Yesterday Ubisoft decided to release an Xbox Series X/S upgrade for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint. There wasn’t much talk on this release but with all the promotion being placed on the release of Far Cry 6 next week it’s not a surprise. It’s also not the first game to see this happen.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider was upgraded for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S upgrade and that received no official announcement at the time. Though Ubisoft with Ghost Recon Breakpoint may upset a few people.
What is the problem with Ghost Recon Breakpoint?
Ubisoft has a few games which were upgraded for the new consoles and for free. Personally, I can list the following examples.
- Far Cry 6
- Rainbow Six Siege
- Assassins Creed Valhalla
- Watchdogs Legion
- Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
Now if you turn on your Xbox Series X/S and browse the recent releases you will find something interesting.
The Ultimate Edition is listed on the store with a September 29th release date. It’s on sale on Xbox at 75% off. The price is £24.99/$35.99. And if you want the upgrade you have to rebuy the game. After the sale ends it reverts back to £99.99/$119.99. There is a cheaper option however if you miss the sale. That’s the deluxe edition priced at £67.99/$69.99.
According to Ubisoft support on Twitter, there Is there no free upgrade for existing owners. I asked them directly. The response was not happy reading.
And the content in the upgrade when compared with the Death Stranding upgrade is quite poor.
Ghost Recon Breakpoint Upgrade With Cost
That is what seems to be the case. When this launched I purchased the Ultimate Edition and after the sale ends the price for that edition is even dearer still. But they are only offering the upgraded version it seems on those two editions at the time of writing. When they are providing similar upgrades for other titles and in the case of Watchdogs Legion adding ray tracing all for free this upgrade path is greedy, to say the least. I have reached out to Xbox Support who stated they will contact Ubisoft to see if this is a permanent upgrade path.
What about PlayStation 5? Are owners on their facing a similar scenario?
At the time of writing, there is no listing on the store for a PlayStation 5 version.
So what are your thoughts on this? No doubt some will have an opinion on what appears to be the most unfriendly upgrade for a title. Especially for a company that was going to support Smart Delivery on Xbox.