Dying Light is free on the Epic Games Store

Dying Light
(Image credit: Techland)

Techland zombie survival game Dying Light is kind of an odd beast. It came out in 2015 to solid but not raving reviews, and then developer Techland just kept on going with updates, new content, and a whole spinoff: The final update, released in May 2022, upgraded everyone to the Dying Light Enhanced Edition for free. 

The dedication paid off: Dying Light has an "overwhelmingly positive" rating on Steam across nearly 276,000 user reviews, and according to Steam Charts more people are playing it right now than are playing the much-newer sequel Dying Light 2.

If you missed out when Dying Light was new, or any of the intervening years since, you can now grab the whole thing for free on the Epic Games Store. It's the Enhanced Edition, with all the upgrades and extra content including The Following expansion and season pass stuff, and once you've got it you can also pop over to Techland's website and grab the Dying Light Welcome Pack for free, too.

Dying Light Enhanced Edition isn't the only freebie this week. Shapez, a game about building factories to automate the production of geometric shapes, is also on the block. It sounds stressful to me, but the store page describes it as a "relaxed game," and just like Dying Light, it's rated "overwhelmingly positive" on Steam, with more than 8,500 user reviews. It's previously been available as an Epic Store freebie, though, while this is the first time around for Dying Light.

Both Dying Light and Shapez are free until April 13. After that, the medieval melee game Mordhau and the co-op dino-shooter Second Extinction will take their place. If you're curious about all the games Epic has given away since it started doing freebies in 2019, we've got a list.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.