It's that time of year when the Epic Games Store spreads a little Christmas cheer; the Epic Games Store Holiday Sale is live, and with it comes free games; 17 of them, to be exact!
— Epic Games Store (@EpicGames) December 13, 2023
Epic Games appears to be doing things differently this year. While they have announced the Holiday Sale and everything that comes with it, it seems like they're not officially hosting a 15 Days of Free Games Event like they did last year and in 2021.
That's not to say there won't be plenty of free games for gamers to pick up because the announcement confirmed that there will be 17. And Epic Games is starting with a strong one.
- 1 Epic Games Store 2023 Holiday Sale Free Game Giveaway Week 1: Destiny 2: Legacy Collection
- 2 Eight Cosmetic Giveaways
- 3 Epic Games Store 2023 Holiday Sale Free Game Giveaway Day 2: DNF Duel
- 4 Epic Games Store 2023 Holiday Sale Free Game Giveaway Day 3: Melvor Idle
- 5 Epic Games Store 2023 Holiday Sale Free Game Giveaway Day 4: Art of Rally
- 6 Epic Games Store 2023 Holiday Sale Free Game Giveaway Day 5: Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition
- 7 Epic Games Store 2023 Holiday Sale Free Game Giveaway Day 6: Ghostwire Tokyo
- 8 Epic Games Store 2023 Holiday Sale Free Game Giveaway Day 7: The Outer Worlds: Spacer's Choice Edition
- 9 Epic Games Store 2023 Holiday Sale Free Game Giveaway Day 8: Human Resource Machine
- 10 Epic Games Store 2023 Holiday Sale Free Game Giveaway Day 9: Cursed to Golf
- 11 Epic Games Store 2023 Holiday Sale Free Game Giveaway Day 10: Cat Quest
- 12 Epic Games Store 2023 Holiday Sale Free Game Giveaway Day 11: Snakebird Complete
- 13 Epic Games Store 2023 Holiday Sale Free Game Giveaway Day 12: Saints Row Reboot
- 14 Epic Games Store 2023 Holiday Sale Free Game Giveaway Day 13: Ghostrunner
- 15 Epic Games Store 2023 Holiday Sale Free Game Giveaway Day 14: Escape Academy
- 16 Epic Games Store 2023 Holiday Sale Free Game Giveaway Day 15: 20 minutes Till Dawn
- 17 Epic Games Store 2023 Holiday Sale Free Game Giveaway Day 16: A Plague Tale: Innocence
- 18 Epic Games Store 2023 Holiday Sale Free Game Giveaway Day 17: Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy
Epic Games Store 2023 Holiday Sale Free Game Giveaway Week 1: Destiny 2: Legacy Collection
The first free game of the Epics Games Store Holiday Sale Free Game Giveaway is Destiny 2: Legacy Collection.
Destiny 2 has seen better days. After the shocking layoffs of senior Bungie staff, including developers integral to the Destiny franchise, fans en mass canceled their pre-orders of The Final Order in protest. But that speaks more of how they feel about Bungie, not Destiny 2 itself.
Destiny 2 has been going strong for over six years now. While the base game has been free for a while, the Legacy Collection includes the Shadowkeep, Beyond Light, and The Witch Queen expansions. $60 worth of content for a total of $0. Not too shabby.
Destiny 2: Legacy Collection isn't the only freebie now up for grabs. There are also eight cosmetics for various games that gamers can get their hands on.
Eight Cosmetic Giveaways
Fall Guys: Giddy Gift costume
Warframe: Atterax Weapon, 7-Day Affinity Booster, and a 7-Day Credit Booster
Honkai Impact 3rd: 500 Asterites and 100,000 Coins
Disney Speedstorm: Goofy's Monochromatic Classic Racing Suit, Racing Suit, Goofy's Kart Livery Monochromatic Classic Racing Suit, Chip n' Dale Rare Crew Shards, and 5 Universal Box Credits
Idle Champions of Forgotten Realms: The Dark Justiciar Shadowheart Party Pack, which includes Dark Justiciar Shadowheart Skin, the Shadowheart Epic Feat, Champion Unlocks for Shadowheart, Lae'zel, and Astarion, 7 Chests and 1 Guaranteed Shiny Card for Shadowheart, Lae'zel, and Astarion.
SYNCED: Winterfest Bundle, which includes the New Season Pack, an Epic Exclusive Weapon Skin, Runner Layla Outfit, and Avatar, and the General Pack with 10 Automat Coins and a VIP pass.
World of Warships: 1x Pan-Asian Ning Hai Cruiser, 15x Eco Boosts, 5x Santa's Gift containers, 1x Epic patch, 10x EGS camouflage, and 10x New Year Sky camouflage.
EVE Online: Superluminal Pack, which includes Semiotique Superluminal skins for the Magnate, Heron, Imicus, and Probe, and Capsuleer clothing consisting of Shades, Jackets, and Pants.
These cosmetic giveaways are limited-time only but don't give exact timeframes for when you can claim them, so pick them up right away. Gamers have one week to claim their Destiny 2: Legacy Collection.
Epic Games Store 2023 Holiday Sale Free Game Giveaway Day 2: DNF Duel
The next Epic Games Store Holiday Free Game Giveaway Event is here, and Epic Games has thrown us a curveball.
Gamers had a week to claim the first free game from the Epic Games Store Holiday Free Game Giveaway Event in the Destiny 2: Legacy Collection, but Epic Games has now switched to a 24-hour format that will continue until the end of the event on January 4.
The first 24-hour freebie up for grabs is DNF Duel. Released in July 2022, many compare it to Guilty Gear due to graphical similarities. Both 8ing and Arc System Works are developers for DNF Duel, but it feels more like an 8ing fighting game than an ASW one.
DNF Duel has yet to make it to the main stage of EVO, but DNF Duel does have Community Showcases, and it also made appearances this year at notable FGC tournaments like East Coast Throwdown, CEOtaku, and the ARC World Tour 2022 Finals, where it had a pretty massive $100K prize pool.
DNF Duel stands out as being pretty newbie-friendly. Mashing buttons won't get you far competitively in fighting games, but DNF Duel is a game most people can people up and immediately have a blast with.
Once again, these freebies are now daily deals, not weekly ones. You have until 11 AM EST to claim DNF Duel. Stay tuned for the next giveaway!
Epic Games Store 2023 Holiday Sale Free Game Giveaway Day 3: Melvor Idle
Day 3 of the Epic Games Store Holiday Free Game Giveaway Event is here, and Runescape fans will probably enjoy this one. Today's giveaway is Melvor Idle.
Inspired by Runescape and designed by Jagex, you can very much consider Melvor Idle to be Runescape except in 2D and with traditional idle game mechanics. Idle games have received a bad rap over the years due to the endless stream of bad idle browser MMOs and mobile games, but given this is a Jagex game, you can feel a little more confident about this idle experience.
Runescape players will feel right at home with the leveling system, skills, weapons, and armor. You can customize your town, purchase livestock, expand your workshop, explore dungeons, and more.
If you're willing to give at least one idle game a try, Melvor Idle is a worthy candidate. You have until 11 AM EST tomorrow to claim it.
Epic Games Store 2023 Holiday Sale Free Game Giveaway Day 4: Art of Rally
Day 4 of the Epic Games Store Holiday Free Game Giveaway Event is here, and racing game fans are in for a treat.
One of the most popular titles from this year's Steam Next Fest events is Japanese Drift Master, demonstrating that the racing genre's popularity is still going strong.
Japanese Drift Master still has no release date, but Epic Games is giving you some free drifting goodness today in Art of Rally.
Developed by the team behind Absolute Drift, Art of Rally focuses on rally car racing. With beautifully stylized graphics, over 50 cars to choose from that span several decades, and 78 stages to race on, Art of Rally has plenty to keep you busy. Art of Rally employs real rally car handling techniques, like the Scandinavian flick and counter steering, so fans of more “realistic” racing games will appreciate this.
You have until 11 AM EST tomorrow to claim Art of Rally.
Epic Games Store 2023 Holiday Sale Free Game Giveaway Day 5: Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition
Today's free game giveaway is looking to start a flame in your hearts this Christmas season; it's Bethesda's Fallout 3!
There is a lot to be excited about in the next few months for Fallout fans. The long-anticipated Fallout TV show on Amazon Prime will finally be out in April, as well as the Fallout 4 mod, Fallout London. If you're looking to delve into the Fallout franchise, why not start with the first modern entry in the series, Fallout 3?
Released in 2008, Fallout 3 is Bethesda's first Fallout title after saving the franchise from going under by purchasing the IP from Interplay. Bethesda made some significant changes to the gameplay Fallout fans were used to, and those changes have stuck around in every subsequent release since. Fallout 3 was the entry point for many Fallout fans and is well worth a playthrough today.
Epic Games is giving away the Game of the Year Edition, which includes Fallout 3's five DLCs: Broken Steel, The Pitt, Point Lookout, Mothership Zeta, and Operation Anchorage. Claim your copy now.
Epic Games Store 2023 Holiday Sale Free Game Giveaway Day 6: Ghostwire Tokyo
Epic Games' Christmas Eve gift today is Ghostwire Tokyo!
Tokyo has become the epicenter of a supernatural incident, causing the residents of Tokyo to disappear. As you attempt to uncover the truth behind the madness, you'll have to battle through many ghosts and spirits using numerous elemental and paranormal abilities.
Release in March last year for PS5 and Windows, Ghostwire Tokyo received an Xbox X/S release in April this year, along with a content update: Spider's Thread.
Spider's Thread introduced a roguelike game mode to Ghostwire Tokyo, a new explorable area, enemies, skills, and some quality-of-life improvements. Despite being a Bethesda release, Ghostwire Tokyo has managed to stay relatively under the radar for a lot of gamers. You can change that by picking up your free copy today.
Stay tuned to see what Epic Games has in store for us for Christmas Day!
Epic Games Store 2023 Holiday Sale Free Game Giveaway Day 7: The Outer Worlds: Spacer's Choice Edition
Delivering gifts to everyone worldwide in one day is no easy feat, so no one can blame Santa for enlisting some helpers to assist him. Epic Games is one such helper. Santa dropped one big bag of gifts under the Christmas tree at Epic Games headquarters for Epic Games to give us all today: free copies of The Outer Worlds: Spacer's Choice Edition!
Starfield is Bethesda's first original IP in many years, but despite the massive hype, the reception for Bethesda's space epic is mixed. Post-Starfield's launch, gamers have been exploring other space games like No Man's Sky and The Outer Worlds. Courtesy of Epic Games, you can visit the latter now for free.
Developed by Obsidian Entertainment and released in 2019, The Outer Worlds has strong narrative and decision-making elements (As expected of an Obsidian Entertainment RPG). The Spacer's Choice Edition is the definitive Outer Worlds experience, with an increased level cap, and includes its DLC Murder on Eridanos and Peril on Gorgon.
Far from being New Vegas in space, but rather it's own unique experience, The Outer Worlds will be a welcome addition to any gamer's digital library.
Epic Games Store 2023 Holiday Sale Free Game Giveaway Day 8: Human Resource Machine
After several days of some serious heavy hitters in Fallout 3 GOTY Edition, Ghostwire Tokyo, and The Outer Worlds: Spacer's Choice Edition, we're back to some more under-the-radar gems you may not know about. Today's giveaway is Human Resource Machine.
Human Resource Machine adds programming to the life cycle of being an office worker and add in some puzzle solving. Your boss gives you a task, and you must program your officer worker to automate said task. Adequately solve these puzzles to move up the corporate later, or fail and get the boot.
Games with programming elements are nothing new, but those elements are light enough to keep those unfamiliar with programming still confident enough to play.
Epic Games Store 2023 Holiday Sale Free Game Giveaway Day 9: Cursed to Golf
Today's giveaway is a winner if you're into sports games, it's Cursed to Golf. For golf fans, that sounds more like a blessing than a curse.
In Cursed to Golf, you step into the golf slacks of the Cursed Golfer, stuck in Golf Purgatory due to a freak accident during a golf tournament. By winning in Golf Purgatory, you can get back to the land of the living.
One part golf, one part roguelike, Cursed to Golf is a unique little game worth checking out.
Epic Games Store 2023 Holiday Sale Free Game Giveaway Day 10: Cat Quest
If you like cats, RPGs, or cats in RPGs, you'll like today's giveaway. Today, Epic Games is giving away Cat Quest.
Released in 2017, Cat Quest is a top-down Action RPG that puts you into the paws and claws of a cat looking for his kidnapped sister. Real-time combat, loot (Lots of it), and dungeon crawling are the names of this game.
Cat Quest received Mobile Game of the Year nominations in 2017 and is generally well-received. It's a lighthearted, simple, and fun little experience.
If Cat Quest tickles your fancy, the development team The Gentlebros released a sequel, Cat Quest II: The Lupus Empire, in 2019. While not yet available on Epic Games, you can buy it on Steam sale for $4.94.
Epic Games Store 2023 Holiday Sale Free Game Giveaway Day 11: Snakebird Complete
Epic Games is keeping up the trend of animal-based games with Day 11's giveaway game Snakebird Complete.
Snakebird Complete contains the original Snakebird and Snakebird Primer. Developed by Noumenon Games, the Snakebird series is all about solving puzzles.
More than 120, to be exact. You'll also be eating lots of fruit along the way.
Snakebird Primer is Snakebird on easy mode and is a great way for players new to Snakebird or puzzle-solving games in general to the general.
Epic Games Store 2023 Holiday Sale Free Game Giveaway Day 12: Saints Row Reboot
Today's giveaway is definitely the most controversial of this year's holiday giveaway event: it's the reboot of Saints Row.
Saints Row 2022 doesn't have the best reputation. That might be the understatement of the year. Plagued with numerous significant technical issues at launch and criticized for poor writing and humor, Saints Row 2023 is in many ways the polar opposite of the Saints Row game longtime fans wanted. It seems like the team behind the reboot didn't really understand what Saints Row is.
Adding fuel to the fire was the unfortunate shuttering of Volition Games' door by Embracer Group earlier this year. Many gamers hold the critical and commercial failure of Saint's Row as responsible for the loss of the 30-year development studio behind classic Saints Row and the Red Faction franchise.
But hey, if you're curious about Saints Row 2022 and want to try it for yourself for the experience if nothing else, you can do so now for free.
Epic Games Store 2023 Holiday Sale Free Game Giveaway Day 13: Ghostrunner
Many consider 13 to be an unlucky number, but not this 13. Today is the final giveaway of 2023, and Day 13's free game is none other than Ghostrunner!
If you like lightning-fast platforming and hack-n-slash action, Ghostrunner is your game. Released in 2020, Ghostrunner is not for the faint of heart, as everyone, both the player and enemies, dies in one hit. It feels like one part Mirror's Edge, one part Supahot, one part Dishonored. It's a frantic but exciting adventure from start to finish, and you'll feel accomplished if you manage to beat it.
Today's giveaway is the Original Edition of Ghostrunner, not the Complete Edition. There appears to be no way to upgrade to the Complete Edition for a discounted price on Epic Games, either. If you want to play Ghostrunner's DLC content, you'll have to purchase them separately.
A sequel, Ghostrunner 2, came out in late October this year and is currently on sale on Epic Games.
See you all in the New Year for tomorrow's giveaway!
Epic Games Store 2023 Holiday Sale Free Game Giveaway Day 14: Escape Academy
Are you a fan of Escape Rooms in real life? Then today's giveaway might be a video game escape you'll enjoy: it's Escape Academy!
Escape Academy is a school for anyone looking to become a master escape artist. Learn from the teachers and escape from over a dozen escape rooms solo or in Co-Op with friends.
Escape Academy has an authentic touch since the people who designed the escape rooms are in the escape room field in real life. It's the introverted escape room fan's dream. Plus, if a room stumps you, no one will know except you, so no harm, no foul. Pick it up for free today!
Epic Games Store 2023 Holiday Sale Free Game Giveaway Day 15: 20 minutes Till Dawn
You've heard of Five Nights at Freddie's, but have you heard of 20 Minutes Till Dawn? If not, you're in luck. 20 Minutes Till Dawn is Epic Games' free game giveaway today!
20 Minutes Till Dawn is a frantic survival roguelite where you have to survive 20 minutes until the break of dawn. Hordes of horror creatures will attack you relentlessly, but you have access to dozens of weapons, Runes, summons, and other upgrades to help you survive the night.
Given that 20 Minutes Till Dawn takes the 20 minutes part literally, this is a great game to have a quick blast with if you only have a little bit of time for gaming before you have to head out the door.
Epic Games Store 2023 Holiday Sale Free Game Giveaway Day 16: A Plague Tale: Innocence
Day 16's giveaway is the first part of the A Plague Tale series, A Plague Tale: Innocence.
Set in France during the Hundred Years' War, A Plague Tale: Innocence stars Amicia de Rune and her sick brother Hugo. Pursued by Inquisition soldiers, Amicia and Hugo must evade them and hordes of rats carrying the black plague as they struggle to survive.
Amicia is no superhuman, so players must rely on stealth throughout their playthrough, sneaking through hostile territories or distracting enemies long enough to get away. There's also a bit of puzzle-solving here and there.
If you find yourself enjoying A Plague Tale: Innocence, the sequel, A Plague Tale: Requiem, is on sale for 55% off until January 10.
Epic Games Store 2023 Holiday Sale Free Game Giveaway Day 17: Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy
Today is the final day of the Epic Games Store Holiday Free Game Giveaway Event, and Epic Games has saved one of the best for last! The final free game of the event is Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy!
Best Narrative winner at the 2021 The Game Awards, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is a third-person action-adventure that puts you into the shoes of fast-talking Peter Quill as he and the rest of the Guardians do their thing across the universe. Periodically, throughout the story, you can make dialogue choices that impact Peter's relationship with the rest of the Guardians and can change the outcomes of missions.
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy had an uphill climb when it first came out. Releasing after the critical and commercial disappointment that was Marvel's Avengers, hopes were not high for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. But, surprising everyone, Guardians of the Galaxy was a fun game, carried by its narrative.
If you (Understandably) had your doubts about this game because of Marvel's Avengers, here's your chance to try it out for free. As the last giveaway of the event, gamers have until January 10 to pick it up before Epic Games gets back to their usual free game giveaway format.
See you all in December for the next Holiday Giveaway Event!