Ubisoft announced its upcoming “team battle arena game” with two key disclaimers: it’s not just a battle royale and there are no NFTs. The game company shared the news on Twitter after leakers posted footage of the game, codenamed Project Qonline.
“This is not a battle royale,” Ubisoft said in a series of tweets† “The game will feature different PvP modes with only one goal in mind: FUN! We have no plans to add NFTs to this game, you can find out more by registering and participating in the upcoming tests!”
So we heard you heard…
Introducing codenamed “Project Q”, a team battle arena that lets players truly own the experience! The game is in early development and we will continue testing, so for now you can only register for upcoming testing: https://t.co/TMRKwiUzbJ pic.twitter.com/hZ40OkPdum
— Ubisoft (@Ubisoft) Apr 23, 2022
As noted in Ubisoft’s tweet, you can sign up for upcoming tests for the Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, and PC on Ubisoft’s website. It is not yet known when the tests will be available or whether the game in its final form will be free to play. Ubisoft did reassure playershowever, that the “Q” in Project Q won’t stand for “Quartz,” the name of the company’s divisive in-game NFT initiative it ended up in Ghost Recon†
Project Q footage of video game leaker Tom Henderson shows a Fortnite meets overwatch kind of aesthetic. It also seems to have two modes at the moment: Showdown (battle royale) and Battle Zone (territory control). The game is still in its early stages, so this could all change. The edge contacted Ubisoft with a request for comment, but didn’t hear back immediately.
Ubisoft launched a short-lived free-to-play battle royale called Hyperscapein 2020. The futuristic shooter gave a twist to the traditional battle royale, but its popularity quickly waned, leading to its eventual shutdown on April 28, 2022.