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Prepare for Amnesia: Rebirth with this week’s Epic freebie

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Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs
The Chinese Room

Amnesia: Rebirth brings the dormant horror series back next Tuesday. This week’s Epic Game Store freebie can help you prepare for its return.

It’s been more than 10 years since Frictional Games released an Amnesia game. After the success of Amnesia: The Dark Descent in 2010, the studio moved on to new things, developing underwater horror game Soma. But, in 2013, The Chinese Room – developer of Dear Esther – stepped in to release Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs.

As Frictional prepares to release its sequel Amnesia: Rebirth, The Chinese Room’s effort is free on the Epic Games Store. Both previous Amnesia games recently went open source, so if you’re interested in tinkering, now is a good time to pick it up. Also, if you’re interested in a thoughtful take on A Machine for Pigs, check out this video essay from Jacob Geller.

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Additionally, strategy game Kingdom New Lands, which was previously free in June 2019, is free yet again. The store page describes Kingdom New Lands as a “minimalistic micro strategy game with modern retro aesthetics and an ambient soundtrack.”

And, while you’re nabbing freebies, be sure to check out Sludge Life, Delores: A Thimbleweed Park mini-adventure and 3 Out of 10. Sludge Life may well end up on my GOTY list and 3 Out of 10 is an interesting experiment in episodic storytelling. I haven’t played Delores yet, though, so you’ll have to get back to me on that one.

At this point, Epic hasn’t yet revealed the free games for next week, so stay tuned.

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