Just over two weeks ago, the internet was set alight when backend data discovered pointed to Ubisoft potentially returning to Steam. However, even though this was exciting, it was just a presumption until now, that is. As of December 6th, Ubisoft will officially return to Steam with Assassin’s Creed Valhalla serving as the studio’s debut back to the storefront.
Since 2019, Ubisoft games have only been available on PC through their store and via Epic. Meaning that many of the studio’s big releases, such as The Division 2, Rainbow Six Extraction and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, have never been available on Steam, which is undoubtedly the most popular storefront for PC games.
In a statement directly from Ubisoft, the company said:
“We’re constantly evaluating how to bring our games to different audiences wherever they are, while providing a consistent player ecosystem through Ubisoft Connect, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Anno 1800 and Roller Champions are among the Ubisoft titles that will be releasing on Steam.”
Ubisoft returning to Steam is equally exciting and shocking as Ubisoft’s deal with Epic Games didn’t seem to have an expiration date, and Ubisoft seemed content to keep it that way. Ubisoft has yet to indicate why it’s chosen to return to Steam, but it could mark the end of big publishers’ pushback against Steam.
Over the last while, many big publishers have taken issue with Steam’s 30% cut of sales, causing many big publishers to pull their games from the storefront and move elsewhere. However, Ubisoft now joins the ranks of EA, Activision and Microsoft, who have since returned.
Ubisoft has also confirmed that although its library will soon be available on Steam, players will still be required to create Ubisoft Connect accounts to play.