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Total War: SHOGUN 2 is now FREE to grab until May 1st on Steam. This is not a free week or weekend, this is your chance to grab an entirely free copy of the game.

Developed by Creative Assembly and originally released in 2011, game porter Feral Interactive later updated it with a Linux port in 2017 which our contributor Samsai wrote about here. Like the majority of Total War games, it has quite a high rating too. On Steam it's sat with a "Very Positive" user score from nearly twenty thousand people.

As for why it's currently free to keep: on the Total War blog post, the team mentioned this:

The past few weeks have presented unimaginable challenges for many of us, but the remarkable collective effort being made by the global community to overcome this moment of adversity has been truly inspirational.

With this in mind, we want to continue to encourage you all to stay home and save lives by extending a gift to everyone to help make this difficult situation a little bit easier.

Everyone at Creative Assembly is now working from home, and we hope that this will help everyone with that stay home mission – #StayHomeSaveLives.

You can see the original release trailer for the Linux version from Feral Interactive below:

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Feature Highlight:

  • CONQUER the islands of Japan in the 16th century. Lead vast armies of samurai and fleets of giant warships into breathtaking real-time battles.
  • BUILD your kingdom on the inviting and turn-based campaign map. Wield economic, political, and military power to amass wealth, armies, and influence.
  • SCHEME according to the "Art of War" by Sun Tzu. Use fire and siege tactics, spies and assassins to adapt to the ever-changing conditions on the battlefield and throughout your kingdom.
  • BATTLE ONLINE and experience the main campaign in two-player mode. Then join epic online battles with up to 8 players and lead your online army to glory in special campaigns. (Multiplayer is compatible between Linux versions only in the Linux port)

Head over to the Total War: SHOGUN 2 Steam Page for your free copy.

The whole Total War franchise is also having a big sale too on the Humble Store, so you can pick up some DLC for your favourites or find a whole new game to play.

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9 comments

Patola 27 Apr
So... Anyone trying to find multiplayer partners for it?
Nope. But I still love this game (in Singleplayer mode) for its flow and its style. I don't regret the 166 h spent on it.
Quick question: does it support Cross-Platform multiplayer?
I have a friend on Windows who would love to play it with me!

I can't find any review on protondb about running it on proton, do you have any experience?

Thank you
chorn 27 Apr
Seems like this is not available in all regions. Accessing from Japan, I get:

Oops, sorry!
An error was encountered while processing your request:
This item is currently unavailable in your region
The_Aquabat 28 Apr
thanks for the info, already grabbed it #StayHomeSaveLives
LungDrago 28 Apr
I'm surprised the comment section went as far as it did with no shamefur display memes. Outstanding display, guys.
Avikarr 28 Apr
The game don't start for me :/ Very strange, because Total War: Warhammer II works just fine. I'm using Manjaro. It just shows steam "window" saying about starting the game, and then turns off and nothing happens. When I tried running the game with Proton, it does the same thing. Any idea why it doesn't start?


Last edited by Avikarr on 28 April 2020 at 1:35 pm UTC
Nocifer 28 Apr
Quoting: AvikarrThe game don't start for me :/ Very strange, because Total War: Warhammer II works just fine. I'm using Manjaro. It just shows steam "window" saying about starting the game, and then turns off and nothing happens. When I tried running the game with Proton, it does the same thing. Any idea why it doesn't start?

Maybe you're using steam-native and your system is missing some library? It's happened to me before with a Feral port and it turned out I was missing gconf. You can also try running Steam via the terminal and after you try to run the game, you can read the printed error messages and find out what the issue is.
Avikarr 28 Apr
Quoting: NociferMaybe you're using steam-native and your system is missing some library? It's happened to me before with a Feral port and it turned out I was missing gconf. You can also try running Steam via the terminal and after you try to run the game, you can read the printed error messages and find out what the issue is.

Yes! That was the case (lib32-gconf). Maaaaany thanks good man! :D


Last edited by Avikarr on 30 April 2020 at 7:03 am UTC
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