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Sci-fi adventure game 'Omikron' starring David Bowie now available for free

By Wade Sheridan   |   Jan. 15, 2016 at 2:57 PM

PARIS, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- In honor of David Bowie, Square Enix is offering classic sci-fi adventure game Omikron: The Nomad Soul for free on PC.

Omikron, which famously starred the legendary singer, was originally released for Windows PC in 1999 and for the Sega Dreamcast in 2000. Bowie also contributed several original songs to its soundtrack that would later appear on his twenty-first studio album Hours.

Fans are being directed to enter Square Enix's official online store and put in the coupon code "omikron" while purchasing the game through checkout in order to receive a Steam download code for free.

"Omikron for free in celebration of @DavidBowieReal. RIP," the publisher posted on Twitter Friday alongside a photo of Bowie's likeness in the game. The deal Square Enix says will last until Friday, Jan. 22 at 9am GMT while supplies last.

Developed by famed game studio Quantic Dream of Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls fame, Omikron: The Nomad Soul takes place in the futuristic city of Omikron where players can inhabit the bodies of people they encounter while investigating a serial killer.

Bowie tragically died Sunday at the age of 69 following a yearlong battle with liver cancer. "David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer," an official statement said Monday. "While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family's privacy during their time of grief."

Since then the musician's albums have climbed to the top of the charts while artists, leaders, and admirers have continued to pay tribute to the influential figure.

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