Over 7.5 million people were able to claim A Total War Saga: Troy from the Epic Games Store in its first day of release back in August 13, British video game developer, Creative Assembly said.

A Total War Saga: Troy being free during its first 24 hours was a promotion that is part of Creative Assembly’s deal to have its latest game become an Epic Games Store exclusive.

“We were optimistic but we couldn’t have predicted this level of excitement. It’s been incredible to work with Epic on giving this brand new release away for free. Now we get to welcome so many strategy players – new and old – to experience this incredible Saga. We’re very happy,” Creative Assembly Chief Product Officer Rob Bartholomew said in a press release.

Creative Assembly’s decision to make Troy an Epic Games Store exclusive notably had the Total War community divided. But that apparently didn’t stop them from taking advantage of the promotion, as evidenced by the 7.5 million people who nabbed the game for free.

“We’re really excited about TROY, and we’re even more excited that this will give more of you the chance to play and enjoy it than might have had it otherwise. While we know that some of you won’t like the Epic Games Store exclusivity, we feel like this is a great opportunity for us in a lot of ways,” the Creative Assembly said in a blog post back in June.

If you missed out on getting A Total War Saga: Troy for free, you can still purchase the game on the Epic Games Store for US$50.

Total War Saga: TROY is set during the epic Trojan War of Greek myth, although Creative Assembly has decided to put a more realistic spin on the traditional story.

The game is the latest historical title to be added to Creative Assembly’s classic Total War series. Troy will also be the second Total War ‘Saga,’ a smaller game that focuses on singular conflicts instead of entire eras as with mainline Total War titles.

Total War games combine turn-based strategy elements with real-time tactical battles in settings such as Ancient Rome and China. The series has also expanded to include fantasy settings with the Total War: Warhammer series.

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