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Epic Games Store adds Antstream retro cloud streaming service, new free games for December

By Kara Santos Published Dec 01, 2021 3:34 pm

Epic Games has added a new service to their store that allows players to enjoy retro games via cloud streaming.

Antstream is an officially licensed retro game streaming platform with over 1,200 titles available to play for free through cloud streaming. The retro arcade games in their library include Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Bomb Jack, Bubble Bobble, Earthworm Jim, and Mortal Kombat, to name a few, which you can enjoy playing in its original format or in a brand new way. 

Those interested in trying the service can head to the Epic Games Store and pick up a free limited-time "Epic Welcome Pack" that contains a bundle of gems or in-game currency that that can be spent playing games, challenges, and limited-time tournaments.

Gems can also be used to unlock harder challenges and play turn-based PvP against friends and other players.

Players can pick up the pack as part of the Epic Games Store’s free weekly giveaways until December 2 only.

Along with the Epic Games exclusive pack, players can also experience the immersive hunting game theHunter: Call of the Wild.

Two new free games are also coming to the Epic Games Store this week, namely Dead By Daylight, and While True: Learn().

Dead By Daylight is a horror-themed asymmetrical multiplayer game. One player takes control of a killer and plays in first person to hunt down four other players. These four play as survivors and have a third-person perspective and several tasks between them and need to escape.

While True: Learn() is a puzzle game where the player builds a cat-to-human translation system. The game uses a scripting interface to allow players to write code and build systems as they begin to understand their cat.

“You’re a machine learning specialist who makes neural networks, but your cat seems to be better at it. Now you must solve puzzles to build a cat-to-human translation system (who knows what else this cat is capable of!). Earn a fortune, buy kickass cat outfits and learn how.”

Both games will be available for free on the Epic Games Store starting December 2. 

In case you missed the Antstream pack, you can still check out the retro games across multiple devices (on their computer, console or mobile device) without any downloads directly from Antstream Arcade streaming platform. While Antstream is free to play and access online, gems or a monthly subscription will be needed to play the thousands of retro titles.

The gaming streaming site promises to be the world's first retro eSports platform, giving old-school gamers a chance to go against other players in casual esports tournaments. The game streaming service also features titles from Disney, Warner Brothers, Bandai Namco, and Atari, among others.

Antstream Arcade app is currently available on PC, iOS, and Android devices, with other platforms available in the future.