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

Joanna Estrada
January 10, 2019

While the Epic Games Store has been around since December 2018, it looks like the service will get even bigger here in 2019. On the Epic Games Store, Ubisoft will keep 88 percent of all sales revenue compared with 70 percent on Steam (though the share on Steam would eventually rise to 80 percent after $50 million in sales).

Epic's announcement doesn't mention Steam, but we have just learned that The Division 2's Steam store page no longer exists.

"The Division 2" is one of the first high-profile AAA titles to come to the Epic Games Store. Until today, only a handful of indie developers had made the switch. "We hope this partnership helps to validate and evolve the model". Reason being, regardless where you buy The Division 2 or any Ubisoft PC game for that matter, you'll end up having to use Uplay. It's still available for sale on the Ubisoft Store.

In a press release, Epic and Ubisoft say that the Standard, Gold, and Ultimate versions of the game will all be available, and will guarantee access to the game's private beta.

But, as far as the decision between Epic Games Store and Steam is concerned, there's obvious reason to side with Epic.

Don't worry if you've already ordered Tom Clancy's The Division 2 from another online store: Ubisoft has guaranteed it will honor all purchases of the title.

Over the past few months, we've seen more and more games become exclusive to Epic's marketplace, however, this is easily the biggest title to join the list.

By siding with Epic, Ubisoft stands to save an extra eight percent at a minimum. Ubisoft claimed that it has signed a new deal with Epic Games, something that could prevent the French company from releasing its title simultaneously on both Steam and Epic's store. Valve needs to do something to win developers back, or else Epic is going to be a major threat to Steam's long-term viability.

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