In December, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will at long last become available on Steam.
It is now definite that Ubisoft will return to Steam, and the comeback will begin with Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, which will make its debut on the marketplace on December 6. This news comes two weeks after the revelation of backend data that pointed to Ubisoft returning to Steam.
Since the beginning of 2019, Ubisoft has been an exclusive publisher of Epic Games on personal computers, excluding its own online shop. Because of this, major titles like The Division 2, Far Cry 6, Ghost Recon Breakpoint, Watch Dogs Legion, Rainbow Six Extraction, and Valhalla were prevented from being made available on Steam, which is by far the most popular digital marketplace for PC gamers.
When the possibility of a Ubisoft comeback was initially brought to light earlier this month, we pointed out that it was a unique circumstance. Exclusives on the Epic Games Store often last for a year, or even fewer in certain situations, but Ubisoft seems willing to keep the agreement permanent. Because of this, the return of Steam is a rather significant event.
Ubisoft stated in a statement that was delivered to PC Gamer that “We are continually reviewing how to offer our games to various audiences wherever they are while ensuring a consistent player ecology through Ubisoft Connect.” Roller Champions, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and Anno 1800 are just some of the Ubisoft games that will soon be available for purchase on Steam.
Ubisoft did not provide any explanation as to why it decided to return to Steam at this time; nevertheless, one view is that this heralds the end of the major publisher pushback against Steam, and more especially the 30% cut of sales that it takes.
Ubisoft is the latest big publisher to join Microsoft, Electronic Arts, and Activision in moving their operations to, or returning to, Steam after experimenting with their own standalone businesses. Steam is still the most popular digital distribution channel for PC games, and if you’re a large publisher seeking to make some sales, here is the place you want to be.
Valve didn’t miss a beat while they were gone, and the company didn’t blink once during their absence. And with the Christmas season upon us, there is no better time for Ubisoft to make cash on an Assassin’s Creed game that is now, in case you’d forgotten, a couple of years old. This is because the holidays are right around the corner.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will be made available on Steam in four different editions, just like it is on the Epic and Ubisoft online stores. These include the standard edition, the deluxe edition, the Ragnarok edition, and the complete edition.
Each edition comes with a unique assortment of bonus content, such as content packs, the Dawn of Ragnarok expansion, and the season pass. According to the statement released by Ubisoft, Valhalla will also continue to make use of the Ubisoft Connect client.
Anno 1800 and Roller Champions are not presently listed on Steam, and the developers have not provided any information on when they will be available again.