Ubisoft has been one of the AAA publishers at the forefront of blockchain adoption, much to the vitriol of suspicious, traditional gamers. Now, they have doubled down with the announcement of their first blockchain-based game, Champions Tactics.
Ubisoft is highly conflicting to me when it comes to web3. On the one hand, they are unambiguously one of the bravest and most pioneering AAA publishers in the space and they were the first to implement NFTs into a AAA game. However, their resilience to criticism, it could be argued, verged on obstinate. The NFTs under Ubisoft Quartz, announced in 2021, were for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint and were not well received, nor were they a valuable use of the tech. It all seemed like an experiment, which it may have been, but that was publicized as something more significant.
The issue is, the gaming media and the aggressive gamers that opposed NFTs couldn’t wait to jump down Ubisoft’s throat and forced their hand in many ways. Ubisoft receded on this front, albeit without denouncing blockchain or NFTs. What I can respect is that Ubisoft, undeterred by Quartz, is continuing to be in the first wave of AAAs out of the trenches. We all know just how many of the major gaming entities are working on blockchain integration — Sony, Square Enix, Sega, and so on — but many have been reticent to set onto the battlefield.
Well, yet again, Ubisoft is willing to weather the barrage, and has now announced their first blockchain game.
What Is Champions Tactics?
Champions Tactics Grimoria Chronicles is still something of an enigma, with very few details known. The genre is a tactical PvP-based RPG made for PC, but any further details are guesswork. “Assemble a team of mythical Champions, engage in thrilling tactical battles against other players and discover the legends of the dark and mystical world of Grimoria.”
Despite few gameplay details, footage, or even screenshots being made available, Ubisoft has been forthcoming with it utilizing blockchain, even going as far as to name the blockchain the game will use: Oasys. We’re big fans of the Oasys ecosystem, so it’s pleasing to see this unison; Oasys is fast becoming one of the most formidable blockchain gaming ecosystems there is.
As soon as there is information on Champions Tactics to share, I will write a follow-up article. For now, we have to simply appreciate that Ubisoft cares not for the widespread criticism by skeptical gamers; they see the value of blockchain and they are leading the charge.