Ubisoft Quartz, a platform that enables players to earn and purchase in-game products tokenized as non-fungible tokens (NFTs) on the Tezos blockchain, is the gaming industry’s first large-scale blockchain experiment, according to Ubisoft, the publisher of the Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry franchises. Quartz will be available initially on PC in Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint, with unique cosmetic items available as NFTs (or Digits, as Ubisoft likes to call them). These digital collectibles, such as weaponry, in-game cars, and other visual items, have unique serial numbers that other players may see.
Quartz will be available in beta in the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Brazil, and Australia on December 9. NFT drops are available to Ghost Recon Breakpoint players who have attained XP level 5 in the game.
According to Ubisoft, to build a Tezos wallet for usage with the game, gamers must be at least 18 years old.
Tezos was chosen for Quartz by the French video game publisher because of its reputation as a blockchain that uses a Proof-of-Stake consensus process, which is supposed to require far less energy than Proof-of-Work blockchains like Bitcoin or Ethereum. Tezos was previously chosen for NFT cooperation by British racing superpower McLaren for the same reason.
Ubisoft is calling its NFT releases “Digits,” with free NFTs scheduled for early adopters on December 9, 12, and 15, with further drops planned for 2022.
Items are no longer confined to a player’s inventory with Digits since they may be sold on third-party sites for other qualified players to purchase.
Furthermore, a player can only own one Digit of a single Edition at any one time.
This “large-scale trial” is the next phase in Ubisoft’s four-year in-house research and development into blockchain technology.
“Our long-term efforts lead us to grasp how blockchain’s decentralised approach may actually make players stakeholders of our games, in a way that is also sustainable for our business,” Nicolas Pouard, VP of Ubisoft’s Strategic Innovation Lab, stated.
“Ubisoft Quartz is the first step in realising our lofty goal of creating a full metaverse. And it won’t happen unless blockchain’s early-stage gaming restrictions, like as scalability and energy consumption, are overcome.”