‘The Division 2’ Coming to Epic Games Store, Pulled From Steam

Ubisoft announced today the Tom Clancy's The Division 2 will be available on both Epic's store and UPLAY, and will not be coming out on Steam. A statement given to Polygon, however, states that the company "has no plans to release The Division 2 on Steam".

The Ubisoft-Epic partnership is also notable because it's a direct blow to Valve's Steam marketplace, which has always been the dominant storefront in the PC gaming space.

Tom Clancy's The Division 2 will not be released on Steam, as publisher Ubisoft has opted to make the PC version of the title a semi-exclusive release on the Epic Games Store.

While Ubisoft didn't go into further detail on its reasoning for eschewing Steam in this case, Epic's more generous revenue-sharing scheme likely played an outsized role. If it fully supported Epic Games' endeavours and wanted to keep its vociferous PC fan base happy, it would have made The Division 2 available on all platforms. 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.

The Epic Games Store launched in early December and now offers a curated selection of PC and Mac titles. It also offers developers a generous 88% cut of revenues. Steam, which is now the largest digital games storefront, takes about 30% of all revenues, for comparison.

On January 9, it was announced by Epic Games' Sergey Galyonkin that the incredibly successful Support-A-Creator feature will be present in the upcoming release of 'The Division 2' by Ubisoft. Additionally, Ubisoft says it is working with Epic to integrate its Uplay digital rights management software with Epic's online services.

"We entrust Epic to deliver a smooth journey for our fans, from pre-ordering the game and enjoying our beta to the launch of "Tom Clancy's The Division 2" on March 15", said Ubisoft vice president of partnerships Chris Early.

Vanessa Coleman