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Ubisoft has made the decision to skip Steam for The Division 2, instead opting to sell it on the Epic Games Store. It won't be fully exclusive to the Epic Games Store on the PC as Ubisoft will also sell the game through their own storefront and game client, Uplay.

A representative for Ubisoft says that they "have no plans currently on releasing Tom Clancy's The Division 2 on Steam." This move comes after The Division 2 was up on the Steam storefront for months prior.

This won't be the only title from Ubisoft to be exclusive to the Epic Games Store. Ubisoft and Epic say that they will "partner on additional select titles to be announced during the coming year." As far as other online retailers are concerned, Ubisoft says that they will fulfill all pre-orders for The Division 2 that have been made for the game prior to its March 15 release date.

This all comes mere weeks after Epic tossed big piles of cash at already established development teams in order to buy exclusives for the Epic Games Store. They apparently weren't confident enough in their 88/12 revenue split with developers that they decided making third-party games "exclusive" on PC was somehow better (though not better for consumers). We have already seen this happen with Hades from Supergiant Games, Maneater from Tripwire Interactive, the PC release of Journey published by Annapurna Interactive, and Ashen from A44 and another title published by Annapurna Interactive.

Here is what Ubisoft vice president of partnerships Chris Early had to say about the move away from Steam.

"We entrust Epic to deliver a smooth journey for our fans, from preordering the game and enjoying our Beta to the launch of Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 on March 15. Epic continues to disrupt the videogame industry, and their third party digital distribution model is the latest example, and something Ubisoft wants to support."
If you still plan on picking up The Division 2, Ubisoft did release a new article that looks at PC specific features and includes a list of the system specs you will need in order to run the game at various settings.