Ubisoft ditching Steam for Uplay?

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If there’s one thing PC gamers hate, it Uplay. Console gamers also aren’t too fond of Ubisoft’s DRM distribution service, but it’s far, far worse for PC gamers, resulting in broken games and horrible experiences. Now Ubisoft is pulling some new releases from the UK’s Steam client – could this be a sign of things to come?

Speaking to PCGamesN (thanks VG247), and Ubisoft rep explained that Ubisoft’s new games aren’t available on Steam in the UK, but customers can purchase the game by visiting the Uplay store.

We’ve been in discussions with Valve about Assassin’s Creed Unity but for the time being the game is not available via Steam in the UK.

The same goes for Far Cry 4 and The Crew. Rest assured – the rest of the world isn’t included in this, it’s just the UK. It’s presumed that this is an issue about pricing; Ubisoft has set the price of the game on PC at £50, a price tag that’s rather steep compared to other games available on Steam. Because it’s limited to the UK, it makes sense for it to be a pound specific problem. However, it worries me for the future.

If Ubisoft is willing to do this in the UK, could this be a sign of things to come in the future? Will they move away from Steam as a platform in general, pushing for only Uplay support, much like EA with Origin? With so many PC gamers worshipping at the altar of GabeN, I’m not sure that this would be a wise move. I doubt GoG would partner with them considering their strong no-DRM stance, which would leave Ubisoft needing to publish and distribute their PC games themselves.

Would you still play Ubisoft games on PC if you had to use Uplay to get them? Uplay is already the reason many PC gamers are avoiding Ubisoft’s titles, but cutting out Steam might just drive them completely away.

Last Updated: November 6, 2014

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