Videogame publisher Ubisoft has announced it will not be supporting popular distribution platform Steam when it launches the PC version of The Division 2 in just a few months. Ubisoft also runs Uplay, its proprietary launcher and digital distribution service.
What may come about as a surprise, instead, is that Ubisoft is partnering with Epic Games to launch Division 2 on the Epic Games Launcher, which the Fortnite developer and publisher launched a few months back. While the launcher is quite popular with smaller, independent studios, it has struggled to gain attention of larger, AAA publishers.
Epic Games announced, when it launched the Epic Games Store, that it only takes 12% commission from sales of products sold on its platform, as opposed to the “rumoured” Steam cut of 30%, a much more lucrative proposition.
The announcement seems to be part of a longer-term announcement, with a Ubisoft representative stating that the two will “partner on additional select titles” that are forthcoming.