An epic (yes, pun intended) benefiter in the PC storefront battle has officially switched sides, with Ubisoft announcing that the company will be launching The Division II on the Epic Games Store, opting out of offering the game on Steam.
In a press release from Ubisoft, the company stated the company is planning to partner with Epic Games to bring their newest entry in The Division series to the newly established storefront when it launches on March 15th. While it will also be available via Ubisoft’s own storefront launcher Uplay, this effectively indicated that the massive AAA developer/publisher is jumping ship, forgoing the option to sell the game on Value’s popular storefront. Ubisoft states in the press release that the two entities are banding together to “integrate key components of Ubisoft’s Uplay and Epic’s online services”, which indicates that buying the game on the Epic Store will work similarly in the way as other Ubisoft PC games work when buying them outside of Uplay; transitioning players into Uplay after they launch the game in their purchased storefront.
When Epic Games announced their new storefront, appropriately titled the Epic Games Store, member of the media and industry were impressed by the company’s positioning with it. Epic also made choosing their new business outlet a favorable one financial for developers by offering an 88/12 revenue split with developers who use the storefront. Comparative to Valve’s split with developers on Steam raising to a whopping 30% take on all games with sales under $10 million, Epic offers quite the mix of financial benefits and popularity.
Preorders for the standard, Gold, and Ultimate editions are now live on the Epic Games Store for pre-order. Any pre-order of the game on Epic’s storefront will guarantee the customer access to the game’s private beta ahead of launch. If purchased previously, Ubisoft is still honoring your access to the private beta, but moving forward only purchases via the Epic Games Store will be granted access.