The Division 2 and Future Ubisoft PC Games May Be Exclusive to Epic Games Store

Ubisoft and Epic have revealed the primary particulars of a brand new deal that may see The Division 2 and different future Ubisoft titles probably skip Steam and launch completely on the Epic Games Store. 

“We don’t have any plans at present on releasing Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 on Steam,” stated a Ubisoft consultant in an e-mail to Polygon. “[We will] additionally accomplice on extra choose titles [coming to the Epic Games Store] to be introduced throughout the coming 12 months.”

Since then, Ubisoft vp of partnerships, Chris Early, has come ahead to share some extra particulars concerning the partnership. According to Early, Ubisoft will “entrust Epic to ship a clean journey for our followers, from preordering the sport and having fun with our Beta to the launch of Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 on March 15.” On prime of that, he stated that “Epic continues to disrupt the videogame trade, and their third-party digital distribution mannequin is the newest instance, and one thing Ubisoft desires to help.”

While Early does not touch upon whether or not or not future Ubisoft titles on PC will skip Steam when the sport launches, the truth that they’re prepared to make such a transfer with a recreation as huge as The Division 2 would are likely to counsel that they’re at the very least open to the likelihood. In any case, Ubisoft has already said that they’re honoring non-Epic Store pre-orders for the sport by way of that platform. 

If Ubisoft does certainly enter a long-term timed-exclusive association with the Epic Game Store, it could actually be pretty shocking. Yes, we all know that Steam takes a a lot bigger reduce of the earnings than Epic does, however you can nonetheless argue that the unimaginable reputation of Steam implies that your recreation (even a recreation as huge as The Division 2 and different Ubisoft titles) shall be seen by extra customers. Of course, firms like Ubisoft “leaping ship” and selecting sides could go a good distance in direction of customers deciding to only go wherever the video games are. 

It will definitely be fascinating to see whether or not Epic is ready to use the continued monetary success of Fortnite as the idea for a brand new retail outlet that may certainly disrupt the present order of the online game trade. 

Matthew Byrd is a employees author for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days attempting to pitch deep-dive analytical items about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an more and more perturbed collection of editors. You can learn extra of his work right here or discover him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014

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