Ubisoft has announced that it won’t be releasing Ghost Recon: Future Solider on the PC, but focusing on the free-to-play Ghost Recon Online instead. in an interview for PC Gamer Ghost Recon Online producer, Sébastien Arnoult, said that this decision was made in a response to piracy.
“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% of our consumers will pirate the game. So we said okay, we have to change our mind”.
Arnoult also mentioned that this is an effort made by Ubisoft to adapt to the present-day PC market. “We’re adapting the offer to the PC market. I don’t like to compare PC and Xbox boxed products because they have a model on that platform that is clearly meant to be €60’s worth of super-Hollywood content. On PC, we’re adapting our model to the demand.”
“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.’”
Ghost Recon: Future Solider is due on the XBOX 360 and PS3 in March 2012, while Ghost Recon Online is a PC exclusive game, currently in closed beta in France and Germany, and is expect to reach other territories in the next few months.Some of our posts include links to online retail stores. We get a small cut if you buy something through one of our links. Don't worry, it doesn't cost you anything extra.