Looks like there could be a little bit of a hiccup in Ubisoft and Valve’s relationship, as Assassin’s Creed Unity, Far Cry 4 and The Crew have all disappeared from Steam today.
The move is rather abrupt, coming just five days before Assassin’s Creed Unity’s scheduled release date. Previous Ubisoft games on Steam have required that players download Ubisoft’s proprietary game launcher and store Uplay in-order to play their games, making the move seem to be an attempt to push players solely to their platform. We saw something similar to this occur in 2012 when EA removed Crysis 2 and Dragon Age 2 from Steam to promote players using their Origin services instead.
However, as of writing, Assassin’s Creed Unity and Far Cry 4 can both still be purchased through EA’s Origin service. This makes little sense if Ubisoft is trying to force its products off of other services, so perhaps there is more to this move than meets the eye. There very well could be a regional issue, as it was first reported that Ubisoft’s games weren’t being distributed on Steam in the UK by PCGamesN before they were no longer available in any region.
For those who really like keeping everything to one location, it looks like your library will be a little more segmented for now. We will keep you up to date if any changes should occur and the games return to Valve’s popular distribution service.