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More Trouble For Steam as Ubisoft’s The Division 2 Skips Valve’s Platform For the Epic Store

The Division 2 will be launching on PC as an Epic Games Store exclusive title. The upcoming action role-playing game will not be released on Steam, developer Ubisoft confirmed today. The game will still be purchasable via Uplay, Ubisoft’s own game marketplace.

“We have no plans currently on releasing Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 on Steam,” Ubisoft told Polygon.

Epic Games Store

Launched only last month, the Epic Games Store very quickly became a popular game store, and rightfully so. Its generous revenue split of 88/12 appealed to many game developers, especially independent studios. Shortly after launch, Epic Store’s library of exclusive titles quickly grew. With new releases like Ashen and now The Division 2, its becoming clear that publishers are starting to prefer the new store.

It seems that The Division 2 is the first of many Ubisoft games to arrive on the Epic Games Store. Epic Games has confirmed that the two will “partner on additional select titles to be announced during the coming year.”

Although Steam has its own benefits, The Division 2 launching on Epic Games Store will allow it to make use of Epic’s services. The partnership will allow for “more seamless social features and interoperability”  between the two “ecosystems”.

“We entrust Epic to deliver a smooth journey for our fans, from preordering the game and enjoying our Beta to the launch of Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 on March 15,” says Chris Early, Vice President of Partnerships at Ubisoft. “Epic continues to disrupt the videogame industry, and their third party digital distribution model is the latest example, and something Ubisoft wants to support.”

The Division 2

Set in a collapsed Washington D.C., Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 is an open-world action role-playing game. Pre-orders for the game went live last year in August, and various editions were also revealed. Those who have already pre-ordered The Division 2 from another source will still have access to the game as well as the beta on March 15th.

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