The Epic Games Store’s latest free title has just been announced; The Spectrum Retreat, will be replacing Horizon Chase Turbo and Sonic Mania.
The Spectrum Retreat is a story-driven puzzle game that will be part of American software and video developer Epic Games Inc.’s ever-growing list of free games, and it will be made available for download between the upcoming dates July 1-8, 2021.
According to Video Games Chronicle, The Spectrum Retreat will be replacing the games Horizon Chase Turbo (which originally cost £15.99) and Sonic Mania (originally priced at £14.99), both of which are now free for download until the first of July.
What is it in a nutshell?
As explained on The Spectrum Retreat page on Epic’s website, the game’s setting takes place in the fictional Hotel Pennrose, and players are tasked with various color-coded puzzles that are supposed to help them make sense of why they cannot seem to leave the premises.
The game was developed by Dan Smith Studios and was first released back in 2018. It received a number of positive ratings and is compatible with the devices such as the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PS4, and PC.
Epic Games’ progress and giveaway history
Epic Games Store disclosed in January of this year that it had managed to garner more than 160 million PC users since its December 2018 launch. Ever since then, the company has remained rather dedicated to its weekly free title giveaway, in fact, it released 103 free games last year (which, based on US pricing, was worth a total sum of $2,407).
Epic Games stated that over 749 million free titles were claimed by users in 2020 alone. Furthermore, as noted by a document that was made public due to the legal issues between Epic and the tech giant Apple, within a period of nine months, the video game developer spent almost $12 million just to secure the titles for its regular free game giveaways.
During Epic Games’ initial nine months, it conducted a total of 38 free title giveaways, and to do this required the company to pay each of the games’ developers differing buyout prices. To name a few examples, games such as World of Goo, Rime, and Super Meat Boy cost around $50,000 more or less, while others called for a price of over $1 million to be secured, like Mutant Year Zero, Subnautica, and Batman Arkham Collection, which cost $1 million, $1.4 million, and $1.5 million respectively.
The Spectrum Retreat may not quite be in the same lane as most of today’s insanely popular games are, but it can for sure be appreciated by the right crowd. Besides, taking breaks from the usual every once in a while is always refreshing. On the topic of refreshing, freshen up your gaming experience and setup with an ASUS AC3100 WiFi Gaming Router and a Beexcellent Gaming Headset.