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Today during the Ubisoft conference call where they discussed first-quarter 2021-2022 sales, Steam Deck got mentioned.

It's an interesting one, since Ubisoft has pretty much left Steam behind in favour of other stores like the Epic Games Store. The Epic store doesn't support Linux, and Epic currently have no intention to do so. So unless people are expected to manually load up Windows to replace SteamOS, companies like Ubisoft would need to bring their games back to Steam to give users a good experience.

During the conference call that we listened to today, a question was asked about the Steam Deck from one investor.

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot replied to say "We're happy to see Steam Deck coming to the industry, it shows that it continues a flow of very innovative new hardware coming to the market and so we will look and see how big it becomes, but if it's big we will be able to put our games on it."

So in future if the device is a success, and plenty of people keep SteamOS 3 on it, we could see the likes of Ubisoft (and so perhaps other big publishers) ensure their games work nicely on it. Ubisoft actually already has Linux ports of some games, since they currently support Stadia (which uses Debian Linux) so it wouldn't be a huge stretch to bring those builds with some optimizations over to the Steam Deck. However, whether they decide to use native Linux builds they have direct control over, or rely on the Steam Play Proton compatibility layer we just don't know - and only time will tell on how it all goes on that.

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vipor29 20 Jul
this would be pretty huge if they went to the steam deck.if it gets big enough you can bet others are gonna follow.
KohlyKohl 20 Jul
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Steam would be the easiest route for them to take. Otherwise, they would probably end up having to do native ports + finding a native store to add them to.


Last edited by KohlyKohl on 20 July 2021 at 7:20 pm UTC
Quinn 20 Jul
More publishers returning to Steam is good for everyone, not just Steam Deck owners.
micha 20 Jul
While I would love to see Ubisoft releasing new Games on Steam, that sounds really just a like a possibility for the far future. I mean for Ubisoft to consider Steam Deck to be "big" / a success, Valve needs to sell multiple millions, right? Sure it's what we & Gabe hope for. But aren't the all the reservation (not pre-orders!) worldwide more in the quarter million realm (SteamSpy)?

Anyway, I'm going through with my Steam Deck reservation and I hope for the best!
CatKiller 20 Jul
Quoting: michaWhile I would love to see Ubisoft releasing new Games on Steam, that sounds really just a like a possibility for the far future.
Yeah. They're talking to investors, so they aren't going say, "if there turns out to be a massive new market opening up, we're totally going to just ignore it."
Ninmi 20 Jul
It's happening bois and girls.
brokeassben 20 Jul
When the first Humble Bundle started, I bought every bundle and owned damn near every Linux native game I could get ahold of and I thought it was finally happening. Then Steam started supporting Linux and I thought NOW it's finally happening. Then SteamOS, Proton, and Steam Deck. Went from only a handful of opensource games and a couple commercial games back in the early 2000's to an almost endless number.

I now have waaaaay more games than I will ever be able to play and am a *little* concerned about the planned move-in of my girlfriend and her finding out exactly how into videogames I am. Definitely downplayed it a bit so far.
serge 20 Jul
It would be nice to have UPlay ported to linux.
flesk 20 Jul
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I guess that means there's a slim chance of Beyond Good and Evil 2 getting a Linux version (if it's ever released).
finaldest 20 Jul
There is only one way to ensure that Ubi and other big publishers bring over their games and that is to support Valve and Linux by doing the following:-

Buy the Steam Deck.

I am doing my part, I have pre-registered for the top tier unit with a Q2 2022 order/delivery estimate. Cannot wait to get my hands on one. I have heard on the web that over 100k units have already been ordered. If this is true then this is an brilliant start.
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