With Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto 5 no longer available for free on the Epic Games Store, another game has stepped up to take its place: Sid Meier’s Civilization 6. The 4X turn-based strategy game will be available on the Epic Games Store for free until 11 a.m. EDT on May 28.
Free games are available weekly on Epic Games’ platform. For the past week, it was GTA 5 — a download that was so popular that it created loads of problems (including 12 hours of downtime) for the store and its launcher.
Civilization 6 was released in October 2016 on Mac and Windows PC. It came to iOS in 2017, Nintendo Switch in 2018, and PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2019. Earlier this month, developer Firaxis Games announced a new season pass for Civilization 6 that will add eight new civilizations to the base game. The pass, available on all platforms except mobile, will cost $39.99. Six add-on packs are expected as part of the pass, the first of which will be released Thursday. It’s the Maya & Gran Colombia Pack, and it includes “leaders, buildings and units from each respective civilization, a new Apocalypse game mode, new City-States, Resources, and Natural Wonders,” according to a news release.
Epic Games Store Civ 6 Free
Sid Meier’s Civilization VI: Platinum Edition Upgrade is the perfect way to upgrade your base game experience. This upgrade package includes six Civilization & Scenario DLC packs as well as the Rise and Fall and Gathering Storm expansions. This content requires the base game Sid Meier’s Civilization® VI on the Epic Games Store.
Epic Games started giving away games on its store in 2019. Currently, the platform is running a four-week sale on games called the “Mega Sale.” Epic Games Store users can expect discounts up to 75% off PC games.
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This week's Epic Games Store freebie is a big one: Sid Meier's Civilization 6.
- Epic Games Store gives you a free game every week. Come back often for the exclusive offers. Download a free game or join a free-to-play game community today.
- Originally created by legendary game designer Sid Meier, Civilization is a turn-based strategy game in which you attempt to build an empire to stand the test of time. Become Ruler of the World by establishing and leading a civilization from the Stone Age to the Information Age. Wage war, conduct diplomacy, advance your culture, and go head-to-head with history’s greatest leaders as you.
- Sid Meier’s Civilization 6 is available free on the Epic Games Store, meaning you can claim a free copy that’s yours to keep. The offer is available until 11AM ET on May 28th, so you have one.
- I have Civ 6 through the Epic Games Store with all the expansions, DLC, and Frontier Pass. A few days ago I made a new game and noticed that the specific DLC for Magnificence Catherine was red and said it wasn't installed. It had been installed before then and was just suddenly missing.
You have until 8am PT / 11 am ET / 4pm BST on Thursday, May 28 to claim it, and once you do, you can keep it forever. You'll also need to set up two-factor authentication for your Epic Games Store account to claim the game, but that's a small price to pay for what many consider to be the best Civilization entry.
Civilization 6 Mac Epic Store
As is sometimes the case with Epic Games Store giveaways, only the base game itself is free. Civilization 6 has several DLCs which introduce new scenarios, cultures, leaders, and other elements, but you'll need to purchase those separately. Fortunately, the biggest bunch of content, the Platinum Edition Upgrade which adds six Civilization & Scenario DLC packs as well as the Rise and Fall and Gathering Storm expansions, is half-off on the Epic Games Store until June 11. You can also get the New Frontier Pass for its regular price of $39.99, or pay $8.99 for the Maya & Gran Colombia pack, the first part of the pass which was just released today.
Nearly four years after its release, Civilization 6 is still regularly updated and faithfully played, and with the aforementioned Frontier Pass now spooling up, there's arguably never been a better time to dive into Firaxis' masterwork 4X strategy game. The next Frontier Pass DLC will arrive in July, and four more packs will be spaced out between September 2020 and March 2021. The base game can keep you occupied for hundreds of hours, and if you like what you see, there's plenty more where that came from.
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