Hunt: Showdown is free to play this weekend

Hunt: Showdown, Crytek's game of competitive supernatural big game hunting, is free to play for the weekend on Steam—and the weekend has already begun. 

It hasn't actually begun, obviously, this is only Thursday, but the Hunt: Showdown freebie is live now. Just pop over to the Steam page, click "Play Game" button, and... play the game. You've got until 10 am PT/1 pm ET on August 13 to squeeze in as much monster-hunting as you can, and collect some of the half-dozen new Steam trading cards, if that's your thing.   

The latest update to Hunt: Showdown, released earlier this week, also added new weapons, consumables, traits, and a new tool to the game, brought "accolades" to the Summary Screen, and made the usual array of fixes and changes. South American servers were rolled out at the same time, which should make things considerably better for gamers in that part of the world. 

Last but not least, Hunt: Showdown is on sale on Steam for 20 percent off—that's $24/£21/€24—until August 13.   

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.