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Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is free to keep on Steam

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Today is Friday, and for reasons that may or may not be related—I cannot say, because I do not know—Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (opens in new tab) is free to keep on Steam.

It's not an anniversary or anything, as far as I can tell. Sonic 2 was originally released on November 21, 1992, and came to Steam on January 26, 2011. But in the big picture, I suppose it doesn't really matter: As long as you pop around to Steam before 1 pm ET on October 19 and click the green "add to account" button, it's free. You don't have to install it, you don't even have to think about it—it's just yours. Forever.

If, on the other hand, you are a true blue (get it?) Sonic fan, Sega also has a bunch of other Sonic games marked down pretty drastically, too.

And if you're only here for the free stuff, that's okay! We've got a regularly updated list with even more free games you can grab right now (opens in new tab).

Andy Chalk
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.