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

Zoom in / An artist’s impression of how Valve sees Ubisoft games returning to its Steam platform.

From the beginning of 2019, Ubisoft aims to move its PC releases away from Steam and towards the Epic Games Store and its own Ubisoft Connect platform. That years-long ordeal now seems to be coming to an end, as Ubisoft has confirmed that at least three recent PC releases will receive Steam versions in the near future.

A Page for 2020 Assassin’s Creed Valhalla was Officially added to Steam on Monday, listing a December 6 release date on the platform. Ubisoft is there too told Eurocommer That’s 2019 Anno 1800 And Roller Champions Coming to steam, confirm Earlier rumors To that effect.

The upcoming Steam editions will be Ubisoft’s first non-DLC releases on the platform since 2019. Tests will rise And Starlink: Battle for Atlas Launched on Steam. Since then, publishing Far Cry 6 And Look at Legion of Dogs to do Immortals: Phoenix Rising And Ghost Recon: Breakpoint Not all are available on Valve’s industry-dominating PC storefront.

“While providing a consistent player ecosystem through Ubisoft Connect, we are constantly evaluating how to bring our games to different audiences wherever they are,” a Ubisoft spokesperson said in a statement to the press.

That statement is a major reversal from 2019, when Ubisoft’s vice president of partnerships and revenue Chris was early on. The New York Times said Steam’s business model—and Its 30 percent commissions– “are unrealistic” and “do not reflect where the world is today in terms of game distribution.”

Steam’s prodigal publishers

Ubisoft’s return to Steam comes after Activision Blizzard ended a similarly multi-year absence from Steam for the ultra-popular. Call of duty Right. This year Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was The first serialized game to appear on Steam Since 2017 Call of Duty WW2Interim releases are available only on Activision Blizzard’s Battle.net launcher.

In 2019, E.A Ending a years-long effort to avoid steam releases In favor of its own native storefront. Only then Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order It became the publisher’s first Steam release since 2012.

Ubisoft has voluntarily avoided Steam releases, and the saga continues A huge amount has to be paid For exclusive launch of certain high-end games on the Epic Games Store. It includes $146 million advance Against royalties Borderlands 3whose Exclusive release on Epic Games Store in 2019 Attracted 750,000 new users to Epic’s platform, according to company documents disclosed during the Epic vs Apple trial. when Borderlands 3 Coming to Steam a few months later, Take Two CEO Strauss Zelnick said Sales on Valve’s platform “exceeded our expectations.”

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