Tom Clancy's The Division 2 is tentatively scheduled to be released on March 15th for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. We now know the system requirements for those playing on PC, but there is one thing that PC gamers won’t need: a Steam account.
In a statement released yesterday, developer Ubisoft has decided to make the digital PC version of The Division 2 available only on the Epic Games Store, as well as directly from Ubisoft – skipping Steam entirely.
As of this writing, a quick search on Amazon warrants a PC Download version of the game. No word on whether the listing will be removed, but Ubisoft has already confirmed that all pre-orders that have been placed on other platforms will be unaffected.
It was also announced that Ubisoft and Epic will put out “additional select titles” throughout the remainder of the year. No list of titles has been revealed yet, but games are expected to be announced as the year goes on. Although Ubisoft utilizes its own online service (Uplay), Epic is working with the studio to integrate the property with their platform.
From a financial standpoint, the move away from Steam is a wise one for the publisher, considering that Epic will take a 12% share of game sales, versus Steam’s tiered revenue share system – which is a 75 percent / 25 percent or 80 percent / 20 percent revenue share based on earnings from each game. Who wouldn’t want to take that kind of deal?
“As long-time fans and partners of Ubisoft, we’re thrilled to bring a range of awesome Ubisoft games to the Epic Games store,” Founder and CEO of Epic, Tim Sweeney, stated. “We aim to provide the most publisher-friendly store, providing direct access to customers and an 88% revenue split, enabling game creators to further reinvest in building great games.”
“Epic continues to disrupt the video game industry, and their third-party digital distribution model is the latest example, and something Ubisoft wants to support,” added Chris Early, Vice President of Partnerships at Ubisoft.
No word on whether the original The Division will leave Steam in the future. It will be interesting to see what happens with Valve’s hold on the digital gaming marketplace over the coming year, especially with a publisher as notable as Ubisoft making the leap to a competitor platform.