Serious Sam Available At No Charge This Weekend

Computer gamers who download their games through Valve’s Steam service have a lot going for them this week. Team Fortress 2’s engineer update is due out at the end of this week, and now the developer of Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter has announced that gamers worldwide will be able to play the game online, free of charge, this weekend.

Croteam, the guys behind this decidedly un-serious title, have decided that in order to boost sales of the poorly marketed Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter, PC gamers around the world will be able to take part in the over-the-top multiplayer experience, completely free, this July 8-11. Gamers will have full access to all of the multiplayer features, from the classic team deathmatch to the quirky Beast Hunt mode to the full cooperative multiplayer campaign. The full version of the game’s price tag, which normally read $20, will also receive a 50% slash this weekend to coincide with the promotion.

“This is total bullshit. How are we supposed to make any money by giving away our sweet multiplayer juice for free?” said Fork Parker, CFO of Devolver Digital, the game’s publisher. When asked for further comment, Parker merely muttered an exasperated “Goddamnit…”