So, yesterday we reported that Ubisoft had no plans to make its upcoming stable of games available for the UK on Steam. Now it appears that overnight the trio of of Assassin’s Creed Unity, Far Cry 4, and The Crew are being removed from the Steam stores worldwide, and users who have pre-ordered any of these titles are getting error messages.
Other Ubisoft titles that have already been released look to be remaining on the Steam store, so this appears to be a problem only affecting its upcoming titles. Ubisoft claimed yesterday that it was still in discussions with Valve, but with Assassin’s Creed Unity launching in just a few days time is running out to come to an agreement.
It remains unclear what exactly the situation is here, with Ubisoft support admitting that it too doesn’t know what’s going on here, writing “At this time Steam has removed the purchase option for Assassin’s Creed: Unity. Unfortunately we do not have the information as to why they have removed the ability. Usually these issues are caused by purchasing problems and are resolved quickly. For more information, I would recommend contacting Steam’s support team to verify at what time the option to purchase will be returned.”
Of course this could be a case of left arm not knowing what the right is doing, as orders from up top of Ubisoft hierarchy may be seeing this as an opportunity to push its Uplay storefront. In terms of profitability Ubisoft has plenty to gain from moving everyone to Uplay; here it’s fixing high price points of £50 while simultaneously avoiding paying out the 30% cut to Valve. The only problem with this is that PC gamers seem pretty averse to using Uplay, and many may choose to avoid these titles completely.
What do you think’s going on with Ubisoft and Valve? Do you think we’re seeing a splitting off of Ubisoft products exclusive to its own store? Let us know!