This week, Epic Games Store is offering not one, not two, but three titles for free.
The first is Deponia: The Complete Journey, which consists of Deponia, Chaos on Deponia, and Goodbye Deponia, point-and-click adventure games set on the titular junk planet of Deponia. Protagonist Rufus, while trying to leave the planet, accidentally causes Goal, a girl from a floating city called Elysium, to fall to the planet with him. The story follows Rufus’ journey to return Goal to Elysium, with the game promising comedy and puzzles. The Complete Journey also includes a Developer’s Commentary among its other features.
The second title is Ken Follet’s The Pillars of the Earth, which is based on Follet’s book of the same name. Set in a small town in 12th century England that is trying to build a cathedral for money and safety, the three-part game follows three characters, Jack, Aliena, and Philip. The three are a boy who was raised in the woods and received stonemason apprenticeship, a disgraced noblewoman, and a monk-turned-prior respectively. The three come together to kick off the cathedral’s construction, with the game's description promising “exploration, decision-making and dialogues” that can alter the book’s events.
Finally, one-man effort The First Tree is a short, story-focused third-person game with “light puzzle solving, platforming, and no enemies”. The game has two plots, one following a fox in search of her family and the other following a human reconnecting with his father. “Players take control of the fox on a poignant and beautiful journey that crescendos at the source of life, and perhaps result in an understanding of death,” says the game’s description. “Along the way, players can uncover artifacts and stories from the son's life as he becomes intertwined in the fox’s journey towards The First Tree.”