Don’t look now, but could Valve’s monolith PC digital storefront Steam finally be getting competition? While that’s quite far off from happening, something’s definitely going down as Ubisoft has announced that The Division 2 will be available on the Epic Games Store, and not on Steam.
While Epic Games’ storefront has garnered a lot of love from indie devs, The Division 2’s exclusivity on the platform might be a sign of things to come given it’s a big budget, AAA game. In addition to The Division 2, Ubisoft and Epic will partner on “additional select titles” over the coming year, which could very well mean that Ubisoft’s other AAA games will be exclusive to Epic Games’ storefront.
Chis Early, VP of Partnerships at Ubisoft had this to say:
“We entrust Epic to deliver a smooth journey for our fans, from pre-ordering the game and enjoying our Beta to the launch… Epic continues to disrupt the video game industry, and their third party digital distribution model is the latest example, and something Ubisoft wants to support.”
Will other big-name publishers follow suit? We can’t say for sure, but this is something Valve might want to keep an eye on.