Death Stranding Will be the Next Free Game on Epic Games Store

Epic Games has followed the last year’s tradition of giving away a free game on each day of the holidays, started on 15th December 2022, Epic Games Store has already given away 10 free games, and the next one is going to be on 25th December, the Christmas Day and there should be a special game for the big day, right? And that’s exactly what Epic Games are planning to do. 

According to a well-known gaming personality, Wario64, on Twitter claimed that Death Stranding is the next free game on the Epic Games Store on 25th December 2022. This is exciting news (if true) for gamers who have not yet played this critically acclaimed title from Hideo Kojima

This is undoubtedly an excellent addition to Epic Games’ free gaming spree. Besides the Wario who is a reliable source of news, a random user on ResetEra has shared an image of a Death Stranding poster with the typical ‘Free Now’ Epic Games Store label at the bottom of it. 

Leaked Death Stranding Poster with ‘Free Now’ Epic Games Store label

The picture looks believable to some extent, but the user’s credibility has not been verified. However, they claim that the image was also uploaded to the Epic Games subreddit from where they picked it but did not provide a link with their claim, which again questions the origin of the picture.  

This rumor is backed by Wario, who has a good reputation in the gaming industry, so it is likely that the next free game on the Epic Games Store will be Death Stranding.

It should be noted that it is not clarified whether it will be the Director’s Cut of Death Stranding or the standard edition, but if we go by the leaked picture with the Death Stranding poster, then that is the standard edition of Death Stranding. 

Mystery Game for 25th December 2022 | Epic Games Store

Nevertheless, it will be a worthy gift from Epic Games for the fans of Hideo Kojima. And it will be the right time to enjoy this game as the next part of the game, Death Stranding 2, is already announced. It will feature references from the first part but will not be a direct sequel, as confirmed by Hideo Kojima on his podcast, Brain Structure, recently. 

About Death Stranding

Death Stranding is a 2019 action game developed by Kojima Productions and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment for the PlayStation 4. It is the first game from director Hideo Kojima and Kojima Productions after their split from Konami in 2015. 

A Microsoft Windows port licensed by Sony was released by 505 Games in July 2020. A director’s cut version was released for the PlayStation 5 in September 2021, followed by a release for Windows in March 2022.

Death Stranding | Kojima Productions

The game is set in the United States following a cataclysmic event which caused destructive creatures to begin roaming the Earth. Players control Sam Porter Bridges (Norman Reedus), a courier tasked with delivering supplies to isolated colonies and reconnecting them via a wireless communications network. 

The player controls Sam Bridges, a porter for a company known as BRIDGES. The player is tasked with delivering supply cargo to various isolated cities known as KNOTs, as well as isolated researchers and survivalists, while also connecting them to a communications system known as the Chiral Network

The player is evaluated by the company and recipients based on their performance (including via “likes” similar to social networks), including whether the cargo was delivered, and if it is intact among other factors. These merits are, in turn, used to level up the player’s statistics, such as stability and weight capacity, and increase their standing with individual locations and characters (which can improve rewards). 

Death Stranding

How cargo is packed by the player, and the overall weight being carried, affect Sam’s ability to navigate through the environments.


As it is not officially confirmed yet that Death Stranding will be available for free on Epic Games Store on 25th December 2022, it will be wise to take this news with a grain of salt.

So, what are your thoughts about this new rumor? Are you excited to find out which is the next free game on Epic Games Store? Let us know in the comment section below. 


Farhan Ali

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