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News video games 08 December 2021, 16:21

author: Michael Zegar

95% Negative - Gamer Reaction to NFT Certificates From Ubisoft

The Ubisoft Quartz trailer posted on YouTube has been flooded with negative comments. Gamers have given an icy-cold shoulder to NFTs in Ghost Recon: Breakpoint.

Yesterday we wrote about the release and introduction of Ubisoft Quartz, a platform offering NFTs for items purchased in the French developer's games (a step towards making NFTs more common in video games) to Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Breakpoint. Gamers didn't like the idea, to say the least. The platform's trailer posted on the official North American channel of Ubisoft can "boast" 855 thumbs up, with more than 17,000 downvotes..., which accounts for as much as 95% of all reactions.

"You don't even have to see the thumbs down anymore, you can SMELL them," commented user TheSnoozeFox.

"Probably EA at this point: Write that down! Write that down!," comment by NeoTrggrTheGammer.

Although the thumbs down counter preview was recently disabled by YouTube authorities, it can be restored by, among other things, installing the appropriate browser extension.

"Years behind the Steam collector cards and cosmetic items from Team Fortress 2, and still inferior in concept, design and execution. Well done Ubisoft for continuing their pursuit of trends," writes Gunner Bills.

"If you've read any of Clancy's books, you'll know that old Tom is now spinning in his grave so fast that he must have dug into the Earth's core by now," comment by Dr. DankBot.

People who are following the industry know that this is not an isolated case, but a trend that has existed for some time. A similar fate met trailer for the July announcement of Tom Clancy's XDefiant and for the battle royale game Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Frontline. Players have accused both Ubisoft titles of, among other things, following fads while losing the uniqueness of their brands.

Additionally, Ubisoft Quartz is set to be introduced in Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, which recently received a huge expansion called Operation Motherland. It met with a really warm reception from the players. Thanks to it and the constant development it is at the moment in a much better condition than on the day of release (our reviewer gave it a score of 5/10 at the time). One of the frequently pointed out drawbacks were the intrusive microtransactions (albeit turned off at launch) and shoehorned looter shooter elements.

The introduction of Ubisoft's Quartz in this particular title may bring back memories from that catastrophic launch in devoted fans of Breakpoint. So how will Ubisoft Quartz ultimately affect our perception of virtual items in the French studio's games? We'll find out probably soon - the platform's launch is scheduled for December 9.