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Ubisoft Developing PC Free-To-Play Ghost Recon Game, Claims Is 'embracing pirates'

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Ubisoft, pioneer of the much-hated always-on DRM, is currently developing Ghost Recon: Future Soldier – but only for the console platforms. The PC will instead get the free-to-play ("F2P" in common parlance) Ghost Recon Online, which conversely will not be available for consoles. Ubisoft claims that this is because "95% of our consumers will pirate the game", so they are addressing the needs of this market. Sebastien Arnoult, Ghost Recon Online producer said:
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.'
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Thanks to Marineborn for the lead. :toast:
 
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FU ubisoft for canceling future soldier for PC and giving us that BS!!!!

Sorry thats just me, another pc gamer fustrated....
 

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I agree with Dj! It would seem that everything is bending towards the consoles and leaving the PC gamer behind. I also think this is total BS!!!
 
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95% pirated? That doesn't sound accurate at all.
 
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Seriously, those idiots of publishers should start making another excuse other than piracy. Hell, no one would mind if they admit their games were crap. At least some would respect that they have got balls to admit the truth.
 
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95% will pirate the game? Or is it 95% who will rather be playing CoD, BF and Arma?
 
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87% of claims of percentage are made up.
 
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i think pc gamers in general are more discerning. it may not seem it, but there are and have historically been so many more games for pc, so the experience is more. but mostly i think it's because true pc games aren't locked in by as many restrictions as console games, so we have again, experienced what great games can be like.

not saying no console games are great, but as far as original, groundbreaking ideas - they rarely happen on console first.

and look at the top console shooters - halo, gears of war, and call of duty - none rank as very impressive relative to pc shooters. - even call of duty, when you split console vs pc sales the division is obvious.

now i recognize this is a matter of opinion in many ways, but i do believe objectively, the originality and quality of AAA console titles vs AAA pc titles is vastly different, with PC coming out on top. this can simply be attributed to the cost of production. with licenses and media etc, consoles are far more expensive to develop for. the problem is there simply aren't enough pc gamers to buy the games, to turn the company a large enough profit. and in the end, that's all that matters.
 

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That is not Ghost Recon. That is "Ubisoft DRM : The Game"!

They have successfully made a game out of their permanent internet connection DRM, with Ghost Recon as a cover to fool the unsuspecting PC gamer.
 

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"because we know that 95% of our consumers will pirate the game. So we said okay, we have to change our mind."
They've progressed to the stage where they have accepted their psychosis as truth and are now trying to appease the world they see before them.

That, or they're massively trolling.

These are my thoughts - Thanks for ruining Rayman, buttheads.
 

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Take a game with draconian, internet needs to be always on, DRM scheme and change it to a online only game and spin it as "we listened to the PC gamers".

You just can't make this stuff up.
 
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i'm really having a hard time with this one. i just can't seem to wrap my head around this mentality, i mean from every angle it just seems ridiculous. infantile and simply poorly thought out. i think ubisoft is trying to commit suicide.
 
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87% of claims of percentage are made up.
And there have been already around 25 studies made confirming such figures.
 
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And 101% have agreed! :wtf:
 

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i'm really having a hard time with this one. i just can't seem to wrap my head around this mentality
Please stop trying, Digi.
If for some unknown reason you came to the conclusion they were right, we would be forced to kidnap you and send you to the "TPU Gamers Re-education Camp".
It's not pretty and involves a lot of pain.
 

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Well as a saying goes, "what do you get when you polish a turd? Ya get a shinny turd." :laugh::laugh::laugh:
 

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ubisoft is admitting this new game is a pile of poop. if you think 95% of people will pirate the game on PC then you clearly don't have much faith in the game itself. also, let's look at the history of free to play online games. they all suck!! you download them, play them for 30 minutes and that is all. also, F2P online games attract an insane amount of trolls who find great pleasure in purposefully ruining your gaming experience. just give me an updated version of the original ghost recon for $10 and go away.
 
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Until they make a true successor of GR1 it doesn't matter what they do.
 
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Sorry Ubisoft, F2P Online FPS are Asian studios' specialty. :laugh:
 
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There is money to be made on "free" games. I"m really surprised no studio has tried this yet, to test the waters, so to speak. Rovio isn't rich because they charge $1.99 for Angry Birds on the iPad, iPhone, iTouch, etc... They're rich because everyone and their mother has Angry Birds installed on their Android device. What do you see in the upper right hand corner while playing? Hell, just by signing up for a game (i.e. joining their community) the developer has a gold mine right there. By consenting to allow the developer to sell user information to potential customers they would make money.

One more small rant and I'll shut up. What do developers/distributors expect when they don't release a demo? It wasn't very long ago I'd cruise FilePlanet and GamersHell daily to see what demos I could try. Now you have two options, buy the game or pirate it. Not everyone has $40-$60 to casually throw around on a game that may or may not be what they wanted.
 
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Wow, ubisoft are dicks.