Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has said that Ubisoft will bring games to the Steam Deck, if the platform is successful.
In response to a question from an investor (via IGN), Guillemot said:
“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. 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.”
At the moment, Ubisoft doesn’t release its games on Steam. Chris Early, Ubisoft’s vice president for partnerships and revenue, called Valve’s 30% cut “unrealistic.” Most of Ubisoft’s big releases have gone out on Epic Game Store, instead.
So, it sounds as though Guillemot is talking about the Steam Deck as a platform wholly separate from Steam. He’s seemingly concentrated on the Deck part, without considering the Steam part. Or else who knows? Perhaps Ubisoft is softening its stance on Valve’s profit margins.
If you are not up to date with the Steam Deck, it is a new Switch-like handheld that plays Steam games. It’s very powerful, for a handheld, and, actually, it doesn’t seem to be that handheld—it’s massive. We might call it a lapheld, given that at least one knee will be required for support. I really want one, though I’m not sure why.