Surviving Mars is now free on Epic Games Store, Observer & Alan Wake American Nightmare to be free next week

Epic Games has announced that Surviving Mars is currently free on its store. As such, PC gamers can acquire their free copy today, and until October 17th, by visiting its Epic Games Store page.

Surviving Mars is a sci-fi city builder all about colonizing Mars and surviving the process. Players can choose a space agency for resources and financial support before determining a location for their colony. Moreover, players will build domes and infrastructure, research new possibilities and utilize drones to unlock more elaborate ways to shape and expand their settlement. Players will also cultivate their own food and mine minerals.

Here are the game’s key features:

Building a sustainable colony in space

Building on a planet not fit for human life challenges you to build a smart, functional colony. Bad planning isn’t about traffic jams, it’s about survival of your colonists. You really don’t want rolling blackouts in a city constructed in a place without oxygen.

Individually simulated colonists

Each colonist is a unique individual with problems and strengths that influence the needs and behavior of the other colonists. Things can get really interesting if your chief scientists develops alcoholism after one too many long nights in the lab.

Futuristic Space Dome construction

Retro-futuristic super structures housing colonists, factories and commercial buildings with their own “neighborhood personality.” Create colonies that value science over everything else, while tired workers drink their pay away at a local bar, or attempt a utopia among the stars.

Exploration of Mars’ secrets

Inspired by the classic sci-fi of Asimov and Clarke, Surviving Mars holds many secrets. During each playthrough players may encounter one of Mars’ individually crafted mysteries. Uncovering these secrets might bring your colony great fortune, or terrible ruin. What is that sphere that manifested itself outside colony HUB B, and is it friendly?

Randomized research tree

Combine static and random research through experimentation, which allows for a different experience for each journey through the game. Attain new scientific breakthroughs by exploring the uncharted terrain of Mars’s surface.

Next week, Epic Games will be offering Observer and Alan Wake American Nightmare for free.