Something to look forward to: Recent leaks prove true, as Ubisoft is the latest major publisher to return to Steam after a multi-year hiatus. The company will soon launch three titles on Valve’s dominant PC game storefront, but it’s not clear if more games Steam has missed are on the way.
Ubisoft has been confirmed It will resume releasing games on Steam after a three-year absence. The hiatus will end when Assassin’s Creed Valhalla hits the storefront on December 6th.
“We’re constantly evaluating how we can bring our games to different audiences wherever they are, while providing a stable player ecosystem through Ubisoft Connect,” Ubisoft told Eurogamer on Monday. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Anno 1800, and Roller Champions are among the Ubisoft titles that will be released on Steam.
The publisher will also bring Anno 1800 and Roller Champions to Steam at an unspecified later date. Ubisoft has not said if it has similar plans for other major titles that have been withheld from Steam, such as Far Cry 6, Rainbow Six Extraction, Watch Dogs: Legion, Ghost Recon Breakpoint, or The Division 2. The company has not mentioned bringing upcoming games releases to Steam, such as Skull and Bones or Assassin’s Creed Mirage.
Valhalla Steam will launch synchronization With the game’s final major update, which includes an epilogue to its story. Unfortunately, Ubisoft will not be adding New Game Plus.
Hints that Ubisoft will return to Steam appeared over the past year and a half. In July 2021, the company said that the success of the Steam Deck might cause it to reconsider the Steam blackout. Seemingly reinforcing the rumors, an icon referring to Ubisoft’s games and services surfaced last fall and earlier this month.
The last major Ubisoft title released on Steam was Far Cry: New Dawn in 2019. After that, the company only released PC games on the Epic Games Store and its Ubisoft Connect client. Like EA and Epic Games, Ubisoft didn’t like Valve’s 30 percent sales commission. Meanwhile, Epic only gets 12 percent.
That disagreement didn’t stop EA from returning to Steam in 2019 after an eight-year absence, bringing in several big-name prequels. In recent years, Microsoft has also started supporting Steam for the first time with games like Halo, Forza Horizon, and Microsoft Flight Simulator. This year, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II became the first Call of Duty title in five years to be available on Steam after the series was exclusive to Blizzard’s Battle.net service for a while.
Users who aim to buy Ubisoft games on Steam to avoid using the Ubisoft launcher are probably out of luck. Valhalla buyers on Steam will likely have to use Ubisoft Connect in some capacity when starting the game.
Ubisoft’s return to Steam also teases whether it plans to bring the Ubisoft+ subscription service. Users can already purchase a membership to EA Play through Steam, so there’s no reason to make a similar arrangement for Ubisoft+.