After having moved far away from Steam in recent years, Ubisoft might be rethinking the platform thanks to the recent announcement of Valve’s new laptop: Steam Deck.
In your recent first quarter earnings call, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot responded to a question from an investor regarding his thoughts on the Steam Deck. Y this one suggested that it could spark future Ubisoft game releases on the platform:
“We’re glad Steam Deck is coming to the industry, shows that a flow of highly innovative new hardware is continuing to hit the market “, He said. “So we will look and see how big it gets, but if it’s big we can put our games in her.”.
Ubisoft already has a pretty solid game library on Steam, but its releases have been scaled down in recent years as partnered with the Epic Games Store on titles like The Division 2 and various subsequent games in 2019. At the time, Guillemot said that was actually a decision to direct customers to his own Ubisoft store, while also took advantage of “best terms” offered by Epic Games Store, which only keeps a 12% reduction of publisher sales, compared to Steam’s 20/30%, which fluctuates based on how well the game sells.
Since the Steam Deck is effectively a gaming laptop, Ubisoft’s entire existing Steam catalog would be available now on the device when it launches later this year. It’s also worth noting that Valve has confirmed that the Steam Deck will be able to run the Epic Games Store and other PC stores, so this could all mean that Ubisoft will continue as usual. However, Guillemot’s statement may indicate a change of course for future launches if Steam Deck is successful enough.