20 Jul 2021 7:00 PM +00:00

Steam Deck Could Be Enough to Woo Ubisoft Back to Valve

Ubisoft games on Steam have been missing the past few years, including Assassin's Creed Valhalla, but the new portable Steam Deck could see that change.

The news comes from IGN's report on Ubisoft's financial report, where Ubi CEO Yves Guillemot said, in response to investors asking his thoughts on Steam Deck:

"We're happy to see Steam Deck coming to the industry, it shows that it continues a flow of very innovative new hardware coming to the market. So we will look and see how big it becomes, but if it's big we will be able to put our games on it."

Read more: Valve's Gabe Newell said Steam Deck pricing was "painful"

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Steam Deck Could Be Enough to Woo Ubisoft Back to Valve

Since 2019, Ubisoft preferred making its games available either on its own launcher or through the Epic Games Store, thanks in part to Epic's more generous revenue split that favored developers and publishers over Epic.

Whatever happens, don't expect to see Ubisoft games on Steam anytime soon. Most Steam Deck reservations are scheduled to ship in the first or second quarter of 2022, and even that date is subject to change based on manufacturing issues and availability.

If the handheld is successful, the newly announced Tom Clancy's XDefiant could end up being one of Ubisoft's first games on Steam in years.

[Source: IGN]