I’m going to go out on a limb here and say….no, no one does. First off, let me at least say I’m glad that they’re trying something new here, but seriously….Battle Tag? Come on Ubi. I like the innovation but I don’t think this idea is it.
First announced at their E3 Conference (that was so hard to watch in all honesty), Battle Tag is essentially laser tag only you can buy a “starter pack” for 130 bucks for your PC. You also get these “ammo and health boxes” which if you put your gun up to them it’ll scan in more virtual ammo and health. Seriously. That’s it. That’s all it is. It’s basically up to you to make something out of this. Software on the computer tracks the information such as hits, kills, and deaths among other things.
Here’s the interesting bit though. The Canadian release is set for today, November 22, only at a place called Zellers (no idea, I’m not from Canada) and on Ubisoft’s website (well, of course). Texas will serve as a “test release” for the US, with a few specific Toys R Us stores in Houston and Austin which begin selling it last week. Test market….does that mean even Ubisoft isn’t sure about this?
On paper this may sound like a good idea, but in reality, who wants to spend 130 bucks on something that’s basically laser tag? Not only that, you’ll have to spend even more money on more guns and accessories for it so when it comes down to it, it can be pretty pricey. I can think of a few alternatives for most people including Laser Tag, Airsoft, Paintball, Nerf Guns and the all-powerful IMAGINATION. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying I want this thing to fail. I have no problems with it whatsoever, I just don’t really see the point of it. Not sure about this one Ubi…