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How to get A Total War Saga: Troy completely free

Published: 10/Aug/2020 21:05

by Bill Cooney

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The latest installment in the Total War series will be completely free for a limited time for players from the Epic Games store right when it launches, and you don’t want to miss your chance at this deal while it’s around.

A Total War Saga: Troy is the second of Creative Assembly’s TW Saga series, following Thrones of Brittania. The aptly-named game will take players back to the mythic Trojan War, allowing them to control either Spartan or Trojan-allied factions.

This will be the first Total War game in a long time to not be initially featured on Steam: Instead, CA has switched over to the Epic Games store as their platform of choice. The title will eventually be available from Valve’s storefront, but not until Summer 2021. If you get it on the Epic Games store though, you can still play it in Steam before then.

To celebrate the move, or perhaps to incentivize players to try the game out, CA is offering A Total War Saga: Troy completely free to all players on the Epic Games store for 24 hours starting at 9 AM EST on August 13.

So, if you’re looking for a new game to try out over the weekend, you’ll have until 9 AM EST on August 14 to grab Troy completely free from the Epic Games store.

The Trojan War might be the most famous conflict in history, with humans talking about it since at least Homer wrote about it in the Iliad. CA is now bringing their own take on the time period by “blending myth and reality,” according to developers.

This doesn’t mean we’ll see actual cyclops units charging down the battlefield, but we have seen previews of soldiers that are actually very large people dressed up as various creatures, including the infamous Minotaur.

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Turns out a very large man dressed in skins holding a big axe is just as terrifying as an actual Minotaur.

When you think of Troy, what most likely comes to mind is the Trojan Horse the Greeks used to sneak into the city and eventually break its defenses. While we haven’t seen any shots of the mythical siege engine from gameplay footage yet, making a game about the Trojan War and not including the horse in some way doesn’t seem like an oversight CA would make.

Mark your calendars and set your alarms for August 13 at 9 AM EST to grab A Total War Saga: Troy from the Epic Games store without paying a cent. Even if you’ve never played a game from the Total War series before, there’s no reason not to pick up a free game.

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Apex Legends director reveals plans to make it more than a battle royale

Published: 31/Oct/2020 10:35

by Calum Patterson

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Apex Legends is currently one of the most popular battle royale games in what is a saturated market, going toe-to-toe with Fortnite and Warzone – but developers Respawn Entertainment have plans to make it much more than that.

Apex is currently gearing up for its seventh season, which devs have boasted is their biggest yet in terms of new content, as they release the game’s third map, a new Legend, Horizon, and a host of new features like Clubs and a Steam launch.

However, while the battle royale side of things is going from strength to strength, Respawn are ambitious, and have plans to take their Apex Legends universe to new places.

Their focus might currently still be on the battle royale, but game director Chad Grenier has revealed that the studio has much grander plans for the future.

POI on Olympus in Apex Legends
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Apex Legends is moving to a whole new world in Season 7, Olympus on Psamathe.

The future of Apex Legends

In an interview with Eurogamer, Grenier revealed that they are already working on content for up to Season 12 of Apex, as they try to plan as far ahead as possible.

But, beyond just the new seasons of content, there is also a wider view about how they can take their roster of Legends and do new and exciting things. “Right now we’re a battle royale game. I think if you look into the future, we have a lot of conversations of, you know, should we expand beyond battle royale?” Grenier said.

“We have this roster of legends that people love – how else can we use them? I think looking into the future, you’re probably going to see the game becoming more than just a battle royale game. You see we have all these LTMs (limited time modes) and other ways to play. I think that’s a great starting point.”

Horizon running in Apex Legends
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Respawn think they can do more with their roster of Legends.

What exactly this could mean is unclear, but we can make a few educated guesses. The most obvious would be some form of PvP multiplayer mode, Call of Duty style. Respawn’s Titanfall series already did this successfully, and many developers at the studio actually worked on the Modern Warfare series at Infinity Ward previously.

The other obvious option would be PvE. They’ve already dabbled their toes in this with the Season 5 quest, which had small single-player ‘missions’ of sorts, but it wasn’t an all-out campaign or story mode as such.

Given the great lore that Apex Legends has already built up through trailers, teaser and comics, it certainly would make sense to give it more gameplay aspects too.

For now, the focus is on Season 7, but it sounds like Apex Legends has big plans to innovate beyond the standard battle royale.