Until recently, if a developer wanted to get their game released on Steam it had to be feature complete and labeled as such. But with the introduction of Steam’s Early Access program, indie devs can now publish their game through Steam all while they continue development.

The setup is win-win for the small developers, as it helps them build a community while simultaneously helping finance the final product. So it may be a bit surprising to learn, Ubisoft a AAA studio, also saw it as an opportunity to be the first major publisher to release a game through Steam Early Access.

That game just so happens to be Ghost Recon Online, a Free-to-Play session based shooter set in the near future. The choice for Ubisoft to debut GRO on Steam through Early Access may be strange to some, given the fact the game has been in open beta under Ubisoft’s own Uplay platform for well over a year. In fact, it can easily be argued the game is feature complete, as recent major updates have mainly consisted of balance changes, cosmetic item additions, and occasionally a new map. But it is clear Ubisoft sees Steam at the very least as a valuable platform for expanding its community past the relatively limiting confines of Uplay.

Ubisoft has yet to announce when GRO will officially debut on Steam’s Early Access page or whether the studio plans to offer exclusive item packs or other items for sale through the program as a way to gain “early access”.

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  1. Zhao Yun on January 20, 2014

    1 of the best shooters imo that focuses A LOT on how a team plays and not how an individual plays which is good but bad as well cause its better if u play matches with people who u know and are your friends and there wont be this awkard moment when u use mics to shoot people although its true it has sometimes 1 player that will own u with 1 shot from his gun(as mentioned above me although sayin he will with a shotgun from long distance is takin it too far)but overall if u play it cause u like the whole stategy/team based thing in it you’ll most likely have a good time there will be some “rage” moments but overall i think its a great game to try and going to steam is a great idea imo at least for GRO it is

  2. Summer on January 16, 2014

    Putting it on Steam is fine. Steam isn’t just a bunch of mindless zombies who will play anything and make it popular just because it’s there. They may try it out because it’s there, but if the game doesn’t cut it they’ll abandon it fairly quickly.

    Calling it “Early Access” when it’s been out some time is sort of a stretch though.

    Also if you’re a PC gamer, there really is no “them” when talking about Steam. Steam represents all of us and has been a great place for PC games since most stores stopped carrying them. It is *our* game store for all of us. Being that it’s full of bunches of anonymous people, you find the usual jerks there as you do all over the rest of the Internet. But you also find nice people of all ages, genders, races, etc.

    I like having a central place online that stores most of my games for me automatically too along with game saves for lots of them.

    Steam isn’t in it because they have a big heart and just want to help us out, but they certainly have been a huge help and force for PC gamers and games.

  3. arie on January 16, 2014

    This game is horrible, too many overpowered people walking around, 1 hitting you from a far range with shotguns

  4. ULTRAxXx on January 16, 2014

    WOW kool i love this game

  5. Eviil on January 16, 2014

    Fun game when i played it. Have not checked out what changes they made though. I’ll download it and see whats up.

  6. Anon on January 16, 2014

    Been there, done that.
    GRO got old ages ago. But I guess putting it on Steam might get a few new players.

  7. Sgt.JoshStoecklein on January 16, 2014

    guys how do you download it?

  8. Jhon on January 16, 2014

    It’s a fun game, but way to many micro transactions, items locked by such in some cases, and the grind to earn gear with in game currency is steep.

    • IceDraGGeR on January 17, 2014

      you kidding? i got 2000 RP just by playing 1 match idk how or why but eh whatever?

      • Jhon on January 23, 2014

        Perhaps it’s been changed since I last played I think a year or so ago then.

  9. cacaballz on January 16, 2014

    This has nothing to do with “development” and all to do with dying player base, need more cash, go to the sheeple consumer hoards at Steam”. RaiderZ is another great example of this. In EU it was launched by Frogster turned RUnewalker. and US by PWE. EU died for obvious reasons. PWE assumed “global”. And now they are going to STEAM as well. XD fail fail fail. Steam needs to not accept every piece of turd that falls from the sky.

    • Merkadis on January 16, 2014

      What steam accepts depends on gamer votes.
      About player base i dunno but sounds legit, steam is a great way to revive pretty much anything.

  10. Yuen on January 16, 2014

    This game has been out for so freakin long.

  11. Barth on January 15, 2014

    Hey, that is good news indeed. I don’t know why they waited for so long, maybe to make sure the game is good.
    The game is actually really really good, and in my opinion the best for teams. All you find on the market are mostly run and gun shooters, but here you really need to talk and sync with your teams to be good.

    It is really worth trying.

  12. Treemanic on January 15, 2014

    LOL! At last, man I don’t like opening Uplay and Steam at the same time. x)

  13. Aladeen on January 15, 2014

    It’s just so they can get full servers all the time 🙂 makes sense.

  14. Merkadis on January 15, 2014

    U play? pfft, the jokers seriously compare that piece of crap to steam? p_p just lol.
    These days if u want ur sh!t to get popular quick steam is paramount.
    Speaking of the game… i think i’ll give it a shot.