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The new Total War series spin-off game, Total War Saga: TROY, releases today with timed exclusivity on the Epic Games Store. Already well received by critics, TROY focuses on the Trojan War with a character-led campaign featuring eight playable heroes, mixing myths and legends into its melting pot of long-established strategy gameplay.
There's nothing unusual about a little timed exclusivity these days - but Total War Saga: TROY has a little something extra up its sleeve. For the first 24 hours of its release, starting on August 13th (today!) at 2pm BST (UK time - please adjust your regional clocks accordingly), everyone can download and keep TROY for free.
So far as we can see, there are no hidden strings attached to this. You'll need an Epic Games Store account, of course, so make sure that box is ticked. Kotaku UK adds that an optional Amazons-themed piece of DLC will also be available, but to access that your EPS account will need to be linked to a Total War Access account. Which all sounds fiddly to this console-leaning gamer, but will probably take all of two minutes to sort out.
Need to know more about the game? The EPS description reads: "In this legendary age, heroes walk the Earth. In an act that shocks the world, audacious Paris, Prince of Troy, elopes with the beautiful Queen of Sparta. As they sail away, King Menelaus curses her name. He vows to bring his wife home - whatever the cost!" It's all inspired by The Iliad, and depending on which faction you pick, you'll either be protecting Troy against the Greeks, or burning the famous Trojan city to the ground.
Which all sounds very dramatic, doesn't it? Developed by Creative Assembly and Published by SEGA, Total War Saga: TROY is available on the Epic Games Store here, where it'll unlock at 2pm BST on August 13th (the game comes to Steam in 2021). It is only for PC right now, and will take up around 24GB of space. Once the first 24 hours are up, the game will retail as normal on the Epic Games Store for £34.99.
Not much more to say here, really. If you dig Total War games, Greek history and mythology, or just fancy grabbing something cool for free today, go get it.
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