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Warhammer 40K: Rites of War is free on GOG

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In the grim darkness of the far future, there are only Warhammer videogames. GOG is getting a head start on all that this weekend, with a big Warhammer Weekend sale (opens in new tab) and—here's the really good bit—a Warhammer giveaway.

Warhammer 40,000: Rites of War is a 1999 turn-based strategy game that was pretty good back in the day. PC Gamer US (opens in new tab) scored it 75%, calling it "an intense, addictive experience," while PC Gamer UK (opens in new tab) took a slightly dimmer view, criticizing its aging engine and poor AI, and giving it a 65%. (These days, PC Gamer's US and UK offices collaborate on reviews rather than producing separate ones.) 

The more relevant number right now, though, is zero, which is the amount of money you'll have to spend to get it. Just go to the GOG front page (opens in new tab) and click the "get it free" button on the Rites of War banner, and it is yours!

(You can't pick it up from the store page (opens in new tab), which I've always thought was a bit of an oddity, but there's a "go to giveaway" button there that will throw you back to the front page, so you'll get there eventually.)

Warhammer 40K: Rites of War will be free on GOG until 6 am PT/9 am ET on July 19, while The Warhammer Weekend sale runs until the same time on July 20. 

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.