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Ubisoft is crawling back into Steam after years on the Epic Games Store

Ubisoft is crawling back into Steam after years on the Epic Games Store

Zoom in / Artist’s conception of Valve watching the return of Ubisoft games to its Steam platform.

Since early 2019Ubisoft has been keen to move its PC versions away from Steam and towards the Epic Games Store and its own Ubisoft Connect platform. Now that years-long experiment appears to be over, as Ubisoft has confirmed that at least three recent PC releases will be getting Steam releases in the near future.

a Page for 2020 Assassin’s Creed Valhalla I was Officially added to Steam Monday, listing the launch date of December 6 on the platform. Ubisoft has it too Tell Eurogamer that 2019 Anu 1800 And the Roller Champions They’ll hit Steam, confirmed earlier rumors to this effect.

The upcoming Steam releases are Ubisoft’s first non-DLC releases on the platform since 2019, when Trials hike And the Starlink: Battle of Atlas Launched on Steam. Since then, versions of Far Cry 6 And the Watch Dogs Corps to me Immortals: Phoenix Rising And the Ghost Recon: Breakpoint All are not available on Valve’s industry-dominating PC storefront.

“We’re constantly evaluating how we can bring our games to different audiences wherever they are, while providing a stable player ecosystem through Ubisoft Connect,” a Ubisoft spokesperson said in a statement provided to the press.

This statement is a huge reversal from 2019, though, when Ubisoft’s VP of Partnerships and Revenue Chris Early he told the New York Times Steam’s business model – f 30 percent commissions– It was “unrealistic” and didn’t “reflect where the world is today in terms of game distribution.”

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Wayward Steam publishers

Ubisoft’s return to Steam comes after Activision Blizzard ended a Steam absence that had lasted for similar years as most popular users Call of duty franchise. these years Call of duty modern warfare 2 I was The first game of the series to appear on Steam Since 2017 Call of Duty WW2with overlapping versions only available on Activision Blizzard’s Battle.net launcher.

In 2019, EA too It ended a years-long effort to avoid Steam releases in favor of its Origin storefront. That’s when Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order It became the publisher’s first Steam release since 2012.

While Ubisoft is voluntarily avoiding Steam releases, Epic continues to do so Pay huge sums of money For certain high-profile games to launch as timed exclusives on the Epic Games Store. It includes $146 million down payment against royalties on Borderlands 3whose Exclusive launch on the Epic Games Store in 2019 It attracted 750,000 new users to the Epic platform, according to company documents revealed during the Epic vs. apple. When Borderlands 3 Coming to Steam months later, though, was Take Two CEO Strauss Zelnick He said Sales on Valve’s platform “exceeded our expectations”.