Publisher Epic has pledged that, every two weeks throughout 2019, it will give away a new PC game to anyone with an Epic Games Store account. All you have to do is visit the store to collect it. The latest freebie is now available: What Remains of Edith Finch, an adventure game that has you play through a series of connected short stories about the doomed Finch family. You can download it for free between now and January 24–a good deal, considering it currently sells for $20 on Steam.
Named one of GameSpot’s best games of 2017, What Remains of Edith Finch puts you in the shoes of the title character, the last living member of her family, as she explores the old Finch mansion and estate. Several generations have lived and died here, and as you explore, you play through the events that led to their untimely demises.
While that may sound bleak, the stories vary quite a bit in tone. In GameSpot’s 9/10 What Remains of Edith Finch review, Justin Clark wrote, “It’s not often that a game’s plot slips past the bitterness of grief to finally get to the acceptance, but that’s the triumph in What Remains of Edith Finch. Ultimately, if the game has any resemblance of a moral, it’s that the bravest, most beautiful thing every one of us does is choose to keep going, despite knowing what’s coming.”
The previous free titles from the Epic Games Store were Subnautica and Super Meat Boy. Once Edith Finch goes back to regular price, the online store will give away The Jackbox Party Pack between January 25 and February 7.
In related news, Ubisoft has decided to abandon Steam in favor of the Epic Games Store to sell the upcoming shared-world shooter Tom Clancy’s The Division 2. This is part of an ongoing battle between game distribution platforms that kicked off when Epic announced its game store would offer publishers more appealing financial terms than Steam. Other Epic Games Store exclusives include Hades and the remaining episodes of The Walking Dead: The Final Season. Discord has also announced a digital game storethat will offer better terms than both Steam and the Epic Games Store.