Ubisoft Quartz - What You Need To Know
This week, Ubisoft introduces Ubisoft Quartz, a new platform for players to get Digits, the first NFTs playable in AAA games and running on energy-efficient technology. Each and every Digit is a high-quality asset and a unique, collectible piece of a Ubisoft world. Developed by the Ubisoft Strategic Innovations Lab, Quartz is launching in beta with Ghost Recon Breakpoint for PC players on Ubisoft Connect. The first three Digits will be rewarded to early adopters for free on December 9, 12, and 15. To learn more about Ubisoft Quartz, we spoke to Blockchain Product Director Baptiste Chardon and Blockchain Technical Director Didier Genevois. technology.
What sort of new experiences can blockchain and NFTs bring to gaming?
Baptiste Chardon: Blockchain’s decentralized technology enables gaming technologies and lay the foundation of an ambitious and exciting new ecosystem that is, by design, truly community driven. first, it is a totally new approach compared to the walled-garden digital introducing concepts like uniqueness and control, and thus value distribution in our game worlds.
This new approach can even, on a longer term, open up new opportunities such as interoperability between games or a never-before-seen level of autonomy for communities within game worlds thanks to the decentralized nature of the In that sense, added on top of existing tools, we see blockchain as a means of placing back into the hands of players and creators the value they generate through their engagement with their games. of real-life possibilities in the digital space. their games.
Why has it become such a major trend in recent months?
Didier Genevois: The digitization of our world has significantly accelerated changes in the way users and communities interact online. As blockchain technology matures, and as more and more talented people (creators, developers, Blockchain-based experiences are getting better and more promising, and we see signs of a paradigm shift. New concepts are getting mainstream, such as cryptocurrencies, crypto-wallets, Similarly, new business models are Obviously, we also see new roles for players and creators, like
There are a lot of discussions about how some blockchains and NFTs are harmful to the environment. Can you explain why that is, and how Ubisoft uses blockchain while remaining sustainable?
This has been a key topic for us throughout our nearly five-year exploration of blockchain. important to understand that there’s not just one single blockchain, or one single way to create NFTs. The technology has rapidly branched to evolve towards Most NFTs and cryptocurrencies you keep hearing about used to run on the early forms of blockchain, like Bitcoin and Ethereum, based on the Proof-of-Work protocol which generates this heavy energy consumption. energy consumption.
This is a key limitation we identified early on, which is why we have been looking for a better alternative before launching a large-scale blockchain towards a more sustainable form, Proof-of-Stake, which does not rely on complex
How did Ubisoft Quartz get started, and how is it different from what already exists? collaborating with the startup ecosystem through our Ubisoft Entrepreneurs Lab program and the Blockchain Game Alliance, and working on in-house research and As for Ubisoft Quartz, the project started when our research led us to rethink how blockchain could provide a new value proposition to our players, around the concepts of provable scarcity and decentralized control. was starting to be known to a mainstream audience. NFTs, and they brought the concept of uniqueness to digital assets, as opposed Similarly, the concept of “smart contracts” – agreements that have been codified inside a blockchain – players, when until now, players’ inventories were bound to remain stuck in a single game. to move forward on our vision that players should become true stakeholders of Ubisoft Quartz and the Digits were born!
Will it change the fundamental gameplay experience for Ghost Recon Breakpoint players? BC: Absolutely not. Digits are cosmetics only. They do not affect the that this new experience would not unbalance the experience for our players, be they in PvP or PvE.
How do you concept and design Digits?
BC: The same way the Ghost Recon Breakpoint team carefully designs other items to go in the game. It’s always a push for authenticity that drives our artists working on the franchise mixed with the feedback from our communities, as well as the sense for details that allows those items to reach that high
Dec 07, 2021 at 21:21