This thread will no longer be updated.

This used to be a thread called "Limited time, 100% Free-to-keep PC games right now", where I, together with many helpful members of the community, documented which PC games were free to claim at any given moment. I started it when the COVID-19 pandemic started in the whole world and developers/publishers were doing promotions faster than one could keep track of everything. Since the situation is calmer now, keeping track of things to that level isn't needed.

The thread is now a free games news thread which relies on comments to function - if you find an interesting offer for a free game, feel free to comment and let others know! Here I have also put links to useful places where you can find out about and/or collect free games as they appear.

Comment Formatting Guide

When commenting, please put the full name of the game/promotion, which platform it is on, and a link to the promotion/the relevant SG thread.
For example "Bad Rats: the Rats' Revenge free on Steam [link to Steam page]"

Useful Links

Steam

SteamDB page for free Steam promotions - follow this page to know every upcoming or ongoing free-to-keep or free weekend Steam game.

SG thread for free Steam soundtracks - a thread that collects free soundtracks you can claim on Steam.

SG thread for paid-now-free Steam games of 2020 - thread that collects Steam games that are now free to get (as FreeOnDemand)
Paid-now-free Steam games of 2019

Epic Games

Free games page on Epic Games Store - Epic Games Store's own page for their free game promotions.

SG thread for free Epic Games promotions - follow this thread to find out about and discuss new free games on Epic.

A Total War Saga: TROY Epic Games promo - the game will be free-to-keep on Epic Games on August 13th.

GOG

GOG Free Games Collection - a collection of free games to claim on GOG.
Higurashi 1 free game promotion - another game GOG is offering for free during the COVID-19 pandemic.

IndieGala

galaFreebies - IndieGala's own page for freebies from their website

IndieGala showcase - IndieGala's own page where they collect games you can claim for free on their website.

SG thread for free IndieGala games - follow this thread to find out about new, free games on IndieGala.

itch.io

Self-isolation on a budget - an itch.io collection that collected games one could claim for free during the COVID-19 pandemic. No longer updated, but contains a few games that are still free.

SG thread for free itch.io games - thread collecting games to claim for free on itch.io for a limited time.

Microsoft

Top free games on Microsoft Store - not a page but a search filter, this will show some free games able to be claimed on the Microsoft Store. (May not be all of them)

Uplay

Ubisoft Free Events page - Ubisoft's page for their own free game promotions.

Other links

Big Fish free games page - a collection of free games Big Fish are offering during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Crusader Kings II free DLC promotion - sign up to the newsletter to receive a Steam key for The Old Gods DLC, or refer people to get the Pagan Fury music pack.
Endless Space Collection free promotion - link your Games2Gether account to your Steam account to receive Endless Space Collection on Steam for free.

Currently free games on Steam (no new games will be added, these will be removed as they end)

Game Start End ASF command Info
Wide Cross ? ? !addlicense ASF 345425 Works using SteamDB
The Scream ? ? !addlicense ASF 369917 Works using SteamDB
Tennis World Tour - Denis Shapovalov 2020-04-23 16:00 UTC 2020-12-01 18:00 UTC !addlicense ASF 454711 -
Tennis World Tour - Alex De Minaur 2020-04-23 16:00 UTC 2020-12-01 18:00 UTC !addlicense ASF 454715 -
Tennis World Tour - Caroline Garcia 2020-04-23 16:00 UTC 2020-12-01 18:00 UTC !addlicense ASF 454706 -
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Tomb raider is actually not GOTY so its eaiser to just add directly from steam.

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Yes and no, I added the key from square enix and it let me add it to steam. So the free steam version is not the same as the one on square enix. But I have no idea as to what the difference is.

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I had Tomb Raider (ROW) and I could also add from steam: "Tomb Raider Limited Free Promotional Package - Mar 2020"

The only difference from steam version and square version is that square gives you a key. I find it odd that you could add both free version on steam and also free key from square, concidering it came up as already owned when I did the same thing.

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I find it odd that you could add both free version on steam and also free key from square, concidering it came up as already owned when I did the same thing.

This means the two licenses grant different packages.

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Yes, but usually you cant add a package if you own everything in the package. I also found it odd that we could add free version off Tomb Raider when it said dont add if appid is owned as a rule.

But I couldnt add free version on steam AND free square because it was the same and it came up as already purchased. Thats why I found it odd he could add both steam and square.

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I had the base game Tomb Raider and was also able to activate the key from Square. Maybe you had whatever extra the Square key provided.

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Everyone that had base version (previously) could add the free version. Many thought it was GOTY, but that was later corrected even by square. It didnt add anything extra since it just added as a promotional license if you check your steam license page.

Spidernumerouno mentioned that he added the key from square and that it was not the same as the free one on steam. From that statement I assumed he had also added it on steam. (free version) Which seemed impossible concidering that was exactly the same type, the only diffeence was that square was KEY ONLY.

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I also claimed it thinking it was GoTY version at SE. Key didnt work for me because I had a Tomb Raider base game previously off some steam store purchase. So obviously there were no new addons over base game to add in Square Enix key else it would have accepted. the key and added the missing DLCs or whatever add ons should hace come in GoTY.

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Holy crap, She Remembered Caterpillars was free this whole time!? How did I miss that?

Well, I got it now. Thanks for the link!

6 months ago
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Where?

6 months ago
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Click the itch io link, then the game is on the first row.

6 months ago
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Ah, I see. Thanks.

6 months ago
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Must be removed now, i dont see it.

6 months ago
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Try again, and if you still don't see it go to your ophthalmologist. 🤪

6 months ago
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Ahhh, just didnt look like same game icon as usual... thanks!

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I'm new to itch.io, is it just the DRM-free version (which I could find) that is free, or is there also a way to get a Steam key for free?

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I'm also relatively new to itch io, but I think it's just the DRM-free version. There are other itch games that will give you a Steam key if you spend money on the game, but it doesn't look like even that applies to She Remembered Caterpillars.

6 months ago
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Thank you!

6 months ago
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Thank you for the effort!

6 months ago
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Thank you for this list!

6 months ago
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Maybe remove the hl= stuff from couple links so people don't just close it for being non-english.

6 months ago
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Are these iOS Apps are free for a limited time?

6 months ago
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Yes, I have grabbed them from r/AppHookupIOS however they don't put till when it is available for free

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Tomb Raider GOTY shows as free in the Square Enix store, but when adding it it shows up as just Tomb Raider. Anyone tried it and can tell if it's the base game or the full? I already have the base game.

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just base game.

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Not GOTY.

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You can add Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris as free too in Square Enix store. Same end date as Tomb Raider.
About the Stay Home "bundle" in GOG, it's not a bundle. Just a selection of most of their permanently free games, so end date is "never".

6 months ago
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Thank you for this. Stay safe!

6 months ago
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Thanks for useful new thread! :))

6 months ago
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You are fast on the trigger in play at uplay so it’s free for the 24th and you already know. rsrs

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I'm not sure in what way I should restrict this thread. Rabbids coding was always free if I'm not wrong, but it isn't a "free to play" game as you can add it to your library. What's the case with Chess Royale?

Also not sure if I should add free weekends either, I mean it's useful information but maybe it isn't what people come here for? Looking for thoughts.

6 months ago
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Agree

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Thanks OP

6 months ago
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Do you have the source for this one? It goes straight to downloading and I'd rather not put a link like that in the chart.

6 months ago
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It's the actual DL link from itch.io. No need to put it in the chart when there already is the one for the collection, though.

6 months ago
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Oh alright then :)

6 months ago
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Sorry ,should have mentioned it was from Itch.
Not something you usually see so i posted it here to give easy access.
Games normally come from Itch servers.

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nice one, thanks so much for this thread

6 months ago
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Could someone help me clear out the question marks? To be more precise, what times do Epic giveaways start/end and when did the Square Enix Store giveaways start (same time as the Steam giveaways?)

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Epic giveaways start each Thursday at 16:00 GMT (that's my timezone, feel free to change it).
I don't know when the Square Enix Store giveaways started, but I've received a e-mail about it Friday at 20:00 GMT.

6 months ago
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Thank you! I'd like to use UTC here (but UTC = GMT) since that's the neutral timezone.

6 months ago
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Tackar o Bockar 😊👍

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6 months ago
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lol those GOG games, grandpa's day off

i mean bless em, but l-o-fuckin-l

6 months ago
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Probably because GOG stands for Good Old Games.

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ok boomer

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Epic seems to be offering Unreal Tournament as well.

https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/product/unreal-tournament/home

6 months ago
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Is this a limited time thing though? I can't find any news about them specifically offering it for free.

6 months ago
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it's f2p, it was free for years

6 months ago
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Alright! I don't want to add F2P games since otherwise this post would never end...

6 months ago
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Didn't know either. Took it for the original one, but seems to be a remake produced from epic in cooperation with the community. The original one is restricted in my country and I gave up on keeping an eye on those movements. Just found it by accident.

6 months ago
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Unfortunately Epic Games has halted its development due to the success of Fortnite. That's really sad.

6 months ago
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Thank you for putting this together!

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Thanks for taking it over, much appreciated!

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Ghost Recon Breakpoint Free weekend from 26th to 30th,pre-load is available now
https://support.ubisoft.com/en-GB/faqs/000053101

I know it is not free to keep but I thought maybe worth a mention, the big update coming tomorrow is addressing a good portion of shit show ppl didn't like about it... and Sam Fisher is making an appearance.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUJN1I1DHII

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HELLION FREE ON STEAM

Starts 27 March 2020 – 17:00:00 UTC
Ends 30 March 2020 – 17:00:00 UTC

sauce
https://store.steampowered.com/app/588210/HELLION/

store page
https://store.steampowered.com/app/588210/HELLION/

Recent reviews are mostly negative but maybe some of you will still have fun with it

edit: it will be free to keep

Thanks to user Caliko
https://www.steamgifts.com/discussion/sqnDP/freesteam-hellion-27-march-30-march

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Am I the only one getting this trying to redeem Child of Light?!
Something went wrong

6 months ago
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Not live yet. The supposed time is in the table above.

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It is available now.

6 months ago
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The council episode 1 free until 30 march

https://store.steampowered.com/app/287630/The_Council/

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Errr... isn't it permanently free?
I think it's the 70% off sale for the Complete Season what lasts until 30 March...

6 months ago
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No see the history price here

https://isthereanydeal.com/game/council/history/?shop%5B%5D=steam&generate=Select+Stores

It says price was 24.99 euro

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Curious... The AppId 287630 does indeed seem to have gone free yesterday, but I got Episode 1 for free at the beginning of March.

[Checks SteamDB a little more...]

Looks like it was the SubId 439194 what went free back then.

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But i ceck isthereanydeal and says the game go free on 23 march

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Not 100% clear on how this works... it doesn't get added to your account, right? So if it's only F2P for a week and then you can't play it anymore I don't know if I should put it in the chart. (But I do appreciate people sharing it anyway)

6 months ago
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Yes,no add +1

6 months ago
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The GA early March added the complete game.

If you try to purchase the complete season it says that you already own it ;)

6 months ago
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But if you try to install it, you'll see it's only the 11.38GB of the base game & Chapter 1. I guess in order to buy the Complete Season, you'd first have to manually remove the complimentary license.

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Yes, that should work. Someone's already done it.

I bought the free first episode, played it, removed it from my account, then bought the entire season pass and my save was there.

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Good luck using that website though

6 months ago
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Thanks for that. Created an account, and claimed the DLC (and more) without issue.

6 months ago
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I had an account I forgot about and missed DLC. And I wanted it. Karna1

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