Ubisoft has partnered with Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s creative collaboration platform, HitRecord, to crowdsource music for Watch Dogs: Legion. Since this is a game about creating a playable team from practically anyone in the crowd, this seems pretty on-brand.
HitRecord allows artists to find like-minded people to collaborate on their creative projects. Basically, you can post a project you need help with and people can respond if they feel like helping out, which is what Ubisoft is doing for Watch Dogs: Legion.
Ubisoft is currently looking for collaborators to make 10 songs that will be used in the game, offering $2,000 (around R27,800) per song that is used in the final version of Watch Dogs: Legion. The money will be split amongst the team responsible and their names will be added to the game credits. If you’re intrigued, you can sign up over here.
Ubisoft previously partnered with HitRecord, in a similar capacity, for Beyond Good and Evil 2.
However, not everyone is pleased with this partnership, accusing Ubisoft of profiting off fans and hobbyists rather than paying professional artists for their work, encouraging the persistent belief that creative work isn’t worthy of a proper salary. For instance, professional creatives are often asked to work in exchange for “exposure”.
Genuine attempt to engage the fans or just a way to balance the budget? Why not both?
Watch Dogs: Legion is set for release on 6 March 2020.