Far Cry 3, Assassin's Creed III missing from UK Steam store

Ubisoft said it's currently discussing the issue with Valve; the games are currently unavailable on the UK Steam store; no reason given or estimated time until the games will reappear.

The PC version of Assassin's Creed III and the soon-to-be-released Far Cry 3 are unavailable on the UK Steam store, according to a report from PCGamesN.

"We've been in discussions with Valve about Assassin’s Creed III and Far Cry 3, but for the time being the games are not available via Steam in the UK," a Ubisoft spokesperson told the site.

The spokesperson did not give a reason or an estimated time until the issue would be fixed.

Ubisoft instructed those in the UK wishing to purchase the games to do so via its Uplay store or from physical retailers in the region.

The issue only affects gamers in the UK, as both games will still be available on Steam in other regions.

Ubisoft recently revealed that Far Cry 3 will not support dedicated servers. The game will cast players as Jason Brody, a man stranded on a strange tropical island similar to the setting of the first Far Cry.

The game was originally targeted to launch in September, but was delayed to December 4 over the summer.

For more on Far Cry 3, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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56 comments
doktron
doktron

I didnt realize that its only  the UK version of steam that dosent have FC3.I live in canada and I can get it on steam here.Strange.

doktron
doktron

funny that I can get far cry 3 on steam on my computer.

Rawne1980
Rawne1980

Soooo...

 

Ubisoft, a company that likes to throw the "pirate" name at PC gamers then goes and pulls an issue with Valve and Far Cry 3/Assassins Creed 3 are not available on Steam .. HOWEVER .. they are available on Uplay, Ubisofts own digital distribution (which happens to suck giant hairy monkey balls).

 

So, in trying to push their own distribution they aren't selling on the most popular distribution site (for whatever reasons they may bring up). 

 

And we have people that refuse to use Uplay but love Steam and want these games that will now, you guessed it, pirate them.

 

Well played on screwing yourselves out of sales there Ubisoft, well played indeed.

darrenecm
darrenecm

Can we get some journalism going on at GameSpot and not 'churnalism' from press releases or the mouths of marketers. How about digging a little deeper into why this availability issue is happening. Doesn't anyone have any inside contacts in retail / digital distribution that they can squeeze for more details?

Atombomb1981
Atombomb1981

Pre-Ordering a game nowadays has become very risky and unpleasant, as the number of nasty surprises at launch increased considerably lately.

DoomZaW
DoomZaW

Sounds more like they are trying push Uplay down our throats just like EA does with origin...

petez34
petez34

OMG! I don't understand, why would someone pay money for a product they can't use, in many cases, until months in the future. What's the rationale behind pre-ordering a video game? They don't even know WHAT they are paying for. Are people THAT rich? Why has it become so popular?

toddx77
toddx77

I will never truly understand region locking.  I am in Georgia now and on google play I can't buy music, tv shows or movies, but on itunes I can.  On steam most games I can buy but when I wanted Dark Souls I couldn't buy it because it was region locked.  However I bought the CD key from Amazon, added it to steam, and downloaded it fine.  I was basically told "you want to pay $40 for Dark Souls on steam?  Nope sorry your in a different country so we don't want your money, but we will gladly take your $20 from Amazon for a steam cd key" lol

Dirty_Window
Dirty_Window

It's to do with GAME etc. THe cliff notes is that they demand that publishers don't put a game on steam for "x" amount of time so people buy from them. To get around this, users from the UK can buy a digital copy from amazon.com (not .uk) and activate on steam.

vagner995
vagner995

Not mentioning that a lot of users from the rest of the world CAN'T CONNECT TO THE GODDAMN MULTIPLAYER OR EVEN GET THE REWARDS ON PC.

consoletardsFU
consoletardsFU

Is there a demo for FC3?I don't believe the reviewers one bit after that Gayrim, wanna test drive it myself before I decide  whether to  purchase or not.

bongsyas_23
bongsyas_23

well, they're definitely missing a lot

tgwolf
tgwolf

Well, not to worry, Britts, it's not like you are missing much...

SolidTy
SolidTy

That's peculiar. I wonder what the issue is, and if this is a negotiation tactic.

jupsto
jupsto

we could probably guess the reason if it was for all countries, but i really don't get why just the UK.

 

if I buy the box am I forced to run this uplay bullshit?

flammable_zeus
flammable_zeus

Both on the store in Australia (for vastly inflated prices of course.) So now we only have to wait until they go on sale to get them at a decent price.

s_h_a_d_o
s_h_a_d_o

I wonder if there's a problem between conflicting DRM. :|

jhunter28
jhunter28

Far Cry 3 isn't even out yet

Sideshow_me
Sideshow_me

Its kind of weird.. I just got the PC version of AC3 today and although its on Steam here in Holland the retail version cd key did not get accepted by Steam, nor does the game get added to my library after installing from disc. Normally the AC games get installed to Steam as well.