Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
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Tom Clancy's The Division 2 isn't coming to Steam

Tom Clancy's The Division 2 isn't coming to Steam

It's a major coup for Epic's store, by far the biggest game to make the move to the platform since its launch late previous year. As Black Ops 4 moved over the Battle.Net alongside Destiny 2, it has been proven that PC gamers are willing to buy games outside of Valve's network.

Ubisoft's is interested to get as many players as possible, and that means that the game needs to be extremely well optimized, and they promised the "PC version of the game includes a host of features, including uncapped frame rate, uncapped display resolution, full UI and HUD customisation, multiscreen and widescreen support, variable refresh rate support, and HDR support".

A games store with only a handful of games on it, though, isn't much use, and it's here that Epic's partnership with Ubisoft comes in: Tom Clancy's The Division 2, the follow-up to 2016's Tom Clancy's The Division, will be launching on Epic Games Store. Ubisoft's second foray into the post-apocalypse is now available for pre-order from Epic's new store-front, which was announced late a year ago and offers an 88/12% revenue share with developers.

"We have no plans now on releasing Tom Clancy's The Division 2 on Steam", a Ubisoft representative told Polygon. Steam has a similar feature, allowing game companies to charge users in some regions less than the usual price tag when considering factors such as standard of living and spending power.

The Division 2 had been listed on Steam, and can still be seen in the Steam Database, but the product page has been removed. "We hope this partnership helps to validate and evolve the model".

As the video above shows, Massive has spent considerable effort optimizing The Division 2 for PC gamers. All developers stand to save between 8 and 18 percent by ditching Valve for Epic.

While The Division 2 will, of course, still be available on Ubisoft's own digital store, Uplay and the Epic Store will be the only two places to purchase the sequel since its removal from Steam this morning.

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