The major incentive for publishers is that Epic would only take a 12 percent cut of the sales, whereas Steam takes 30 percent.
The announcement comes as Epic Games has once again made a power move against Steam by securing the rights to sell the highly-anticipated Tom Clancy's The Division 2 in the Epic Games Store. We logged into our Epic Games Store account and were able to verify that this is indeed the case, although we're unsure if users would be able to change their location or spoof it using a VPN just to get a better deal, it's something that's still possible on GOG.
"We entrust Epic to deliver a smooth journey for our fans, from pre-ordering the game and enjoying our Beta to the launch..." Ubisoft is also flogging The Division 2 via its own dedicated online store. What's more is, Ubisoft has no plans to bring The Division 2 to Steam at all.More news: Victorian man charged over suspect embassy packages
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The online action-RPG sequel comes out on March 15 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Ubisoft claimed that it has signed a new deal with Epic Games, something that could prevent the French company from releasing its title simultaneously on both Steam and Epic's store. As for why Ubisoft would dump Steam?
The news doesn't stop there, however, as Ubisoft also confirmed that they'll be partnering with Epic to bring future titles to the platform as well.
Before today's announcement, every pre-order for The Division 2 was only available through Ubisoft's Uplay service. Ubisoft joins Supergiant Games in moving their PC releases to the Epic Games Store rather than Steam. But The Division 2 is likely a big enough exclusive to convince many players to take a look at a service they might otherwise ignore. Ubisoft fully supports Epic and their third-party distribution model, which is in the long-term, beneficial for publishers both large and indie and the video games industry.