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It’s a good day for anyone who likes both turn-based strategy games like Civilization and the grimdark universe of Warhammer 40,000, because Warhammer 40,000: Gladius – Relics of War is now free to claim on the Epic Games Store. You can grab the 4X – being set in the world of 40k the emphasis is on “exterminate” – until March 23, 2023, and add it to your Epic Games Store library for free on the EGS website.

Gladius is one of the best Warhammer 40,000 games and takes elements from series such as Age of Wonders and Civilization, mixing them with the gloriously brutal 40k combat you know and love.

A variety of hero characters available in the game gives your conquest a personal note, especially as you uncover powerful artifacts and weapons for them to equip. It’s not only important to keep your units alive in the game – you also need to keep them sane, lest they turn on you and fall to the deadly influence of Chaos.

There is a lot more where that came from as well, if you’re getting hooked: Thanks to a hard-working development team, Gladius received a ton of additional content in DLC packs, which added all the Warhammer 40,000 factions you can dream of (or have nightmares about) to the game.

Epic Games will give away a free game every week and after some unusual delay it has finally announced which titles will follow Warhammer 40,000: Gladius – Relics of War as the free games of the week on March 23. Yes, you read that plural right: Chess Ultra and the Ishizuchi Starter Pack for World of Warships will become free next week.