Ubisoft last released one of its major releases on Steam in 2019 and then pulled out without giving any reason. Now they’re returning to Valve’s distribution platform with games like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Anno 1800, and Roller Champion. But it is not known why Ubisoft decided to make a comeback.
Ubisoft picks up where they left off: Valhalla was the flagship of the Assassi’s Creed series in 2020, soon followed by Assassin’s Creed Mirage, which is scheduled for release in 2023. Roller Champion was released in May this year and Anno 1800 is coming from 2019, which has now returned to the platform after being previously removed.
We are constantly evaluating how to bring our games to different audiences wherever they are, while providing a consistent player ecosystem through Ubisoft Connect.
– Jessica Roache, Ubisoft spokesperson
While Ubisoft has removed most of its more popular games from Steam in the past, some DLCs were still available to purchase and gamers were still allowed to play games they had already purchased.
We have never ended our relationship with Valve.
But Roache declined to comment on whether Ubisoft plans to release games on Steam regularly in the future, or if they’re just occasional releases.
In the past, Ubisoft has removed games from Steam to make them available on its rival platform, the Epic Games Store. It’s no secret that Epic Games pays large amounts of money to some game publishers to distribute their games. The following message is still on the Anno 1800 page in the Steam store:
Note: Sales of Anno 1800 will be discontinued on Steam after April 16 due to a publisher’s decision to make the game exclusive to another PC store.
If you look at which games are released exclusively by Epic Games, it is striking that there are in principle many games from Ubisoft. But Epic Games also paid game publisher 2K Games a whopping $146 million to bring Borderlands 3 game exclusively to its platform.
At the time, Ubisoft also removed other games from Steam, such as Anno 2070, Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD, Silent Hunter 5: Battle of the Atlantic, and Space Junkies. But with the exception of Space Junkies, the games mentioned are now available again on Steam.
It is not yet known whether Ubisoft is working with Valve to release the games for the Steam deck as well. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will be available on Steam from at least December 6.
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