A Total War Saga: TROY will be Epic Store exclusive but free to own on launch day

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#1 NoodleFighter
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Yep Epic nabbed another major PC game for timed exclusive release. It isn't a mainline Total War series game so some may not care and will stick with Warhammer and Three Kingdoms in the mean time.

The game launches August 13th on the Epic Store. The catch is that on launch day if you download the game it is free to keep forever.

You know with this game being free and being about Troy I can't help but feel this promotion is a Trojan horse for something.

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Here it is: A Total War Saga: TROY is an Epic Games Store exclusive for 12 months—and will be available for free if you claim it in the first 24 hours.

That’s right—we’re giving away TROY for free, to keep, as long as you claim it in the 24 hour window!

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.

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.

Right now, this is a one-time, one-year exclusive deal for TROY. We’ve always said that Saga titles allow us to experiment, and this is an experiment on a grand scale. TROY seemed like a good game to try this out with, especially as pre-orders aren’t live on Steam yet, so no one’s already put money into a store they’ll have to wait 12 extra months for it to appear on.

So now that’s out the way, here’s a little more backstory. Epic approached us and asked if TROY could be an Epic exclusive, as part of a commercial deal. That’s not to say that we immediately signed on the dotted line, or that money was the only reason that we did this (it’s not!). It was a difficult decision, and you can be assured that there were a lot of differing opinions in the studio, and a lot of discussions about it—which largely focused on what it would mean for you, the players.

However, ultimately we considered two things. First we’re at a time when we’re looking to invest more into the ongoing development of Total War this felt like an opportunity to really move the franchise forward by getting it in front of more people. Secondly, Epic were paying for our players to have our latest release free on day one. For Total War’s 20th birthday, that felt like an opportunity too good to pass up.

As mentioned, and like others in the industry, a key reason for exploring other digital stores is that we don’t want to be limited just to Steam. We also want to diversify our business. In fact, we want to get our games onto as many stores as possible. Long term, we want to expand where players find Total War. This deal gives us a great way to try out other platforms, such as Epic—to see what works for us and what doesn’t. It allows us to get a feel for the development required to expand to other platforms, and it’s relatively risk-free for you, too, as the game’s available for free when claimed in the first 24 hours.

This opportunity allows expansive back-end infrastructure development that will allow us to expand into multiple stores. That means we can have more resources, push ourselves further, be more creative, make more Total War. We’re always looking to evolve and improve on our games and this deal gives us a lot of ways to do that—as we said, fresh perspectives, money that we’ll be putting back into the studio, new ways to expand.

You might not immediately see a big change, but we’re confident you will over time—and we guarantee there are a lot of things behind the scenes being made possible due to this, which we wouldn’t otherwise have the chance to do. Some of this is long-term—but there are short-term benefits to you, as well as us.

Making it available for free, for everyone to keep, during the first 24 hours—wouldn’t have been possible without this deal.

Finally, we’ve got just one favor 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.

Thank you for reading.

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#2  Edited By DaVillain-  Moderator  Online
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Meh, I wasn't going to get it anyway.

Total War series forever.

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Fucking Tencent-Epic.

All they do is postpone by one year my ability to buy a game elsewhere.

Wish they would just compete honestly. but then again if they did they would lose because outside of exclusivity they have nothing to offer.

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@mrbojangles25 said:

Fucking Tencent-Epic.

All they do is postpone by one year my ability to buy a game elsewhere.

Wish they would just compete honestly. but then again if they did they would lose because outside of exclusivity they have nothing to offer.

Who? Epic?

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Seems like EGS still have no real player base outside of the original Fortnite audience or else they would have stopped with exclusivity and free games. Not to mention they have already gave up on the roadmap for features.

Seems like, Valve's strategy of doing/saying nothing in response and wearing them out is working.

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#6  Edited By IvanGrozny
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I would switch to Epic, if they implement achievements.

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#8  Edited By R4gn4r0k
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How can anyone say no to free?

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Damn them! This is why I wont install the launcher!

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@ivangrozny said:

I would switch to Epic, if they implement achievements.

Achievements coming this Fall.

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Lol Epic is making it rain.

Maybe I should start grabbing these free games so that money goes to the devs.

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#12  Edited By madrocketeer
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Probably wasn't gonna buy it anyway. The Total War Blog post seem to imply that the next main Total War game will not be an EGS exclusive, so if that holds true, this is a big fat "meh" from me.

Still nothing on EGS that makes me want to immediately sign up for an account. Still don't like Epic's competitive practices, but I'm just too jaded to give a shit anymore. EGS exclusivity has become something I'm just going to learn to live with, like climate change, disease outbreaks, unchecked corporate shenanigans and social conflicts due to flawed political systems.

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@Pedro said:
@mrbojangles25 said:

Fucking Tencent-Epic.

All they do is postpone by one year my ability to buy a game elsewhere.

Wish they would just compete honestly. but then again if they did they would lose because outside of exclusivity they have nothing to offer.

Who? Epic?

Yes.

Sorry not sorry, I loathe exclusivity.

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It all just smells of desperation.

I wonder how EGS is going to make money once they stop handing out free games. Or do they not care about making money, and their main purpose is just to destabilise their US- and European-owned competitors?

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@tenaka2 said:

Damn them! This is why I wont install the launcher!

yea, damn them and the incredible number of free games they are giving out! how dare they!

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@Planeforger: I wonder how much money Epic is spending on these deals. I know giving out GTA V costed them a pretty penny even though the game is several years old. Now they're straight up away a game for free on its launch day.

Epic should at least put some money down for an Unreal Engine 5 Epic exclusive game.

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@mrbojangles25 said:

Yes.

Sorry not sorry, I loathe exclusivity.

Its not really exclusive if you can play it on the same platform.

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Honestly, Epic could literally force Steam's hand as a genuine competitor, but what's taking so long to add simple features?

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@virusvaccine21 said:

Honestly, Epic could literally force Steam's hand as a genuine competitor, but what's taking so long to add simple features?

Steam like any other brand has a strong fanbase, they will never leave. The majority of publishers have no choice and take a smaller cut.

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@Random_Matt said:
@virusvaccine21 said:

Honestly, Epic could literally force Steam's hand as a genuine competitor, but what's taking so long to add simple features?

Steam like any other brand has a strong fanbase, they will never leave. The majority of publishers have no choice and take a smaller cut.

30% is the industry standard. Sony, Microsoft, Apple, they all ask the same as Valve does.

Every app developer wants to be on the Apple app store. So why is Steam any different?

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@virusvaccine21 said:

Honestly, Epic could literally force Steam's hand as a genuine competitor, but what's taking so long to add simple features?

I think it's because they just don't see it.

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@virusvaccine21: Epic isn't trying to win over customers by offering a better experience.

Instead, Epic is cynically throwing money at people, knowing that some small percentage of people grabbing free games might also stick around and buy one of their bought exclusives.

It's a really shitty, anti-competitive business model, and it'll burn a lot of developers in the process.

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#23 R4gn4r0k
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New gameplay looks really good.

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I do have a feeling though that this free give away will crash the store harder than GTA V did