The Division 2 PC Requirements Revealed, Ubisoft Drops Steam for Epic Store

The Division 2

Oddly enough, a Steam product page was available up to recently on Steam, though it is now removed.

Ubisoft's upcoming shooter The Division 2 is launching on both Ubisoft's Uplay Store and the Epic Games Store on PC, making it one of the first triple-A releases to bypass Steam in favor of Epic's fledgling platform.

As the video above shows, Massive has spent considerable effort optimizing The Division 2 for PC gamers.

Before today's announcement, every pre-order for The Division 2 was only available through Ubisoft's Uplay service. A statement given to Polygon, however, states that the company "has no plans to release The Division 2 on Steam".

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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.

While Ubisoft didn't go into further detail on its reasoning for eschewing Steam in this case, Epic's more generous revenue-sharing scheme likely played an outsized role.

The Epic Games Store launched in early December and now offers a curated selection of PC and Mac titles. At the same time, that attention from gamers will increase the visibility of other titles on Epic's store, potentially feeding a virtuous cycle for developers who might be thinking about taking advantage of Epic's more favorable revenue sharing.

Ubisoft's is interested to get as many players as possible, and that means that the game needs to be extremely well optimized, and they promised the "PC version of the game includes a host of features, including uncapped frame rate, uncapped display resolution, full UI and HUD customisation, multiscreen and widescreen support, variable refresh rate support, and HDR support". Speaking with Polygon via email after the announcement, a Ubisoft representative said the following: "We have no plans now on releasing Tom Clancy's The Division 2 on Steam". "We hope this partnership helps to validate and evolve the model".

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