Ubisoft returns to Steam just in time for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s final update

A large Viking warrior stands tall with the Steam logo on his face like a mask.

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Ubisoft has been one of many publishers in the past few years who have abandoned Steam for their own storefront or Epic launcher. And like many, including Activision, Ubisoft is now returning to Steam with the upcoming release of Steam Assassin’s Creed Valhalla on the platform after 2019 Comments from the publisher He suggested that Steam’s distribution model was “unrealistic”.

Publishers are greedy. And most digital storefronts, like Valve’s uber-famous Steam, take a cut of every game sale and DLC purchased. Many publishers, such as Activision, Ubisoft, and EA, have spent the past few years ditching Steam and building their own PC players and storefronts to avoid getting cut. It got out of control very quickly and Many bombers were dirty, offered little incentive to use, and felt like it was always one update away from being completely broke. So, needless to say, a lot of people hate publishers who jump off Steam. And recentlyIt seems that companies have realized that they are losing money by avoiding Steam while also burning cash on inferior launchers. For example, Ubisoft is back after mostly ignoring Steam for the past few years.

finished on Steam, You can see a newly created page for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. The big open world action RPG was first released in 2020 on consoles and PC. But if you wanted to play it on PC, you had to use the Ubisoft player or the Epic store, as it was one of the only apps Doctrine killer Games to Skip Steam Completely. Now, it will finally hit the platform on December 6, just in time for the Massive final update Ubisoft launches l Really great RPG.

my city It received a statement from Ubisoft confirming its return to Steam and also revealed its plans to bring other games to the platform in the future as well.

“We are constantly evaluating how we can deliver our games to different audiences wherever they are while providing a consistent ecosystem for players through Ubisoft Connect. Doctrine killer Valhalla, year 1800 And the Roller Champions Among the Ubisoft titles that will be launching on Steam,” Ubisoft said in its statement to my city.

It appears that you still need to install and use Ubisoft’s own launcher to play these games, even if you purchased them on Steam, which is annoying and not new. It’s currently the way the older Ubisoft games are Far Cry New Dawn Working on Steam.

This move is a major turnaround for the publisher. In 2019, Ubisoft described its choice to skip Steam as a “business decision” instead deciding to release games like Doctrine killer On the then-called Uplay Store and Epic Store, where you get a larger share of sales. Later that year, Ubisoft’s Vice President of Partnerships and Revenue Steam distribution model called ‘unrealistic’ He also added that it “doesn’t reflect where the world is today in terms of game distribution”. Things seem to have changed and Steam is just right for 2022 and how games are bought and sold all over the world. That’s funny.

Update, 11/21/22, 4:15 PM ET: The Doctrine killer The publisher has confirmed with Kotaku that its future games coming to Steam will still require users to create Ubisoft Connect accounts. It also confirmed that players will have to install Ubisoft Connect to access games like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla on Steam.

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