The Epic Games Store gave away a free game for 15 days straight in December 2020 leading to 2021. Now that the first week of the new year is almost done, the digital storefront has reverted back to its previous routine, which is to give away one free game every week. The free game for this week is Alt Shift’s tactical roguelite Crying Suns, but we now have a glimpse of what next week’s free game will be.
This will probably be exciting news for many in the gaming community, because the upcoming free game for January 14-21 is going to be Star Wars Battlefront 2: Celebration Edition. This will be the first time that this particular title will be available on the Epic Games Store.
One other reason why this is such a great steal is because Star Wars Battlefront 2: Celebration Edition is a version that has a plethora of content, so fans who grab this awesome opportunity will have so much to explore and experience.
Of course, Star Wars Battlefront 2: Celebration Edition includes the base game, which already has all the multiplayer characters, the launch maps, and the single-player story campaign. Not only that, the action shooter title also consists of several cosmetic items like skins for playable heroes.
Naturally, this includes familiar faces such as Kylo Ren, Finn, and Rey, with appearances based on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. If that’s not enough to get you excited, Star Wars Battlefront 2: Celebration Edition also offers a plethora of customization items for the troopers.
It’s definitely interesting to see how far Star Wars Battlefront 2 has come. When it was initially released in 2017, the game was heavily criticized due to its microtransactions. As a matter of fact, the game’s microtransactions were considered incredibly exploitative to the point where politicians got involved and put a spotlight on loot boxes.
As a result, real-world legislation was implemented on video game loot boxes, and it was all because of Star Wars Battlefront 2. As you can imagine, the game had an unfavorable reputation after that controversy.
However, some good changes were introduced to Star Wars Battlefront 2. Developer DICE made some adjustments to the game’s economy, leaving behind loot boxes and the need for players to grind excessively.
Not only that, the developer kept on supporting the title through content updates, which introduced new maps, characters, and so much more. Thanks to DICE’s efforts, the studio was able to take a poorly received game and turn it into the beloved title that it is now.
It’s honestly quite inspiring, especially when you think about how players even made petitions that asked the developer to keep updating and working on the game even when it no longer received supported.
At this point, DICE has left Star Wars Battlefront 2 in the past and has moved onto greener pastures. But who knows? Maybe the developer will want to revisit the game someday in the future. For now though, those who haven’t experienced Star Wars Battlefront 2 yet or who want to play through it again for nostalgia’s sake can grab the game for free next week.