During a recent earnings call, Ubisoft suggested that its games may not be made available on the newly-announced Steam Deck. Ubisoft is an industry juggernaut, publishing and developing many successful franchises such as Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, and Watch Dogs. Valve’s Steam Deck, which was recently announced on July 15, is a portable PC that will grant gamers on-the-go access to the entire Steam digital library of games.
A recent statement from Ubisoft’s CEO suggest that the company’s successful franchises may not be available on Valve’s portable Steam Deck.
The console, frequently compared to the Nintendo Switch, is portable and features a variety of controls to make PC titles accessible to owners. The system is set to release in December 2021, giving gamers a powerful gaming PC that fits right in their pocket. The Steam Deck being marketed as a full-blown computer also suggests that the handheld will not be limited to just Steam titles. In theory, the Steam Deck should have access to Xbox games such as Halo Infinite through the Xbox desktop app.
However, a report from IGN reveals that Ubisoft games may not be available on Valve’s Steam Deck. During a recent investor’s call, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot was asked whether Ubisoft titles would be available on the portable PC. Guillemot responded that the company would “look and see” how successful the Steam Deck becomes before deciding to release their games on the system. Ubisoft’s current PC publication strategy releases games exclusively on the Epic Games Store at launch, so Screen Rant reached out for clarification about whether the Steam Deck would change that strategy in the future. Ubisoft responded, stating, “There’s no shift as we’re already partners with Steam and Epic.”
Valve’s recent announcement of the Steam Deck handheld console’s price and release date, took the gaming industry by storm. Valve best known as the developer of the digital gaming distribution platform Steam. The company also created a number of highly popular and influential titles such as Half-Life, Portal, and Counter-Strike. Many fans of those game series were hoping that an announcement from Valve might be a new installment in their favorite franchise. Instead, after many years with no new releases Valve is apparently throwing its hat back in the ring with the new portable gaming device.
Valve’s Steam Deck promises to be an industry powerhouse, giving gamers a powerful gaming PC that is also portable and efficient. The vast library of Steam games will also ensure that Steam Deck owners never run out of engaging content to experience. While Ubisoft’s absence from the handheld system would be quite surprising, the company’s highly acclaimed titles would be sorely missed by Steam Deck owners.
Valve’s Steam Deck will ship in December 2021.
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