Playing Fractured Space for free this weekend unlocks permanent access

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Fractured Space, the online giant space battle simulator being developed by the developers who did Strike Suit Zero, is playable for free this weekend on Steam. Even better, anyone who logs in during the free playtime will unlock permanent access to the Early Access game.

Developer Edge Case is also offering in-game rewards to all players, based on the number of people that connect over the weekend. The first three—Captain Jingles, a skin pack, and a free ship—have already been unlocked, and it seems likely that the fourth, a free "premium" ship, will be easily achieved as well.

"We’re now hastily convening to discuss ongoing rewards," the studio wrote in a blog post. "Rather than setting specific stretch goals we’d like to come up with some universal content to share with everyone, just to say a massive thank you."

The free weekend begins at 2 pm EST on April 17, which means it will be live by the time you read this, and continues until 2 pm EST on April 20. During that time, the various upgrade packs will also be offered for 25 percent off their regular price.

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.