The PC Version of The Division 2 Will be Bypassing Steam

The Division 2 Epic Games store

The Division 2 Epic Games store

Though the game won't be hitting Steam officially, Ubisoft notes in a press release that any pre-orders placed on platforms other than Uplay and the Epic Game Store will still be honored, despite the recent semi-exclusivity announcement. The Steam page for The Division 2 was live up until yesterday. 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.

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. 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. 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. Steam, which is now the largest digital games storefront, takes about 30% of all revenues, for comparison.

According to a report by Polygon, Ubisoft and Epic Games are teaming up to bring select future Ubisoft PC titles to the Epic Games Store - including The Division 2.

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The companies are also working in tandem to "integrate key components" of Uplay's ecosystem and Epic's online services to provide. 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.

Set seven months after the events of the previous game, "Tom Clancy's The Division 2" moves its setting from New York City to Washington D.C. The PC version is being developed by Massive in parallel with its console brethren and it has features that cater specifically to a wide variety of gaming builds, Ubisoft said.

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