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Ark: Survival Evolved and Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection are this week's Epic Games Store freebies

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The Epic Games Store's latest free games (opens in new tab) have been revealed for your delectation: Ark Survival Evolved and Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection.

We already knew dinosaur-filled survival sim Ark: Survival Evolved (opens in new tab) was going to be included in Epic's never-ending train of giveaways at some point, as it was included in a leaked list of titles (opens in new tab) alongside Borderlands: The Handsome Jack Collection, Civilization VI and Grand Theft Auto, but it is finally here with us. It's just in time too, as today sees the game receive a new dinosaur to tame, a new map to explore, and the start of the game's fifth anniversary celebrations.

However, the second game is one we weren't expecting, and that's Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection (opens in new tab), which only launched today. It's a collection of six of SNK's fighting games, Samurai Shodown, Samurai Shodown 2, Samurai Showdown 3, Samurai Shodown 4: Amakusa's Revenge, Samurai Shodown V, and Samurai Shodown V Special. Note that this isn't the new iteration of the series, which is also an Epic Games Store exclusive.

With the end of Epic's Mega Sale, the mystery freebies have also come to end, meaning we also know what next week's free titles are going to be. The first is Pathway (opens in new tab), a turn-based roguelike set in the 1930s wilderness. The game isn't due to launch until next week, so it is following Samurai Shodown's lead of being free on day one.

The second is Team17's The Escapists 2 (opens in new tab), an open-ended prison breaking sim that requires you to learn schedules and go undetected as you plan your breakout of incarceration.

Ark: Survival Evolved and Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection will be free until June 18.