Although a few days ago we told you that the developers of STALKER 2 had decided to backtrack, today we get the news that Ubisoft instead goes ahead with its NFT plans despite the criticism generated. We talk about Ubisoft Quartz, a new platform that offers NFT skins and that has earned the complaints of employees and players. The French firm, for its part, considers this to be “a great change.” They think in the same way as EA, who also argue that it is the future of the industry.
In an interview with Decrypt It was Didier Genevois, technical director of blockchain at Ubisoft, who once again emphasized that Ubisoft Quartz Billed as “Major Change” for Fans. We are talking about a service that allows you to collect, buy and sell NFT content from games such as Ghost Recon Breakpoint. “We have received a lot of feedback since we made the announcement, and we hear both those who are encouraging and those who show concern,” says Genevois.
“We understand where the sentiment towards technology comes from and we must continue to take it into consideration every step of the way,” he added. “This experiment aims understand how our players can receive and embrace the decentralization value proposition. We know this is a major change that will take time, but we will stay true to our three principles. “
“We know that it is an important change”
The project was launched this month with a beta version for the aforementioned action game, allowing players to acquire these “Digits”: collectible vehicles, weapons and pieces of equipment. To increase their exclusivity, the Digits arrive as part of limited numbered editions and can also be obtained in-game. “Digits are a new way of experimenting with cosmetic items,” stated Ubisoft.
A French syndicate quickly echoed Ubisoft’s intentions to embrace NFTs: “You like dividends, subprimes, financial derivatives, crises, speculation, fast trading, money laundering, etc … ? This is the unspoken and sure promise of NFT. We are far from the enjoyment of video games“(va PC Gamer). Employees have also spoken out against this project: “How can you look at private property, speculation, artificial scarcity and selfishness and then say ‘yes, this is good, I want that, let’s put it as art’?” I valued a member of staff. “I usually try to keep a positive attitude towards our ads, but this one is disturbing,” pointed out another (goes Kotaku).
From the industry itself, they have also positioned themselves against the NFTs: Phil Spencer, head of the Xbox house, considers them “a danger”; while Steam is directly banning games that include this type of blockchain system.