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Epic Games is giving away Shenmue 3 for 24 hours


For the next 24 hours Epic Games is giving away free copies of Shenmue 3, a 2019 action-adventure game. Once you add the game to your account, it’s yours to keep forever.

Epic Games is giving away Shenmue 3 for 24 hours

Epic has announced that they will keep the daily free game giveaway throughout 2021, from December 16th to the end of the year – follow us on TwitterFacebook or Steam to get a reminder when each new free game giveaway launches!


The brainchild of award-winning game director, Yu Suzuki, Shenmue is commonly known as one of the most ambitious game projects in history, which captured the imagination of players from around the world. Shenmue established the open-world format for action RPG games. An awe-inspiring world with an immersive story, featuring cinematic sequences, a realistic fighting system, and entertaining mini-games, Shenmue garnered acclaim and adoration all over the world.

Play as Ryo Hazuki, an 18-year-old Japanese martial artist hellbent on avenging his father’s death. In this third installment of the epic Shenmue series, Ryo seeks to solve the mystery behind the Phoenix Mirror, an artifact sought after by his father’s killer. His journey takes him to an immersive representation of rural China, brimming with activity and surrounded by beautiful landscapes. Ryo’s adventure leads him to towns and mountain villages where he can further his training, try his hand at gambling, play arcade games, and work part-time jobs while investigating those who know truth behind the Phoenix Mirror.

Shenmue 3 has score of a score of 69 on Metacritic, it usually costs $29.99 but will be available for free at Epic Games Store until December 17th 2021, 5 PM UTC. 

Read on to see how to get this free PC game:


Just head over to Epic Games Store or navigate to the game in the Epic launcher before December 17th 2021, add the game to your cart and checkout. Simple as that. After that, the game is yours to keep, and play, forever.

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  1. Looks like they’ve removed it from the front page of the store, at least temporarily. You can still search for it but trying to claim it throws an error.

    {“error”:true,”message”:”We are experiencing high transaction volume, please try again later.”,”order”:null,”syncToken”:null}

    • Incredibly unlikely unless Dying Light has something to do with cake, or a birthday, as the hint image in the banner features a birthday cake. The prior banner featured a forklift, due to forklift driving being a reoccurring minigame in the Shenmue series. With Epic having had an exclusivity agreement for that game at launch, along with it apparently not selling particularly well, it made sense as a giveaway.

      As for the suggestion of Neon Abyss, it does look like that game has birthday cake among its hundreds of acquirable items, so its possible, though that cake looks nothing like the one in the banner, being a single slice with a strawberry on top, not a multi-layer cake with a candle. A leaker claiming to know the list in advance has suggested that game, but for all we know they are just making guesses based on the hint images, or have wrong information. It wouldn’t be the first time that a fake giveaway list was posted.

      Someone else suggested the rhythm game Fuser with a Justin Timberlake add-on, as the next day’s banner link apparently comes up in the launcher when changing your system date. That game appears to feature a stage decorated with giant cakes, and Epic recently acquired Harmonix, the game’s developer, so it seems like a feasible option. I tested the system date adjustment, and it did in fact bring up a blank banner that took me to the DLC page in question, though the client could just be misbehaving when presented with an inaccurate date.

  2. I guess everyone is wanting Shenmue, because the Epic Games launcher opens up browser page when you press store, and when you try to claim Shenmue, you can’t get it.

    • Sometimes all you have to do is be patient. If you can’t get the game, wait an hour and try again. Because I was able to claim it.

        • Yeah, I never played Shenmue 1 or 2 back in the day, but I got the remasters (remakes?) a year or two ago and, well… playing the first one I understand why they were considered ground breaking at the time, but measuring them against modern gaming standards they’re just not very good. And Shenmue 3 apparently retains a lot of these outdated mechanics for better or worse. Which is awesome for the people who remember the originals fondly, but not so much for me.

          Still, free is free, and I’m sure this style of game will click with a lot of people.

          • I did, a lot of people also forget that Shenmue is the game that made QTE’s popular. But if you like Yakuza, there’s a chance you’ll like Shenmue 3. The series does some of the same things that Yakuza does and managed to improve on. Like the diversions. In fact I think Shenmue is part of the reasons they exist in Yakuza. Though I’ll admit I could be wrong.

        • I enjoyed the first two games, but kind of forgot the 3rd game was ever released. lol
          I’ll eventually play it. Just for nostalgia reasons.

  3. Make sure to check in next Thursday for the next Epic Games Store freebies!

    “Make sure to check in Tomorrow for the next Epic Games Store freebie!”


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