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[PC] Free - City of Brass (Made by Aussie Developer) - Epic Store

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The next freebie from the Epic store. This week it is City of Brass.

https://store.steampowered.com/app/301840/City_of_Brass/

From the website:

Become a daring thief in City of Brass, a first-person action adventure from senior BioShock developers.

Armed with scimitar and a versatile whip, you’ll lash and slash, bait and trap your way to the heart of an opulent, Arabian Nights-themed metropolis – or face certain death as time runs out.
Created by Uppercut Games

By the way, the same devs have made the game Submerged which on sale on Steam is between $2-$3 AUD so if you want to support some Australian devs and local game making community have a look at it during the upcoming Steam sales and maybe consider buying it.

Note: This thread is to discuss the freebie/deal in question so please refrain from "store justice warrior" comments as those can be made in the forum. Plus, it is tedious to read the same thing over and over again every time something from Epic is posted.

Enjoy!

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  • +17 votes

    "store justice warrior"

    • +16 votes

      I mean, it is pretty funny how OP has to link to steam for people to actually see reviews for the game.

      • +1 vote

        I am happy to remove it as I am satisfied with the info on Epic site. I do not really go by reviews.

        Would you like me to remove it?

        • +5 votes

          No, It will be usefull for some people. Lets just hope Epic gets their roadmap completed ASAP. It seems they are making pretty good progress in all honesty EGS Roadmap Sadly still no regional pricing for Australia. Im guessing that will happen with the automated refunds, so they don't get sued like steam did.

          • +2 votes

            @Vinodra: To be fair, steam took ages to get regional pricing. Plus most of these free games are an introduction into the store (coming soon) so they can’t really have reviews on a game that’s not even in the store yet

            • +2 votes

              @SlappersOnly: Doesnt change the fact that they simply dont have them at all currently. The reason I mentioned regional pricing is because basically the entire rest of the world except Australia has it.

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                @Vinodra: Heaps of launchers don't have reviews or the many features steam does. I don't see rampages against the battlenet client, or the like.

                We gave steam literal decades to give us regional pricing, Epic launcher has been out for less than 12 months.

                This the the hugest circle jerk.

          • +1 vote

            @Vinodra: I have regional pricing on mine but don't choose Australia dude that's way too expensive

            I chose Argentina

            You can only set the country once

            • +1 vote

              @AussieMark: Love Argentina. My Netflix is set to that country

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              @AussieMark: can you help me? I set mine to Argentina too and bought World War Z with it a few weeks ago. Last night I am trying to pre-order Detroit Become Human and it keeps rejecting my payment on all 3 of my credit cards and when attempting PayPal checkout it picks up my Australia address and rejects the payment. What are you putting in for the address info when checking out?

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              @AussieMark: Here is the error i'm getting trying to buy things

              Looks like something went wrong. For your protection, this transaction has been voided and your funds will be returned in 3-5 business days.

              Using Nord VPN. Have tried 28 Degrees, Citibank, Coles MC & commonwealth bank platinum debit all rejected with the same error.

  • +7 votes

    City of Brass has mostly +ive reviews on Steam, and about 30,000 owners according to Steamspy. It has been on my rather long wishlist for a while (my Steam wishlist is linked to IsThereAnyDeal, so I get alerts whenever there is a sale on these items).

    I am ambivalent about this. Free digital versions of copywrite material is normally something I love, but what to think when the freebie comes from company whose monopolist business practices you abhor.

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      Today's word is…
      ambivalent
      adjective
      - having mixed feelings or contradictory ideas about something or someone.

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      Do you own a console? If you do, you support monopolist business practices.

      • +4 votes

        I play all my games on my artisanal PC. I have chickens in the back yard and I traded two dozen eggs with the guy down the road who makes his own RAM.

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      Mostly plusitive reviews?

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      Free digital versions of copywrite material is normally something I love, but what to think when the freebie comes from company whose monopolist business practices you abhor.

      "Cool, a free game" — Just don't spend money on their platform if you hate their business practices, grabbing the free stuff won't bring them any profits :)

  • +1 vote

    I have that game. One of the best games you can play. From ex-Bioshock developers. Very challenging no-life's game. There is boss battles too.

  • +1 vote

    I hope EpicStore is giving the indie dev (yes it's dev from bioshock involved in the dev) some money for giving their game away!

    I brought this on steam and IMHO it was worth the buy.

    it's a great roguelike style shooter (not guns -sword and whips) …

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      Of course the devs will get paid by Epic for this game. After all they have to live and eat too and it is only a team of 6 people. https://www.uppercut-games.com/about
      It is likely Epic will pay them either a a fairly large flat fee or a set amount per game claimed (such as $2 per game claimed - this is just an example thought up by me - it does not reflect what Epic pays - it could be $10 a game - who knows).

      • +1 vote

        Dunno why you are downvoted. Why would the devs give Epic a license to distribute their product and agree to the terms of how the distribute it (knowing full well the narrative surrounding the Epic launcher) unless they were being compensated in a way they are happy with? They aren't idiots.

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    Thanks

    Was wanting it on switch but it wasnt near the top off my list so this will do nicely!

  • +1 vote

    Would be more interested in City of BrAss

  • +1 vote

    Weren’t these meant to be fortnightly deals? Why are they happening once a week now?

  • +7 votes

    Made in Canberra

    • +2 votes

      That’s actually gonna make me play this now. It looks pretty cool. Like a better version of immortal redneck.

      It is interesting to know that Canberra used to have an Australian studio of 2K. Too bad they got shut down but looks like they continued making games.

    • +2 votes

      Was on the fence, but I can get off my ass to claim a free game that might result in a few small dollars flowing to local devs.

    • +2 votes

      Yes, made by Uppercut games.
      It's a good game too, and they keep updating it with more levels, items and characters.

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    Believe it had a reasonably sized update this week, not too sure if it was pushed to Epic but it's available on Steam.

  • +1 vote

    epic games lol, god damn i wish they'd (profanity) off. i dont need more DRMs

  • +5 votes

    another free game from Epic following their latest privacy related screw up where they sent all of a users personal information to a completely random person - https://www.reddit.com/r/pcgaming/comments/brgq8p/reddit_use...

    • -7 votes

      This is a very confusing comment - I read it as meaning Epic is giving away an additional free game now to make up for their mistake but obviously that is not the case.

      On this note, if you have wondered why every game given away free on HB turns up free on Steam shortly after, it is because Steam is de facto forcing developers and publishers to give their games away on Steam if they have given them away on HB or elsewhere.

      https://partner.steamgames.com/doc/features/keys#3

      "Steam keys shouldn't be given away for free if you aren't also offering the same deal (i.e., give the game away for free) to Steam customers."

      I think this is quite outrageous - developers should be able to give away their game when and where they want without being forced to do it elsewhere.
      I know it says "shouldn't" but it does not take too much imagination what happens if their rules/recommendation are not followed.

      So, this is why every game given away on HB turns up free on Steam shortly after.

      • +5 votes

        That seems to only restrict them from giving away Steam keys for the game, not the game itself.

        ie. They can give away all the Epic store copies they want, as that has nothing to do with Steam.

        Giving away Steam keys means an actual cost to Valve for distributing the game, so they can put any restrictions on it they like.

        • +1 vote

          It is about Steam forcing developers giving away their games on Steam too if they have chosen to give it away somewhere else, such as HB.
          This is restricting choice of developers to do what they like with their work - not cool.
          This issue has nothing to do with Epic.

    • +2 votes

      Oh that's not the latest one, the latest is throwing a sitewide percentage off sale without telling the publishers and developers.

      That left some of them with no choice but to pull their games as it conflicted with their own pricing and price claims leaving their users screwed eg. getting X% off when the prices haven't reflected this or pricejacking as we call it.

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    I think it is better for everyone if these free epic games should be posted either on the day or one day prior to the giveaway day
    so it stays on the front page..

    I usually forgot about these free giveaways after 1 week since there are many other bargains that buried it from front page.

    I know there is a reminder button, but not everyone remembers to click this button..

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      They are put on the front page again as highlighted deal when they become active.

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        oh I must of missed it then
        or it gets buried really quickly by other deals once it is highlighted deal again

        cos I never saw the Rine game show up on the front page again once it was posted 7 days or whatever prior to the giveaway

        https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/457270

        I almosted miss Rine game again + another game (https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/454371)
        until someone posted the link on this page (above this this post by @bigbadboogieman)

        I am sure there are many others that missed out on these free games for the same reason
        that they are just posted too early and we forget about them

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          As it is with most games, it is survival of the fittest gamer. ;-)

          Try to set yourself a reminder, that way you won't miss it.

          Plus, maybe the mods can keep the highlighted deal up for longer.

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            @Lysander: I think the other problem is
            there are many people who mainly keep their single ozbargain tab on the new deal page

            I know I do and occasionally click the front page to see the top deals.

            I think there is a better case if it posted when the deal becomes active
            since it would appear on the new deal page + front page (for being a popular bargain)

            Unfortunately these epic games just get posted way too early
            and I am sure many missed out due to these reasons..

            Anyways I'll try to remember to click the reminder button every time an epic free game deal appear

            • @pinkybrain: Are you subscribed to the newsletter? You'll see highlighted deals in the newsletter before it's due to start. In this case it was in yesterday's newsletter.

              In regards to Rime it was highlighted for a couple hours early this morning when it started, but will also be highlighted again for another 3 hours tonight (7pm-10pm) at least, as most people would not have seen the initial highlight (apart from in the newsletter as mentioned).

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    looks good, thanks op

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    Is this game any good? It's also on sale for the switch pretty often

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    The game is a bit too first person for me

    • +1 vote

      Tomb raider is a bit too third person for me. This is just first person enough.

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    Senior Bioshock devs. Would it be fair to guess that they came from 2K Games in Canberra (dissolved in 2015)?

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