Though plans for a PC edition of Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
was previously confirmed
by Ubisoft, PC Gamer
has word that the next installment in the Ghost Recon series is for consoles only, and that PC gamers will get Ghost Recon Online instead, which is apparently Ubisoft's new approach to PC piracy following their almost universally despised always-on DRM. Here's word from Ghost Recon Online producer SÃ©bastien Arnoult:
We are giving away most of the content for free because thereâ€™s no barrier to entry. To the users that are traditionally playing the game by getting it through Pirate Bay, we said, â€˜Okay, go ahead guys. This is what youâ€™re asking for. Weâ€™ve listened to you â€“ weâ€™re giving you this experience. Itâ€™s easy to download, thereâ€™s no DRM that will pollute your experience.â€™
Weâ€™re adapting the offer to the PC market. I donâ€™t like to compare PC and Xbox boxed products because they have a model on that platform that is clearly meant to be â‚¬60â€™s worth of super-Hollywood content. On PC, weâ€™re adapting our model to the demand.
â€œWhen 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.
We have to adapt, we have to embrace this instead of pushing it away. Thatâ€™s the main reflection behind Ghost Recon Online and the choice weâ€™ve made to go in this direction.