Square Enix temporarily offering free download of game featuring David Bowie

Square Enix will be offering Omikron: The Nomad Soul for free in honor of the late David Bowie, who contributed to the game.

Last Friday, the Square Enix Twitter announced that, in honor of the recent passing of rock star David Bowie, they are offering one of the games he contributed to - Omikron: The Nomad Soul - for free in their online store:

The offer, which requires entering the coupon code "omikron" in the checkout, lasts until January 22 or "while supplies last" -- though since this is a digital download, it would be very surprising if supplies ran out.

For those of you unfamiliar with the game, Omikron: The Nomad Soul was an adventure game released for PC in 1999 and Dreamcast in 2000. It takes place in the futuristic city of Omikron -- which is run by an oppressive supercomputer called Ix -- where you play as a detective trying to solve a series of murders and uncover something much bigger and stranger underneath. The game didn't sell well on its first release, and publisher Eidos Interactive cancelled their planned PlayStation and PlayStation 2 ports of the game.

In addition to contributing to the game's soundtrack, Bowie also plays two characters in the game - first Boz, a revolutionary evading the authorities, and then the unnamed lead singer of The Dreamers, a fictional band that plays illegal concerts around Omikron. Bowie also contributed to the game's story and design.

Omikron: The Nomd Soul certainly sounds interesting, and who knows, maybe all the free downloads will spark new interest in this former flop.

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Published Jan. 17th 2016

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