Ubisoft Games Returning to Steam

A listing for Assassin's Creed Valhalla on Steam shows a December 6th release date for the Viking action game on Valve's service. This confirms recent rumors that Ubisoft was planning a Steam reconciliation. This reverses a trend that began in 2019 when Ubisoft games started blowing off Steam in favor of its own online store and the Epic Games Store. Back then Ubisoft's Chris Early went so far as to call Steam's business model "unrealistic." Apparently things have gotten real again, as Eurogamer has a statement from Ubisoft saying that Valhalla is not the only one of its titles coming to Steam. The logic presented suggests Ubisoft started skipping Steam to help bring its games to different audiences. Or maybe this is a new approach. Here's word:

"We're constantly evaluating how to bring our games to different audiences wherever they are, while providing a consistent player ecosystem through Ubisoft Connect," a Ubisoft spokespeson told Eurogamer today. "Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Anno 1800 and Roller Champions are among the Ubisoft titles that will be releasing on Steam."