New-Fangled Tchotchkes officially coming to Ghost Recon Breakpoint.
Ubisoft this week officially announced Ubisoft Quartz, the company’s foray into NFT tie-ins for their games. And what better game to start off the NFT business venture than with Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, a game about tech bros run amok and doing questionable things to the world in an echo chamber.
Here’s some marketing jibber jabber that says absolutely nothing of value, but Ubisoft decided to use to advertise this release.
Ubisoft Quartz is a new experience for our players, built upon our vision of creating an ever-greater connection between you and the game worlds you love. It aims at offering you more autonomy and agency when interacting with the in-game items that help you craft your own story. This is the place where you can acquire Digits, the first Ubisoft NFTs (non-fungible tokens), playable in a HD game and relying on an energy-efficient technology.
For those of you who read that and learned absolutely nothing, the crux of the Ubisoft Quartz system is that Ubisoft will weaponize FOMO in order to create a system of limited gear that is limited because Ubisoft said it is. In a normal game you would be able to trade these items via a “trading system” but with Ubisoft Quartz, these items will be officially sanctioned for sale for real money. The value being tied to the specific thing being limited release. Like Nike shoes, but you can’t wear them.
The first three drops will be free, because the first taste is always free. On December 9, 12, and 15, players will be able to get their hands on the first sets of NFTs being dropped in-game. Now if you’re thinking about just dropping in and getting your hands on some New-Fangled Tchotchkes, I have bad news. In order to qualify you’ll need to have built up a character to XP level 5. How long does that take? I don’t know. More than an hour, less than infinity. You also need two-factor authentication on, be living in a qualifying country, be at least 18 years old, having a functioning pulse, and be playing on Ubisoft Connect.
According to Ubisoft, their NFTs function on the Tezos blockchain, where a single transaction consumes as much energy as watching a 30 second YouTube video. One thing we can bet on for sure is that Ghost Recon: Breakpoint won’t be coming to Steam, thanks to Valve’s policy forbidding NFT games.