Ubisoft slams pirates and cancels PC Ghost Recon: Future Soldier

By Alan Ng - Nov 25, 2011

We have some surprising news to bring PC gamers now, especially for those that were hoping to pick up a copy of Ubisoft’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier. The company has just revealed that they are cancelling a PC version, due to the high volumes of piracy that is still very much evident in today’s society amongst gamers.

We have informed you about one recent DRM-related problem involving Skyrim which rubbed PC gamers up the wrong way, and now this latest move from Ubisoft is going to be a huge talking point in build up to the game’s release.

The Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game are unaffected, as they will still release as planned during March of next year. As for the PC version though, Ubisoft has decided not to release a PC version, and will instead offer Ghost Recon Online as a full alternative. Ghost Recon Online is a free-to-play game which offers a similar experience to Future Soldier, but is tailored fully around microtransactions such as renting a gun for a few days for a set price. Ghost Recon Online is also set to release on the Nintendo Wii U at some point next year.

As for Ubisoft’s decision on not releasing Future Soldier for the PC, it seems particularly harsh on legit gamers, as producer Sébastien Arnoult had this to say in a recent interview with PC Gamer:

“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.’’

If you didn’t realise how big of a problem PC piracy still is in the PC market, just ask Ubisoft as it obviously suggests that they are feeling the pain to make such a bold decision on not to bring the game to PC gamers. Will they end up losing a big chunk of money because of this, or will it simply send everyone to Ghost Recon Online and help boost popularity there. Many gamers will still buy the console versions of course, so perhaps this is their way of balancing the books after seeing so many gamers pirate Skyrim.

What are your thoughts on this? Are you angry with Ubisoft for their decision, or do you fully understand their motives and will be supporting Ghost Recon Online when it comes out? We’ve added a video below giving you a look how Ghost Recon Online is shaping up.

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  • Brownsamurai

    Shame, I would have owned it for both the 360 to play with one group of friends, and the PC to play it with another.  Enjoy half the revenue.  Pretty harsh decision for Ubisoft and now the target of some fiesty words from Steam/Valve.

  • i think it was pretty harsh,i know what actually happens in torrentz(pirate bay).An user uploads the game and a thousand download it,its just a thousand gamers,not many.this will directly affect legit pc gamers hence that is why i consider their decision a harsh one.

  • Anonymous

    Personally I’d rather them not release it than release somethig covered in DRM. I have ethical issues supporting DRMd games. There are no ethical issues with F2P and micro-transactions.