This sort-of-Left-4-Dead-but-in-space game is free to play all weekend.
Screenshot from a game where lots of aliens in 60s-era sci-fi space clothing are charging at the player aboard a big space station.

Stray Bombay's The Anacrusis is having a free weekend. Which weekend? This weekend. From now through Sunday, you can play the PC version of this cooperative shooter for free through Steam. What's more is that The Anacrusis is 67% off until January 19, allowing you to purchase the game at a discount to keep playing after the weekend ends.

We last took at look at The Anacrusis almost a full year back when it first released into Steam Early Access. Since that initial preview, the game has received multiple Early Access updates that have added in a bunch of new content and even added in Steam Workshop support. The game just received its 26th update on January 4, 2023. Over the past year, The Anacrusis has been updated with new enemies, a new Holdout gameplay mode, a new weapon system, new special weapons, a free battle pass, Steam Achievements, hit reactions, performance improvements, and lots of bug fixes.

The team at Stray Bombay initially said they were figuring on launching out of Early Access before the end of 2022. That has clearly come and gone without any such release. While a firm release date is not yet known, it's probably not a bad idea to get the game now at 67% off if you were all interested in it.

It's also important to note here that The Anacrusis is one of five titles that will be departing from Game Pass on Xbox and PC come January 15. Other titles leaving Game Pass on this date include: Nobody Saves the World, Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc Anniversary Edition, Pupperazi, and Windjammers 2.

The Anacrusis is a four-player, cooperative first-person shooter set aboard a massive starship stranded at the edge of explored space. Team up with your friends in an infinitely-replayable fight against alien hordes to unlock perks, weapons, and new ways to play that you can share with your team!

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Never Fight the Same Battle Twice
In The Anacrusis, the AI Driver controls every aspect of the game. It spawns every enemy, directs each boss, and places every weapon, gadget, and health kit. No matter your skill level, you'll find the perfect level of challenge. More than that, the AI Driver creates the kinds of video game moments that you can’t wait to tell your friends about.

Fight Aliens Using Fantastical Weapons
Battle the alien menace using an astounding arsenal of classic sci-fi weapons. Buy yourself some time with a stasis grenade, toss a shield grenade to provide instant cover while you pop off a heal, and bring your friends back to life using the Respawner. Or throw caution to the wind and burn friend and foe alike with the laser rifle.

Earn New Perks and Change the Way You Play
Matter compilers spread throughout the game give you access to dozens of perks that will change the way you play. Stack all of your upgrades to power up the last-resort pistol or boost your defense by supercharging your shield pulse. Unlock new perks as you play, and share your unlocks with everyone on your team!

Survive the Alien Infestation!
In the distant future, mighty corporations have carried humanity to the fringes of the galaxy. After expanding unfettered across tens of thousands of systems--all devoid of intelligent life--humanity has grown complacent, until disaster strikes. Work together and survive the alien hordes!

A Fight For Survival Is Just the Beginning
The first season of The Anacrusis tells the story of four unlikely survivors--Nessa, Guion, Liu, and Lance--who are unwilling combatants in the battle to defend humanity from the alien menace. Play more and unlock more of the unfolding mystery of the alien attack.​