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[PC] Free - Assassin's Creed Syndicate @ Epic Games

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Available from Friday 21/2.

As Jacob Frye, a young and reckless Assassin, use your skills to help those trampled by the march of progress.
Travel the city at the height of the Industrial Revolution and meet iconic historical figures. From Westminster to Whitechapel, you will come across Darwin, Dickens, Queen Victoria… and many more.
As a gang leader, strengthen your stronghold and rally rival gang members to your cause, in order to take back the capital from the Templars’ hold.

Also available at the same time: [PC] Epic - Free - Faeria

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  • +28 votes

    Dont forget to grab the games that are free atm:

    Kingdom Come: Deliverance https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/product/kingdom-come-d...

    Aztec https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/product/aztez/home

    • +12 votes

      I supported the KickStarter on Kingdom Come years ago. Got the game and have not had any chance to play it yet lol

      • +9 votes

        Sometimes I wonder why I spend money on games anymore even bundles when there is so much good free stuff but then I remember ah yes mental problems and no self control.

    • +10 votes

      PS+, Xbox games with gold?

      Get a controller for your PC. You don't have to use kb+m for everything.

      • +5 votes

        Don't even need to get a separate controller for PC - I think you can just use a PS4 controller with PC can't you?

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        You have to pay to get those games

      • +2 votes

        PS+ and games with gold aren’t free. How is this still being said? You pay money monthly for the games with those services. They aren’t free.

        • +1 vote

          Maybe the reasoning is this (and I am speculating here as I fully understand your point and have no stake in this either side as I do not play multiplayer):

          People get PS+ to play multiplayer online - that is their reason for getting it.
          In addition to that capability they then get the added bonus of getting games which is why they consider them free - it is an extra on top of what they paid for and they do not have to pay for that extra.

          • +2 votes

            @Lysander: It started as just a Xbox live gold rip off. Then after they added “premium” features like cloud saves exclusively to ps+. Eventually they started giving ps3 games to people and used terminology like “free monthly games”. They stopped that because of the people pointing out that it’s misleading to call something you pay for free.

            I think all I’m getting at is that it’s a hold over from when they first introduced it and used misleading advertising. Now it just stuck and it perpetuates the intended psychological effects Sony wanted. That it wasn’t something you pay for but a free bonus on top of what you pay. I mostly don’t like self deception. I wouldn’t care if Sony was still doing it but not people doing it to themselves.

            Honestly Epic deserves the credit that this actually is legit free. Kudos to Epic tbh

    • +2 votes

      I received Syndicate on PS Plus a while ago. Technically not free, as you have to pay for Plus.

      • +1 vote

        That seems like a good idea. Do PS+ games "expire" after the promotion month, or you have it forever?

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          Expires if you lose your ps+ i believe.

          • +4 votes

            @aka nioh: But can get it back if you resub. So basically it's yours as long as you have an active subscription (might get tricky if you need to download it and they've removed it or something like that).

            • +2 votes

              @tomsco: On the PS4 there is a library section that shows all your "purchased" games and even has a PS+ section dedicated to your claimed games. Can always re-download them from there even if you don't have an active subscription, means if you have slow internet you can download the ones you want to play before you re-subscribe for a month.

      • +1 vote

        Are you sure you got that on PS+? I've had PS+ since way back in the PS3 days and as far as I know I've claimed every game that's been on there, but I don't have it in my library. I've got Freedom Cry on PS4 and AC3 on PS3, but not Syndicate.

    • +1 vote

      If you're set up is right ocoolio you can always use steam link to play PC games on your TV.

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    do you know the PC requirements to run this game?

  • +18 votes

    The amount of games Epic is giving away is amazing. I haven't even brought a single game on their store and I already have 70 + games in my Library.

    • +6 votes

      Same here. I think I've only played 2 or 3 of them, but I figure one day I'll either be unemployed or retired and will have time to spare and these will fill it nicely :P

    • +2 votes

      I haven't bought a single game altogether. These giveaways basically killed Steam for me. Previously I'd keep checking the best selling games on Steam and make impulsive purchases. I don't even have Steam installed anymore.

      I think what Epic is doing is very bad for game developers and their ability to actually sell the games, I know it and here I am enjoying the ride.

      • +13 votes

        Why? Epic paid the game developers to provide these free games.

        • -3 votes

          Any official source confirming this? I was always curious about this and wasn't sure if the developer is forced into freebies or massive discounting

          • +17 votes

            @wyrmy: As Sweeney explains, "Epic pays each developer or publisher for the opportunity to distribute their game free for a week.

            https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.pcmag.com/news/epic-games-s...

            How in the world did you come to conclusion that epic is forcing developers to do freebies lol.

          • +3 votes

            @wyrmy: They are getting paid quite generously. A quick Google search will give you the knowledge you seek.

          • +2 votes

            @wyrmy: there's no way epic aren't paying for these, how would they force them to release their game for free?

            they would be getting steep volume discounts though, probably works out fine for the devs or they wouldn't accept the terms

            they're just blowing through their fortnite money to try and build up their store

        • -8 votes

          There are 1000s of games released on Steam annually. Epic will pick 100 per year to give away for free. Epic has the leverage because if specific game developer doesn't agree with their predatory terms, they just negotiate with another one who will.

          This means less money flows to game developers, in long term you will see less new games being released. Epic is doing this to choke Valve/Steam who was the biggest beneficiary of gaming boom on PC.

          • +3 votes

            @lubos: Not sure if you read the article I posted. Epic paid enough for the developer to not make a loss for the number of free games during the free week.

            Why do you think publishers and Indies are jumping to epic for "exclusive" period? Epic pays them enough for the exclusive. They have more than enough money from ripping off kids with fortnite.

            • -6 votes

              @Letrico: The article doesn't contradict my point. The PC gaming industry is going to have the same problem music industry has been dealing with for the past 2 decades. Less overall revenue because less consumers will be willing to pay for games just like less consumers are willing to pay music. Epic is teaching the market games can be for free just like YouTube has taught the market music can be for free.

              Your argument is centered about how YouTube is good for music industry because it is paying them A-LOT-OF-MONEY™ but when you look at the actual numbers, what YouTube is paying publishers is a fraction what they used to earn when consumers were willing to pay for music directly.

              Epic had certainly impact on my game purchases. In 2018 I spent over $1,000 on games. In 2019 I spent less than $100 and majority of my game time was on Epic freebies. I didn't buy any game in 2020 so far. My spending on games this year could be very well big fat $0. If you don't see how this is a problem for gaming industry, then just watch.

              • +1 vote

                @lubos: A comparison to the music industry is pointless and frankly completely irrelevant, music and video games are two completely different mediums. Perhaps for someone like you who does not buy games on release and waits for them to be dirt cheap or free, sure they might lose some business, but it is marginal compared to the millions of us out there across PC and Console that buy games brand new on release day, or on sale around holiday periods, or play online games and buy season passes and DLC for online ftp games. The gaming industry is doing just fine, if developers create good games, people will buy them. I personally spend less on games than i used to but purely because of things like games with gold or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. The games that become free on these platforms (apart from gamepass) are often older games that aren't selling well anyway, which is why the developers agree to be paid to have it free to play for a while. I can guarantee no one has bought a copy of Assassins Creed Syndicate recently on any platform.

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                  @ColstonAUS: aren't you contradicting yourself? First you claim the effect of Epic freebies will be marginal on the market because "people like me" are not big part of the market but then you admit you are spending less on games too. Epic freebies are sucking oxygen out of the market. Even if nobody bought Assassins Creed Syndicate recently on any platform (bold claim), a lot of hours will be now spent to play the game for free instead of other games which could have been purchased.

                  Could this be at least part of the reason why gaming companies are reporting double digit drops in revenue?

                  • +1 vote

                    @lubos: Not contradicting myself at all. Microsoft pay developers huge amounts of money to put their games on game pass, and often this is not the only platform they will be sold on either, The Outer Worlds being a prime example. They make their money one way or another.

                    And so say you are right, and people do play Assassins Creed Syndicate a lot because its free, and they decide they love it, so they go and buy some of the other games in the series like the newer ones, or maybe purchase the DLC for the game, which increases revenue and exposure for Ubisoft, even though epic pays them regardless.

                    SOME gaming companies are reporting huge losses, those would be companies like EA games, who year after year churn out tired and unchanged sports games that people are sick of, or maybe Bethesda? A company that released a broken mess of a game called fallout 76, which cause massive backlash in the gaming community. How about Bioware? Heard of the massive flop that was Anthem? These companies are losing money because they are releasing sub par content.

                    Companies like Obsidian, Rockstar, 4A, Fromsoftware, Ubisoft, The Coalition, Gearbox, Activision (just to name a few) have all had successful years because they have released good games that sold well on all platforms.

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                    @lubos: I think Epic is definitely NOT the reason.

                    Have a read of this statement by Ubisoft itself. While the earnings are down, the reasons they give are sharp decreases in performence for The Division 2 and Ghost Recon: Breaking Point along with longer development time for upcoming titles.

                    https://ubistatic19-a.akamaihd.net/comsite_common/en-US/imag...

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                    @lubos: You are going to need to drop some citations when you make claims like double digit drops in revenues. I think you might need to stop reading steam forums.

                    The industry saw a 2% revenue increase in 2019. This during a year where wage stagnation and house running costs were at their worst.
                    https://screenrant.com/video-game-revenue-2019-united-states...

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                @lubos: Your stance implies that consumerism hasn't changed in the last 20 years. People consume their media differently now. We have the infrastructure to consume media differently now. Physical media is well on the way out (aside from the surprising resurgence of vinyl through the 2010s) and subscription-based and free-to-play/watch/listen business models have been readily adopted. The videogame industry as a whole is worth ~$150bn USD, and 2019 was up more than 7% over 2018 (see: https://newzoo.com/insights/articles/newzoo-adjusts-global-g...). The fact that you purchased fewer games last year is a single data point and therefore irrelevant.

          • +3 votes

            @lubos: I think you got your names mixed up. What you are describing is Steam with their 30% fees and compulsory freebies stipulated in their T&Cs. Read them!

        • +3 votes

          I think the bigger issue is that with 1 or 2 every week, a person can just coast along on these free games and never buy anything else. It's fine for the developers who are getting paid by Epic to have their games given away for free, but it does mean that there's less incentive for people to buy other games. Especially for the more casual player who just wants something to play every now and again and isn't really concerned about having the latest big AAA game. Those people might never buy a $99 game anyway, but they might have bought those games on sale or cheaper indie stuff and now they'll buy less of those.

          Longer term I think this could be bad for PC gaming, in particular, as that's where most of these giveaways are. It's not just Epic (although obviously they have the most), but there are also occasional free giveaways on GOG and even Steam every now and again. Across those 3 platforms I have a pretty large PC games collection, the vast majority of which I paid nothing for.

          • +1 vote

            @AngusD: The whole EPIC store and its free games are actually funded from the huge amount of profits from a single successful title; Fortnite

            EPIC also gives back a lot to developers including this

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            @AngusD:

            a person can just coast along on these free games and never buy anything else

            I play games a lot and I don't bother grabbing the Epic Store titles usually because I don't want to play something that's there. The whole notion of playing something because it's there is rather wierd to me.

      • +1 vote

        Even if the developers get paid to give there game away for free. It's usually just the base game that is free. They still make money by selling Season Pass and DLC Add-on for there game. Which usually isn't free.

  • +7 votes

    An easy way to remember how to spell assassin, "Ass Ass In" or "Ass as Sin"

  • +1 vote

    didn't get AC Syndicate for free for PS4 but i did only get it for $10. not much of a loss compared to this freebie. i did spend over 60 hrs completing the game to platinum so it was worth the dollar per hour rule for me

    • +1 vote

      But what about quality over quantity games that you're missing out on?

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        If he spent 60 hrs playing it, I am assuming the quality was also good.

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          I'm not speaking to the quality of this game, but rather noting that if you must get at least an hour of play time per dollar spent on a game, you're going to miss out on some great smaller games.

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    Nice its still $59.95 on uplay LOL

  • +1 vote

    You stole Lysander post.

    not that I care about it though

  • +2 votes

    What's this? A non Lysander Epic Games post

  • +1 vote

    I think this was one of the last proper Assassin's Creed games before they took the RPG/Witcher 3 route. While the new ones are a big improvement, I miss the old designs and gameplay mechanics of Syndicate/Unity.

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    I've gotten AC2,3,4 and Unity all for free. I wonder when AC Origins would be free as well.

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      it'll be free, eventually, on epic, maybe, let's see

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      Across all the consoles and PC subs, I am pretty sure every AC has been free except origins and odyssey. Including all the little spin offs. I think it is because by the time 2 new ones are out, no one is paying for the older ones. Odyssey and origins are well worth paying for tho. They are a nice change of style for the series.

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    Just so you do not miss it:

    https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/518610

    Faeria: https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/product/faeria/home

    Don't forget to grab it as well.

    Next week's freebie is InnerSpace:

    https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/519979

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    I bought this for the PS4 in 2016 for $29!!!

    I haven't even opened it yet!

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    Thanks DB!

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    Thank you

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    Jacob, Phillip's brother

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    I claimed the game but only received a receipt confirmation.

    Could someone please advise how do I get the redemption code?

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