Anno 1800 won’t be released on Steam after Ubisoft made an exclusivity deal with a different store. What’s going on in this world?
On one hand, you have the crowd that calls it anti-consumerism. On the other, you have a group that really doesn’t care where they get their games from. But now that Ubisoft has signed a deal with Anno 1800, the game was revealed that it’ll soon be removed from the Steam platform due to exclusive deals.
Ubisoft skipped out on releasing The Division 2 on Steam last month, and this seems like a repeating habit now.
“Sales of Anno 1800 will be discontinued on Steam after April 16th due to a publisher decision to make the game exclusive to another PC store,” said the update on the Anno 1800 page.
Anno 1800 has already been available for purchase on Steam for a while now, so those that have pre-ordered already will be able to get the base game and any future DLCs on Steam. But those following will now have to get it through another platform, which is unknown at this point. Is it the Epic Games Store? Heh.
“The publisher has assured us that all prior sales of the game on Steam will be fulfilled on Steam, and Steam owners will be able to access the game and any future updates or DLC through Steam,”
Ubisoft has worked with Epic on The Division 2, it should be no surprise that Anno 1800 will now also be exclusive that that platform. Besides, Epic is the only one going around poaching developers and doing this kind of thing. It can also be their own store, the Uplay Store, or a combo of both.