Shadow of the Tomb Raider is the free game on Epic Games Store next month

Here’s your chance to get the latest Tomb Raider title for free

It’s hard to keep up with all the awesome new releases in games, but sometimes, you just gotta throw it all to the wind and play an old favorite. If you’re a fan of the Tomb Raider reboot series, and you’re looking for a gritty adventure game to sink your teeth into, you’re in luck, because Shadow of the Tomb Raider is the free game on the Epic Games Store for September.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider was originally released back in 2018 as the third game in the reboot trilogy and the twelfth mainline Tomb Raider game. The game’s events take place a year after the events of its predecessor, Rise of the Tomb Raider, which came out in 2015, and finds Lara Croft racing against the clock to prevent the world from ending yet again. Arguably the darkest game in the series yet, it explores themes of descension, both through Lara’s personality and the jungle itself.

The story is based on both Mayan and Aztec mythologies, and in creating the game, Square Enix devs consulted with historians to create the architecture and people of the legendary city Paititi. Fun fact: the game is still sitting at number seven on the list of most expensive games ever made, after adjusting for inflation.

Submerged: Hidden Depths is the other free-to-download title paired with Shadow of the Tomb Raider on the Epic Games Store. It’s a relaxing exploration sim that has players uncovering the ruins of a beautiful, sunken world. If you want a more chill exploration-based gaming experience, it sounds like it’s thematically fairly close to the Tomb Raider series, so it could be a fun one to try out.

The games are available for free download on the Epic Games Store starting September 1, so make sure to grab the roguelike “card crawler” Ring of Pain before it leaves the rotation next week.

Noelle Warner