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The Division 2 on PC Releasing on Epic Store Instead of Steam, Specs Revealed

The PC version of Ubisoft's upcoming The Division 2 will release exclusively on the Epic Store for sales, instead of the highly popular and widely used Steam store. In addition to this move, Ubisoft has also revealed the official PC specs required to play The Division 2.

While The Division was solidly received by critics and fans alike, there were some complaints that it was far too similar to other shared world MMO games in the genre (especially Destiny). By all accounts, though, it seems as though Ubisoft has addressed a lot of these complaints for the forthcoming The Division 2 and it's easily one of the most promising co-op games releasing in 2019. However things turn out, Ubisoft has taken a rather drastic and surprising move in terms of how they'll release the game on PC when it drops in March.

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Posted on the Epic Games official Twitter account, Ubisoft will be releasing The Division 2 PC version exclusively there, instead of on the Steam store where they've released several of their other titles. To keep the PC theme going, Ubisoft also revealed the official computer specs that will be needed to play The Division 2. They are as follows:

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Minimum Requirements - 1080p/30 FPS

  • Operating System: Windows 7, 8, or 10.
  • CPU: AMD FX-6350 or Intel Core I5-2500K.
  • RAM: 8 GB.
  • GPU: AMD Radeon R9 270 or Nvidia Geforce GTX 670.
  • VRAM: 2 GB.
  • DIRECT X: DirectX 11 or 12.

Recommended Specs - 1080p/60 FPS

  • Operating System: Windows 7, 8, or 10.
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1500X or Intel Core I7-4790.
  • RAM: 8 GB.
  • GPU: AMD RX 480 or Nvidia Geforce GTX 970.
  • VRAM: 4 GB.
  • DIRECT X: DirectX 11 or 12.

High End Specs - 1440p/60 FPS

  • Operating System: Windows 7, 8, or 10.
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 1700 or Intel Core I7-6700K.
  • RAM: 16 GB.
  • GPU: AMD RX Vega 56 or Nvidia Geforce GTX 1070.
  • VRAM: 8 GB.
  • DIRECT X: DirectX 11 or 12.

Elite Specs - 4K/60 FPS

  • Operating System: Windows 7, 8, or 10.
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 2700X or Intel Core I9-7900X.
  • RAM: 16 GB.
  • GPU: AMD Radeon VII or Nvidia Geforce RTX 2080 TI.
  • VRAM: 11 GB.
  • DIRECT X: DirectX 11 or 12.

While some of these specs may seem high - especially the minimum requirements - they are actually becoming the standard for more AAA gaming titles. Considering the first gameplay impressions of The Division 2, it seems like Ubisoft's latest will be a powerhouse, so players will need a fairly good machine to run it on. At the very least, the game will still support somewhat dated operating systems like Windows 7 instead of requiring Windows 10 exclusively.

Regardless, the big news here is Ubisoft's partnering with Epic Games and their recently launched store. There are a few different financial reasons the company would want to release The Division 2 on Epic instead of the still-widely-used Steam. The biggest reason is more than likely a profit split - while Steam offers a 70/30 revenue split (with companies keeping the former, while Steam pockets the latter), Epic offers a profit split of 88/12. This is a huge difference, and with a title like The Division 2, fans will likely buy it regardless of what shop it's sold in.

Other companies are also starting to split away from Steam, like Activision launching Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 exclusively on Battle.net and Bethesda releasing Fallout 76 independently. This likely goes back to these two gaming companies pocketing more profits for their games, and this trend will likely continue unless Steam can find a way to innovate their entire gaming model. Either way, Ubisoft releasing The Division 2 exclusively on the Epic Store is a big move for the company and another hit to the pockets of Steam.

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