Wednesday, November 16, 2022

After Activision, Ubisoft could also return to Steam

Rumors about the possible return of new Ubisoft titles to Steam were fueled again yesterday by the new short-lived appearance of Roller Champions on the SteamDb portal

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At one time, every publisher, including Rockstar, Bethesda, and Ubisoft, made their own version of the launcher, while Activision decided to use it on Battle.net, which forced players to register and install the aforementioned.

In addition to them, when starting the computer, some other “necessary” programs are also started, such as Discord, and earlier also Twitch, which fortunately gave up this practice and switched to display within Internet browsers, so in those first minutes, instead of an organized gamer interface, the initial the user’s screen looked more like a computer infected with a virus.

The result was the abandonment of the “mother of all launchers”, Steam, in order to force players to use other services, which led to the loss of communities gathered around certain games, but the example of Activision clearly showed that such a practice is unprofitable in the first place. Namely, after Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II marked Activision’s return to Steam, the sales results spoke of double the earnings of the PC version compared to its predecessor, which came to life only on Battle.net.

We have no doubt that profit is the main reason for the recent rumors about the return of Ubisoft to Steam, where this publisher last released a new game, specifically Trials Rising, three years ago, so that all subsequent ones such as Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and this year’s Roller Champions would be available exclusively through their Ubisoft Connect or on the Epic Games Store.

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At the beginning of the month, YoobieRE, the equivalent of SeamDb that “rips” data from Ubisoft Connect by reverse engineering, showed news of two new products, “Internal Dev/QC – Assassin’s Creed Valhalla [STEAM]” and a reference to “Roller Champions Steam” which started rumors about the possible return of this publisher to Valve’s service. Although Ubisoft didn’t say what exactly it was about, yesterday’s short-lived appearance of Roller Champions on SteamDb, which does the same thing as YoobieRE only for Steam, hints that very soon players will be able to play their games in addition to Ubisoft Connect and the Epic Games Store. buy and play via – Steam.

The whole story, viewed from the side, is completely logical, given that Roller Champions as a free-to-play game really needs fresh players, while Assassin’s Creed Valhalla with its upgrades and a lot of content is still interesting and would certainly find an additional player among die-hard Steam users. audience, which for Ubisoft means more profit without too much trouble, considering that they have a ready-made product that just needs to be nailed to the Newell joint.

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