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Third party stores won't sell The Division 2 keys after launch

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The Division 2 is coming to Epic Store

Ubisoft won't offer The Division 2 keys to third-party digital stores after the game launches on 15 March 2019. This was confirmed by Gamesplanet who released a notice stating that they won't have any more keys after the release date.

Back in January 2019, Ubisoft and Epic Games announced the deal that removed The Division 2 from Steam and made it available only trough Epic Store and Uplay. The latest announcement from the third party digital store Gamesplanet reveals that Ubisoft and Epic Games are trying to make the deal even more exclusive to their stores.

According to the announcement, Ubisoft will not allow digital third-party stores, such as Gamesplanet, to sell The Division 2 after its release on 15 March 2019. After this date, The Division 2 digital version will be only available through Ubisoft's Uplay and Epic Store. The same rule applies for all upcoming The Division 2 content such as Season Pass and DLCs.

Gamesplanet's announcement also mentions that players should contact Ubisoft's support for all potential issues that may occur after the launch as they won't have any more keys to exchange or swap once the game releases.

This is, of course, a big deal for those who buy their games from third-party stores. Gamesplanet is on Ubisoft's list of official distributors and they usually offer games at lower prices which makes them a great choice for players on a budget.

However, it looks like Ubisoft and Epic Store decided to be even more aggressive with their strategy which many players probably won't accept lightly.

After the two companies announced the deal, some players started review bombing the original The Division game to voice their discontent with the decision to remove the upcoming looter shooter from Steam.

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Ubisoft recently revealed that The Division 2 has more pre-orders than the original and that sales on Uplay are six times higher when compared to The Division. Ubisoft's CEO Yves Guillemot said that the decision to partner with Epic Store helped them to do "more business on Uplay store" and to have a "better revenue per unit sold".