The late great David Bowie once played a principal role in a video game, Omikron: The Nomad Soul, developed by Quantic Dream (of Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls fame). Now, David Cage's 1999 sci-fi adventure has been made free for a week to commemorate the passing of the legendary glam rock star who fell to earth.
As tweeted by Square Enix Europe, Omikron: The Nomad Soul (originally released simply as "The Nomad Soul" in Europe), is free on the publisher's online store between now and Friday, 22nd January at 9am GMT.
Upon claiming your free purchase you'll be sent a Steam activation code for Omikron.
Unfortunately, this offer is only applicable to European players, so our friends elsewhere in the world cannot partake in the promotion.
Omikron: The Nomad Soul is a trippy fourth wall-breaking game in which you play as a disembodied spirit (supposedly the soul of the actual player) possessing various characters in a surreal futuristic city called Omikron. Along the way you can meet digital David Bowie, who is naturally a rock star in that world too. Heading the renegade musical group The Dreamers, Bowie performed several songs from his then-upcoming album Hours, many of which were written specifically for the game.
Back in 2010 Eurogamer contributor John Walker reflected on Omikron, which he greatly admired, though critisised for its poor PC performance at the time. "It's so densely packed with ideas, so brilliantly original, so boldly unaware of its own limitations. It's a tremendously exciting game to talk about, think on, remember," Walker wrote in his Omikron retrospective.