95% of PC Players Would Have Pirated Ghost Recon: Future Solider, So Here’s A Free Version Instead

According to Ghost Recon Online producer Sébastien Arnoult, free-to-play games exist as a result of PC game piracy. Ghost Recon: Future Solider will be a console-exclusive title, with PC users having access to the free-to-play Ghost Recon Online.

Arnoult said:

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.’

Wait a minute… This can’t be. A developer is combating piracy through means other than punishing paying customers? Preposterous.

We’re adapting the offer to the PC market. I don’t like to compare PC and Xbox boxed products because they have a model on that platform that is clearly meant to be €60’s worth of super-Hollywood content. On PC, we’re adapting our model to the demand.

Is the implication here that the PC version will not be up to snuff with the console version? That PC users have two options: play the proper version on PC, or settle for this free model that is “clearly meant to be $0′s worth of content?”

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% 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. That’s the main reflection behind Ghost Recon Online and the choice we’ve made to go in this direction.

“Ported.” That word makes me shudder. Who would have known that piracy was the solution to the elimination of console ports? Thanks, Pirate Bay. Your secret plot against consolization has prevailed.

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11 Comments on 95% of PC Players Would Have Pirated Ghost Recon: Future Solider, So Here’s A Free Version Instead

Heru

On November 25, 2011 at 9:19 pm

“Wait a minute… This can’t be. A developer is combating piracy through means other than punishing paying customers? Preposterous.”

“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% of our consumers will pirate the game.”

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Thats right. He’s combating piracy by insulting our intelligence.

Wobbles

On November 26, 2011 at 5:09 am

What Heru said. You can’t pirate a game thats mainly played online. You need valid key with the game for that! Free to play games (basically a demo) are all about the DLC that these idiots are trying to push down pc gamers throats. This guy knows he can make alot more money by charging separately for each bit of equipment and other content in the game. How about I just not get this game at all…

vfn

On November 26, 2011 at 7:34 am

What 95% of the [i]gamers[/i] install it illegally, so that has nothing to do about F2P asian games been better than retail games ? My top game today is World of Tanks, and guess what its F2P, and its the best.

I really love to see where those numbers come from. But glad to hear that GRAWOL will be F2P.

Derka

On November 26, 2011 at 12:14 pm

cool we’re gonna get stuck playing with brazilians and russians

IzayoiKagemaru

On November 26, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Ubisoft not having a ing clue… again.

/le sigh

IzayoiKagemaru

On November 26, 2011 at 12:51 pm

And on what of I just said, they think every PC player is:
A) Pirate
B) Potencial Pirate
C) Only plays action games
D) Pirate

….

G.A.R.B.A.G.E

On November 27, 2011 at 8:34 am

95% of developers make games on PC, and cater solely to ty consoles multilayer anyway.

See how easy it is to throw out random stats.
Looks like yet another mediocre modern warfare micro transaction PC multi-player.

Seriously if he had said they are giving the PC multi-player game away in such a way because 100% of PC multi-player games are hacked and/or have cheaters in them, that would have made 110% more sense.

Ron

On November 27, 2011 at 11:54 am

Well first off reason pirate sites exist and why it prevails is cause games are run like industry products, they make it cheap fast and crappy. So instead of running out and buying it right away people pirate test and either buy it and support it or delete and tell the folks the truth behind it.

Make something worth-while and have confidence and feel proud about what your doing, and it will shine through to your art and products. Simple as that stop crying and make fair prices and produce fine products and people will support you through the good and the bad.

Apc

On November 27, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Awesome. I love the idea. Now let us mod it and host our own servers and we’ll be set.

Console Pirates

On November 27, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Hahaha, this is awesome excuse to made it console exclusive, is Ubisoft already blinded by the fact that console such as Xbox 360 and even PS3 is already being cracked and piracy on console games is already on the market, with 5% the price of the original games. This is a extremely poor way to combat piracy, if Ghost Recon Future Soldier is actually good, even PC gamers will buy original, I bought Battlefield 3 and Skyrim original cause this game deserved it, Ghost Recon in PC have very poor reputations, I only got the Advanced Warfare and it pissed me off to spend RM159.00 for a game that even worst than the console version, why TomClancy Studio always upset the PC gamers instead, cause My Pal play the pirated Xbox 360 Ghost Recon it was 1000 times better than the PC version……geeezz…….way a go man :(

random

On November 28, 2011 at 3:54 am

95% of PC gamers Wouldnt Have payed for Ghost Recon: Future Solider as its just another crappy online shooter. so yea… here it is for free..

i wonder how many people wil actualy play it with the developer spitting in yuore face like this