It’s been a while since Ubisoft released a game on PC via Steam. Starting with The Section 2 in 2019, they’ve stuck with the Epic Games Store on top of their own digital shop front, Ubisoft Connect, while their upcoming free-to-play arena shooter XDefiant Tom Clancy is going to be unique to the latter. But with the Steam Deck coming up soon, is that going to change?
It may be. Speaking in the company’s recent quarterly earnings call, CEO Yves Guillemot praised the Steam Deck for its innovation in the hardware space. Guillemot says Ubisoft will keep an eye on how Steam Deck is performing, and if it becomes large enough, it could force the company to start releasing its games through Steam once again.
“We are happy to see Steam Deck coming into the industry, it shows that it is continuing a flow of very innovative new hardware coming to market,” said Guillemot (via IGN). “So we’ll look to see how big it becomes, but if it’s big we’ll be able to put our games on.”
Valve’s CEO, Gabe Newell, has said the company hopes to sell the Steam Deck “millions of units”, so they certainly have grand ambitions for the device. We may see Ubisoft bring its games back to Steam in the near future after all. Of course, given the nature of Steam Deck as an open platform where users are free to download and use other game stores as well, it’s not like players won’t have any way to play Ubisoft games even if that doesn’t happen.