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 a year ago. On the Epic Games Store, Ubisoft will keep 88 percent of all sales revenue compared with 70 percent on Steam (though the share on Steam would eventually rise to 80 percent after $50 million in sales).
The Division 2, which is set to officially release on March 15, 2019, will be available on the Epic Games Store, and will not be accessible on Steam. Until today, only a handful of indie developers had made the switch.
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That alone would have been big enough news, but the fact that The Division 2, and every other title in the Epic Games Store, will be a part of the Support-A-Creator program is yet another big move on Epic's part that will surely entice more companies to their platform. "Epic continues to disrupt the video game industry, and their third party digital distribution model is the latest example, and something Ubisoft wants to support".
However, The Division 2 won't be exclusive to the Epic Games Store. Although the game had a product info page on Steam - and its predecessor is sold there as well - a Ubisoft representative told Variety it has no plans to release "The Division 2" on Valve's storefront.
The Ubisoft-Epic partnership is also notable because it's a direct blow to Valve's Steam marketplace, which has always been the dominant storefront in the PC gaming space.
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By siding with Epic, Ubisoft stands to save an extra eight percent at a minimum.
The game will also be available in the Ubisoft Store, but it will not be available on Steam, which is a big deal since the first game in the series was heavily sold and promoted through Steam. Valve needs to do something to win developers back, or else Epic is going to be a major threat to Steam's long-term viability.
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