Epic Games Store to offer free game weekly throughout 2020
Digital storefront will also get “tons of amazing” exclusive titles this year
The Epic Games Store’s weekly free game promotion has been extended throughout 2020.
Epic originally launched a bi-monthly free game offer alongside its PC storefront in December 2018 but said in May 2019 it was increasing the frequency of the offer to one free game per week.
Titles offered for free have included Alan Wake, For Honor, Limbo, This War of Mine, Overcooked, World of Goo, Transistor, The Witness, Hyper Light Drifter, Fez, Inside, Celeste, Metro 2033 Redux, Minit, Alan Wake’s American Nightmare and Observer.
Sundered: Eldritch Edition is currently free to download, and Epic announced on Tuesday that the promotion has been extended throughout 2020.
In an infographic, Epic said the Epic Games Store has 108 million PC customers.
$680 million has been spent in the marketplace, with $251 million going on third-party PC games, while Epic says it has funded $23 million of coupons and discounts.
It claims 73 free games worth $1,455 have been given away. The titles have an average review score of 80 on OpenCritic and have been claimed over 200 million times.
“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” including Predator: Hunting Grounds and Godfall, Epic said on Tuesday.
The Epic Games Store offers developers an 88 per cent share of the revenue their games bring in, compared to the 70/30 per cent revenue split offered by rival Steam.
The more attractive revenue split helped Epic secure some major PC exclusives in 2019 including Metro: Exodus, Borderlands 3, Control and Shenmue III.
Epic Games boss Tim Sweeney has said the company’s strategy of signing PC exclusives for its digital storefront is the only way it can challenge Steam.
Epic also said on Tuesday that it plans to release “many more cross-platform games” like Fortnite and Dauntless via the Epic Games Store in 2020.