Epic Games Store poaches Ubisoft's The Division 2 from Steam

The Division 2 is choosing to launch on Epic Store instead of Steam

Epic Games initially made waves with the launch of their Game Store by ensuring developers that they'd get a much better revenue split (88-12) than they would with Steam (70-30). Ubisoft's The Division 2 will launch only on the Epic Games Store, completely forsaking Steam. Alongside selling the title on the Epic Games Store, Ubisoft will offer it (and future PC titles) on the Ubisoft Store.

Updated: Ubisoft's "The Division" franchise appears to be ditching Steam on PC.

Don't worry if you've already ordered Tom Clancy's The Division 2 from another online store: Ubisoft has guaranteed it will honor all purchases of the title.

Though The Division 2 previously had an info page listed on Steam, Ubisoft confirmed to numerous press outlets that "we have no plans now on releasing Tom Clancy's The Division 2 on Steam".

Additionally, the team up means the two companies are working to integrate certain "key components" of Uplay and Epic's online services, with a focus on social features and interoperability, potentially meaning that The Division 2's Uplay account-based features could be housed in the Epic Game Store version itself, rather than through an external launcher. And the Epic Games Store is gaining clout awfully quickly, especially now that a title as big as The Division 2 has signed a semi-exclusive deal that excludes its biggest rival.

Ubisoft's support of Epic's storefront is a bold move. If The Division 2 proves as popular, that's a significant cut to income for Valve when the game launches on March 15. As for why Ubisoft would dump Steam? They will reveal more details later this year. 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'.