If you were hoping to play any of Ubisoft‘s end-of-year blockbusters, you won’t be doing it via Steam. Three of the publisher’s biggest games have been pulled from the digital distribution network, suggesting that you’ll have to use uPlay instead. Predictably, people are a little miffed at the revelation.
Until recently, Assassin’s Creed Unity, Far Cry 4 and The Crew were all available for pre-order via Steam, but all that has changed, seemingly overnight. All three games are now only digitally available on PC via the uPlay store (although, of course, you can always buy a copy in the real world).
Even though the evidence looks damning with the games drawing ever-closer to release, Ubisoft has explained that the decision is “not final”.
We’ve been in discussions with Valve about Assassin’s Creed Unity but for the time being the game is not available via Steam.
In the meantime, customers wishing to purchase the game digitally can do so by visiting the Uplay store, our retail partners or other digital distributors.
Those “other digital distributors” include GreenManGaming, which still has the trio of titles available for gamers. It’s worth looking to them, too – buying the game via uPlay is very often more expensive than other online options.
At this stage, there’s been no statement from either Ubisoft or Steam about why the games have disappeared, but Valve has run up against EU laws in the past, so many surmise it’s potentially a murky legal issue.