Absolute beast of a news is here! The expected new part of the Total War series with the subtitle Saga: Troy will have a very interesting release. SEGA and game developers have announced an exclusivity for the controversial Epic Games Store in a press release. This time there is one big but. If you activate the game within 24 hours of its release, you will have it completely free forever!
In other words, you may not buy it on Steam the following year and a few months, but you won't have to buy it at all.
„We’re really excited about TROY, and we’re even more excited that this will give more of you the chance to play and enjoy it than might have had it otherwise. While we know that some of you won’t like the Epic Games Store exclusivity, we feel like this is a great opportunity for us in a lot of ways, and we’re hoping that you’ll take some time to hear us out and for us to answer what some of the questions we think you might have,“ states in press release.
In short, it says that this exclusivity only applies to Saga: Troy and the developers have no plans for other similar exclusivities in the future. Epic reportedly offered to cooperate with the fact that the game will appear in their store exclusively. The reason why the developers decided to sign the agreement was said to be more than just money, and the decision itself was difficult.
„First of all: this is an opportunity for TROY specifically, and we have no plans for future games to be Epic exclusives. As developers we truly value our existing fans, but at the same time we want to reach new audiences and have as many people as possible experiencing the thrill of Total War for themselves. As a business that means putting Total War onto new platforms so that it can reach more players. This is part of that and in principal we’d like future Total War titles to be simultaneously available, from launch day, on as many store fronts as possible.“
„Finally, we’ve got just one favour to ask – however you feel about this, please keep any criticism to the studio as a whole, and don’t take it out on individual employees that you might find on various social media platforms.). We get it. It’s unexpected. But they’re not going to be able to change anything, and probably weren’t the ones who made the decision regardless.“
„We really think you’ll love TROY, and hey, it’s free so definitely give it a shot, redeem your 24 hour freebie and enjoy the game. If not, it’ll just be a year until it’s available on Steam. Ultimately, we think that this is good for our players, good for Creative Assembly, and therefore good for Total War.“
In Total War Saga: Troy you will be able to control huge ancient armies and take part in the Trojan War with its greatest heroes. You will play as Achilles, Hector, Paris or King Menelaus. The Bronze Age will split under your decisions. The latest episode from Creative Assembly and SEGA will be released on August 13 at the Epic Games Store. The first 24 hours will be available for free download! A year later, the game will be moved to Steam and will not be exclusive to Epic Games.