There are an awful lot of free games floating around there right now, from Epic's weekly freebies to publisher promos on Steam, GOG sale giveaways, and more. Keeping track of them all can be tough, and you might be missing out.
That is not an acceptable state of affairs, so we've put together this running list of every free game that crosses our screens. The goal is to help you find and claim games that usually cost money, so free-to-keep and temporary promotions will be included and noted as such, but free-to-play games and others that are normally free won't be—for that, be sure to take a look at our categorized breakdown of the best free PC games.
Now let's get started:
- Battlefield V – EA's hit alt-history shooter take on the Second World War is fully free to play for the weekend—if you haven't played it yet, this is a great time to see what it's all about. (Steam, ends August 29)
- Riders Repubic – Ubisoft's MMO playground for bikers, skaters, skiers, and gliders is now in open beta testing. Race for glory or do some laid-back free-roaming with friends. (Ubisoft, ends August 29)
- Pathfinder: Kingmaker – Explore and conquer the Stolen Lands and make them your kingdom in this classic RPG experience inspired by games like Baldur's Gate, Fallout 1 and 2, and Arcanum. (Steam, ends August 29)
Free to keep:
- Saints Row: The Third Remastered – Take control of the Saints at the height of their power in this updated edition with enhanced graphics and all DLC bundled in. (Epic Games Store, ends Sept 2)
- Automachef – Engineer tomorrow’s kitchen, today, in this "resource management puzzler" where you design kitchens, program machinery and watch your genius come to life. (Epic Games Store, ends Sept 2)
- Ultima Underworld 1 and 2 – The classic Looking Glass dungeon crawlers are back on GOG, and free for the taking throughout August. It looks dated, but trust me—this is one of the most brilliant RPGs ever created. (GOG, ends September 3)
- Syndicate Plus – Kidnap people and turn them into mindless corporate murderslaves in Bullfrog's groundbreaking cyberpunk RTS. The "Plus" edition includes the core game and the American Revolt expansion. (GOG, ends September 3)
- Syndicate Wars – The sequel takes the gameplay of the original and drops it into a brand-new, bigger, and more technologically advanced game world. (GOG, ends September 3)
The games on Prime Gaming aren't technically free, since you need to be a subscriber in order to take advantage. But there's a lot on offer if you are, including in-game loot and starter packs for free-to-play games, so it's worth keeping tabs on. Prime Gaming is included with Amazon Prime at $13 per month, or $120 per year; links to all included freebies are available at amazon.com.
- Battlefield V – Experience mankind’s greatest conflict across land, air, and sea in EA's hit FPS based on the Second World War. (ends September 1)
- Lost Horizon 2 – In the shadow of the Cold War, Fenton Paddock is facing the hardest fight of his life: While the tensions between the superpowers threaten to tear the world apart, the British soldier has to save his family that has been caught by powerful enemies. (ends September 1)
- A Normal Lost Phone – The game takes the shape of a narrative investigation: you have to search the phone’s text messages, pictures, and applications in order to learn about its former owner. Through this phone, you uncover Sam’s life, friends, family and relationships, until the evening when they turn 18 and mysteriously disappear. (ends September 1)
- Another Lost Phone: Laura's Story – A narrative investigation game about exploring the social life of a young woman whose phone you have just found. (ends September 1)
- Planet Alpha – Pursued by relentless enemies on a beautiful alien world filled with mystery and danger, you must harness the power of night and day as you struggle to survive. (ends September 1)
- Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis – The eve of World War II. Nazi agents are about to get their hands on a weapon more dangerous than the atom bomb. Only Indy can stop them before they unleash the deadly secret that sank Atlantis. (ends September 1)
- Metamorphosis – You wake up one morning to find that you are rather inconveniently transforming into a tiny bug, while your friend Joseph is being arrested for reasons unknown. To save him and to find the answers you seek, you must embark on a journey through a world which, like you, has become twisted and unfamiliar. (ends September 1)
- Secret Files: Tunguska – Nina Kalenkow’s world is turned upside down when she learns that her father, the scientist Vladimir Kalenkow, has vanished without a trace. Since the police can’t (or won’t?) help, Nina decides to search for clues to her father’s whereabouts on her own. (ends September 1)
We'll keep this list as comprehensive as we can, but if you spot something we haven't, let us know in the comments.