Ubisoft is set to return to Steam after peddling its wares exclusively on the Epic Games Store and Ubisoft Connect Launcher since early 2019.
Ubisoft’s latest and greatest releases including Assassins Creed Valhalla and Far Cry 6 have been exclusive to Ubisoft and the Epic Games Store for several years now. The company was among the first to jump ship after Epic Games lured a slew of high-profile developers back in 2019, with many of the opinion that Valve’s 30 per cent cut of revenue policy was unjustified. Epic Games Store only receives 12 per cent of all games on its platform, you see, which is a more enticing and profitable proposition for all game makers.
Nevertheless, Ubisoft released a statement to PC Gamer and, according to the developer, “We’re constantly evaluating how to bring our games to different audiences wherever they are, while providing a consistent player ecosystem through Ubisoft Connect,” further adding that AC Valhalla, ever-popular city-building sim Anno 1800, and Roller Champions being among the first to be released on Steam, hopefully with more to follow in the near future.
This seemingly proves that Steam’s arguably larger audience reach led Ubisoft to reevaluate its relationship with Valve despite the larger 30 per cent cut. Even though heavy hitters like AC Valhalla and Far Cry 6 have grossed billions in sales, skipping the ubiquitous platform has undoubtedly ‘left money on the table,’ so to speak.
We’ll chalk this up as a win for consumers, as more choice is always a good thing. Power to the proletariat. AC Valhalla will release December 6, while Anno 1800 and Roller Champions have yet to be listed on Steam, at least for now.