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Will Fall Guys be free on PC?

The short answer is yes, Fall Guys is now available for free on PC as of June 21, 2022! The popular battle royale party game transitioned to a free-to-play model across all platforms, allowing PC gamers to download and play Fall Guys at no cost through the Epic Games Store.

As an avid PC gamer myself always looking to maximize my budget for the latest games and gear, Fall Guys going free-to-play is welcome news. More great games becoming available for free means more money I can save or spend on upgrading my rig. So let‘s dive into all key details my fellow PC gaming friends need to know about playing Fall Guys for free.

How to Get Fall Guys Free on PC

Downloading Fall Guys on PC is simple since the shift to free-to-play:

  1. Open the Epic Games Store app or visit their website
  2. Search for "Fall Guys" in the search bar
  3. Click on the Fall Guys: Free for All page
  4. Hit "Get" to add it to your library
  5. Once installed, launch Fall Guys from your Epic Games library

The process takes just a few minutes assuming you already have an Epic Games account, which is also free. And that‘s it! You can now start playing Fall Guys on your gaming rig without spending a dime. Pretty awesome right?

What About the Steam Version?

Unfortunately Valve‘s Steam platform is no longer an option for getting Fall Guys on PC. While existing owners can still access and play the Steam version, new purchases have been disabled. And the Steam edition will receive no future updates or support from the developers Mediatonic.

So for new players, Epic Games Store is the only choice to play Fall Guys for free on PC going forward.

Major Changes in the Free For All Update

The launch of free-to-play came alongside the huge Season 1: Free for All update that added lots of new content and changes to Fall Guys on all platforms:

  • Overhauled progression system with a new Battle Pass
  • Tons of new customization items including outfits, nameplates, nicknames, banners, color schemes, patterns, faces, and more
  • Updates to existing levels along with new rounds and obstacles
  • Removal of the Crown currency system
  • Switch to free Kudos currency and premium Show-Bucks currency
  • Ability to form Squads with friends or matchmade teammates
  • Squad Celebrations and Squad Goals for cooperating as a team
  • Removal of level requirements and skill-based matchmaking

That‘s just a high-level overview but it gives you a sense of how much new free content existing and new players get to enjoy!

Free Rewards for Legacy Players

Gamers who purchased Fall Guys prior to June 21, 2022 qualify for some exclusive legacy perks if they move to the new Epic Games Store version:

  • The Legacy Pack – Includes an exclusive nickname, banner, and costume
  • Founder‘s Pack – Grants 3 bonus costumes
  • Free Season 1 Premium Battle Pass – Grants access to over 60 rewards

So make sure to claim your goodies! As a loyalty bonus, I think these free legacy rewards are a nice gesture for supporting Fall Guys early on.

Cross-Platform Progression and Account Linking

One of the most exciting additions in my opinion is full cross-platform progression and account linking. By logging into Fall Guys using your free Epic Games account, you can sync your progress across PC, PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, and mobile.

That means you can start playing on PC, switch over to Xbox with friends, and then load it up on your phone, with all your skins, emotes, wins, stats, etc. carrying over between every platform. No starting over from scratch each time.

This functionality really takes Fall Guys to the next level in terms of accessibility and customization.

Breakdown by Platform

Here‘s a quick breakdown of connecting Fall Guys across platforms with your Epic Games account:

  • PC – Link account in Epic Games launcher
  • PlayStation – Link account in PlayStation Network settings
  • Xbox – Link account in Xbox Live settings
  • Switch – Link account in Nintendo profile settings
  • Mobile – Link account when launching the game

Pretty straightforward process that takes just seconds on each device. Just be sure to use the same Epic Games login everywhere for seamless syncing.

Monetization Overview

With Fall Guys transitioning to a free-to-play model, developer Mediatonic has shifted monetization to focus on optional cosmetic microtransactions rather than paid DLC. Here‘s an overview of how they are monetizing the game now:

Battle Pass

  • Optional paid track unlocks cosmetics and kudos currency
  • Premium version costs 950 Show-Bucks (~$10)
  • Free version still grants limited rewards
  • Each season is around 70 – 80 days long

Show-Bucks Currency

  • Bought with real money to purchase cosmetics and Battle Pass
  • Ranges from $2 for 200 to $20 for 2150
  • Earned very slowly through gameplay

Kudos Currency

  • Earned by completing challenges and matches
  • Unlocks common cosmetics in normal store
  • Up to 200 Kudos per match depending on performance
  • Roughly 150 Kudos per Daily Challenge

No paid DLC or expansion packs planned. Existing paid DLC like level packs still work for legacy owners.

Is Fall Guys Pay to Win?

Luckily, Fall Guys avoids being "pay to win" since bought items are purely cosmetic. You don‘t gain any competitive advantage from premium skins or emotes. Player skill still determines victory.

However, some players argue flashy paid cosmetics distract other gamers, so it still has minor "pay to annoy" elements.

PC System Requirements

In terms of hardware demands, Fall Guys is not too intensive given its cartoony art style. Here are the official minimum and recommended system specs:

Minimum:

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 or equivalent
  • RAM: 8GB
  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 660 or AMD Radeon HD 7950
  • Storage: 2GB free space

Recommended:

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 or equivalent
  • RAM: 10GB
  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon RX 580
  • Storage: 2GB free space

According to systemrequirementslab.com, here are the reported pass rates based on real user hardware profiles:

CPU Pass Rate
Intel Core i5-4690 100%
Intel Core i3-3220 86%
AMD Ryzen 3 1300X 100%
GPU Pass Rate
Nvidia GTX 1060 100%
Nvidia GTX 960 95%
AMD Radeon RX 570 100%

Bottom line is you can play Fall Guys even on lower-end hardware, with integrated graphics or entry-level discrete GPUs still able to hit 60fps.

Optimized for Steam Deck

Fall Guys is also verified for Steam Deck, meaning it has been optimized by Valve to play great on their new handheld PC. So if you have a Deck, you can now enjoy Fall Guys on the go!

Tips and Strategies for New Players

For newcomers jumping into Fall Guys for the first time now that it‘s free, here are some pro tips to get that first win under your belt:

Take Time Learning Physics

The ragdoll physics of your jellybean take practice to control. Run around empty levels to get a feel for momentum, mid-air movement, diving, etc. Get comfortable with the basics.

Study Each Level

Memorize layouts of different rounds like Slimescraper and Hex-a-Gone to optimize paths. Learn to recognize obstacle patterns quickly.

Think Defensively

Focus on avoiding elimination rather than rushing for first place. Surviving is more important than quick times or glory.

Change Up Movement

Be less predictable in how you move and dive. This avoids getting grabbed or pushed off edges by other players.

Spectate When Eliminated

You can learn new strategies by watching how other players approach levels after getting knocked out.

Party Up with Friends

Squading up gives you revives and coordination advantages to reach final rounds.

It takes time to get that sweet first victory royale in Fall Guys, but learning the mechanics deeply and playing smart will get you there!

The Bottom Line

The shift to free-to-play on PC and all platforms allows everyone to enjoy the wacky battle royale goodness of Fall Guys. While Steam users get left behind, Epic Games Store on PC now provides the definitive way to play for free and enjoy future updates.

The game offers hundreds of hours of casual party fun alone or with friends. And thanks to full cross-progression via Epic account linking, you can take your jellybean on the go across laptop, console, and mobile.

For PC gamers like myself eager to party without putting a dent in your wallet, Fall Guys hitting free-to-play status is exciting news. See you on the courses my friends for a free-for-all celebration!