The Division 2 will not launch on Steam

The Division 2 will not launch on Steam

The Division 2 will not launch on Steam

Before today's announcement, every pre-order for The Division 2 was only available through Ubisoft's Uplay service.

Ubisoft revealed the PC minimum and recommended system requirements for The Division 2, and it turns out that they're quite tame. But, Ubisoft and Epic said they will partner on additional select titles in the future.

Ubisoft has now announced that it'll skip steam for its impending online shooter, The Division 2. The publisher is bringing "Tom Clancy's The Division 2" to the Epic Games Store, it announced on Wednesday.

But, as far as the decision between Epic Games Store and Steam is concerned, there's obvious reason to side with Epic. Of course Ubisoft is keen to release its games through its own storefront and launcher - where it has to relinquish zero parts of the profit to a third-party distributor.

However, The Division 2 won't be exclusive to the Epic Games Store.

The online action-RPG sequel comes out on March 15 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Ubisoft's second foray into the post-apocalypse is now available for pre-order from Epic's new store-front, which was announced late previous year and offers an 88/12% revenue share with developers.

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

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. At the same time, that attention from gamers will increase the visibility of other titles on Epic's store, potentially feeding a virtuous cycle for developers who might be thinking about taking advantage of Epic's more favorable revenue sharing. "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". It will also offer a "substantial" campaign and a "robust" endgame that will expand via free DLC for all players.

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