Ubisoft’s plans to add non-fungible tokens (NFTs) to its games have met with overwhelming reaction.
The Ubisoft Quartz platform announcement trailer was posted on Ubisoft North America’s official YouTube channel and has received over 105,000 views at the time of writing.
Viewers have also “liked” or “disliked” more than 16,000 times on the video, and the consensus is overwhelmingly in favor of the latter.
At the time of writing, of the 16,270 engagements viewers have made, 804 were likes, while 15,466 were dislikes.
This means that the percentage of positive interactions currently stands at just under 5%.
Ubisoft Quartz – Announces Trailer
NFTs are single, non-interchangeable units of data stored in a digital ledger, which users can buy and sell.
Ubisoft is introducing NFT to its games through Ubisoft Quartz, which it advertises as “the first platform for playable and energy-efficient NFTs in AAA games.”
Released this week in beta with the PC version of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon, it will allow players to purchase ‘Digits’, which are collectible in-game vehicles, weapons and pieces of equipment.
The digits will be published as part of limited ‘Editions’, each consisting of a fixed number of cosmetic items.
Ubisoft said: “Digits are a new way to experience cosmetic items, combining the fun of playing with AAA-quality assets and the thrill of owning NFTs that represent unique and collectible pieces from Ubisoft’s gaming worlds.”
Each digit has its own serial number that can be seen by other players in the game and comes with a certificate of ownership. Players will be able to sell Digits on third-party platforms outside of the Ubisoft ecosystem.
“Our long-term efforts led us to understand how the decentralized approach to blockchain could genuinely turn players into stakeholders of our games, in a way that is also sustainable for our industry, returning to their hands the value they generate through of the time they spend, the items they buy or the content they create online, ”said Nicolas Pouard, vice president of the Strategic Innovation Lab at Ubisoft.
“Ubisoft Quartz is the first pillar of our ambitious vision to develop a true metaverse. And it cannot come to life without overcoming the initial limitations of blockchain for gaming, including scalability and power consumption.
Ubisoft Quartz will be available in beta from December 9
Ubisoft Quartz will be available in beta from December 9 at 6pm UTC / 10am PT / 1pm ET in the US, Canada, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Australia, and Brazil.
It will launch with three free-digit releases on December 9, 12, and 15, which will be available in Ubisoft Quartz and playable in Ghost Recon Breakpoint, with more releases in early 2022.