Ubisoft’s Ghost Recon team just announced that they will stop releasing updates for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint. The game has received more than 11 updates over the past 2 years, while the last update was released over the past 4 months. The news comes as a huge shock for players, especially those that purchased the in-game NFTs.
Ghost Recon Breakpoint: Stranded
In-game NFTs offer plenty of inherent benefits that normal in-game assets do not. One of the benefits is that players get full ownership of the assets and the company has little control over them. However, having full control over an asset in an obsolete game does not seem any better than losing it altogether. I mean, we would expect such risks in new NFT games, but not household games from AAA studios, right?
Ubisoft’s sudden announcement caught many players by surprise, especially since there are still areas on the map that are locked and undeveloped. Players are now questioning the use of their NFTs, and if they can be transferred to future games. Given that there are still blockchain-related vacancies at Ubisoft, chances are they will still incorporate NFTs in future titles moving forward.
With regards to Ghost Recon Breakpoint, all is not lost. The company will still support these servers, allowing players to continue playing solo or co-op with friends. The NFT items can also be traded on the marketplace if there is demand. In addition, the new Operation Motherland release comes with several new outfits and items, giving players one last upgrade.
All in all, are in-game NFTs over-hyped? Is it just another gimmick to reel in more revenue? Can decentralized assets in a centralized system work? And will players still buy Ubisoft NFT items in the future?