In 2019, Ubisoft stopped releasing new titles to the Steam platform, opting instead to distribute its PC games via its own store or exclusively through the Epic Games Store.
That’s about to change as on December 6th, the company announced it plans to bring “Assassin’s Creed Valhalla” to Valve’s PC distribution platform, with “Anno 1800” and “Roller Champions” also making the jump at a later date.
The timing of the ‘Valhalla’ launch coincides with the release of the final DLC pack for the game titled ‘The Last Chapter’, suggesting the title will be released as a ‘complete edition’ on Steam.
Ubisoft spokesperson Jessica Roache tells The Verge: “We’re constantly evaluating how to bring our games to different audiences wherever they are while providing a consistent player ecosystem through Ubisoft Connect.”
Roache declined to say if Ubisoft will now regularly bring games to Steam or if it will be on a case-by-case basis. They also don’t indicate if they have any updates on whether they will work with Valve on verifying these games for the Steam Deck.
In recent years Epic Games store have had exclusivity over Ubisoft titles, including those above, along with “The Division 2,” “Watch Dogs Legion,” “Immortals Fenyx Rising,” and “Ghost Recon Breakpoint”. No word on if or when any of those titles will be available on Steam as yet.
The extensive reach, popularity and ubiquity of Steam – made even more dominant by the success of the Steam Deck – is proving too hard to ignore though as others, such as Activision, have also recently relented from a ‘Steam hiatus’ and have allowed games (like the recent “Call of Duty”) to be sold through Steam.
The news also comes ahead of the Steam Autumn sale launching from 10am US-PT today with big discounts on some of the best games of the past few years, including “Hitman 3,” “God of War,” “Stray,” “Hades,” “Deathloop,” “Disco Elysium,” “Yakuza: Like a Dragon,” “Cyberpunk 2077” and more.