Ubisoft pulls Ghost Recon Future Soldier from PC platform
Ryan Martin / 5 years ago
Ubisoft has made the decision to pull Ghost Recon Future Soldier, the upcoming game title, from the PC platform and instead orientate it towards the consoles only. They will release a free-to-play kind of consolation prize for the PC gamers to be called Ghost Recon Online which will not be available on console. They claim this is because “95% of our consumers will pirate the game” and therefore it is not financially viable to release it on PC. Since it is also free it means they have pulled the DRM protection from the game too so it can be shared, downloaded and accessed with minimal fuss.
“We are giving away most of the content for free because there’s no barrier to entry. To the users that are traditionally playing the game by getting it through Pirate Bay, we said, ‘Okay, go ahead guys. This is what you’re asking for. We’ve listened to you – we’re giving you this experience. It’s easy to download, there’s no DRM that will pollute your experience.’ We’re adapting the offer to the PC market. I don’t like to compare PC and Xbox boxed products because they have a model on that platform that is clearly meant to be €60’s worth of super-Hollywood content. On PC, we’re adapting our model to the demand. When we started Ghost Recon Online we were thinking about Ghost Recon: Future Solider; having something ported in the classical way without any deep development, because we know that 95% of our consumers will pirate the game. So we said okay, we have to change our mind.We have to adapt, we have to embrace this instead of pushing it away. That’s the main reflection behind Ghost Recon Online and the choice we’ve made to go in this direction.”