Next week will see the perennially fashionable survival shooter ARK: Survival Evolved go free to carry on the Epic Games retailer for an additional week. From September twenty second to September twenty ninth, the dinosaur-riding survival extravaganza will probably be completely free. You can simply have it.

Free this week are magic fox exploration platformer Spirit of the North and journey game The Captain. Next week’s different free game will probably be Gloomhaven, a fairly good (and big) digital adaptation of the hit cooperative RPG board game. I gave it an 87 within the PC Gamer overview.

Ark’s a traditional for a motive, although. From its sojourn within the early entry wilds to its string of expansions, Ark’s blazed a path that outlined the survival style and has outlived almost all its friends from the mid-2010s. That’s partially attributable to a spotlight by developer Studio Wildcard on not simply solo survival, however numerous sorts of cooperative and aggressive play.

This is not the primary time Ark has been free on Epic Games, or free in any respect. It was free in 2020 on Epic and earlier this 12 months on Steam. The giveaway makes some sense, on condition that Ark 2 is being developed in Unreal Engine 5, which necessitates shut collaboration with Epic Games.

That second free interval was to rejoice the reveal of that wild trailer for Ark 2. You know, the one where Vin Diesel fights a bunch of dinosaurs as a result of he is not solely starring within the game, he is working as an govt producer on it? Either means it should not be shocking to anybody to see identified D&D-loving nerd Vin Diesel taking part in a online game.