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Apparently The Fortnite Banana Man Is Important In The Epic V Apple Trial

Peely from Fortnite

You know that moment where Phoenix Wright, apparently an ace attorney, decided to cross-examine a parrot in the first Ace Attorney game? Or the time where he accepted a case that would lead to him defending an orca in court? You know how everyone, from the players to the in-game characters themselves, noted how extremely silly all of that was?

Well, the Epic v Apple trial is continuing, with all sorts of ludicrous revelations about the games industry and how lawyers work, and we’re starting to think that Phoenix Wright wasn’t that weird at all.

On the stand today was Matthew Weissinger, Epic’s head of marketing, and part of his cross-examination involved speaking about Peely, the banana man from Fortnite. We have absolutely no idea why the banana man was considered important to the case, but here we are anyway.

“We have a large yellow banana here in a tuxedo,” said Epic’s lawyer, describing Peely for the benefit of the audience both in the court and on the call, where anyone can listen in.

Agent Peely, for your reference.
Agent Peely, for your reference.

“Yes,” Weissinger replied. “That is Peely.”

“And in fact, in the tuxedo, he’s known as Agent Peely, correct?”

“That’s correct,” said Weissinger.

This is where it begins to take a turn for the weird, if “lawyer talking about a banana in court” isn’t weird enough. The lawyer stated, on the record, that they “thought it better to go with the suit than the naked banana, since we are in federal court this morning,” perhaps referencing the furore over Apple calling indie game store itch.io “offensive” last week.

Shield your eyes, children!
Shield your eyes, children!

Later on in the court, after a short recess, the lawyer called back to the weird naked banana reference.

“There might have been an implication that to show Peely without a suit would have been inappropriate, do you recall that?” she asked Weissinger, who answered in the affirmative. “Is there anything inappropriate about Peely without clothes?”

Weissinger’s reply is iconic; we don’t doubt that it’ll make it into Fortnite if the team have any sense of humour about this whole weird thing.

“It’s just a banana, ma’am.”

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This post originally appeared on Nintendo Life | Latest News

Epic Apparently Wanted First-Party Exclusives From Nintendo, Microsoft And Sony On Its Digital Storefront

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Take this with a grain of salt, but at some stage, the Fortnite creator Epic Games was apparently eager to get Sony, Microsoft and even Nintendo’s first-party titles on its digital storefront – and for all we know, it could still be interested in making this happen one day.

According to yet another internal document from the ongoing Epic v Apple court case, that was made publically available for a short period of time according to PC Gamer – Epic was at least gauging the likelihood of getting first-party games from the big three console creators on its storefront.

It appears it made some serious steps with Sony – offering $ 200 million for “4-6 titles” and was awaiting a response. It had doubts the Xbox team would be as interested due to the existence of “PC Game Pass” and the fact Phil Spencer was “occasionally” meeting with Gabe Newell from Valve.

So, what about Nintendo? Judging by the notes, nothing had got underway with the Japanese company – but even Epic thought it was a bit of a pipedream or a “moonshot” in its own words, due to Nintendo’s corporate history – labelling it a “non-starter”.

Earlier this week, a separate Epic Games internal document revealed Epic had plans to bring Samus from the Metroid series to Fortnite. If we hear any developments about this latest story, we’ll be sure to update it.

How would you feel about first-party Nintendo games on a platform like the Epic Games Store? Could you ever see something like this happening? Share your thoughts below.

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This post originally appeared on Nintendo Life | Latest News

US facing MOST EPIC bond bubble in the history of bubbles, strategist tells Boom Bust

Despite concerns of inflation in the wake of Covid-19 stimulus spending, the US Federal Reserve is issuing assurance that everything is under control as criticism continues to mount.

RT’s Boom Bust talks to Michael Pento of Pento Portfolio Strategies about the current situation and his forecast on what to expect.

Pento says that the total debt of the United States is now 400% of GDP; that’s including national debt, government debt, individual and business debts, and others. “So, the bond bubble holds the key to everything.”

He points out that “The US Treasury sold $ 40 billion in T-bills [Treasury bills – Ed.] last week at an interest rate of zero. This is the most epic bond bubble in the history of all bubbles. So, it’s all contingent on free money forever, and it’s not going to last very long.”

“The Federal Reserve is telling you ‘Don’t worry about inflation cause if it gets out of control (which it already has) we have the tools to stop it.’ Oh, what are the tools – raising interest rates? And when you raise interest rates, you pop all the bubbles concurrently.”

For more stories on economy & finance visit RT’s business section

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This post originally appeared on RT Business News

Epic v. Apple and the Plan to Avoid ‘Looking Like the Baddies’

“You’ll enjoy the upcoming fireworks show,” wrote Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney in an email to Microsoft head of Xbox Phil Spencer. It was August 7, 2020, mere days before Epic would publicly launch Project Liberty, its master plan to dismantle the $ 91 billion mobile gaming market as we know it. Sweeney wanted to shatter Apple and Google’s iron grip on mobile app stores and pave the way for a more open market, and he wanted Microsoft to help.

Project Liberty is now underway, as the first week of Epic’s antitrust trial against Apple comes to a close. Sweeney’s crusade against Apple is not quite David and Goliath—it’s a fight between two multibillion-dollar tech companies, after all. And yet, Epic’s strategy to win friends (corporate peers like Sony, Microsoft, and Samsung) and influence people (the general public) appears so far to be paying off.

The inner workings of Epic’s years-long plan to present itself as gaming’s knight in shining armor are now public thanks to court filings. Epic has been laying the groundwork for Project Liberty since 2018. The goal? As outlined in one 2020 email from chief operating officer Daniel Vogel to Epic executives: Get the public to turn on Apple (and Google) “without us looking like the baddies.”

Last August, Epic initiated stage one: rallying the children. Epic, which publishes hit game Fortnite, decided to sell discounted V-bucks, its in-game currency—but only through Epic’s own direct payment system, including on smartphone. The move was bound to provoke Apple, which requires mobile developers to use its payment system and pay up to a 30 percent commission. Epic took issue with that 30 percent cut, alleging Apple was exercising monopoly power over this ecosystem, and its 30 percent cut was a monopoly tax that ultimately was paid by consumers.

“Our message is about passing on price savings to players,” Vogel wrote in that same email.

Shot fired. The chaser was a cleanly produced bit of anti-Apple propaganda titled “Nineteen Eighty-Fortnite – #FreeFortnite​.” In a July 2020 Project Liberty pitch deck to Epic’s board, Epic noted that Fortnite had 81.2 million monthly active users in May of that year. Potentially, a little army. Not many would be sympathetic to Apple’s argument about App Store commissions, but cheap V-bucks were easy to rally behind. Apple booted Fortnite from its platform. The kids were mad. #FreeFortnite trended.

Shortly after this stunt, Epic filed a lawsuit against Apple, alleging Apple’s control over the iOS market is “unreasonable and unlawful,”—the “two” in Project Liberty’s “one-two” punch. (Epic is also suing Google over similar charges; that trial date has not yet been set.) For Epic, the thinking is simple: Apple controls iPhones. Apple controls their operating system, the mobile iOS. And Apple controls the App Store, the only option for distributing apps and games on the mobile iOS. Epic designed its “fireworks show” to prove that they couldn’t distribute Fortnite or sell V-bucks on iPhones through anything other than the App Store.

When Epic filed its complaint last August, its charges did not come as a surprise to Sally Hubbard, director of enforcement strategy at the anti-monopoly think tank Open Markets Institute. “I’ve long thought that Apple had monopoly power in the App Store,” she says. US law defines monopolies by their power to control prices and exclude competition “So when Apple is unilaterally setting the 30 percent commission,” she says, “that is direct evidence of monopoly power, because that’s the power to control prices.” It’s not about whether Apple is offering superior-quality services to consumers, she says; their consumers aren’t going to switch to Android or Xbox or PlayStation to avoid App Store prices.

In the trial, Apple is arguing that Epic breached its contract in an effort to make more money, and that Apple deserves its 30 percent commission due to its development and curation of the app store. However, Apple’s practices are facing increased scrutiny around the world. Late last month, the European Union charged Apple with violating antitrust regulations, in connection with a 2019 complaint from Spotify.

Author: Cecilia D’Anastasio
This post originally appeared on Business Latest

Apple faces down ‘Fortnite’ creator Epic Games in major antitrust trial

Apple faces down 'Fortnite' creator Epic Games in major antitrust trial© Reuters. Fortnite graphic and Apple logo displayed in illustration

(Reuters) -Attorneys for “Fortnite” creator Epic Games and Apple Inc (NASDAQ:) will make opening arguments Monday at an antitrust trial whose ultimate outcome could affect Apple’s fast-growing App Store business.

The lawsuit, which Epic brought last year in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, centers on two of Apple practices that have become cornerstones of its business: Apple’s requirement that virtually all third-party software for the world’s 1 billion iPhones be distributed through its App Store, and the requirement that developers use Apple’s in-app purchase system, which charges commissions of up to 30%.

Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers (NYSE:) will preside over the three-week trial in a courtroom in Oakland, California. Apple’s legal team from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher arrived at the courthouse Monday morning with about 20 boxes of documents, followed by Phil Schiller, Apple’s App Store chief. Epic’s legal team from Cravath, Swaine & Moore arrived with a similar number of boxes and followed by Epic Games Chief Executive Tim Sweeney.

Both executives are expected to attend the entire trial, which will also feature in-person testimony from Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook and other senior executives at both firms.

Epic broke Apple’s rules last year when it introduced its own in-app payment system in “Fortnite” to circumnavigate Apple’s commissions. In response, Apple kicked Epic off its App Store.

Epic sued Apple, alleging the iPhone maker is abusing its power of app developers with App Store review rules and payment requirements that hurt competition in the software market. Epic also launched an aggressive public relations campaign to call attention to its allegations just as Apple’s practices have come under scrutiny from lawmakers and regulators in the United States and elsewhere.

Apple has countered Epic’s allegations by arguing that its App Store rules have made consumers feel safe and secure in opening their wallets up to unknown developers, helping create a massive market that all developers have benefited from. Apple argues that Epic intentionally broke its contracts with Apple because the game maker wanted a free ride on the iPhone maker’s platform.

Epic is not asking for money damages but is asking the court to hand down orders that would end many of Apple’s practices.

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By Stephen Nellis

Author: Reuters
This post originally appeared on Stock Market News

Oscars 2021 Best Moments: Regina King’s Epic Save, Brad Pitt’s Sexy Ponytail & More

Author: Christopher Rogers
This post originally appeared on Hollywood Life

The 93rd annual Academy Awards took place on Sunday April 25, and viewers were treated to so many amazing moments — including Glenn Close’s twerking.

The 93rd annual Academy Awards took place on Sunday, April 25, and while not many celebs attended the show, viewers were still treated to some pretty spectacular moments.

From Regina King’s amazing recovery on stage to Brad Pitt‘s sexy ponytail and Glenn Close’s twerking skills we loved seeing some of our favorite actors, actresses, directors and more celebrating together under the same roof. Want to know which moments we’ll remember years from now? Here are some of our favorites from the show (in no particular order):

1. There was no host this year, but Regina opened the show, and immediately after taking the stage, she almost tripped and fell on her face. Fortunately, she recovered quite amazingly and laughed off the moment by reminding everyone that anything can happen on “live TV”. Ain’t that the truth.

Regina King at the 2021 Oscars. (Shutterstock)

2. Later during the ceremony, Brad Pitt took the stage to present an award, and while he looked as dapper as always, we couldn’t help but notice his oh so sexy ponytail. More of that please! And thank you.

3. During another special moment of the night, Tyler Perry gave a powerful speech, during which he urged people to “refuse hate” and “blanket judgement”. This moment happened while the filmmaker was accepting the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for his charitable efforts.

Brad Pitt at the 2021 Oscars. (Shutterstock)

4. Later, when the ceremony was nearing its end, Glenn Close literally jumped up on her feet and started twerking. It was glorious and probably the very best moment of the night.

5. Finally, we can’t forget all the winners. There were certainly some highlights this year, but we definitely loved watching Daniel Kaluuya accept his Oscar. Unfortunately, the late Chadwick Boseman was snubbed when the winner of Best Actor was revealed as Anthony Hopkins.

Obviously we loved a lot more than just those five moments listed above. So, to see the rest of our favorites from the Oscars, click through the gallery of photos above!

Quick Tips to Survive the Epic Battlefields of the Chivalry 2 Cross-Platform Play Closed Beta

Author Alex Hayter, Brand Director, Torn Banner Studios
This post originally appeared on Xbox Wire

Sharpen your blades and get ready to cut your teeth in the Chivalry 2 cross-platform play closed beta on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S!

Chivalry 2 is a multiplayer, first-person slasher inspired by epic medieval movie battles. Starting today in the cross-platform play closed beta, you can enter this dangerous medieval world in sprawling 64-player games and prove your worth as a warrior!

Running Friday, April 23 through Monday, April 26, the cross-platform play closed beta brings a meaty chunk of the full game to sample before you enter the real battlefield at launch on June 8, 2021. 

Watch the all-new combat guide to become a melee combat master and rise to the top of the scoreboard:

How to Access the Chivalry 2 Cross-Platform Play Closed Beta on Xbox

Pre-order a digital copy of Chivalry 2 on the Xbox Store today for guaranteed access to the cross play closed beta, and the full game at its release on June 8, 2021. Once you’ve pre-ordered, navigate to the Chivalry 2 Beta in the Xbox Store on April 23 to download it and hop in!

Your Chivalry 2 Combat Cheat Sheet

Here are five quick tips for how to survive in the chaos of Chivalry 2’s sprawling 64-player battlefields:

  1. Attack as a group to make it easier to capture objectives!
  2. Force your foes’ heavy attacks to miss by strafing or backpedaling, then strike quickly as your enemy recovers.
  3. Time your attacks well! You are vulnerable during the recovery phase of attacks and cannot attack or parry.
  4. Only shields can block arrows or bolts. They’ll even block them when your shield is unequipped and on your back if you’re clever enough.
  5. Is your enemy running away like a coward? Try throwing your weapon!

Onward, brave knights! Let us fight for glory!

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Return to the ultimate medieval battlefield. Chivalry 2 is a multiplayer first person slasher inspired by epic medieval movie battles. Players are thrust into the action of every iconic moment of the era – from clashing swords, to storms of flaming arrows, to sprawling castle sieges and more. Storm into battle with your friends with cross-play on all platforms! Charge headfirst into stunning cinematic battles inspired by epic medieval action films Experience large-scale conflicts in sprawling medieval environments ranging from Tournament grounds to full-scale castle sieges Pick your playstyle with 4 classes and 12 subclasses, each with their own unique weapons and abilities and much more! Pre-order Exclusive Item: Royal Zweihänder – Cull your enemies with the Royal Zweihänder, a two-handed beast of a weapon. Perfect for when you’re surrounded and ready to go down in a frenzy of bloody glory. Pre-ordering also includes guaranteed access to the Chivalry 2 Closed Beta running April 23-26.

Alien Isolation FREE on Epic Games Store: Download now before it's too late

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This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Gaming Feed

Alien Isolation is free to download from the Epic Games Store for the next week.

As long-time customers will be aware, Epic gives away at least one game for free each and every Thursday. It’s all part of Epic’s attempts to dethrone Steam at the top of the PC pile.

Alien Isolation is the latest blockbuster game to be given away for free, available from now until 4pm BST on April 29.

Alien Isolation is joined by Hand of Fate 2, which is available as a free download for the same period of time.

From April 29, Alien Isolation and Hand of Fate 2 will be replaced by Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms.

In the meantime, Alien Isolation is the pick of the bunch, especially for fans of the original movie.

“When she left Earth, Ellen Ripley promised her daughter she would return home to celebrate her 11th birthday. She never made it,” reads the official description.

“Fifteen years later, Amanda Ripley learns that the flight recorder from her mother’s ship has been recovered. Amanda enters Sevastopol space station to finally solve the mystery of her mother’s disappearance, only to confront an unknown menace.

“Engage in a terrifying quest for survival as you navigate the labyrinthine Sevastopol station. Unprepared and under-equipped, you will need all your wits and daring to get out alive.”

While the game arguably outstays its welcome by the end, the atmosphere and tension certainly makes up for any shortcomings.

If you enjoy the Alien Isolation campaign, it’s worth investing in the Last Survivor DLC, which sees Sigourney Weaver reprise her role as Ellen Ripley.

Mixing board gaming and role-playing, the highly-rated Hand of Fate 2 is also worth checking out.

The dungeon-crawler challenges players to earn new cards and defeat enemies in a living board game.

“A new hero rises to challenge the Dealer in Hand of Fate 2!” the description explains.

“Master a living boardgame of infinitely replayable quests – unlock new cards, build your adventure, then defeat your foes in brutal real-time combat!”

Fans will be able to download another free game next week, when Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms joins the line-up.

Anybody who downloads the game during its week as a freebie will unlock a whole host of free items, including various characters, and lots of chests, the latter of which contain equipment cards.

‘Good Trouble’ EP Breaks Down That Pregnancy Bombshell & That Epic Return In The Spring Finale

Author Avery Thompson
This post originally appeared on Hollywood Life

‘Good Trouble’ dropped major twists throughout its spring finale. HL spoke EXCLUSIVELY with ‘Good Trouble’s EP about that game-changing pregnancy, [Spoiler]’s return, and what’s ahead.

Get ready because big changes are ahead on Good Trouble. The April 21 spring finale featured Isabella’s return, and she revealed that she’s pregnant with Gael’s baby. Just as Davia moved on with someone else, Dennis showed back up at the Coterie. Malika made a decision about her relationships, and Mariana was forced to reveal her relationship with Evan.

HollywoodLife got EXCLUSIVE scoop from executive producer Joanna Johnson about what Isabella’s pregnancy means for Gael and Callie’s future. It’s a “huge buzzkill,” Joanna said. She also discussed the impact of Dennis’ return on Davia, Malika’s future with Isaac, the aftermath of Mariana’s confession, and more. Read our Q&A below:

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Callie and Jamie in the spring finale. (Freeform)

Isabella’s pregnancy reveal was definitely unexpected. How is Gael going to be navigating this impending arrival? 
Joanna Johnson: I think these young people on our show, they’re all responsible and all have dreams. They’re all trying to make things happen, but they don’t have great responsibilities personally. They don’t really have to answer to anyone else but themselves at this point in their life, so what interests me about this as well is what happens if you suddenly have to grow up very quickly and start considering your life choices and possibly being a parent? How does that affect your dreams and every choice that you make? How do you deal with something that’s so unplanned with someone that you don’t even know? So I thought that was all stuff that was interesting to me.

This reveal also came at a time when Callie and Gael were on the precipice of possibly getting back together or figuring out what their relationship is going to be. When he told her that Isabella was pregnant, it felt like a nail in the coffin. There was that look between them where it seemed like they’re now ships passing in the night. Do you think all hope for them is lost? Is there a possibility that these two could find a way to make this work? 
Joanna Johnson: It’s interesting because it sounds so unreal at first. It’s like, okay, so you’re not involved with this girl, right? So it’s not like there’s that. I don’t think you realize necessarily at first how complicated it might be. I think that it’s a hard thing to hear, but it doesn’t have to be a deal-breaker. I think that’s something that they have to explore in the next season. Does this mean that we just push our feelings down, or is there a way to do this? I think that’s kind of how we leave them, but it’s a huge buzzkill. He was finally going to tell her how we felt about her, and she was ready. Callie’s journey this season has been a little bit of her wondering: did I make a mistake when I chose Jamie? Was Gael the one I should have chosen? So it’s certainly not what you want to hear when you go up there thinking that you were going to fall back in bed together. It’s a real buzzkill. But does it have to be the end? That’s a question, and I think it’s an interesting question. Can you still date somebody who’s going to have a baby with someone else?

When Callie was making out with Tony, she said that her heart was with someone else. That’s obviously a weighted statement there. Is she talking about Gael, Jamie, or both? There still unresolved feelings with Jamie, too.
Joanna Johnson:  I think she’s trying to get over Jamie. She’s trying to deny those feelings. As long as you deny something, it just is going to persist. When you’re a young person, it’s not like you’re smart enough to say I think I’ll wait six months to a year before I get in a relationship again so I can really get over this. You just jump into the next thing, or you go backward. There are definitely unresolved feelings for him that Callie’s going to have to deal with, especially now that they’re going to be trying a murder case on opposite sides. It’s like the universe keeps throwing them back together, especially in adversarial ways.

Callie has made some bad decisions before, but I’m really scared for her now. Does she understand fully what she’s getting into with Kathleen? It seems so ominous. 
Joanna Johnson: Callie is somebody who is not afraid of doing something controversial, even though I would say she also has a very strong moral sense. She’s created a bond with Kathleen, and I think that she trusts Kathleen on some level, even though she’s not sure how much she can trust her. Like Callie says to Jamie, I find it hard to believe that Kathleen would be involved in something like this, in the disappearance of a witness and potentially the murder of a witness. I think she’s definitely willing to hear Kathleen out, which is why I think she sits down. Kathleen’s persuasive. She’s an interesting character, and I loved having Constance Zimmer on the show this season. It’s just been such a treat, and she just really plays that character so well.

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Davia was shocked to see Dennis return. (Freeform)

The moment that made my jaw hit the floor was when Dennis returned. He’s back and Davia’s moved on. Is Dennis going to fight for her? 
Joanna Johnson: Well, it certainly seems like he’s going to have to. I mean, she loves him. Obviously, they have a real history, but he hurt her quite a bit. It’s hard because she’s met this new guy who’s really nice. She likes him a lot, but she’s not in love with him. What’s she going to do here with him back is really the question, and is Dennis going to have to work for it? She certainly seemed upset to see him.

Malika and Isaac reached a turning point in their relationship. She was trying to figure out what she wants, and she does make a decision. She said goodbye to Dyonte and wanted to stay with Isaac. She doesn’t want to lose him. Is it going to be so simple for her to get back together with Isaac? 
Joanna Johnson: It’s tough because, as her friends told her, you can’t unring that bell. I mean, once you’ve said this to him, that you have these feelings for someone else, is he going to be able to get past that? She feels like she’s polyamorous, but she also is willing to be monogamous to keep her relationship with Isaac. She’s willing to do that, but she’s already told Isaac how she feels. She’s hoping this grand gesture will convince him.

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Mariana in the ‘Good Trouble’ spring finale. (Freeform)

Mariana finally told the girls that she’s in a relationship with Evan. She revealed that she’s dating him after they say they want to sue him and Spekulate. How much will this reveal complicate things, not only for her relationship with Evan but her career?
Joanna Johnson: Right now, the girls can’t seem to sell their app idea. They don’t have much of a career, but the real betrayal is the friendship. How will the girls really react? I mean, will they understand? The friendship that these girls have created over all these seasons is deep, and I love their relationship and their friendship. This was what Mariana has been dreading, having to tell them that she has been seeing Evan. It’s just like, I’m so worried about what’s going to happen to them. They’re such a favorite dynamic, at least for me, on the show. I just love them. I worry, and I know what’s going to happen. Is this going to break them up? That would be a huge breakup and devastating.

What can you say about Alice’s arc going forward? 
Joanna Johnson: Alice’s arc has always been to find her voice and stand up for herself. That has never been something that’s easy for her to do. She finally sort of stood up and thought she was standing there for all these people who were going to have her back and go with her. It’s just a real betrayal for someone who’s had such a hard time speaking her truth to have the consequences really rough. She’s feeling really betrayed. Did she make a terrible mistake? Has she lost an opportunity to get exposure for her career by speaking up? It’s got to break your heart to see Alice, who’s had such a hard time speaking up, finally do that and have no support.

Alien Isolation FREE on Epic Games Store: Five reasons to be cheerful if you own a PC

Alien Isolation is next in line to join the Epic Games Store line-up of free games.

As long-time customers will be aware, Epic gives away at least one game for free each and every Thursday.

There are currently three games available for free this week, followed by an additional two games on April 22. That’s five reasons to cheer if you own a PC and have an Epic Games Store account.

The current line-up includes The First Tree, Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth, and Deponia: The Complete Journey. This will be followed by Hand of Fate 2 and Alien Isolation on April 22.

Alien Isolation is undoubtedly the pick of the bunch, especially for fans of the original movie.

“When she left Earth, Ellen Ripley promised her daughter she would return home to celebrate her 11th birthday. She never made it,” reads the official description.

“Fifteen years later, Amanda Ripley learns that the flight recorder from her mother’s ship has been recovered. Amanda enters Sevastopol space station to finally solve the mystery of her mother’s disappearance, only to confront an unknown menace.

“Engage in a terrifying quest for survival as you navigate the labyrinthine Sevastopol station. Unprepared and under-equipped, you will need all your wits and daring to get out alive.”

While the game arguably outstays its welcome by the end, the atmosphere and tension certainly makes up for any shortcomings.

If you enjoy the Alien Isolation campaign, it’s worth investing in the Last Survivor DLC, which sees Sigourney Weaver reprise her role as Ellen Ripley.

Mixing board gaming and role-playing, the highly-rated Hand of Fate 2 is also worth checking out on April 22.

The dungeon-crawler challenges players to earn new cards and defeat enemies in a living board game.

“A new hero rises to challenge the Dealer in Hand of Fate 2!” the description explains.

“Master a living boardgame of infinitely replayable quests – unlock new cards, build your adventure, then defeat your foes in brutal real-time combat!”

As for this week’s free games, Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth is my favourite, although Deponia: The Complete Journey is generally well liked by fans and critics.

“When Rufus, on one of his attempts to leave Deponia behind, meets Goal, he not only falls madly in love with the beautiful girl from Elysium; he also accidentally shoves her right off her comfortable star cruiser and down to the desolate trash-planet.

“This accident kindles a new, brilliant plan: he needs to get Goal back to the floating city of Elysium – and while he’s on it, he can also impersonate her sleazy fiance Cletus, who is the spitting image of Rufus for some reason. And thus, an exciting adventure begins…”

Deponia: The Complete Journey also contains various bonus features, including developer commentary, new songs and making-of videos.

This article originally appeared on Daily Express :: Gaming Feed