As it turns out, yet another Ubisoft game will be skipping out on the mouse and keyboard crowd in favor of console exclusivity, for particularly the same reasons.
Ubisoft told Eurogamer recently that “Ghost Recon: Future Soldier has not been announced on PC”, and that “Ghost Recon Online is the PC equivalent”.
Sebastien Arnoult, producer on Future Soldier, explained to PC Gamer the reasoning behind this decision:
“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 per cent 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.”
He went on to explain that Ubisoft is giving consumers what they’re asking for:
“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.’”
As is typical for Ubisoft as of recent, putting games on the PC is not something high on their checklist, not paid releases anyway. Granted, Ubisoft has tried to combat piracy with heavy DRM inclusions on most titles, but in the end, the choice hurt more legitimate users than it did pirates. Consumer feedback has been nothing short of a backlash.
At this point, it’s my belief that Ubisoft will begin to slowly fade away from the PC market entirely, focusing wholly on creating content for the console gamer.
However, I’m not a fan of their suggestion to “just go play Ghost Recon: Online instead.” What does this mean for future Ghost Recon titles on PC?