Video game news: Ubisoft ditching Steam for Epic with The Divison 2 PC release
It appears that Epic isn't messing around when it comes to their new online Games Store. In a blog post earlier today, the Fortnite publisher announced that they've reached an agreement with Ubisoft to sell the PC version of their upcoming The Division 2 through the Epic Games Store. Exclusively. Which means you're not going to find it on Steam.
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"Epic continues to disrupt the videogame industry, and their third-party digital distribution model is the latest example, and something Ubisoft wants to support," Ubisoft Vice President of Partnerships Chris Early was quoted in the post.
Three versions of the game - Standard, Gold, and Ultimate - are all available now via Epic, as well as Ubisoft's own online store for pre-order. Ordering early grants players access to the Private Beta. [H/T to GameSpot]
It also appears that this won't be the last Ubisoft title to be sold solely via Epic. Though nothing specific was named, Epic did say that "additional titles" to be sold on the platform would be announced "during the coming year." The two companies also intend to integrate their individual ecosystems - Epic's store and Ubisoft's UPlay Club - to hopefully improve the experience between the two.
While only launching late last year, Epic Games Store has already begun to disrupt the PC marketplace. Upon launch, they snagged exclusive sales rights to both Hades, and later the final parts of The Walking Dead: The Final Season. With plenty of revenue coming in from their Battle Royale cash cow, it would stand to reason that Epic could very well have more announcements like this in the very near future.