Ubisoft has looked into the NFT marketplace over the past couple of months and is now set to introduce their version which they are calling “Digits”. Starting this week Digits will be introduced into their game “Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint” The Digits will have a serial code on them making them unique so you can buy and sell them on the marketplace.
As with many NFTs, critics are arguing over the effects on the environment and how they offer little benefit but the NFT itself could hold a crazy high value or it could be a big flop we are yet to find out. This will determine how much people are willing to part with their cash for an exclusive item.
Ubisoft is a major game developer with many triple-A titles such as Assassins Creed, Rainbow Six Seige and Far Cry. So the game will be developed nicely (hopefully) and the launch of Digits will run smoothly and successfully!
Its in-game NFTs will be stored on the Tezos blockchain, which it claims is far more energy-efficient than other options.
But the use of NFTs in gaming remains controversial, with many players and designers believing they are only considered as a way to make money, rather than providing players with any benefit.
Ubisoft’s first batch of Digits will launch with “limited editions” of a fixed number of in-game digital items, for the company’s game Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint, on Thursday. They can be paid for with cryptocurrency, but only in the launch countries of USA, Canada, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Australia and Brazil. This is great for the game as you could be running around in the first edition of Digits and this could make it very valuable.
Many games especially free-to-play ones such as the popular Fortnite or Warzone titles make a large chunk of their money through selling in-game cosmetic items or “skins” that change the look of characters or items. This could impact the future that we see the “skins” have because we would rather have our very own skin that is unique to us! Imagine rocking up to play with your squad in a unique one of a kind skin that allows them to recognise you!
Ubisoft is applying the NFT technology to this game mechanic, and calling its overall ecosystem “Quartz”. NFTs are always unique in some way, but in-game cosmetics are identical for every player who gets a copy. Ubisoft’s solution is to put a unique serial number on these digital items.
In one example shown by the company, a digital helmet worn by a character appears to have a serial number “stamped in” to the metal in its appearance – a number Ubisoft says will be different for every owner.
That serial number will be visible in-game to other players, and each player can only own one of each “Digit” NFT, Ubisoft said.
These Digits can then be bought and sold with cryptocurrency like any other token on the blockchain even for those who do not own or play Ubisoft’s games. The items will also list previous owners in-game!
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