Friday, 18 January, 2019

Epic Games Store poaches Ubisoft's The Division 2 from Steam

The PC Version of The Division 2 Will be Bypassing Steam The Division 2 is choosing to launch on Epic Store instead of Steam
Sherri Watson | 10 January, 2019, 23:48

"We entrust Epic to deliver a smooth journey for our fans, from pre-ordering the game and enjoying our Beta to the launch", said Chris Early, vice president of partnerships at Ubisoft.

It appears that The Division 2 for PC on the Epic Games Store has regional pricing. The PC version is available to preorder now on the Ubisoft Store and the Epic Games Store.

While the Epic Games Store has proven sufficient at wooing indie developers, it just scored a landmark victory by penning an agreement for one of 2019's biggest games.

A games store with only a handful of games on it, though, isn't much use, and it's here that Epic's partnership with Ubisoft comes in: Tom Clancy's The Division 2, the follow-up to 2016's Tom Clancy's The Division, will be launching on Epic Games Store.

In fact, Ubisoft continuously released new content for the game over the course of three years, building a powerful and eager community. A number of upcoming titles will launch on both it and Uplay, including "Far Cry: New Dawn", the publisher told Variety. The Steam listing will be pulled and no release is planned on Valve's platform. Ubisoft and Epic will "also partner on additional select titles [coming to the Epic Games Store] to be announced during the coming year". But The Division 2 is likely a big enough exclusive to convince many players to take a look at a service they might otherwise ignore. Alongside selling the title on the Epic Games Store, Ubisoft will offer it (and future PC titles) on the Ubisoft Store. At the same time, that attention from gamers will increase the visibility of other titles on Epic's store, potentially feeding a virtuous cycle for developers who might be thinking about taking advantage of Epic's more favorable revenue sharing. Steam, which is now the largest digital games storefront, takes about 30% of all revenues, for comparison. While a welcome move for many a budget conscious gamer, it will be interesting to see how many games adopt this approach on Epic's store aside from The Division 2.