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Ubisoft goes Steam-less, embraces Epic Games Store for The Division 2

10 January 2019

Furthermore, it looks like Ubisoft decide to drop Steam this time and they will be releasing their games through uPlay and the recently released Epic Games Store. We logged into our Epic Games Store account and were able to verify that this is indeed the case, although we're unsure if users would be able to change their location or spoof it using a VPN just to get a better deal, it's something that's still possible on GOG. The publisher is bringing "Tom Clancy's The Division 2" to the Epic Games Store, it announced on Wednesday. Ubisoft's second foray into the post-apocalypse is now available for pre-order from Epic's new store-front, which was announced late previous year and offers an 88/12% revenue share with developers.

Ubisoft's The Division 2 won't be launching on Steam, but it will be available on Epic's competing platform. (The Division 2 is one of relatively few games that could easily reach this threshold; the original Division broke all sorts of sales records.) That's $10 million to Valve for distribution. Ubisoft and Epic say they're now working to integrate key components of Ubisoft's Uplay ecosystem and Epic's online services to give players more seamless social features.

It was also revealed that Epic Games and Ubisoft will partner on "additional select titles" in the future.

While Ubisoft didn't go into further detail on its reasoning for eschewing Steam in this case, Epic's more generous revenue-sharing scheme likely played an outsized role.

Epic Games" ever-popular "Support-A-Creator' program in Fortnite: Battle Royale is set to be available in Ubisoft's 'The Division 2'. The difference in revenue split, with Epic Games offering 88 percent of the profits over Steam's 70 percent probably sealed the deal.

Ubisoft's support of Epic's storefront is a bold move. "Epic continues to disrupt the video game industry, and their third party digital distribution model is the latest example, and something Ubisoft wants to support". The game had a now removed Steam Page, with a Ubisoft representative saying "We have no plans currently on releasing Tom Clancy's The Division 2 on Steam".

Ubisoft goes Steam-less, embraces Epic Games Store for The Division 2