Ubisoft has taken the first step towards bringing NFTs and blockchain technology to video games. The corporation announced Ubisoft Quartz, a platform created for buying tokens (NFTs). Starting on December 9, Ghost Recon: Breakpoint on PC will receive the first batch of so-called Digits. In practice, these will be limited cosmetic elements and other items.
With the launch of the Ubisoft Quartz platform, first three tokens will be made available for Ghost Recon: Breakpoint in PC version. These will be the "Wolves" skin for the M4A1 rifle, a helmet, and pants. The aforementioned items will be delivered for free, but with the possibility to pick them up only at a certain time. "Drops" have been scheduled for December 9, 12, and 15. In addition, the players must meet certain criteria to obtain them. The rifle requires reaching level 5, the pants at least 100 hours spent in the game, and the helmet needs a minimum of 600 hours of play.
"Digits are a new way to experience cosmetic items, combining the fun of playing with AAA quality assets and the thrill of owning NFTs. (...) Digits are collectible in-game vehicles, weapons, and pieces of equipment that offer players unprecedented ways to connect with and enjoy more value from the games they love."
The developers argue that each token is a unique collector's item that has its own serial number and owners' history. Furthermore, as playable cosmetic items, they "provide players with the ability to personalize their experience." Each Digit comes with a certificate of ownership stored in the blockchain architecture.
Ubisoft's idea met with an extremely cold reception. Under the video presenting Ubisoft Quartz, negative reviews prevail (at the moment the ratio is 1700 to 139 positive reviews). Players also express their dissatisfaction in the comments:
"Imagine if ubisoft actually put some thought on making games that people like except endlessly trying to print money," wrote user Nocash IRL.