Publisher Sega and developer Creative Assembly have announced that the Epic Games Store release of upcoming strategy game Total War: PHARAOH is being delayed to early 2024. Curiously, the game is still coming to PC through Steam on its original October 11 release date.
According to Eurogamer, Creative Assembly has stated that the delay was made in order to incorporate Epic Games Launcher’s social features into the game. The studio states that it was “recently asked to help support the integration of social functions before we can launch on the Epic Games Store”, and that it will, as such, “need additional time to help make that happen”.
Whether this will make it difficult for the different PC releases of Total War: PHARAOH to feature cross-play hasn’t been elaborated on, since Steam’s social features tend to be incompatible with others, requiring publishers and developers to use their own social platforms for cross=play.