Ubisoft’s upcoming PvP arena shooter Project Q suddenly announced

Posted on April 25, 2022

Ubisoft’s in-development multiplayer title Project Q has been suddenly officially announced on Twitter following leaked gameplay footage. The game is described as “not a Battle Royale“, but “will feature a variety of PvP modes with one single goal in mind: FUN!“. It isn’t clear at this point whether it will be free-to-play or not. Interestingly, the publisher has also ruled out Ubisoft Quartz and NFT integration, no doubt stung by the tepid reception of its use in Ghost Recon: Breakpoint.

Despite Ubisoft advising that Project Q isn’t a Battle Royale, it at least seems aesthetically inspired by Fortnite and its many imitators. The current closed test includes two game modes. The first of these is Showdown, a smaller-scale mode where four 2-person teams duke it out, with the last team standing winning. The other mode currently confirmed is Battle Zone, wherein two teams of four players battle for to control certain areas in a Capture the Flag-esque competition.

It’s not clear what the Q in Project Q stands for. One thing we at least know it doesn’t stand for is Quartz. Ubisoft has gone out of its way to confirm that Ubisoft Quartz, their ill-fated foray into integrating NFT features into their games, won’t be used, at least in this title. Considering how poorly their addition into Ghost Recon Breakpoint went, this is probably a good move. Ubisoft has enough reputational issues following years of allegations of misconduct towards its employees, so saddling this game with the stigma of NFTs and their terrible environmental impact on top of everything else would not have helped.

Project Q is still in early development, with a final name presumably still unconfirmed. It is planned for release on PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4 and PS5. Players interested in staying in the loop with new info can register for Project Q updates on Ubisoft’s website.