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Epic pull Pandemic from free games offer amidst Coronavirus concerns

Published: 14:36, 04 February 2020
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Well, we guess it's becoming the norm to distance oneself from the dreaded Coronavirus in any way possible, and the latest in line is the Epic Games Store. Their next week's three-game offer is now one game short of the promised.

If you caught Epic's , which is Giants Software's excellent crop-growing sim Farming Simulator 19, Epic's next three-pronged offer was meant to include Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne, and Pandemic. 

We're talking about a collection of board games that'll certainly keep you from not getting bored, but the offer is now lighter by one  -Pandemic. 

As you're probably well aware by now, Coronavirus has grown into a huge concern and we wholeheartedly feel for any regions stricken by the deadly virus.

Now, we understand that various PR agencies are doing their best to erase any negative associations with brands by removing products that will invoke such thoughts with consumers. That is a significant part of the job after all. 

That said, it's still a bit frustrating that games are being pulled on that account because it does little other than protect the brand alone. We'd rather see major companies do something more substantial to help these regions, but we do concede that this may be a bit too idealistic to expect these days. 

Epic Games Store will remedy this at a later date, no pun intended, meaning that Pandemic will be given out for free somewhere down the line. "We’ve shifted the release of Pandemic as a free game in our store schedule to a later date. Ticket to Ride and Carcassonne will still be available as the free games of the week from February 6 – February 13", they told the

World map in Pandemic video game Pandemic map

Of course, these are still free games and there's not much room to complain, but we've been by the in the case of Australia's fires, so we fail to see how or why a deadly virus warrants a completely different, sort of stomp-it-out approach. No pun intended.

Farming Simulator 19, Giants Software and Focus Home Interactive

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