Ubisoft’s new games aren't available on Steam in the UK. "UK customers wishing to purchase the game digitally can do so by visiting the Uplay store..."

Ubisoft games not on Steam in UK

The Crew. Far Cry 4. Assassin’s Creed Unity. Ubisoft’s three-pronged Christmas assault will be happening everywhere but on Steam’s UK store. 

Steam versions of all three games are missing from the publisher’s UK listings for November and December, when they’ll be available to buy in shops.

Assassin’s Creed Unity will be out on November 13 in Europe, Far Cry 4 on November 20, and The Crew on December 2. They’ll all be available via UK digital distributors that aren’t Steam, and appear on Steam for users across the rest of the world. 

“We’ve been in discussions with Valve about Assassin’s Creed Unity but for the time being the game is not available via Steam in the UK,” Ubisoft told PCGamesN. 

“In the meantime, UK customers wishing to purchase the game digitally can do so by visiting the Uplay store, our retail partners or other digital distributors.”

So what’s so special about Steam in the UK? What stops Ubisoft and Valve from working together?

The issue, I suspect, is pricing. Currently, a digital version of the PC version of Assassin’s Creed: Unity is available online for £49.99 from both Ubisoft’s own store uPlay, and other independent digital retailers including GreenManGaming and Gamersgate

That price would make it considerably more expensive to buy than any other games on Steam. Generally, the cost of single games on Steam rarely reaches over £40. The most expensive retail games right now on Valve’s platform are Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, and South Park: The Stick of Truth which currently sell for £39.99. Special editions, DLC bundles, software and some free-to-play DLC can be bought for more.

The £50 price that Ubisoft are quoting for the digital PC versions of their games is still lower than the £55 they’re charging in the Xbox One and PS4 digital stores. 

Our brightest hope is that the games will be made available on Steam’s UK store at a later date. I also hope that the absence of the game on Steam, and the unusually high price elsewhere does not impact on UK sales, or drive players to key-strippers.

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Lunatitch Avatar
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1 Year ago

So they're expecting us to pay £50 for a cinematic experience? ... Thanks, but no thanks. Bet ya they'll blame poor sales on 'piracy' though.

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QDP2 Avatar
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1 Year ago

Bets are these high prices will be the reason for a substantial amount of piracy occurring over there games...

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Wehavecookies56 Avatar
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1 Year ago

As well as the usual crap from Ubisoft games.

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QDP2 Avatar
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1 Year ago

To be fair I have enjoyed some Ubisoft Games (Especially Far Cry 3). I may not support there decision for such high prices on games, but I wouldn't even care enough to comment if I didn't enjoy them in the first place.

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Dog Pants Avatar
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1 Year ago

Not that I've ever bought an Assassin's Creed game, nor was I planning on changing that, but I wouldn't pay £50 for any game*. Especially when you can pick up brilliant games for less than half that new or discounted on Steam. It seems to me that forcing people to buy off Uplay is an extra slap in the face.

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*I did pay £45 for Guild Wars 2, but that seemed relatively cheap for a premium MMO when stacked against a subscription fee.

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Kinth! Avatar
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1 Year ago

£50? No thanks. Wont buy it at that price whether it's on Steam or not. They expect people to spend £150 on 3 games in a month, then also expect them to shell out £30 for a season pass or Micro-transactions on each.

Ubi really don't care about their customers any more. It's purely about the money now. Yes, every business's goal is to make money but that shouldn't be their only goal. There are also better ways to do it, rather than ripping off your customers.

EA are pulling the same high price shit too but you can always pop over to Mexican Origin.

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ultraglorious Avatar
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1 Year ago

Seems to be gone from North American Steam now too.

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Belimawr Avatar
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1 Year ago

so people are saying, seems they are just doing an EA, but since EA and Ubi have a deal where they sell each other's games, you have to assume something is in the agreement to drop Steam.

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NihlusGreen Avatar
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1 Year ago

Gone from Australia now too

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Belimawr Avatar
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1 Year ago

yeah I'm not paying £50 for a game, I don't even pay that for games on the PS4, if they want to stay off a format just to allow them to charge more I will happily wait for the games to drop to next to nothing before buying.

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Stinkflipper Incarnate Avatar
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"I also hope that the absence of the game on Steam, and the unusually high price elsewhere does not impact on UK sales, or drive players to key-strippers."

Why?

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QDP2 Avatar
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1 Year ago

Back when the games were first listed on steam, it was unlocked to England as well as all the other currently unlocked countries. There was lots of price complaints in the forums, but the majority were Americans, complaining over there high dollar-price... I'm not sure that price (or even complaints) have dropped it from the UK store.

I think there's got to be more than meats the eye, To me it feels more than meets the eye, for example Ubisoft making a deal with stores like Game, and for a large cost from there pockets now more retail will flow through there shops, rather than steam. That's just a theory anyway, just I don't think price is the problem...

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MrJinxed Avatar
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1 Year ago

There are plenty of legit sites selling those games for steam, so it's not like it's a huge problem for anyone. It's a bit inconvenient, but only a little bit...

That is unless they've region locked it so that you can't play it either. Guess time will tell.

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WizardlyWolf Avatar
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1 Year ago

Agreed.

There's loads of sites like G2A and GOG (they occasionally release new games i think) that are much better then steam anyway for example, GOG actually curates their store so they don't get shit that's broken as hell like you get on steam every now and again on steam, especially on Early Access

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hahnchen Avatar
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1 Year ago

I really doubt it has anything to do with pricing. Valve let developers set whatever price they want, Planetary Annihilation was going for ~£70 during early access. Call of Duty has always been expensive. I'm really surprised that PCGamesN would consider this seriously.

What Ubisoft are doing, and what EA have already done is to wean players onto their own storefronts where they don't need to pay the 30% Valve tax. I guess they see the UK as more receptive to Uplay.

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kamrankhattak Avatar
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1 Year ago

THE good GAME

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YuGo Avatar
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1 Year ago

I'm from Brazil. I also cannot see those games on steam anymore! WTF!?!?!

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GMan007 Avatar
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1 Year ago

This is exactly what Activision started doing with Call of Duty, hiking the price by £5 on all platforms. I stopped buying CoD because of it and will only get them if they are ever on sale for £5. It ain't going to work on this either Ubisoft, I shall be waiting, biding my time...

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xNuke Avatar
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1 Year ago

£50 and the absurd system requirements? They are begging for a disaster oO

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Shriven Avatar
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1 Year ago

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Tovias Avatar
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1 Year ago

I had to do a conversion because I'm Murican. That would be $80 US dollars for us! Hell no! That's a $20 increase. I hope they don't expect any sales. What was that they said about caring about PC gamers again?

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Belimawr Avatar
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1 Year ago

all I can say is thank god for Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/UBI-Soft-The-Crew-DVD/dp/B00CMJ1C4K/ref=sr_1_1_twi_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1415219605&sr=8-1&keywords=the+crew

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still over priced but better.

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Jezcentral Avatar
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1 Year ago

And, with the usual logic of the 2014 digital download, Unity is more expensive as a download code than a DVD (which has a download code).

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KeefBaker Avatar
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1 Year ago

Companies complain about piracy and then charge £50 for games. Surely the law of averages/economics shows that if they sold at £30 people would take a punt on it being OK and buy it.

The higher the prices, the more people will pirate, that's just the way it works.

Also the only reason I even own any of these are steam sales. The assassins creed games I fing boring but own all of them up to III (despite only having played the first 3) and they screwed the pooch so hard on Far Cry 2 it made me reticent to get 3 but I did, and really liked it.

I can live without th others. i recently bought watch dogs which was so horrendous I went straight back to playing Just Cause 2 because it's a lot better.

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OOPMan Avatar
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1 Year ago

This is insane. I pre-purchased Far Cry 4 on Steam months ago. What happens? Do I get to play it? Do I not? Do they even care that I live in South Africa?!?!?!?!

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Sly_Koopa Avatar
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1 Year ago

funny thing. . .just b4 the disappearance of the latter games(like 6-7h ago),i had a steam reminder pop-up,literally begging me to pre-order a$$ creed,with that being "THE LAST CHANCE TO PRE-ORDER" and get some half-a$$ed dlc where you play an acid-gulping hippie or some other dumb krap like dat.screw U uPray.

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Retroblique Avatar
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1 Year ago

And now it looks like Ubisoft's hissy fit has gone global as these three titles are no longer available from Steam period. I guess Ubisoft made it easier for me to manage my wishlist this Christmas, so the likes of Take-Two, Bethesda and Activision get my money instead.

A shame, because I also intended to buy Valiant Hearts, Child of Light and Watch Dogs during the Winter Sale, as well as gift Assassin's Creed 2 to a friend who's keen to try the series out, but none of that's happening now either.

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xXThaKangXx Avatar
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1 Year ago

*SLAM* What was that? Oh, that was me shutting the door on the idea of buying Ubisoft games.

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Tsukee Avatar
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1 Year ago

Problem easily solvable:

If the product is not available at reasonable price and/or forces you to use difficult or unpractical(uplay) means to obtain. Chose the next most convenient way to get the game: TPB.

The third option if you are a moralist: do not play it.

Just do not give into such idiotisms.

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Chocolateman1534 Avatar
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1 Year ago

I think Ubisoft are being so silly with this! The amount of money they could of made if they put their games on Steam in the UK. But, the only reason that they are only putting it on their store, is to make more money!

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ImPQSx Avatar
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1 Year ago

You can buy it in the UK now

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