Steam accounts for over 50% of For Honor's player base, despite cheaper alternatives

For Honor Clash

In stats coming from githyp following the launch of Ubisoft’s competitive hack and slasher, it seems that For Honor’s player base is split almost 50/50 across Steam and uPlay. With Steam still being the preferred platform for PC gaming and with many still holding a healthy disdain for uPlay, it’s quite something to see For Honor’s user base split almost down the middle between different distribution platforms.

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On the Saturday following For Honor’s launch, the Steam version peaked at around 45,000 individual users, whereas the entire PC player count measured around 83,000 total players, according to For Honor’s in-game tracker. According to these figures, roughly 54% of For Honor players are using Steam to run the game, while the remaining 46% are playing directly through uPlay.

While this is good news for Ubisoft as it means players may be coming round to using uPlay, there are a fair few reasons contributing to these high numbers. First off, most digital download sites sold game keys which worked directly via uPlay and they were significantly cheaper than buying the game through Steam. The GTX 1080 and 1070 hardware bundles which offered buyers a free copy of For Honor or Ghost Recon Wildlands were only redeemable through uPlay, rather than through Steam, so that’s another chunk of players playing direct via uPlay.

Moreover, the Steam version of For Honor requires players opening two separate clients: first Steam to launch For Honor which in turn launches uPlay to run the game. Unless you are truly dedicated to having your Steam library contain every single one of your games, it’s more convenient to play via Ubisoft's client.

However, with the Steam version retailing at $60 and keys for the uPlay version being available for as low as $30-35, it’s a testament to brand loyalty that so many users bought the game via Steam, when you can grab For Honor cheaper via so many different retailers.

When players are forced to use uPlay to play the game anyway, there seems to be no logical reason you would buy it via Steam, when it is more expensive and requires extra faff to play. These player numbers will be subject to change as the overall price for For Honor drops, but the stats do outline how many players will miss out on getting a game on the cheap, if it means using a distribution platform they don't like.

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Deadite Avatar
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7 Months ago

I don't hold any special loyalty to Steam other than it's been a reliable service for me for a decade. It annoys me no end that companies like EA would rather take the losses of not being on Steam, and install their own adware launchers than give a portion of their profits to Valve. For this reason I have Deadspace 1 and 2 on Steam but have to install friggin Origin to play 3. I rarely buy EA games just for this reason - the choice of service where I digitally get my games should be mine.

Sure I can sometimes get games cheaper elsewhere (and occasionally have) but I know Steam always works for me, I can see my whole game collection at a glance and I can count the times I've had problems with the service on one hand over 10 years... that's pretty impressive.

The unfortunate downside with Ubisoft games is while present on Steam they still use UPlay which is far less reliable in my experience.

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sintheticreality Avatar
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7 Months ago

I have a few Ubi games but haven't launched UPlay in years. I haven't bought a Ubi game since Blood Dragon and won't be buying more in the future.

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sintheticreality Avatar
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7 Months ago

I don't understand how maths work.

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nu1mlock Avatar
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7 Months ago

I doubt that it's primarily because of brand loyalty that more people play the game from Steam. I'd say that the vast majority of players have no idea that you can purchase the game from somewhere else, or that it's cheaper.

The majority of players on Steam aren't smart consumers, they aren't looking around for good prices, they won't wait until reviews of a game has been released before they purchase. They simply don't know of anything other than Steam.

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Belimawr Avatar
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7 Months ago

most people believe in the myth that steam is the best and cheapest option so they will blindly buy a game on steam oblivious to the fact it is cheaper in other places.

it's the biggest problem with things like Steam, people try to push it and praise it that much that people will stop being informed buyers and instead go to what is perceived to be the safe option.

if anything the gaming media should be pushing to educate people against the concept that steam is always cheap as in the UK it is rarely ever cheap even during a sale.

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Ananym Avatar
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7 Months ago

>for as low as $30-35

Where?

I can't find anything south of £33.

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ZedClampet Avatar
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7 Months ago

I don't necessarily try to find the absolute cheapest price. I'll usually look at Green Man and Gamers Gate to see which one is cheaper and buy from there. I'm not comfortable buying AAA games from key sites that apparently are taking losses on the game or who have obviously somehow gotten keys for less than they should have cost.

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xNuke Avatar
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7 Months ago

I often use IsThereAnyDeal. Brilliant website that compares online retailers (gog, amazon, gamesplanet, games gate etc).

You can set up wishlists and get alerts when games go on sale.

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Zhorge Avatar
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7 Months ago

I finally relented and bought an UbiSoft game. On Steam. They forced me to install UPlay.

And, guess what? Well, if you guessed "you've not been able to play multiple times thanks to UPlay being down" you got it right. In short, UbiSoft is still as scummy as ever and while UPlay isn't as bad as it was in the early days. I really don't appreciate being forced to adopt it or not being able to play my game because you're UPlay servers are down for maintenance.

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