Rumors have suggested that Ubisoft may be preparing to release Assassins Creed Valhalla on Steam, following years of availability through the publisher’s proprietary Ubisoft Connect platform on PC. With many game developers ignoring Steam for their own PC distribution options, it’s perhaps not so surprising that Ubisoft ignored its own distribution when launching Assassins Creed Valhalla.
Now that the game is finished and wrapped, Ubisoft could bring its aging flagship title to Steam, potentially reaching a whole new audience. Some recent developments indicate that a launch could soon take place for Assassins Creed Valhalla, and Valhalla could join its direct predecessor, Odyssey, on Valve’s proprietary gaming platform.
Like previous Ubisoft games, it launched on PC through the Ubisoft Uplay service but was also available for purchase from the Epic Games Store and not Steam. The reference is specific enough to suggest that the publisher intends to get Assassins Creed Valhalla on Steam. Since the Epic Games Store launched, Ubisoft has stopped shipping new titles on Steam, opting instead to use the Ubisoft Connect PC client as a concurrent launch platform.
Early last year, Ubisoft began moving away from Steam, opting instead to only bring new games to UPlay and the Epic Games Store. Instead, this year Ubisoft is set to launch games on PC, in partnership with newly resigned Ubisoft partner Epic Games, as well as their dedicated Uplay store. Ubisoft would lose a large chunk of viewers and potential purchases by leaving Steam in favor of the Epic Games store.
Ubisoft’s decision to resell games on Steam won’t be the first time the publisher has returned to Steam. Games such as Call of Duty have also returned to Steam, with Modern Warfare 2 enjoying huge success on the platform as a result of the move. Steam is expected to continue to dominate the PC gaming market, with Steam recently surpassing 30 million concurrent users.
Ubisoft knows that Assassins Creed has been at its peak for some time, so making it more accessible, even if it requires using Ubisoft Connect, will be an advantage for Ubisoft. According to the latest data mined by SteamDB, Ubisoft has updated its Connect suite, allowing players to install the Ubisoft Connect PC client in order to start Ubisoft games from Steam. The rumor is covered by the game’s official website, this year listing all the platforms the game is going to be available on, including missing Steam.