Skulls of the Shogun Is Coming To Steam; Will Work On Regular PCs

By Ishaan . June 18, 2013 . 11:20am

The PC version of turn-based strategy game Skulls of the Shogun was initially exclusive to Windows 8 PCs. Today, however, developer 17-BIT announced that they will release a Steam version of the game that will run on non-Windows 8 PCs as well.


The Steam release, titled Skulls of the Shogun: Bone-A-Fide Edition, features the full campaign and multiplayer modes from the original, as well as a challenging new four-chapter episode that takes place after the original’s ending. This episode has a new protagonist and a new unit type, the Tanuki, who can confuse enemies with teleport spells and taunts.


Also available will be a developers’ commentary mode and a new introduction theme performed by chiptunes DJ, Mega Ran.


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“After the original game launched, we were delighted by all the positive reviews and player feedback, but realized there were a few features we could add to power-up Skulls and make it even better.” said Jake Kazdal, CEO of 17-BIT. “We’re delighted to bring that definitive version of Skulls of the Shogun to Steam, which adds a ton of original content and enhanced multiplayer features. We hope it’s worth the wait.”


Skulls of the Shogun will be available on Steam in July. You can pre-order it for a discounted price of $11.99. Post-release, the game will cost $14.99.


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  • malek86

    Heh. Pretty sure that W8 exclusivity deal hasn’t worked out too well for them. I wonder if at least XBLA sales were good enough, but I doubt it.

    • This game probably had some of its thunder stolen by Fire Emblem.

      • malek86

        Given the platforms involved, it’s unlikely. This game probably had a lot of its thunder stolen by the annoying W8-only policy, which may have also pushed away some indie aficionados from buying the XBLA version either. And WP8 is just not widespread enough to make the game meaningful.

        Well, let’s see if today’s interview manages to shed some light on just how little it sold.

  • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

    I always thought this game would be awesome on handhelds, but seeing how heavily it was promoted by Microsoft and their X360/Windows 8/Surface campaign (and my lack of having any of those at the moment), made me push this one aside. Now that it’s on Steam with more content, I think I’ll jump on in.

  • Tom_Phoenix

    I wonder if this means we will see the game on other DD services as well. Seeing as how it was only available from the Windows 8 Store before, I assume it doesn’t rely heavily on any Steamworks functionality, so it shouldn’t be much of a problem to make it available elsewhere.

  • CirnoLakes

    Finally games like that are coming to Steam.

    Now I just need Pac-Man Championship Edition on Steam. I bought a copy of Windows 8, a not so amazing operating system, just to grab a copy of Pac-Man Championship Edition. Which is a terrible platform I don’t want to have to go through. Just like I don’t like the idea of going through “Games for Windows” to get Blazblue.

    I’d buy another copy of Pac-Man Championship Edition were it on Steam. Just to not be dependent on a Windows Store copy. Also because I want to play the game on Windows 7.

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