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The Escapists is free on the Epic Games Store

I hope you picked up your free copy of Jotun: Valhalla Edition from the Epic Games Store, because it's done and gone—but the good news is that another has stepped up to take its place. The Escapists, a retro-styled top-down strategy game about breaking out of prison by any means necessary, is free for the taking for the next week.

To get the game, hop over to The Escapists page on the Epic Games Store, and take note of how the "Buy Now" button now says "Get" instead. Click it! Now do the same to the "Place Order" button. The big "thank you" that pops up on the screen indicates that the process is complete. (And if it doesn't pop up on the screen, you've screwed up somewhere. Go back and try it again.)

One thing that's a little different about this week's freebie is that there's no indication as to what next week's freebie will be. The link says that "more free games" will be available on December 19, a more secretive approach than in previous weeks that could be taken as a hint that some kind of festive year-end wrap-up is in the offing. Or not. Whatever's going on, the end of the line is almost here: Epic's weekly game giveaways are scheduled to come to an end at the end of the year.

Andy covers the day-to-day happenings in the big, wide world of PC gaming—the stuff we call "news." In his off hours, he wishes he had time to play the 80-hour RPGs and immersive sims he used to love so much.