Ubisoft to launch NFT Ghost Recon Breakpoint later this week – .

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Ubisoft to launch NFT Ghost Recon Breakpoint later this week – .


Well, they did. After declaring their desire to be “key players” in blockchain gaming, Ubisoft announced in-game NFTs on a new platform called Ubisoft Quartz. These are cosmetic items called Digits, and they’ll arrive in Ghost Recon Breakpoint later this week.


Here is Ubisoft’s intro video:

In a Ubisoft news article, they announced that Quartz – the platform – will launch in beta with Ghost Recon Breakpoint on PC through Ubisoft Connect. The first three digits – NFT cosmetic items – will apparently be “rewarded” for free to early adopters on December 9, 12, and 15.

The numbers are purely cosmetic, conferring no gameplay advantage. From the video above, the first three digits appear to be a mask, weapon skin, and pants. All three come with an “engraved” serial number, which makes them “unique”.

The rest of the announcement is structured as an interview with blockchain product director Baptiste Chardon and blockchain technical director Didier Genevois. They try to explain the advantages of DFTs, while minimizing the disadvantages.

Their responses, especially regarding the benefits, are generally vague. “Blockchain’s decentralized technology enables game companies to go beyond the current limits set by more traditional technologies and lay the groundwork for an ambitious and exciting new ecosystem that is, by design, truly community-driven. ”Said Chardon. What boundaries, how is it an ecosystem and what does “truly community-driven” mean? It’s a PR blast, not a real interview, so of course there are no follow-up questions.

“While it may seem trivial at first, this is a whole new take on the digital walled garden environments we are used to, and it is changing the video game industry by introducing concepts like l uniqueness and control, and therefore the distribution of value in our game worlds. “

Why is this distribution of value a good thing? Why is it urgent to introduce scarcity and divide the inhabitants of digital spaces into haves and have-nots? Does being “unique” make sense when all of that only extends until my pants have a different serial number than yours?

Likewise, the same response goes on to assert that decentralized technology “may even, in the longer term, open up new opportunities such as interoperability between games or a level of autonomy never seen before for communities within games. game worlds thanks to the decentralized nature of technology. “

But again, there is no question of follow-up. Does anyone really wish they had the right to sell their Ghost Recon pants outside of the game? Is it all more fun or engaging, or is it just about squeezing money from investors and, more disturbingly, the percentage of the player base who are likely to gamble? And how do NFTs magically allow “interoperability”, or make it easier than having things linked to existing Ubisoft accounts? Do NFTs somehow create textures and skins created to fit one 3D model suddenly map cleanly onto another – not to mention troubleshooting issues with different code, engines, artistic styles and more? Isn’t the promise of “longer-term” interoperability just a hook designed to lure investors in the hope that their death mask might increase in value when one day it can also be used in Assassin’s Creed ?

Most notably, Ubisoft’s blockchain gang is keen to explain that Digits is powered by Tezos, a ‘proof of stake’ blockchain technology that uses much less power than ‘proof of work’ technologies like Bitcoin. “This type of blockchain achieves the same results while using significantly less energy than proof-of-work protocols,” explains Genevois. “To give you an idea, a transaction on Tezos is equivalent to 30 seconds of video streaming, while on Bitcoin it is equivalent to watching a year in a row of video streaming! “

Yes, proof of stake is significantly less bad than proof of work. It’s still bad, and for a stupidity that everyone can do without.

This isn’t Ubisoft’s first foray into blockchain. In addition to investing in several blockchain companies in recent years, they also released a Rabbids token for charity last year. However, Ubisoft Quartz is the first time that the technology will be included in any of their games.

It is also, in many ways, the first big step for AAA gaming in the blockchain world. The next 18 months are going to be exhausting.

Meanwhile, Ubisoft’s employee group ABetterUbisoft continues to protest the company’s response to allegations of harassment and abuse in the workplace.

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