Psychedelic survival horror Saturnalia is next week’s Epic Store free game

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Saturnalia – the striking new survival horror from acclaimed studio Santa Ragione – is free on the Epic Games Store next week, alongside Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus.

Santa Ragione, if you’re not familiar, has already released acclaimed MirrorMoon and Fotonica EPs, but Saturnalia – which is heavily influenced by Sardinian folklore – seems to be its most ambitious title yet, trapping gamers in an ancient village steeped in dark rituals and challenging them to uncover its many secrets.

Although this is a single-player experience, players take control of four different characters as they explore the labyrinthine and decidedly psychedelic streets of the village. If one character is captured – horrible things lurk in the shadows – players can switch to another and attempt a rescue, but once all four are dead the village physically reconfigures for another attempt. Luckily, the progression of storytelling and puzzles is retained across playthroughs.


Saturnalia – Gameplay preview trailer.

Saturnalia is free to download through the Epic Store on October 27 – the same day it’s released. But if you’re not in the mood for a spooky Halloween-appropriate deduction, there’s always Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus, which is free on the same day.

Mechanicus made Eurogamer’s list of the best Warhammer 40,000 games earlier this year, with Wesley Yin-Poole calling the turn-based strategy game – which revolves around the army of god-worshipping cyborg priests of the Imperium – “bright” and “refreshing”.

Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus – Release Trailer.

Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus and Saturnalia can be added to your Epic Games Store library for free between October 27 and November 3. Until then, Evoland Legendary Edition and Fallout 3: Game of the Year are offered for free.

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