Kingdom Come: Deliverance and Aztez are this week’s Epic free games.
One is a beat-em-up/turn-based strategy hybrid set during the Aztec Empire. The other is a crunchy European RPG where you play as a regular dude and have to drink a consumable to save your game.
The only real similarity between Kingdom Come: Deliverance and Aztez is that they both are set during times that aren’t the present. Oh, and they’re both free through next Thursday on the Epic Games Store.
I had never heard of Aztez before I saw it pop up on Epic as an upcoming freebie. Chalk that down to its release in 2017, one of the most loaded years in history for game releases. But, it looks pretty cool. And the few sites that did review it when it launched had good things to say about it.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance, on the other hand, I have heard of. This open-world RPG sold gangbusters when it released on Steam in early 2018. It earned some positive reviews, too, despite some jank. That said, it was greeted with controversy at launch over its depiction of 14th century Bohemia as entirely white.
Additionally, creative director Daniel Vávra was a vocal supporter of GamerGate – a campaign of harassment targeted against women and other marginalized people in the games industry – and it’s understandable to have no interest in supporting him.
Though, that said, lots of other people worked on the team that developed the game, and getting it for free is maybe an okay compromise.
Epic has not yet revealed the games that it will offer next week. Check back next Thursday!