Ubisoft, the renowned game maker behind Assassin’s Creed and Just Dance, is venturing further into the blockchain gaming space with its latest game, Champions Tactics: Grimoria Chronicles. This original PC game is described as a player-versus-player (PvP) tactical role-playing game (RPG) experience.
Ubisoft has been one of the first major traditional game publishers to experiment with blockchain technology. Despite some backlash from gamers, the company continues to explore this space. Champions Tactics: Grimoria Chronicles, which was quietly revealed recently, is Ubisoft’s first game built on the Oasys blockchain. This gaming-centric blockchain network has also attracted other gaming giants like Square Enix, Sega, and Bandai Namco.
Ubisoft is Bridging the Gap Between NFTs and Gaming
The official website teases a “free drop at launch” to enable gameplay. This suggests that Champions Tactics may require an NFT or token to play, but Ubisoft will offer them up for free—at least initially. This move by Ubisoft is seen as a significant step in the integration of NFTs into mainstream gaming.
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Ubisoft’s foray into blockchain gaming has not been without controversy. The company caused a stir in the gaming world in late 2021 when it revealed that it would launch limited edition NFT-based items on the Tezos blockchain for the PC version of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint. This experimental rollout, to date the highest-profile integration of NFTs into an existing mass-market game, was met with considerable complaints by players.
Despite the skepticism surrounding NFTs due to factors like speculation on digital assets, scams in the NFT space, and a suspicion that publishers will use NFTs to try and extract more cash from players, Ubisoft has continued to forge partnerships and continue building in the Web3 world.
Ubisoft’s move to offer free Ethereum NFTs for Champions Tactics represents a significant development in the gaming industry’s adoption of blockchain technology. It remains to be seen how this will impact the gaming landscape and whether other major game publishers will follow suit.