Ubisoft Will Put Its Games on Steam Deck ‘If It’s Big Enough’ | IGN

After a pointed departure from Steam releases in recent years, Ubisoft might be reconsidering the platform thanks to Valve’s recent new handheld announcement: the Steam Deck.

In its Q1 earnings call today, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot responded to an investor question about his thoughts on the Steam Deck by suggesting it might spark future Ubisoft game releases on the platform:

“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,” he said. “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.”

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Ubisoft does already have a fairly robust library of games on Steam, but its releases have tapered off in recent years as it partnered with the Epic Games Store on titles such as The Division 2 and several subsequent games in 2019. At the time, Guillemot said this was actually a decision to direct customers to its own Ubisoft store, while also taking advantage of the “better terms” offered by the Epic Games Store — which only takes a 12% cut of sales from publishers, compared to Steam’s 20% – 30% depending on how well a game sells.

Since the Steam Deck is effectively a handheld gaming PC, all Ubisoft’s existing Steam catalog would already be available on the device when it launches starting later this year. It’s also worth pointing out that Valve has confirmed the Steam Deck will be able to run the Epic Games Store and other PC storefronts, so all this could just mean that Ubisoft continues business as usual. However, Guillemot’s statement may indicate a shifting tide for future releases if the Steam Deck is successful enough.

We went hands-on with the Steam Deck earlier this month, and also spoke to Valve to get the most pressing questions about the device answered.

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Rebekah Valentine is a news reporter for IGN. You can find her on Twitter @duckvalentine.

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