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Total War Saga: TROY is now a 12 month Epic Games Store exclusive

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Total War Saga: TROY, a game that was confirmed to be coming to Linux, is now going to start life as an Epic Games Store exclusive for the first year.

For the Linux version, this would mean a total delay because Epic have no plans to support Linux on their store officially. Creative Assembly announced it will release on EGS in August and be free for 24 hours, with Steam to follow a year later. Creative Assembly mentioned they have "no plans" for future games to be exclusives.

Linux was due to get it "shortly after Windows" originally but now it's entirely unclear. Feral Interactive, the company who work with Creative Assembly to port various titles to Linux and macOS were the company doing Total War Saga: TROY. I spoke to them today but they simply mentioned they have "nothing we can share regarding A Total War Saga: TROY on macOS or Linux".

If / when we hear more about about the Linux version, we will let you know.

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randyl 3 Jun, 2020
Quoting: MohandevirWhy not sell these Steam keys on the Epic store then? :D
Don't answer to that, just being sarcastic.
Your joke brings up a great point though. Why aren't game and media purchases recognized across store fronts, especially for service oriented games? The ecosystem is currently very user hostile and pro-publisher/distributor. If we buy a game from a publisher it should be considered 'valid and purchased' across many store fronts. If anything that will truly drive consumer prices down and provide incentive for distributors to make better deals with studios and publishers.
Mal 3 Jun, 2020
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Quoting: randyl
Quoting: MohandevirWhy not sell these Steam keys on the Epic store then? :D
Don't answer to that, just being sarcastic.
Your joke brings up a great point though. Why aren't game and media purchases recognized across store fronts, especially for service oriented games? The ecosystem is currently very user hostile and pro-publisher/distributor. If we buy a game from a publisher it should be considered 'valid and purchased' across many store fronts. If anything that will truly drive consumer prices down and provide incentive for distributors to make better deals with studios and publishers.

EGS does not allow it, at least for exclusive games. Steam only supports steam keys for games that are also sold on steam itself (which is a very reasonable limitation.... Though I remember Tim Sweeney calling them out for that once :D). In theory though nothing forbids to get a key on EGS, register it on publishers site and then obtain a steam key. Ofc it requires support from publishers.

But honestly I hope it never happens, at least for games that have been timed EGS exclusives. It's pretty obvious that if you could have done that for games like Metro Exodus then everybody would have bought on EGS, played there with all the hassles for one year but then obtained a feature complete copy on Steam after a year (proof: see g2a prices for metro keys. EGS ones became worthless once steam one appeared). That would be a clear abuse of Steam good faith: EGS would get the profits and Steam the costs. Valve would necessarily have to put some restrictions on Steam keys and that would be no good for anybody.
Eike 10 Aug, 2020
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Quoting: Phlebiac
Quoting: Comandante ÑoñardoBut if Feral has the publishing rights for MAC and Linux, they can publish it anyway. Only the Windows version will be Epic Store exclusive.

As I recall, Feral does release their games on the Apple Store, and presumably they could also list the Mac version in the Epic Store (whether they do or not will be interesting to see). So it's just the Linux version getting shut out, unless Feral decides to sell it elsewhere. Wouldn't that be something if you could buy it on the Feral site and get a Steam key, even though the Windows version wasn't there? ;)

https://twitter.com/feralgames/status/1292827642526408706
Ehvis 10 Aug, 2020
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Quoting: Eikehttps://twitter.com/feralgames/status/1292827642526408706

Also immediately clear that the Linux release has been delayed. If not cancelled.
TheSHEEEP 10 Aug, 2020
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Quoting: Ehvis
Quoting: Eikehttps://twitter.com/feralgames/status/1292827642526408706

Also immediately clear that the Linux release has been delayed. If not cancelled.
In this case, it makes sense, though.

Right now, the game is only available on EGS, which doesn't support Linux.
Wouldn't make sense for any publisher to pay Feral to do a Linux port when it can't be sold anywhere (except maybe on Feral's own store, but why would publishers care about that).

Just wait until it comes out on Steam, chances are that then there will be a Linux version.
Whitewolfe80 11 Aug, 2020
Quoting: TheSHEEEP
Quoting: Ehvis
Quoting: Eikehttps://twitter.com/feralgames/status/1292827642526408706

Also immediately clear that the Linux release has been delayed. If not cancelled.
In this case, it makes sense, though.

Right now, the game is only available on EGS, which doesn't support Linux.
Wouldn't make sense for any publisher to pay Feral to do a Linux port when it can't be sold anywhere (except maybe on Feral's own store, but why would publishers care about that).

Just wait until it comes out on Steam, chances are that then there will be a Linux version.

Only issue is there you miss out on it being free
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