Ubisoft games are returning to Steam, starting with Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, which will be available in early December.
As Eurogamer reports, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is set to launch on Steam on December 6th, after only being available on the Epic Games Store (and Ubisoft’s own store).
There are other Ubisoft games coming back to Steam as well, and that includes Anno 1800 and the Roller Champions free offer, though those titles aren’t available on the Steam store yet (Whereas Valhalla is (opens in new tab)) and there is still no indication of when they might arrive. Presumably we won’t wait too long.
Ubisoft said eurogamer (opens in new tab): “Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Anno 1800 and Roller Champions are among the Ubisoft titles coming to Steam.”
So we can expect more games to come to Valve’s platform soon, in addition to the aforementioned titles.
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This is a positive step towards allowing for more gaming platform options for purchasing Ubisoft games – although it’s unclear how far this renewed partnership with Steam will go in terms of how many future games will come to Valve’s platform.
Still, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is a great card to play initially, and it also means that those with a Steam Deck will be able to enjoy the handheld action RPG with minimal fuss. Yes, it was possible to play Valhalla on the Steam Deck before, but a more complicated process than being available natively on Steam (messing with the installation via the Ubisoft Connect launcher or the Epic store). Also, people can have technical issues and the like, and now that’s much less likely to happen.
The timing of making Assassin’s Creed Valhalla available via Steam is also telling, as the game is receiving its last content update (an epilogue) on, yes, you guessed it: December 6th (the Steam release date).
More broadly, what we can expect is that this move ushers in Ubisoft’s work with Valve to have their big-name games checked for Steam Deck compatibility. Whatever the case, this can only be a positive development for those with a Steam Deck – it remains to be seen exactly how far-reaching this change of heart from Ubisoft will be. All we can do is watch this proverbial space going forward…