Okay, so I don’t really know what NFTs are supposed to be, but they’re coming to some Ubisoft games, and the first is Ghost Recon Breakpoint. According to Ubisoft, these NFTs will be acquirable as “unique, collectible, in-world cosmetics.” Called Digits, they will launch in a beta form alongside Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint. You can read Ubisoft’s official breakdown on whatever these digits are supposed to be below:
“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, collectible pieces of Ubisoft game worlds,” Ubisoft explained. “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 company has created a platform for its playable NFTs, called Ubisoft Quartz. It’s a mobile app, which you can use to acquire Digits collectible in Ubisoft games.
These NFTs’ main draw, aside from being cosmetics, is the ability to sell them on a different marketplace outside of Ubisoft. Each Digit will come with a “certificate of ownership stored on a blockchain,” which is a technology not a part of the company. You’ll no longer limit yourself to cosmetics as a part of a single game’s inventory and can instead sell them.
“Our long-term efforts led us to understand how blockchain’s decentralized approach could genuinely make players stakeholders of our games, in a way that is also sustainable for our industry, placing back into their hands the value they generate through the time they spend, the items they buy or the content they create online,” said Nicolas Pouard, VP of Ubisoft’s Strategic Innovation Lab. “Ubisoft Quartz is the first building block in our ambitious vision for developing a true metaverse. And it can’t come to life without overcoming blockchain’s early-form limitations for gaming, including scalability and energy consumption.”
NFTs, or Non-Fungible Tokens, have received criticisms in the past for a lack of energy efficiency. This issue will supposedly be tackled by Ubisoft’s new system.
“Energy-efficiency is a key requirement to propel blockchain technology into a future where it can be widely used by millions of players,” said Didier Genevois, blockchain technical director at Ubisoft. “We chose Tezos because of its original Proof-of-Stake network and its leadership on clean NFTs.”
Players can use Digits after playing Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint, and after reaching level 5 in the game. This program is only open to players ages 18 and older. The beta for this program will start on December 9. Honestly, sure. You do you, Ubisoft.