The annual Epic Games Store holiday giveaway started today, with a free game on offer to all PC players. This generous event from the Fortnite creators spans two weeks of giveaways, with a new freebie arriving each day for a total of 15 days. The first giveaway is no small name either, as the long-awaited 2019 game Shenmue 3 arrives entirely for free.
Epic Games Store Gives Away Shenmue 3
Yes, you read that right: Shenmue 3 is currently available, totally free of charge, on the Epic Games store. The game from YS Net first dropped on PC and PlayStation 4 two years ago. Now, all PC owners with an Epic account can nab it for free.
Luckily, redeeming your free copy of Shenmue 3 is just as easy as it sounds. All you’ll need to do is head over to the Epic Games Store. Next, log in, search for the game, and purchase it for free. From there you can download it, play, and keep the game forever – no need to worry about the license expiring.
However, it’s no surprise that a franchise as popular as Shenmue has caused the Epic Games Store’s servers to struggle a little. Some users are reporting errors checking out. Others are being kicked off the site and logged out when trying to complete the transaction. The good news is that Epic Games is aware of this, and it should be fixed before the next giveaway starts.
We are currently experiencing high traffic on the Epic Games Store, and are aware that users may be encountering slow loading times, errors at checkout, or are unable to access the site and Launcher.
We are actively investigating and working to scale. Thanks for your patience!
— Epic Games Store (@EpicGames) December 16, 2021
Of course, we don’t quite know when this issue will be permanently fixed, and players will be able to grab their free copy again. That said, given a new game is given away each day, it should be solved in time. If that’s not the case, don’t be surprised if Epic Games extend this current giveaway, perhaps alongside the next one.
All in all then, it’s good news for PC owners, with an exciting two weeks ahead. Previous free games from this giveaway include Watch Dogs 2 and Ghostbusters: The Game, so we’ve definitely got our fingers crossed for some gems.
Luke Hinton is a freelance culture journalist living in Cardiff, Wales. He graduated from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism, Media and Communications, and currently balances his freelancing work with postgraduate studies. He specialises in film, TV and entertainment writing.