1997's classic Shadow Warrior is now free on Steam

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The latest free-to-play title to hit Steam's virtual shelves isn't a cutesy MMORPG with a cash shop full of glittery hats and staves, nor is it a brutal MOBA with an arsenal of buyable heroes. Nope—surprisingly, it's the late-90s classic Shadow Warrior! And unless somebody's gone to the pains of tweaking some 16-year-old code, it's pretty much guaranteed this isn't a pay-to-win kind of deal.

Publisher Devolver Digital today ripped the price tag off Shadow Warrior entirely, in the lead-up to the recently revealed remake. Following a Facebook promo snafu in which some giveaway Steam keys were exploited, somebody in charge apparently just shrugged and said, "To hell with it. Shadow Warrior for everyone!"

Keep in mind that this whole "free" thing is applied to just the base game—if you've recently purchased Shadow Warrior via Good Old Games, don't feel ripped off, because you aren't. What you see on Steam is merely the base game, and those who pay $6 for Shadow Warrior's "complete version" on GOG will also receive the two expansion packs as well as additional content, adding to the terrible kung-fu fun.