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Get Shadow Tactics for Free

Shadow Tactics is today's new freebie on the Epic Games Store, offering this hardcore tactical stealth game with a 100% discount. This offer stands until tomorrow at 11:00 am when they will replace it with another of their holiday giveaways. Here's word on what this has to offer:
Shadow Tactics is a hardcore tactical stealth game set in Japan around the Edo period

Take control of a team of deadly specialists and sneak in the shadows between dozens of enemies. Choose your approach when infiltrating mighty castles, snowy monasteries or hidden camps. Set traps, poison your opponents or completely avoid enemy contact.

The group is composed of very different personalities

Working together as a team seems impossible at first. Yet over the course of many missions, trust is won and friendships are made. The characters develop their own dynamic and each member will have to face their own personal demons.

One of the leaders of this team is Hayato, an agile ninja, who clears the way through his enemies silently

Samurai Mugen prefers a more powerful approach and can defeat more fiends at once. Aiko is a master of camouflage when she distracts enemies disguised as a Geisha. The street child Yuki places traps and decoys enemies. Takuma relies on his sniper rifle.

The player has to carefully evaluate his options in order to master the challenging missions:

How will the characters behave as a team? Which one is best equipped for each task? How can they best master the given missions? Come up with your own ingenious tactics to vanquish enemies and complete missions.
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28. Re: Get Shadow Tactics for Free Dec 29, 2019, 22:40 Ant
 
Jivaro wrote on Dec 29, 2019, 13:40:
Jagacademy wrote on Dec 29, 2019, 13:12:
Ant wrote on Dec 29, 2019, 02:23:
No kidding. Why pay when you can wait to get them for free.

Because you A) Have moral values. B) Aren't a broke parasite. C) Aren't bribed into turning a blind eye towards evil.

Wow Ant, I never knew you were so lacking in morals. Turning a blind eye to evil AND being a broke parasite! You evil little insect you!

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27. Re: Get Shadow Tactics for Free Dec 29, 2019, 20:21 Kxmode
 
Beamer wrote on Dec 29, 2019, 20:09:
Kxmode wrote on Dec 29, 2019, 20:07:
Based on the falling sales figures for Fortnite - the lifeblood of EGS - next year will be the end of the freebies as they need to focus their remaining reserves on exclusives and platform improvements. I wonder how many are going to stick around once the Epic freebie party stops?

You literally have no idea. Which is unsurprising. You are relying upon one data point. That point doesn't show decreased sales, just decreased ranking. Most of what's above it is Asian exclusive, so we don't know their impact. And, since Epic doesn't release stats, we don't even know how accurate that is.

Confirmation bias is strong with you.

SuperData Research is a very well respected authority for producing sales figures across device categories. The Epic Games Store is heavily reliant on Fortnite's success in offering freebies, exclusives, and to fund platform improvements. The sales numbers from SuperData paint a picture that Fortnite's financial trajectory isn't positive. The range of time of the trajectory is an unknown variable, but it points in the same direction (again, numbers not lie). Only a close-minded individual would see that as anything other than what the data shows, and for that reason you're the one expressing a confirmation bias because you ignore the data.
 
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26. Re: Get Shadow Tactics for Free Dec 29, 2019, 20:09 Beamer
 
Kxmode wrote on Dec 29, 2019, 20:07:
Based on the falling sales figures for Fortnite - the lifeblood of EGS - next year will be the end of the freebies as they need to focus their remaining reserves on exclusives and platform improvements. I wonder how many are going to stick around once the Epic freebie party stops?

You literally have no idea. Which is unsurprising. You are relying upon one data point. That point doesn't show decreased sales, just decreased ranking. Most of what's above it is Asian exclusive, so we don't know their impact. And, since Epic doesn't release stats, we don't even know how accurate that is.

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25. Re: Get Shadow Tactics for Free Dec 29, 2019, 20:07 Kxmode
 
Based on the falling sales figures for Fortnite - the lifeblood of EGS - next year will be the end of the freebies as they need to focus their remaining reserves on exclusives and platform improvements. I wonder how many are going to stick around once the Epic freebie party stops?  
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24. Re: Get Shadow Tactics for Free Dec 29, 2019, 13:40 Jivaro
 
Jagacademy wrote on Dec 29, 2019, 13:12:
Ant wrote on Dec 29, 2019, 02:23:
No kidding. Why pay when you can wait to get them for free.

Because you A) Have moral values. B) Aren't a broke parasite. C) Aren't bribed into turning a blind eye towards evil.

Wow Ant, I never knew you were so lacking in morals. Turning a blind eye to evil AND being a broke parasite! You evil little insect you!

lol
 
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23. Re: Get Shadow Tactics for Free Dec 29, 2019, 13:37 Jivaro
 
Alamar wrote on Dec 29, 2019, 11:28:
mirthy wrote on Dec 28, 2019, 18:37:
Twitch also gives free games if you have prime.

Is something really free if you only get it if you pay money?

You aren't wrong Alamar but I would point out that when I (and I assume a fair amount of people) subbed for Prime we either didn't expect or didn't know about the Twitch thing or the free games. In addition, the Twitch stuff is nice and all but I am not judging whether to keep my Prime subscription based on it.

Perhaps younger folks do, I don't know, but it seems like a stretch.
 
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19. The Talos Principle for Free Dec 29, 2019, 11:51 RedEye9
 
It's real
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18. Re: Get Shadow Tactics for Free Dec 29, 2019, 11:28 Alamar
 
mirthy wrote on Dec 28, 2019, 18:37:
Twitch also gives free games if you have prime.

Is something really free if you only get it if you pay money?
 
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17. Re: Get Shadow Tactics for Free Dec 29, 2019, 03:10 El Pit
 
I loved Commandos and thought about buying Shadow Tactics for a while - and now I got if 4 FREE! Thx, Epic!  



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16. Re: Get Shadow Tactics for Free Dec 29, 2019, 02:23 Ant
 
RedEye9 wrote on Dec 28, 2019, 16:19:
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I can’t remember the last time I actually bought a game.
No kidding. Why pay when you can wait to get them for free.
 
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15. Re: Get Shadow Tactics for Free Dec 29, 2019, 00:29 Jerykk
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Dec 28, 2019, 23:56:
Creston wrote on Dec 28, 2019, 22:56:
So does Epic really pay full price when they give away a game for free? Even with their money, that seems highly unlikely? Today's game is a $40 game, if 5 million people grab it (which seems low, considering their reported total userbase) that's 200 million dollars (minus their 12%.) Ka-ching. Even the Fortnite gravy train can't keep that kind of money drain going.

So I have my doubts that devs/pubs get paid, or at least get paid full asking price.

Shadow Tactics is one of those games that seems to be almost always on sale. It's €9.99 currently (Steam sale). Charging $40 as a baseline per copy would be obscene and insane.

I'm sure that Epic does not have to pay per gifted copy. My guess is they arrange a lump sum, say $100K for a game like this (probably less for the more obscure titles the last few days), and roll with it. The games are only free for 24 hours and it's good advertising for the publishers/devs, too.

It's probably a combination of the two. Epic pays the dev/pub a flat amount based on projected number of giveaway claims. This amount wouldn't be based on MSRP but significantly discounted per copy. If the claims exceed that projected amount, then Epic pays per copy.

In any case, I'm fine with this. I've claimed every free game but I'm never going to spend a penny in the actual store until Epic improves their platform and stops with the bullshit exclusivity deals.
 
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14. Re: Get Shadow Tactics for Free Dec 28, 2019, 23:57 Creston
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Dec 28, 2019, 23:56:
Creston wrote on Dec 28, 2019, 22:56:
So does Epic really pay full price when they give away a game for free? Even with their money, that seems highly unlikely? Today's game is a $40 game, if 5 million people grab it (which seems low, considering their reported total userbase) that's 200 million dollars (minus their 12%.) Ka-ching. Even the Fortnite gravy train can't keep that kind of money drain going.

So I have my doubts that devs/pubs get paid, or at least get paid full asking price.

Shadow Tactics is one of those games that seems to be almost always on sale. It's €9,99 currently (Steam sale). Charging $40 as a baseline per copy would be obscene and insane.

I'm sure that Epic does not have to pay per gifted copy. My guess is they arrange a lump sum, say $100K for a game like this (probably less for the more obscure titles the last few days), and roll with it. The games are only free for 24 hours and it's good advertising for the publishers/devs, too.

Yeah, that'd seem more likely.
 
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13. Re: Get Shadow Tactics for Free Dec 28, 2019, 23:56 CJ_Parker
 
Creston wrote on Dec 28, 2019, 22:56:
So does Epic really pay full price when they give away a game for free? Even with their money, that seems highly unlikely? Today's game is a $40 game, if 5 million people grab it (which seems low, considering their reported total userbase) that's 200 million dollars (minus their 12%.) Ka-ching. Even the Fortnite gravy train can't keep that kind of money drain going.

So I have my doubts that devs/pubs get paid, or at least get paid full asking price.

Shadow Tactics is one of those games that seems to be almost always on sale. It's €9.99 currently (Steam sale). Charging $40 as a baseline per copy would be obscene and insane.

I'm sure that Epic does not have to pay per gifted copy. My guess is they arrange a lump sum, say $100K for a game like this (probably less for the more obscure titles the last few days), and roll with it. The games are only free for 24 hours and it's good advertising for the publishers/devs, too.
 
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