Assassin's Creed 2 is free to keep

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Update: As predicted, Assassin's Creed 2 is now free to keep via Uplay (opens in new tab), so you can download it now and start hopping around picturesque Renaissance Italy while stabbing lots of people. It's over a decade old now, and online features are no longer supported, but it's still a good 'un. Pick it up before April 17 and keep it forever.

Original story: If nothing else, it's a good time for free games, with plenty of stuff being given away (opens in new tab) to help people pass the time. Wizards of the Coast are giving away a bunch of D&D material (opens in new tab) (including Adventure with Muk (opens in new tab), an introduction for kids that contains a great character sheet I used in my own last game, and the sandbox campaign Lost Mine of Phandelver (opens in new tab)), and you can grab both Sherlock Holmes: Crime & Punishment and Close to the Sun from the Epic Store right now.

As spotted by Daniel Ahmad on Twitter (opens in new tab), Ubisoft seem like they're about to get in on the generosity again (having recently given away Child of Light (opens in new tab) and Rayman Legends (opens in new tab)) with Assassin's Creed 2 appearing as an upcoming free offer on German site mydealz.de (opens in new tab)

Looks like the game that brought us Ezio Auditore da Firenze, and includes a character named Mario introducing himself by saying "It's-a me, Mario," will be free to keep on Uplay from Tuesday, April 14. Its follow-ups Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood and Revelations will be available for a discounted price too.

While you're in the market for freebies, the Sokpop Collective (opens in new tab) are giving away their tiny train sim Soko Loco (opens in new tab).

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games (opens in new tab). He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun (opens in new tab), The Big Issue, GamesRadar (opens in new tab), Zam (opens in new tab), Glixel (opens in new tab), Five Out of Ten Magazine (opens in new tab), and Playboy.com (opens in new tab), whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.