The Division 2 will release on the Epic Store, not Steam

Ceria Alfonso
Enero 10, 2019

Epic says that it'll be partnering with Epic again in future with "additional select titles" to be announced later this year. The PC version is available to preorder now on the Ubisoft Store and the Epic Games Store.

And thus the Epic Games store was born, but save for one notable exclusive, it seemed as though Epic would have a long and treacherous road to hoe to establish itself. Ubisoft's The Division 2 will launch only on the Epic Games Store, completely forsaking Steam. (The Division 2 is one of relatively few games that could easily reach this threshold; the original Division broke all sorts of sales records.) That's $10 million to Valve for distribution.

This new partnership doesn't mean Ubisoft is totally abandoning Steam.

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Epic Games' attempt to compete with Valve's Steam and carve out its own slice of the digital distribution market has scored a major win with the announcement that Ubisoft's upcoming multiplayer shooter The Division 2 is coming to the Epic Games Store. But The Division 2 is likely a big enough exclusive to convince many players to take a look at a service they might otherwise ignore. While a welcome move for many a budget conscious gamer, it will be interesting to see how many games adopt this approach on Epic's store aside from The Division 2.

Since the Epic Game Store's launch, some PC gamers have expressed annoyance at being asked to manage another online store and game launcher in addition to Steam's de facto Steam standard. Though the game won't be hitting Steam officially, Ubisoft notes in a press release that any pre-orders placed on platforms other than Uplay and the Epic Game Store will still be honored, despite the recent semi-exclusivity announcement. The difference in revenue split, with Epic Games offering 88 percent of the profits over Steam's 70 percent probably sealed the deal. Epic said it will "work to integrate key components of Ubisoft's Uplay and Epic's online services to provide gamers from both ecosystems with more seamless social features and interoperability".

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