Ubisoft Working On New Ghost Recon Regardless of NFT Controversy



A Ghost Recon Breakpoint operator contemplates a future free of NFTs.

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Ghost Recon Breakpoint has formally obtained its final replace, Ubisoft introduced yesterday. The information comes only a few months after the writer’s disastrous experiment with including NFTs to the sport, and, we’ve discovered, as its Paris studio works on the subsequent mainline entry within the Ghost Recon sequence, based on two sources aware of its growth.

“The final 4 months marked the discharge of our ultimate piece of content material: the model new Operation Motherland mode, tons of latest gadgets together with twentieth anniversary iconic outfits and Quartz gadgets for Ghost Recon Breakpoint,” the writer wrote in its announcement of the sport’s wrapping up. “We’ll proceed to keep up our servers for each Ghost Recon Wildland and Ghost Recon Breakpoint and we actually hope you’ll proceed to benefit from the sport and have enjoyable taking part in in solo or co-op with your folks.”

The following Ghost Recon, codenamed OVER and initially leaked by Nvidia, has been in growth for over a yr and will arrive as early as fiscal yr 2023, sources inform Kotaku. As a substitute of teasing that mission as a part of the sequence’ twentieth anniversary final yr, nevertheless, Ubisoft revealed growth of Ghost Recon Frontline, one more free-to-play live-service shooter deeply paying homage to Name of Responsibility Warzone. Followers had been lower than enthusiastic, and following adverse suggestions from an inner playtest earlier this yr, Kotaku understands the mission to be present process a reset, and is unlikely to launch anytime quickly.

It’s been an uphill climb for the Ghost Recon sequence for years now. Breakpoint was panned by followers and failed to fulfill gross sales expectations when it launched again in 2019, partly as a consequence of new loot grind and survival mechanics that diluted the tactical shooter expertise many got here to the sequence for. Ubisoft’s Paris studio spent the time since diligently overhauling most of the sport’s programs, including new content material, and attempting to win again followers.

The Ghost Recon identify took one other huge hit final December, when Ubisoft rolled out its new blockchain initiative referred to as Quartz. The tech was used so as to add NFTs to Breakpoint, a transfer that few gamers appeared to interact with and plenty of builders on the firm disagreed with internally. “It’s three to 4 years of labor for a fucking Public sale Home,” one present developer advised Kotaku on the time.

With the tip to Breakpoint updates comes new radio silence for the NFT push. Based on two sources aware of Ubisoft’s Strategic Improvements Lab, the workforce behind Quartz has gone principally quiet internally following the preliminary backlash to its controversial experiment.

“As we’re rolling out the final replace of Ghost Recon Breakpoint there is not going to be any extra content material added to the sport,” a spokesperson for Ubisoft advised Kotaku. “We’ll have extra to share relating to Ubisoft Quartz at a later date.”

A message on the Ubisoft Quartz web site thanks Breakpoint gamers who claimed the preliminary NFTs. “You personal a bit of the sport and have left your mark in its historical past,” it states.

Within the meantime, the writer is at the moment hiring for numerous new blockchain associated roles, together with economists, content material managers, and a producer to “Coordinate with sport groups and assist them integrating Quartz.”

If some Ubisoft builders stay annoyed and confused by the corporate’s NFT push, they’re additionally not all offered on its numerous swings to recreate the live-service success of Rainbow Six Siege (a cell model was introduced yesterday). Regardless of colourful battle royale Hyper Scape bombing, the corporate’s ongoing live-service shooters embody not simply Ghost Recon Frontline but additionally The Division Heartland, Xdefiant, and the lately reported mission, Pathfinder. Described as a battle royale that pits gamers in opposition to AI-controlled enemies and each other, one supply who corroborated its existence for Kotaku mentioned they weren’t positive it will ever even come out.

When requested about these plans, a spokesperson for Ubisoft advised Kotaku, “We received’t be commenting on rumors.”