If The Division 2 hypothetically drove $50 million in revenue on Steam - the highest sales tier that's most favorable to the developer - Ubisoft would still have to give 20 percent to Valve. The publisher is bringing "Tom Clancy's The Division 2" to the Epic Games Store, it announced on Wednesday. Certain future games, including Far Cry: New Dawn, are also still planned for Steam release, Ubisoft told Variety.
The Division 2 is scheduled for release on PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One on March 15.
As Eurogamer reports, Ubisoft's second entry in the action role-playing game series developed by Massive Entertainment will be offered on the Epic Games Store as well as being sold directly by Ubisoft through the Uplay platform.
We don't know whether this is timed-exclusive deal, similarly to what we've seen with other games lately, and whether The Division 2 will find its way on Steam post-launch. Ubisoft said "coming soon" pages are a collaborative effort. Until today, only a handful of indie developers had made the switch. The Steam listing will be pulled and no release is planned on Valve's platform. 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. Pre-orders for the game are now live on the Epic Games Store. Steam, which is now the largest digital games storefront, takes about 30% of all revenues, for comparison. In an unprecedented move on Ubisoft's part, the mega-publisher/developer announced that the PC version of the third-person RPG/shooter will only be available on the Epic Games Store and Ubisoft Store. 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".
The Division 2, which is set to officially release on March 15, 2019, will be available on the Epic Games Store, and will not be accessible on Steam.