Ubisoft soaks up Steam

French publisher building up Valve's online distribution service with more than 40 titles; Far Cry, Splinter Cell, and Assassin's Creed now available for prepurchase.


With more than 15 million subscribers, the Steam train is showing no signs of slowing down. Last month alone, Valve added high-profile publishers Epic Games and Atari to its growing list of companies that offer their wares on its digital delivery service. Today, Valve announced French publisher Ubisoft would put its full support behind the unlikely alliance of studios that offer their games on Steam.

Though Ubisoft has previously ventured onto Valve's service with Dark Messiah of Might and Magic in 2006, the publisher now plans to dramatically upscale its offerings on Steam with the addition of more than 40 titles in the coming weeks, including games from its Tom Clancy, Heroes of Might & Magic, and IL-2 Sturmovik franchises. According to Valve, Ubisoft's contribution amounts to the largest lineup from any single publisher or developer available on Steam.

Valve also said today that Crytek's 2004 hit first-person shooter Far Cry and Ubisoft Montreal's critically acclaimed stealth action game Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell from 2003 are now available for download. As is common with new releases on Steam, the titles have been discounted by 10 percent for their first week, and currently run for $8.95 and $17.95, respectively. Steam users can also prepurchase the PC edition of Ubisoft's multimillion selling Assassin's Creed, which will be available for full download beginning April 9.

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That is fantastic. Far Cry will probably be my first title I'll digitally download. I want to get it but box isn't too necessary. That's not like me, but Steam is just that awesome. Good news for sure.

Avatar image for DJ_Quack_Quack

Let me get this straight. Rockstar, Epic, and now UBISOFT join the Steam Network??? Good Lord have Mercy! The Day of reckoning is upon us!

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ah, it warms my heart. bless you steam, bless you.

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Hopefully Ubisoft will release up to date games on steam now o_O... I love steam, I always look there first for a game.

Avatar image for The_PC_Gamer

Its all about convinience these days :)

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I really hope Valve wises up and releases their sales information soon. The state of PC game is too up in the air for them not to be. Unless they want more and more problems coming their way, and a possible decline in sales, rather then an increase in one, they should release their sales numbers already. When Half-Life 3 sells 500,000 copies in it's first month on Steam alone, I'll have faith back in the PC market. Until then, I'm waiting. As far as I'm concerned, the platform needs four things from the hardcore side: shooters, MMOs, RPGs, and RTS games. End of story, you can keep the sports games, and the racing titles, and most of the action games, since they don't sell anyway. Just bring those things, and start to move towards stuff like Battlefield Heroes and Quake Zero, which will be run on advertisements and microtransactions.

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at first i was quite sceptical of using steam, but know after using it seems to be the new way of buying games and playing them.

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hurray for far cry 2

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Too expensive.

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Nice, I was always curious about the PC version of Far Cry, one of the last worthwhile PC games to be released.

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Gah... good, I guess

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good thing too. now i can get some good Ubisoft games on Steam!

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