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. Speaking with Polygon via email after the announcement, a Ubisoft representative said the following: "We have no plans now on releasing Tom Clancy's The Division 2 on Steam".
Traditionally, Valve takes a 30 percent cut from all sales on steam. Ubisoft's second foray into the post-apocalypse is now available for pre-order from Epic's new store-front, which was announced late past year and offers an 88/12% revenue share with developers.
Following The Division 2, Ubisoft says it will also sell "select additional titles" on the Epic Games Store throughout the year. The two companies also say that they "will work to integrate key components" of both Uplay and Epic's own online services. It's a major coup for Epic's store, by far the biggest game to make the move to the platform since its launch late previous year.
'As long-time fans and partners of Ubisoft, we're thrilled to bring a range of awesome Ubisoft games to the Epic Games store, ' crows Tim Sweeney, founder and chief executive of Epic Games, in his announcement of the deal.
"The Division 2" is one of the first high-profile AAA titles to come to the Epic Games Store.
When we reached out to Ubisoft, a representative they told us they weren't able to provide comment. (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. Ubisoft fully supports Epic and their third-party distribution model, which is in the long-term, beneficial for publishers both large and indie and the video games industry.