Ubisoft’s Anno 1800 performs each side within the Steam vs Epic battle, in all probability to keep away from a Metro Exodus-like fiasco
Ubisoft has given its help to the Epic Video games Retailer, that a lot is well-documented, however this allegiance leaves some upcoming video games in an uncomfortable limbo. On PC, there are titles which have been accessible to pre-order on Steam that will not finally be on the market on Steam. Learn how to navigate the uneven waters of a newfound PC market battle?
For city-builder Anno 1800, Ubisoft has opted to play each side in a means that ought to placate everybody — presuming they act inside the subsequent couple of weeks. Anno 1800 might be pre-ordered by way of Steam up till its April 16 launch date. Anybody who does that may launch the sport by way of Steam and can get common updates by way of Steam.
Nevertheless, at launch, Anno 1800 will swap in order that it could possibly solely be bought on the Epic Video games Retailer and the Ubisoft Retailer. That is the Ubisoft and Epic partnership coming into play. Solely individuals who pre-order have the choice of launching Anno 1800 from their Steam library; everybody else has to make use of a distinct consumer. As a result of multiplayer is filtered by way of Uplay, all PC gamers (no matter consumer) will be capable to play collectively.
There is a high-profile analog to this case. It is near what Deep Silver did with Metro Exodus again in January. However, in that case, Deep Silver pulled pre-orders from Steam on the day it introduced its Epic exclusivity. It felt like a bait-and-switch to lots of people. It was sort of a debacle — one thing that Epic later mentioned it anticipated and want to keep away from sooner or later.
Ubisoft’s technique with Anno 1800 is seemingly to offer ample heads-up and hope nobody feels burned. It will in all probability be the usual working process going ahead, at the least for Ubisoft video games. That’s, till all of the currently-announced video games that may be pre-ordered are lastly launched; after that, Epic and the Ubisoft Retailer would be the solely methods to go, at the least for the foreseeable future.
Ubisoft is partnering with Epic Video games Retailer for Anno 1800 [Anno Union]