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Visceral wants Dead Space 3 "consistent across all platforms" to avoid 'inequality'
Posted: 29.01.2013 13:34 by Simon Priest Comments: 18
The PC version of Dead Space 3 has been defended by executive producer Steve Papoutsis. To him it's "confusing" when asked if they're optimising for PC - it's "very different" but 'no less important'.

Visceral has "always made console games," and their biggest goal is to deliver a quality "consistent across all platforms" without one userbase "saying it's better on their system." Bad news for PC?

The original Dead Space titles did release on PC and had the kind of graphical options you'd expect for advanced rendering and such, but none take advantage of DirectX 11.

"It's confusing to me that this question even comes up," Papoutsis told Shacknews. "It's by no means any less important to us; it gets a lot of attention. The PC is a very different platform. As developers, you want to deliver an experience that's as similar as possible on different platforms."

"In Dead Space 2, I felt we made some great strides in terms of controls, responsiveness and even the visual improvements we got into it. We continue to evolve our games as we develop them, but we certainly don't target PC as something that's going to be significantly different. We aren't trying to create disparity in the experience that our gamers enjoy; we want to make sure everyone's having that same experience." Well intentioned, but 'bad' for PC.

"At our studio, we've always made console games," he continued. "The biggest thing is we want to make sure the quality of the experience is consistent across all platforms so we don't have one userbase saying it's better on their system."

Allowing players to use keyboard and mouse in Dead Space 3 "immediately makes the game feel different," added the executive producer. "Working with the community, we found some people wanted to map the controls a little differently because of disabilities and we supported that", referring to Dead Space 2's control update.

"It's a confusing question and I hope my answer brings a little bit of light to it. We seem a little bit discredited for the amount of effort that goes into it, quite honestly. We want it to be great on all systems, that's our approach."

Dead Space 3 releases on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC February 5th in the US, 8th in EU.

Source: Shacknews
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Comments

By danfreeman (SI Elite) on Jan 29, 2013
danfreeman
Translation: we are lazy assholes and don`t give a shit about our consumers now give us your money and suck it.
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Jan 29, 2013
nocutius
Something like that :)
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jan 29, 2013
herodotus
Exactly. Crap console port for PC gamers - big pass!
This sounds worryingly much the same as how Sega is describing "Aliens: Colonial Marines":
"... producer Brian Burleson explained that the game’s built around DirectX 11, which should provide some snappy performance. However, it’s not going to use any DirectX 11 only effects; out of respect for its console cousins."

Cousins? They're the bastard off-spring off the mighty and beatific PC.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jan 29, 2013
herodotus
PS.
"Allowing players to use keyboard and mouse in Dead Space 3..."
Does this translate as re-mappable keybindings or not?
By danfreeman (SI Elite) on Jan 29, 2013
danfreeman
Either way EA is on my blacklist so i`m not buying DS 3 anyway,i will play the titles that interest me though that`s for sure and they only have themselves to blame for having me make such a decision.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jan 29, 2013
herodotus
Wouldn't go that far, as if I broadly based my loathings then Bethesda, Blizzard, Activision, Dice and Sega would all be on mine (well Bethesda is and has been been since "FO 3" disappointed me so badly). Even Firaxis, after "Civ V" would be on it.
One thing "DS 3" and "A:CM" (amongst many others) have in common and that I loathe is the Season Pass. You're basically living your gaming life on pre-orders, groaning when the new content smuggles itself into your game.
By danfreeman (SI Elite) on Jan 29, 2013
danfreeman
EA did a lot of crap but i`ve had it,i`m not installing Origin to play their games,i already have steam and uplay`s crap to deal with and the way they treat their customers is awfull,they will not get any money off me until i see them change their values,oh and by the way my wallets thanks them so i guess some good did come out of that :)
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Jan 29, 2013
nocutius
But what will you do when their next great game comes out?
And you know that there will sooner or later be a great EA game :)

I don't mind Origin that much anymore specially cause most games apparently don't need it running, if it had to be run in the background I'd definitely boycott it as well.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jan 29, 2013
herodotus
You don't NEED Origin to play any EA games except for "Battlefield 3". I don't understand why so many have so many hang-ups about the service. It's quick, clean and unobtrusive even if you do choose to run it, but unlike Steam you don't. You can have all of your game synced to Cloud Storage by only booting it up once a week after playing your games. Don't get that with Steam.
So I meet your loathing of EA and raise it with my disgust/loathing of Valve/Steam.
By danfreeman (SI Elite) on Jan 29, 2013
danfreeman
Oh i hate steam due to their bloated prices and drm as well but steam does a lot of sales so they are definetly a better option and you do need origin to install the games and i still believe that thing to be spyware,they haven`t done anything about that clause in the rules(you know which one i`m talking about).

Noc when they do release a great game then maybe i will start buying their stuff again,hell i might buy all the stuff i haven`t till that point,until then torrent-ho.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jan 29, 2013
herodotus
You don't need Origin to install retail copies of the games - just to register the game with the code (you can even register Steam EA titles). Only games bought from the Origin Store, or through outlets that are only available in some regions (North America, Canada and Mexico seem the main exceptions to region-locking).
Steam is in my Top 5 most loathed companies (be they Stores, Publishers, Developers...etc.), and as for the Sales, I've seen their prices at least equalled but mostly beaten on GMG, GetGames and often on GamersGate where you quite often can pick up the non-Steam version.
At present, for example Steam are charging $80 for "Aliens: Colonial Marines for Aussies ($100 for Kiwis):
GMG: $49.95 with -25% pre-order discount voucher and $2 cashback
GetGames: $49.95 with -39% discount voucher (until Feb. 4th)
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jan 29, 2013
herodotus
PS. As for EA, think "Command & Conquer: Generals 2". I know it'll be online but I'm still waiting with baited breath.
By m2neotech (I just got here) on Jan 30, 2013
m2neotech
I just hope that they make the numpad keys assignable on this release! Had a hell of a time, trying to get Deadspace 1 to work properly and had to resort to aftermarket programs like GlovePIE and AutoHotkey. :( As for the graphics? Hell.. If the pc kicks the crap out of all consoles graphically, then I say put adjustments for Extremely High Detail in the options menu. :)
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Jan 30, 2013
nocutius
But that would mean inequality, console version don't have options and you want to have that unfair advantage. You're a bad person :(.
By HenoKutus (SI Elite) on Jan 30, 2013
HenoKutus
I played Dead Space 1 and 2 on Pc with my Xbox 360 controller and had no problems with it.Excellent controls if you are skilled enough!
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jan 30, 2013
herodotus
Away with you, you heretic. XBox controller on a PC, the nerve of kids today.....

This has got me well and truly over the whole "DS" franchise. "Dead Space 3"'s executive producer on not optimising for PC:
"It's confusing to me that this question even comes up."
By HenoKutus (SI Elite) on Feb 01, 2013
HenoKutus
I was a kid 35 years ago,time to up your game herodutus and embrace the full potential of the controller on the PC so you can play as fast and sweet like me.You know you want it!
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Feb 01, 2013
herodotus
Bah Humbug! Bloody kiddie controllers with dreadful, messed-up design so you're opposable thumbs end up twisted and in pain.
*grumble, grumble*
PS controller is okay, though
*murmur, murmur*