Ubisoft games are returning to Steam, starting with Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, which will be available in early December.
As Eurogamer reports, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will launch on Steam on December 6, having previously only been available through the Epic Games Store (and Ubisoft’s own store).
There are other Ubisoft games coming back to Steam’s fold too, and that includes Anno 1800 and the free-to-play offering Roller Champions, though those titles aren’t on the Steam store yet (while Valhalla is (opens in new tab)) and there’s no indication yet of when they might arrive. We probably won’t be waiting much longer.
That’s what Ubisoft told Eurogamer (opens in new tab): “Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Anno 1800 and Roller Champions are among the Ubisoft titles that will be released on Steam.”
So we can hope that more games will be coming to Valve’s platform soon, apart from the mentioned titles.
Analysis: Benefit Steam Deck Owners
This is a positive step towards enabling more choice of game platforms for buying Ubisoft games – although it’s not clear how far this renewed partnership with Steam will extend in terms of how many future games will arrive on Valve’s platform.
Still, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is a big map to play at first, and this also means those with a Steam Deck can enjoy the action RPG on the handheld with a minimum of fuss. Yes, it was possible to play Valhalla on the Steam Deck before, but a trickier process than it was available on Steam by default (messed with installing via the Ubisoft Connect launcher or the Epic Store). In addition, people may run into technical issues and the like, which is much less likely now.
The timing of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla being made available through Steam is also telling, as the game is getting its final content update (an epilogue), yes you guessed it: December 6 (the Steam launch date).
More generally, we can hope this move will prompt Ubisoft to work with Valve to get its major games verified for Steam Deck compatibility. Be that as it may, this can only be a positive step forward for those with a Steam Deck – it remains to be seen exactly how far-reaching this change of heart from Ubisoft will be. All we can do is look to this proverbial space in the future…