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'Terraforming Mars' Free On Epic Games Store, 'Jotun: Valhalla Edition' And 'Prey' Next Week

by Rainier on May 5, 2022 @ 8:29 a.m. PDT

For the next week, the Epic Games Store is offering one title for free: Terraforming Mars.

Terraforming Mars

In Terraforming Mars, you control a corporation with a certain profile. Play project cards, build up production, place your cities and green areas on the map, and race for milestones and awards!

The taming of the Red Planet has begun!

Corporations are competing to transform Mars into a habitable planet by spending vast resources and using innovative technology to raise temperature, create a breathable atmosphere, and make oceans of water. As terraforming progresses, more and more people will immigrate from Earth to live on Red Planet.

In Terraforming Mars, you control a corporation with a certain profile. Play project cards, build up production, place your cities and green areas on the map, and race for milestones and awards!

Will your corporation lead the way into humanity’s new area?

Once Terraforming Mars, the current free game on the Epic Games Store, has run its course, it will be up to Jotun: Valhalla Edition and Prey, which will be gratis starting May 12 until May 19, 2022.

Jotun: Valhalla Edition

Jotun is a hand-drawn action-exploration game set in Norse Mythology.

Explore vast regions of Norse purgatory to find runes to unleash the jotun, massive Norse elementals. Fight them using only your massive two-handed axe, the blessings of the Gods and your warrior skills!

In Jotun, you play Thora, a Viking warrior who died an inglorious death and must prove herself to the Gods to enter Valhalla. The Viking culture is based on valor. This means that you don’t reach Valhalla, their version of Heaven, by being a good person. You only get in if you accomplished valorous deeds in life. Cowardice is one of the biggest sins in Viking culture and cowards go straight to Hel (you guessed it, their version of Hell). For Jotun, we took the liberty of adding another layer to the Norse afterlife: Purgatory, a place where a select few have a second chance to reach Valhalla by overcoming impossible trials.

Jotun is a game about epic boss fights. The game has five different giants, each one with their own region and levels to explore. Every jotun has different powers and strategy. For example, Isa, the Winter jotun, offers a melee based fights. This fight is about timing and using the environment to help you. Hagalaz, the Storm jotun, summons a “bullet hell” of lightning attacks and dodging is as important as attacking. The most important thing about Jotun’s bosses is scale. They feel impossible to beat, a true David versus Goliath endeavor.

Another key aspect of Jotun is exploration. Each level in Jotun is filled with secrets, so exploring every nook and cranny always pays off. For example, each level hides a rune that must be found in order to unlock the boss fights. Jotun’s levels are really diverse. While some levels (especially in the Winter region) are vast and lonely, some levels are puzzle-based and others have combat. Every level in Jotun is inspired by a story from Norse mythology. From the dwarven city of Brokkr’s Forge to the frozen rivers of Nifheim, every region pays tribute to Viking legends.

Prey

In Prey, you awaken aboard Talos I, a space station orbiting the moon in the year 2032. You are the key subject of an experiment meant to alter humanity forever, but the space station has been overrun by hostile aliens, and you are now being hunted.

Prey is a first-person sci-fi action game that re-imagines the franchise from the ground up ... with an added psychological twist.

In Prey, you find yourself aboard a space station, hunted by aliens, desperate to not only survive but also unravel the enigma of your own identity.

But it’s not just extraterrestrial threats that you’ll encounter.

You are Morgan Yu, the subject of morally dubious experiments designed to improve the human race. You awaken aboard the Talos 1 in the year 2032 and must uncover the secrets hiding in the depths of the space station while being hunted by the mysterious alien force that has taken over. You'll have to rely on the tools you find on the station — along with your wits, weapons and mind-bending abilities — to combat the growing threat and, hopefully, survive.

The space station Talos I is as much of a character as Morgan Yu, it’s an alternate future as imagined by Arkane – a timeline that (among other things) includes President Kennedy surviving his assassination attempt. In Prey’s version of the future, the U.S. has built an even stronger space program, with Talos I emerging as a space station unlike anything you’ve seen in movies or games.

Fight overwhelming odds to escape a secret TranStar moon base where the enemies you encounter, the hazards you face, the goals you complete, and the loot you collect are different each time you play. With changing environments as dangerous as they are dynamic, the Mooncrash campaign for Prey will offer a fun, infinitely replayable challenge to test even the most skilled players.

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