Ubisoft has removed some microtransactions from Ghost Recon Breakpoint after they showed up in its in-game store during the game’s Early Access period.
In a forum post, Ubisoft said: “We are aware that during the Early Access of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint on October 1st, some Time-Savers items (Skill Point bundles, XP Boosters, parts bundles for advanced weapon upgrades) were available for purchase for a few hours in our Store but this was not our intention and was an error on our behalf.
“These items were designed as an optional way for players arriving later to the game (Post-Launch) to catch up with those who have been playing for longer and enjoy our co-op and challenging end-game experiences. These Time-Savers have since been removed from our Store for now.”
In the same forum post, Ubisoft set out Ghost Recon Breakpoint’s overall microtransaction philosophy: “With Ghost Recon Breakpoint, we always aimed at offering a fair and rewarding experience to our players however they want to experience our game, in solo, co-op, PvE or PvP. From the beginning, two key factors stood out as extremely important for the team. That Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint doesn’t include any pay-to-win elements. To make sure that players not choosing to engage with in-game purchases do not see their experience affected. Players will be able to unlock skills and get access to plenty of varied loot & items by simply playing the game.”
And the French publisher added, with a hint of contrition: “Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint is a live game and will grow over time as we listen to players’ feedback. We will continue to evaluate the game’s performance and provide updates on all aspects of our game.”
Ghost Recon: Breakpoint has come in for a good deal of criticism (including this thread on Reddit) over the sheer number of microtransactions it contains, some of which are only purchasable via real money converted into Ghost Coins. None, though, were more egregious than the Time Savers, which clearly amounted to pay-to-win items, but thankfully haven’t made it into the game’s full release, although Ubisoft’s forum post implied they could be added to the store at a later date.
Ghost Recon is now out for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. For more official news about it, head to this webpage.