Subnautica and with the sale and the coupon it cost me $6.24. I can easily say it’s well worth it. I love the game. I don’t know where the story is heading, but I like the survival genre in general and this is a well crafted game. Not free, but an excellent price for a game of this caliber!

  3. Really happy we’re getting more free games through (hopefully the entirety of) 2020, here’s to… not spending money!

    1. I don’t think there’s any confirmation that it will or won’t be going through 2020, we’ll just have to wait, I guess.

  4. “interestingly enough a lot of players of some of the free games that have been released will actually go to the Steam Community page of that game to ask questions.”
    Just felt like commenting, the same happens with GoG as well, which also offers forums but those forums are less active. The ubiquity of using steam forums is so immense that some games (despite also having a GoG release) have linked to Steam as their official forums (as in you go to their official website and clicking on forums brings you to steam).

  5. Ok, i’m actually pretty excited for Hello Neighbor (if that’s what next game is), I’ve seen other people play some of it but have never tried it, I heard it even has mod support.