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Skulls of the Shogun hits Steam next week, as devs' Faustian pact comes to an end

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Skulls of the Shogun has been out on PC for a while now, but unless your computer has Windows 8 all up in its grill you won't have been able to play it, because reasons. Developer Borut Pfeifer recently admitted that the game's Windows 8 exclusivity was a "deal with the devil" and that he'd "go back in time and kick [himself] in the balls" if he could, but that dark chapter in the history of strategy games has finally come to a close. Skulls of the Shogun arrives on Steam next Monday, and Pfeifer's balls remain unkicked. Everybody wins!

Skulls of the Shogun coming to Steam, dev calls Windows 8 exclusivity "a deal with the devil"

Katie Williams at

Hoorah! Skulls of the Shogun, the turn-based strategy saga of undead samurais, is finally coming to Steam. "But what about that Windows 8 exclusivity thing?" you may ask. Yeah, about that... 17-BIT's exclusivity agreement with Microsoft has panned out unspectacularly, and now the developer is glad to be breaking away from Windows 8.

Skulls of the Shogun review

Nathan Brown at

Imagine being Jake Kazdal. You're an industry veteran, with some two decades of development experience under your belt, and after stints with Sega in Japan and EA in Los Angeles you set up your own studio, 17-Bit. You begin work on your first project as an indie - a quirky turnbased tactics game with a supernatural samurai theme - and one of the biggest companies in the world loves it. They want an exclusive. You've never signed a contract so eagerly. And then you find out that the PC version of Skulls Of The Shogun is going to be exclusive to Windows 8 at launch.

Skulls of the Shogun is out this month (yaaay) on Windows 8 (nyooooo)

Tom Senior at

17 Bit's turn based tactical game of undead samurai war, Skulls of the Shogun, is coming out on January 30, but only on Windows 8, Xbox Live Arcade, Windows Phone and Surface. Marsh has played it and he says it's ace, which makes it all the sadder to think of it trapped in the purgatorial wastes of the Windows 8 store while strategy gamers stuck on earlier operating systems miss out.

Anyway, enough griping. If you DO have Windows 8, and you like the idea of Advance Wars with analogue movement, undead warriors and lots of skull-hoarding then you should check out the Skulls of the Shogun site for more details, and catch a blast of SotS' affable charm in the latest trailer below. Skulls of the Shogun will cost $15 on Windows 8 and Surface, and $7 on Windows Phone, and supports cross-platform battles.

Skulls of the Shogun shows cross-platform strategic skull-stealing

Tom Senior at

Skulls of the Shogun is a dedicated historical strategy game designed to respectfully represent that time hundreds of years ago when the skeletal armies of Japan rose up and tried to steal each others' skulls. If you've played Advance Wars on a handheld you'll already have a feel for the rules of the thing. It's turn based, but movement isn't locked to some arbitrary grid, and the skulls you claim make your units more powerful. If one of your heroes falls, the enemy claims all of the skulls that warrior has collected, allowing for sudden, devastating reversals of fortune.