Epic Games Store Free Games List – Updated for January 2021

Unlike PlayStation Plus, Xbox Live Gold, or just about any other subscription service out there, Epic Games is giving away games for free — period. There’s no purchase required; no subscription necessary. Every week, Epic just gives away at least one game for free.

This is in large part due to the fact that Epic is the newcomer on the scene and likely looking to draw users away from other platforms: like Steam, GOG, and Origin. Enjoy it while it lasts because there’s no telling when Epic will decide to end or modify this platform perk!

Here are the free Epic Games Store titles for January 2021, as well as a history of what’s been available so far since the feature launched. That way you don’t find yourself waiting for a game to be free when it’s already out of the rotation!

Game Availability

Epic offers a free game (or two) every two weeks via the Epic Games Store. You do not need to install them to keep them forever. All you need to do is complete the “purchase” process. Although no transaction is charged to your account.

January 2021 Games

Star Wars Battlefront II comes to Epic Games Store on January 14 for free!

Galactic Civilizations III

Available from January 21 – January 28.

Build a civilization that will stand the test of time! Choose from dozens of unique races and make a name for yourself across the galaxy through diplomacy, espionage, technological advances, and more.

STAR WARS™ Battlefront™ II: Celebration Edition

Available from January 14 – January 21.

Put your mastery of the blaster, lightsaber, and the Force to the test online and offline in STAR WARS™ Battlefront™ II: Celebration Edition

Crying Suns

Available from January 7 – January 14.

Crying Suns is a tactical rogue-lite that puts you in the role of a space fleet commander as you explore a mysteriously fallen empire. In this story rich experience, each successful run will uncover the truth about the Empire… and yourself as well.

December 2020 Games

As per usual, December largely focused on Epic’s annual spree of one new game per day.

15 Days of Free Games

  • December 17 – Cities: Skylines
  • December 18 – Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty
  • December 19 – The Long Dark
  • December 20 – Defense Grid: The Awakening
  • December 21 – Alien: Isolation
  • December 22 – Metro 2033: Redux
  • December 23 – Tropico 5
  • December 24 – Inside
  • December 25 – Darkest Dungeon
  • December 26 – My Time in Portia
  • December 27 – Night in the Woods
  • December 28 – Stranded Deep
  • December 29 – Solitairica
  • December 30 – Torchlight II
  • December 31 – Jurassic World: Evolution
  • Pillars of Eternity – Definitive Edition: Available from December 10 – December 17.
  • Tyranny – Gold Edition: Available from December 10 – December 17.
  • Cave Story+: Available from December 03 – December 10.

 

November 2020 Games

November was supposed to kick off with Wargame: Red Dragon, but it’s been replaced by Dungeons 3 at the last minute.

  • MudRunner: Available from November 26 – December 03.
  • The World Next Door: Available from November 19 – November 26.
  • Elite Dangerous: Available from November 19 – November 26.
  • The Textorcist: The Story of Ray Bibbia: Available from November 12 – November 19.
  • Dungeons 3: Available from November 05 – November 12.
  • Wargame: Red Dragon: Available from November 05 – November 12.

 

October 2020 Games

October kicks off with the silly and fun Pikuniku before moving over to ABZU and Rising Storm 2!

  • Blair Witch: Available from October 29 – November 05.
  • Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered: Available from October 29 – November 05.
  • Costume Quest 2: Available from October 22 – October 29.
  • Layers of Fear 2: Available from October 22 – October 29.
  • Kingdom New Lands: Available from October 15 – October 22.
  • Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs: Available from October 15 – October 22.
  • Rising Storm 2: Vietnam: Available from October 08 – October 15.
  • ABZU: Available from October 08 – October 15.
  • Pikuniku: Available from October 01 – October 08.

 

September 2020 Games

Only one game for the first week of September and it’s Danielle’s favorite: Into the Breach.

  • RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Complete Edition: Available from September 24 – October 01.
  • Watch Dogs 2: Available from September 17 – September 24.
  • Football Manager 2020: Available from September 17 – September 24.
  • Stick It To The Man!: Available from September 17 – September 24.
  • Where The Water Tastes Like Wine: Available from September 10 – September 17.
  • Railway Empire: Available from September 10 – September 17.
  • Into the Breach: Available from September 03 – September 10.

 

August 2020 Games

August is off to a slow start, but does promise Remnant: From the Ashes.

  • Hitman: Available from August 27 – September 03.
  • Shadowrun Collection: Available from August 27 – September 03.
  • God’s Trigger: Available from August 20 – August 27.
  • Enter the Gungeon: Available from August 20 – August 27.
  • A Total War Saga: TROY: Available from August 13 – August 13.
  • Remnant: From the Ashes: Available from August 13 – August 20.
  • The Alto Collection: Available from August 13 – August 20.
  • 3 Out of 10 Ep 1 Welcome to Shovelworks: Available from August 06 – August 13.
  • Wilmot’s Warehouse: Available from August 06 – August 13.

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July 2020 Games

Conan Exiles has been pulled at the last minute despite the free download supposedly being part of the game’s launch on Epic Games Store. In addition, The Escapists 2 is finally being released for free after being pushed out of last month’s offerings, again, at the last minute.

  • Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP: Available from July 30 – August 06.
  • Barony: Available from July 30 – August 06.
  • 20XX: Available from July 30 – August 06.
  • Tacoma: Available from July 23 – July 30.
  • Next Up Hero: Available from July 23 – July 30.
  • Torchlight II: Available from July 16 – July 23.
  • The Escapists 2: Available from July 09 – July 16.
  • Lifeless Planet: Premier Edition: Available from July 09 – July 16.
  • Killing Floor 2: Available from July 09 – July 16.
  • Conan Exiles: Available from July 02 – July 09.
  • HUE: Available from July 02 – July 09.

June 2020 Games

June kicks off with the return of Overcooked! which was last free in July of 2019.

 

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May 2020 Games

Starting in May, Epic started hiding their next free titles until they were released, starting with GTA V, Civilization VI, and Borderlands.

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection: Available from May 28 – June 4.
  • Civilization VI: Available from May 21 – May 28.
  • Grand Theft Auto V: Available from May 14 – May 21.
  • Death Coming: Available from May 7 – May 14.
  • Amnesia: The Dark Descent: Available from April 30 – May 7.
  • Crashlands: Available from April 30 – May 7.

 

April 2020 Games

With many stuck inside, April 2020 had a lot of pleasant surprises. Drawful 2 is great for those trying to hang out remotely while Gone Home and Just Cause 4 help with the single player side of things.

  • For the King: Available from April 23 – April 30.
  • Just Cause 4: Available from April 16 – April 23.
  • Wheels of Aurelia: Available from April 16 – April 23.
  • Sherlock Holmes Crimes and Punishments: Available from April 9 – April 16.
  • Gone Home: Available from April 2 – April 9.
  • Hob: Available from April 2 – April 9.
  • Drawful 2: Available from April 2 – April 9.

 

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March 2020 Games

From indie gems like Mutazione and The Stanley Parable to AAA titles like Watch Dogs and World War Z, March 2020 had a lot to offer.

  • World War Z: Available from March 26 – April 2.
  • Figment: Available from March 26 – April 2.
  • Tormentor x Punisher: Available from March 26 – April 2.
  • The Stanley Parable: Available from March 19 – March 26.
  • Watch Dogs: Available from March 19 – March 26.
  • Mutazione: Available from March 12 – March 19.
  • Anodyne 2: Return to Dust: Available from March 12 – March 19.
  • A Short Hike: Available from March 12 – March 19.
  • GoNNER: Available from March 5 – March 12.
  • Offworld Trading Company: Available from March 5 – March 12.

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February 2020 Games

February was highlighted by a few full-fledged titles in Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate and Kingdom Come Deliverance. It was also complemented by some electronic board games with Carcassone, Ticket to Ride, and Pandemic.

  • InnerSpace: Available from February 27 – March 5.
  • Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate: Available from February 20 – February 27.
  • Faeria: Available from February 20 – February 27.
  • Aztez: Available from February 13 – February 20.
  • Kingdom Come Deliverance: Available from February 13 – February 20.
  • Carcassonne: Available from February 06 – February 13.
  • Ticket to Ride: Available from February 06 – February 13.
  • Pandemic: Available from February 06 – February 13.

 

January 2020 Games

In January, Epic offered a duo of Darksiders games and did have to cancel For the King as it wasn’t ready to release on schedule.

  • Farming Simulator 19: Available from January 30 – February 06.
  • The Bridge: Available from January 23 – January 30.
  • Horace: Available from January 16 – January 23.
  • Sundered: Eldritch Edition: Available from January 09 – January 16.
  • For the King: Available from January 09 – January 16.
  • Darksiders Warmastered Edition: Available from January 02 – January 09.
  • Darksiders 2 Deathinitive Edition: Available from January 02 – January 09.
  • Steep: Available from January 02 – January 09.

 

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December 2019 Games

December was chock full of titles with epic giving away 12 additional free games alongside the usual releases.

  • The Wolf Among Us: Available from December 12 – December 19.
  • The Escapists: Available from December 12 – December 19.
  • Jotun Valhalla Edition: Available from December 05 – December 12.

12 Days of Free Games

  • December 19 – Into the Breach
  • December 20 – Towerfall Ascension
  • December 21 – Superhot
  • December 22 – Little Inferno
  • December 23 – Ape Out
  • December 24 – Celeste
  • December 25 – Totally Accurate Battle Simulator (TABS)
  • December 26 – Faster Than Light
  • December 27 – Hyper Light Drifter
  • December 28 – Shadow Tactics
  • December 29 – The Talos Principle
  • December 30 – Hello Neighbor 

 

November 2019 Games

November had a few really good titles in SOMA, Costume Quest, Bad North, and Rayman Legends.

  • Rayman Legends: Available from November 29 – December 6.
  • Bad North: Available from November 21 – November 28.
  • The Messenger: Available from November 14 – November 21.
  • RUINER: Available from November 07 – November 14.
  • Nuclear Throne: Available from November 07 – November 14.
  • Costume Quest: Available from October 31 – November 07.
  • SOMA: Available from October 31 – November 07.

 

October 2019 Games

Fan of scary games? Epic had Layers of Fear and Alan Wake in October.

  • QUBE 2: Available from October 24 – October 31.
  • Layers of Fear Masterpiece Edition: Available from October 24 – October 31.
  • Alan Wake American Nightmare: Available from October 17 – October 24.
  • >observer_: Available from October 17 – October 24.
  • Surviving Mars: Available from October 10 – October 17.
  • Minit: Available from October 3 – October 10.

 

September 2019 Games

September had a big focus on Batman titles with a nice accent of Metro and ABZU.

  • Metro: 2033 Redux: Available from September 26 – October 3.
  • Everything: Available from September 26 – October 3.
  • LEGO Batman Trilogy: Available from September 12 – September 26.
  • Batman: Arkham Collection: Available from September 12 – September 26.
  • Conarium: Available from September 12 – September 19.
  • The End is Night: Available from September 5 – September 12.
  • ABZU: Available from September 5 – September 12.

 

August 2019 Games

If you thought you had trouble keeping up with all of the free games last month, Epic looks to have stepped up their offerings yet again with two games available in each time period.

  • Celeste: Available from August 29 – September 5.
  • Inside: Available from August 29 – September 5.
  • Fez: Available from August 22 – August 29.
  • Hyper Light Drifter: Available from August 15 – August 22.
  • Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden: Available from August 15 – August 22.
  • GNOG: Available from August 8 – August 15.
  • Alan Wake: Available from August 2 – August 9.
  • For Honor: Available from August 2 – August 9.

 

July 2019 Games

Boy there sure are a ton of free games, huh? Nevertheless, we’ll keep them documented here!

  • This War of Mine: Available from July 25 – August 1
  • Moonlighter: Available from July 25 – August 1
  • LIMBO: Available from July 18 – July 25
  • Torchlight: Available from July 11 – July 18.
  • Overcooked: Available from July 05 – July 11.

 

June 2019 Games

In June, the Epic Mega Sale continues and as such there will likely be more than two games available this month.

  • Last Day of June: Available from June 27 – July 04.
  • Rebel Galaxy: Available from June 20 – June 27.
  • Enter the Gungeon: Available from June 13 – June 20.
  • Kingdom New Lands: Available from June 6 – June 13.

 

May 2019 Games

And oldie, but a goody is available in World of Goo. Later this month, Nocode’s Stories Untold will hit the store for free ahead of the upcoming Observation release.

In addition, as part of the Epic Mega Sale, the platform is upgrading its frequency of free games. During the four week long promotion, three more games will be free alongside May’s Stories Untold and whatever launched in June. Rime is the first game that will be available for a week long promotional period.

  • World of Goo: Available from May 2 – May 16.
  • Stories Untold: Available from May 16 – May 30.
  • Rime: Available from May 23 – May 30.
  • City of Brass: Available from May 30 – June 6.

 

April 2019 Games

Puzzle fans can pick up The Witness this month while RPG fans can tackle the story heavy Transistor from Supergiant Games! And if you like the latter, Supergiant Games’ mythological roguelike, Hades, is also available in early access exclusively in the Epic Games Store.

  • Transistor: Available from April 18 – May 2.
  • The Witness: Available from April 4 – April 18.

 

March 2019 Games

There was a contrast in March between the fun and silly Slime Rancher, as well as Oxenfree, a game about teens accidentally opening a ghostly rift.

  • Oxenfree: Available from March 21 – April 4.
  • Slime Rancher: Available from March 7 – March 21.

February 2019 Games

In February we got a couple retro inspired games on the Epic store. Thimbleweed Park is a point-and-click adventure from some of the makers of Monkey Island. And the influence really shows. Then there’s Axiom Verge, a sci-fi Metroidvania game.

  • Thimbleweed Park: Available from Feb. 21 – March 7.
  • Axiom Verge: Available from Feb. 7 – February 21.

January 2019 Games

The service continued with a gem in What Remains of Edith Finch, followed by The Jackbox Party Pack.

  • The Jackbox Party Pack: Available from Jan. 24 – Feb. 7.
  • What Remains of Edith Finch: Available from Jan. 11 – Jan. 24.

December 2018 Games

Epic Games launched their free games service with two games in December 2018: Subnautica and Super Meat Boy.

  • Super Meat Boy: Available from Dec. 28 – Jan. 10.
  • Subnautica: Available from Dec. 12 – Dec. 27.
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Dillon is the Guides Editor at Fanbyte. He can't seem to quit games as a service or looter shooters — unfortunate news for his backlog, really. Can't get enough game art, soundtracks, or space games.