Ubisoft confirms that it will release some of its games on Steam. Including Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Anno 1800 and Roller Champions.
Visiting an old friend
With Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, the publisher’s biggest game in recent years is finally coming to the popular distribution platform. The games are coming to Steam on December 6th, coinciding with the new Assassin’s Creed Valhalla content update. Previously, they were only available from Ubisoft itself and the Epic Games Store.
“We are constantly evaluating how we can bring our games to diverse audiences, wherever they are, while offering a consistent player ecosystem through Ubisoft Connect,” a spokesperson for Ubisoft told Ubisoft The Verge.
Ubisoft hasn’t released a game on Steam since 2019. Instead, titles like Ghost Recon Breakpoint and The Division 2 ended up on Ubisoft Connect or the Epic Games Store. This has only existed since the end of 2018, but offers developers the advantage of keeping 88 percent of their income. On Steam it’s only 70 percent.
Ubisoft’s vice president told the New York Times in 2019 that Valve’s revenue and partnership model could no longer keep up with current developments. “It’s unrealistic, the current business model they have. It doesn’t reflect where the world is today in terms of game distribution.”
It is currently unclear whether Ubisoft will bring more games back to Steam in the future. Maybe it depends on the game, maybe this is just an exception. The spokesperson himself at least noted that Ubisoft “never ended its relationship with Valve”. After all, Ubisoft continues to release DLCs for their existing games on Steam.