Saturday, 19 January, 2019

‘The Division 2’ Coming to Epic Games Store, Pulled From Steam

The Division 2 The Division 2 is choosing to launch on Epic Store instead of Steam
Kayla Schwartz | 10 January, 2019, 23:47

It seemed inevitable that, with its publisher-friendly revenue split, the Epic Games store would make a splash, but I'm not sure any of us expected an announcement this significant this soon. If The Division 2 proves as popular, that's a significant cut to income for Valve when the game launches on March 15.

Though the Epic Games Store has enjoyed some smaller exclusive releases since its December launch-including Supergiant's Hades-The Division 2 is the first big-budget title from a major developer to ignore Steam in favor of the new platform. Furthermore, the Steam page for The Division 2 has been deleted although Ubisoft claims pre-orders on Steam would be unaffected.

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The Ubisoft-Epic partnership is also notable because it's a direct blow to Valve's Steam marketplace, which has always been the dominant storefront in the PC gaming space. Steam has a similar feature, allowing game companies to charge users in some regions less than the usual price tag when considering factors such as standard of living and spending power.

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If you were hoping to pick up Tom Clancy's The Division 2 on Steam or most other third-party distributors on PC then you're out of luck.

Epic Games scored a big one today with the announcement of a partnership with Ubisoft that will see at least some of its future PC releases come to the Epic Games Store, and not to Steam. Ubisoft fully supports Epic and their third-party distribution model, which is in the long-term, beneficial for publishers both large and indie and the video games industry.

By siding with Epic, Ubisoft stands to save an extra eight percent at a minimum. Speaking with Polygon via email after the announcement, a Ubisoft representative said the following: "We have no plans now on releasing Tom Clancy's The Division 2 on Steam".

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