On January 9, it was announced by Epic Games' Sergey Galyonkin that the incredibly successful Support-A-Creator feature will be present in the upcoming release of 'The Division 2' by Ubisoft. Alongside selling the title on the Epic Games Store, Ubisoft will offer it (and future PC titles) on the Ubisoft Store. Speaking with Polygon via email after the announcement, a Ubisoft representative said the following: "We have no plans now on releasing Tom Clancy's The Division 2 on Steam". Of course, this means that the developer can take advantage of the Epic Games Store's perks, including its low 12% fee and Support-A-Creator programs, which allows streamers and content creators to get a profit from streaming the game.
"We entrust Epic to deliver a smooth journey for our fans, from pre-ordering the game and enjoying our Beta to the launch..." (The Division 2 is one of relatively few games that could easily reach this threshold; the original Division broke all sorts of sales records.) That's $10 million to Valve for distribution. A statement given to Polygon, however, states that the company "has no plans to release The Division 2 on Steam". The Steam page for the game, still visible in Google's cache, has been removed from Valve's platform, while Ubisoft has confirmed it has no immediate plans to make the game available anywhere bar its own platform and the Epic Games Store.
Ubisoft titles previously released on Steam, including the first Division game, will remain on the service for now.
As Eurogamer reports, Ubisoft's second entry in the action role-playing game series developed by Massive Entertainment will be offered on the Epic Games Store as well as being sold directly by Ubisoft through the Uplay platform. They will reveal more details later this year. Ubisoft fully supports Epic and their third-party distribution model, which is in the long-term, beneficial for publishers both large and indie and the video games industry.