KEY POINTS

  • "Frostpunk" is free on the Epic Games Store until June 10
  • The game blends elements of city-building with post-apocalyptic survival
  • Players will get to play the game on their accounts indefinitely once claimed

Gamers on PC can now claim the post-apocalyptic city-building survival game “Frostpunk” for free on the Epic Games Store. The game will be free to claim until June 10, and players will be able to permanently keep and play it on their Epic accounts.

Frostpunk” is a singleplayer city-building game that has a heavy emphasis on survival mechanics and decision making. The game is set in the 19th century of an alternate history where a volcanic winter has pushed mankind to the brink of extinction.

Players will take on the role of “The Captain,” who is responsible for maintaining and expanding a city that can survive the harsh winter. At the center of the city is a coal-powered steam engine that generates heat in a large radius; failure to supply this generator with energy will result in certain city districts becoming inoperable and, eventually, the deaths of citizens.

Frostpunk blends city building with survival mechanics and difficult decision making Frostpunk blends city building with survival mechanics and difficult decision making Photo: 11 bit Studios

Apart from maintaining the giant heat generator, players will also have to juggle resources and manage their city’s society based on the needs and wants of the people. “Frostpunk” does this by having a morality-based Law system that will force players to make tough decisions.

Players will have to decide if implementing laws that sacrifice traditional human values is necessary for the survival of the city. They can choose to enforce child labor in order to solve a workforce crisis or forsake the sick and dying in order to preserve precious food and resources.

Citizens will react to these player-made decisions accordingly; harsh regulation may lead to open revolts while kinder laws might lead to happy but lazy citizens who are less productive.

There are a number of different scenarios in “Frostpunk” and each has its own theme, as well as an Endless mode that forsakes any sort of narrative for a pure gameplay-focused experience.

The game has received very positive reviews, with many critics praising its story, soundtrack and its ability to create emotional connections between players and their unique cities.

“Frostpunk” is as brutal as the winter it simulates, and it’s the perfect game for those who are looking for a city builder set in a bleak yet hopeful world.