Publisher and developer Ubisoft have revealed that there will be no PC release for upcoming tactical shooter Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, mostly thanks to the ever frustrating issue of piracy. However, according to the company, Ubisoft Singapore developed Ghost Recon Online will be the closest PC gamers get to a new and reformed Ghost Recon game.
Ghost Recon Online will adopt a free-to-play model, Ubisoft's response to piracy and alternative to the more frustrating and contested DRM model.
"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,'" explained game producer SÃ©bastien Arnoult.
While Ghost Recon Online will be exclusive to PC, unfortunately Ghost Recon: Future Soldier will only be available on PS3 and Xbox 360. A matter of "adapting our model to the demand," said Arnoult.
"When we started Ghost Recon Online we were thinking about Ghost Recon: Future Soldier; having something ported in the classical way without any deep development, because we know that 95% of our consumers will pirate the game," he added. "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."
Ghost Recon Online is currently undergoing a closed beta phase while Ghost Recon: Future Soldier is slated for an early 2012 release on PS3 and Xbox 360.
Source: PC Gamer