Ubisoft has confirmed to us that the upcoming Ghost Recon Breakpoint will be on the Epic Games Store instead of Steam. Much like other recent Ubisoft releases like Anno 1800 and The Division 2, the new Ghost Recon game will launch on PC via the Epic Games Store, alongside Ubisoft’s own digital distribution service Uplay.
The reveal should not come as too much of a surprise to PC players, who have already seen the past two Ubisoft releases switch from Steam to the Epic Store. However, as this partnership has been made in sync with the announcement of Ghost Recon Breakpoint, there’s no chance of snagging the game on Steam at all.
Of course if you’re against having to download, install, and manage your games through another client then the option will exist to buy Ghost Recon Breakpoint directly from Uplay. As with any Ubisoft games on Steam, you always have to launch the game through Ubisoft’s platform anyway, so this deal shouldn’t make life any more complex for PC gamers.
Earlier this year Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney said on Twitter that “if Steam committed to a permanent 88% revenue share […] without major strings attached, Epic would hastily organise a retreat from exclusives”.
So we suppose Valve knows what it has to do to stop Epic’s continuing strategy of chasing exclusivity deals, just as we suppose Sweeney knows exactly how unlikely it is to do so.
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You can read all about Ghost Recon Breakpoint’s new features here. Whichever digital marketplace you choose, you can expect Ghost Recon Breakpoint to release on October 4, 2019.