Ubisoft and Epic have announced a semi-exclusive partnership that will see The Division 2 release on Epic Store. The upcoming looter shooter will not release on Steam and Ubisoft will also sell the PC version on their own Uplay store.
Epic's efforts to catch up with Valve's Steam have received a major boost as the company teams up with Ubisoft to bring The Division 2 to Epic Store. Both companies also confirmed that other upcoming titles from Ubisoft will release on Epic Store with the official announcement coming at a later date.
This also means that The Division 2 will not release on Steam. The game previously had a listing there but Ubisoft confirmed that they "have no plans currently on releasing Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 on Steam”.
The game will also release on Ubisoft's Uplay which is expected and Epic probably won't be bothered. They just snapped one of the most anticipated games of 2019 from Steam's hands which is, make no mistake, a huge victory for Epic.
Ubisoft's vice president of partnerships Chris Early said that they wanted to support Epic and their model of games distribution. "Epic continues to disrupt the videogame industry, and their third-party digital distribution model is the latest example, and something Ubisoft wants to support," Early said.
Ubisoft titles previously released on Steam won't be removed from the service, and the deal with Epic doesn't mean that Ubisoft is leaving Steam forever. Some upcoming games will launch on Uplay, Steam and Epic Store and one of them is Far Cry: New Dawn.
Epic their store back in December 2018 and offered developers an 88 per cent cut of revenue which is no small difference when compared to Steam's 70 per cent. These numbers were probably one of the reasons why Ubisoft is transferring their game to Epic Store.
The Division sales were record-breaking back in 2016, the game become Ubisoft's best selling title ever and in its first week, it generated more than $330 million. Ubisoft probably hopes that the sequel will be as successful as the original and with Epic's 88 per cent revenue offer, 2019 could become a good year for Ubi.