The Capitol building is Steam.
The Ubisoft-Epic partnership is also notable because it's a direct blow to Valve's Steam marketplace, which has always been the dominant storefront in the PC gaming space.More news: Manuel Pellegrini: No issues with Marko Arnautovic after early substitution
Before today's announcement, every pre-order for The Division 2 was only available through Ubisoft's Uplay service. Although the game had a product info page on Steam - and its predecessor is sold there as well - a Ubisoft representative told Variety it has no plans to release "The Division 2" on Valve's storefront.
Ubisoft's upcoming shooter The Division 2 is launching on both Ubisoft's Uplay Store and the Epic Games Store on PC, making it one of the first triple-A releases to bypass Steam in favor of Epic's fledgling platform. The fact that it made a decision to remove the game from Steam possibly means that Epic Games may have had to pay Ubisoft to keep it off Steam.More news: Golden Globes 2019: Why Jameela Jamil wore jeans under her dress
This new partnership doesn't mean Ubisoft is totally abandoning Steam. The major incentive for publishers is that Epic would only take a 12 percent cut of the sales, whereas Steam takes 30 percent.
"We entrust Epic to deliver a smooth journey for our fans, from pre-ordering the game and enjoying our beta to the launch of "Tom Clancy's The Division 2" on March 15", said Ubisoft vice president of partnerships Chris Early. And the Epic Games Store is gaining clout awfully quickly, especially now that a title as big as The Division 2 has signed a semi-exclusive deal that excludes its biggest rival.More news: Malta reaches deal for 49 stranded migrants to disembark
"We entrust Epic to deliver a smooth journey for our fans, from pre-ordering the game and enjoying our Beta to the launch..." At the same time, that attention from gamers will increase the visibility of other titles on Epic's store, potentially feeding a virtuous cycle for developers who might be thinking about taking advantage of Epic's more favorable revenue sharing.