XDefiant will be available on PC only through Ubisoft’s shop at launch

Ubisoft is reaching far and wide with its new 6v6 competitive shooter Tom Clancy’s XDefiant free-to-play shooter will not be available on Steam or Epic.

Not only will it be available for free on PC and consoles, but it will also feature full crossplay support from the start. XDefiant’s availability on PC, on the other hand, will be limited. The game won’t be available on Steam or the Epic Games Store at launch, and there’s no guarantee it will be available in the future.

“As of now,” a Ubisoft representative told PC Gamer, “the game will be on Ubisoft Connect once it’s fully out.” “There has been talk about other stores carrying the game after launch, but nothing has been decided yet.”

The publisher’s departure from Steam and Epic is unusual. For its PC releases, Ubisoft has partnered with Epic since 2019. Previously, Ubisoft games were available on Steam from the start. The Epic Store has store pages for three upcoming Ubisoft games: Rainbow Six Extraction, Riders Republic, and Far Cry 6. Games like Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora and Skull & Bones, which are still in development, do not.

Ubisoft didn’t say why XDefiant wasn’t considered for other storefronts at launch, but it could be related to the game’s monetization strategies. Because the game is free to play, it’s safe to assume that Ubi will make money from in-game purchases. If it were on Steam or the Epic Games Store, Ubisoft would have to give Valve and Epic a cut of in-game purchases. The Division Heartland, Ubisoft’s other announced free-to-play game, also lacks an Epic page, though this could be due to it being too new.

When Ubisoft’s free-to-play battle royale game Hyper Scape was fully released in August 2020, it made its way to the Epic Games Store. It’s possible that XDefiant will follow suit, but it’s clear that other storefronts aren’t Ubi’s top priority right now. Ubisoft is currently accepting sign-ups for the first playable test of XDefiant, which will begin on August 5. Naturally, if you’re accepted, you’ll have to play on Ubisoft Connect.

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