December 3, 2022

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How to Download New Free Game Every Week

Epic Games is giving away free games every week again in 2021, following the gaming store’s weekly giveaway throughout 2020.

Epic Games will be releasing a new game for free every Thursday at 11 a.m. ET. In 2020, Epic Games would sporadically add two or three games to the free games giveaway, so you may get the chance to expand your gaming library this year, too.

In 2019, Epic Games gave away 73 free games, and in 2020, they gave away more than 90—stay tuned to find out how many will be given away in 2021.

Last year, Epic Games gave away popular games like GTA V, Night in the Woods, Metro: 2033 Redux, and HITMAN, among dozens of other major titles. For a full list of games that were available for free on Epic Games in 2020, check out Newsweek‘s full list of free games.

The first free game of 2021 was Jurassic World Evolution, which was the last game included in the holiday promotion that saw Epic Games gave away 15 games for free in 15 days over the Christmas period.

The first official free game of the 2021 giveaway is Crying Suns, followed by STAR WARS Battlefront II: Celebration Edition.

Newsweek will be updating this article each week with the free game of the week, so be sure to check back here weekly to see what’s next on the list, or what you may have missed.

To download your free game of the week head to the Epic Games Store and create an account or sign in to an existing account. Once you’re logged in, hit the “get” button and download the game, which will be yours to keep forever.

Dandara: Trials of Fear Edition (January 28-February 4, 2021)

‘Dandara: Trials of Fear Edition’ will be free on Epic Games from January 28 until February 4, 2021.
Long Hat House/Raw Fury

In Dandara: Trials of Fear Edition, gamers will enter the world of Salt, on the brink of collapse with its citizens oppressed and isolated. The 2D metroidvania platformer game will challenge gamers to discover the world’s mysteries and empower Dandara for combat and survival.

Dandara: Trials of Fear Edition has a “Mighty” rating on OpenCritic with a Top Critic Average score of 86.

Galactic Civilizations III (January 21-28, 2021)

Galactic Civilizations III
Galactic Civilizations III will be free on Epic Games from January 21 until January 28, 2021.
Stardock Entertainment

In Galactic Civilizations III, players will be challenged to build a civilization that will stand the test of time. Gamers will have to try to make a name for themselves across the galaxy, through diplomacy, espionage, and technological advances.

Galactic Civilizations III has a “Strong” rating on OpenCritic with a Top Critic Average score of 83.

STAR WARS Battlefront II: Celebration Edition (January 14-21, 2021)

STAR WARS Battlefront II: Celebration Edition
STAR WARS Battlefront II has a “Fair” rating on OpenCritic with a Top Critic Average score of 68.
DICE/Electronic Arts

The STAR WARS Battlefront II: Celebration Edition includes the complete collection of customization content that is normally attained through in-game purchases. It includes content from the launch, including items inspired by STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER.

STAR WARS Battlefront II has a “Fair” rating on OpenCritic with a Top Critic Average score of 68.

Crying Suns (January 7-14, 2021)

Crying Suns
Crying Suns has a “Strong” rating on OpenCritic with a Top Critic Average score of 76.
Alt Shift/Humble Games

Crying Suns, a tactical rogue-lite game, puts players in the role of a space fleet commander who explores a mysteriously fallen empire.

Crying Suns has a “Strong” rating on OpenCritic with a Top Critic Average score of 76.

Jurassic World Evolution (January 1-7, 2021)

Jurassic World Evolution
Jurassic World Evolution has a “Fair” rating on OpenCritic with a Top Critic Average score of 71.
Frontier Developments

In Jurassic World Evolution, gamers will take charge of the operations on the island of the Muertes archipelago and build for science, entertainment, or security interests.

Jurassic World Evolution has a “Fair” rating on OpenCritic with a Top Critic Average score of 71.

Epic Games Free Games List 2021

  • Dandara: Trials of Fear Edition (January 28-February 4, 2021)
  • Galactic Civilizations III (January 21-28, 2021)
  • STAR WARS Battlefront II: Celebration Edition (January 14-21, 2021)
  • Crying Suns (January 7-14, 2021)
  • Jurassic World Evolution (January 1-7, 2021)
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Epic Games Store logo. Epic Games will be continuing its weekly game giveaway in 2021.
Epic Games Store