Ghost Recon: Future Soldier not coming to PC due to piracy concerns
Ubisoft have confirmed that Ghost Recon: Future Soldier will not be coming to PC. Instead, PC players will be getting the free-to-play Ghost Recon Online.
In a statement to Eurogamer, the publisher said “Ghost Recon: Future Soldier has not been announced on PC”, instead “Ghost Recon Online is the PC equivalent.”
A PC edition of Future Soldier had been mentioned by Ubisoft back in 2010, however no further details followed. Ubisoft set up a (still active) forum for a PC version of Future Soldier, presumably meaning such a thing was on the cards at some point.
Speaking to PC Gamer, Ghost Recon Online senior producer Sebastien Arnoult said the reason for Future Soldier not appearing on PC is that “95 per cent” of players would pirate the game.
“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 per cent of our consumers will pirate the game,” said Arnoult.
“So we said okay, we have to change our mind.
“We have to adapt, we have to embrace this instead of pushing it away. That’s the main reflection behind Ghost Recon Online and the choice we’ve made to go in this direction.”
Arnoult added: “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.'”
Such comments are unlikely to make Ubisoft anymore popular than it already is with PC players. Earlier this week IncGamers reported on an interview we conducted with I Am Alive’s creative director, Stanislas Mettra, in which he says that (despite the “bitching”) a PC version of the game is unlikely given the fact that piracy is so widespread on the platform.
I think it may just be a good idea to considered Ubisoft a publisher primarily focused on console gaming from here on out.