Each week, the Epic Games Store offers its users a number of free titles. This week, those with an Epic Games account can get their hands on the popular online space-sim ‘Elite Dangerous’, as well as the indie, story-focused visual novel / puzzler hybrid ‘The World Next Door’. Both games are available to purchase for free from now until the 26th of November.
Elite Dangerous is a popular multiplayer space simulator which allows players to explore “a realistic 1:1 scale open-world representation of the Milky Way galaxy”. With an open-ended objective, players can get lost in the universe, finding their own way to navigate and experience the game.
Elite Dangerous has cultivated a dedicated player base who use the “massively multiplayer space epic” to develop roles within the galaxy. Thanks to the game’s “connected galaxy, evolving narrative and the entire Milky Way recreated at its full galactic proportions,” you truly can play however you want.
The World Next Door is best described as “A mix of lightning-fast puzzle battles, powerful storytelling, and immersive visual novel elements”. Inspired by anime, The World Next Door sees you play as “Jun, a rebellious teen who finds herself far from home in the magical and mysterious world of Emrys. As she encounters a colorful cast of otherworldly creatures, Jun must learn to rely on her new friends to return home before time runs out..”
As mentioned, the game acts as a hybrid between a visual novel and a puzzle battler, making for a unique gaming experience. The World Next Door unfortunately received mixed reviews due to feeling somewhat “generic” and incomplete. Still the game is a short one, and may resonate with you.
Both Elite Dangerous and The World Next Door are available to purchase and download for free from now until the 26th of November, at which point they will be replaced by MudRunner.
KitGuru says: What do you think of this week’s offerings? Do you enjoy space sims? What role do you take on when playing? Let us know down below.