The Epic Games Store is officially open for business, initially with three games, Hades, Ashen and Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek. Epic are going for the jugular though as the company announced free games every two weeks throughout 2019.
Hades is a rogue-like dungeon crawler developed by Supergiant Games, the studio behind Bastion and Transistor. Ashen's an action RPG by Annapurna / A44 Interactive while Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek is a prequel to tinyBuild's original game.
As you can see from the trailer, the Store will be growing throughout 2019, presumably as agressively as it started. The list of upcoming titles on the platform includes Darksiders 3 by THQ Nordic, World War Z by Saber Interactive and Satisfactory by Coffee Stain Studios, to name but a few.
Of course, being Epic's store and all, Fortnite: Battle Royale is there and so is Unreal Tournament. Epic pushed back the free to play launch of Fortnite: Save the World and it should be joining them sometime in 2019.
Speaking of free to play, the company will be gifting 26 games throughout 2019, starting with Subnautica, which will be available in the Epic Games Store from 14 to 27 December. We've reviewed the game and gave it a 9/10, so picking it up while free is a no brainer in our book.
The next freebie is due on 28 December, when customers can grab Team Meat's Super Meat Boy. We're talking about a notoriously difficult but fun platformer that may be a bit more niche than Subnautica, but is equally as exquisite.
Epic are not wasting time in carving themselves a place on the market and we honestly can't think of a better way to invest Fortnite cash. "Epic is funding these free releases so you always have something new to come and check out", the company wrote.
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The Epic Games Store looks seriously sleek too, with all the relevant info laid out in a stylish manner. Developers already have excellent reasons to join up with Epic, since they currently offer the most developer-friendly revenue split.
This means that the Epic Games Store only needs customers and if rewarding developers with more money for their work isn't what drives you, how about occasional checks that leave you with a nice library of games in 2019?
You can find the official announcement here.