Ultimate Epic Battle Simulator 2 was just announced and the first one is free to own on Steam

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It’s worth it for modded-out intellectual property wars

I’m not here to convince you that Ultimate Epic Battle Simulator is anything more than that name implies, but if you think you’d get a few laughs from sending thousands of mishmashed warriors into battle and watching the chaos unfold, the Steam title is free to claim until Monday, February 1.

People have gone wild with mods Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, Digimon, Knuckles the Echidna, take your pick – and I’ve enjoyed skimming through the community screenshot feed this morning.

Of course, games aren’t given out for free for no reason. In this case, the promo is meant to bolster the announcement of Ultimate Epic Battle Simulator 2, which developer Brilliant Games Studios says can handle “100 times more characters on screen than its predecessor, and in far greater detail and quality.”

As the trailer shows, that means ridiculous battles with “hundreds of thousands” of warriors. The sequel is bringing back the sandbox mode, a zombie-hunting first-person invasion mode, and there’s going to be “multiple story- and player-driven campaigns.” UEBS2 is due out in fall 2021 on Steam.

This is all so very stupid, but I’m not mad. Let them fight. All of them. (If your PC can handle it.)