Ubisoft warn PC Watch Dogs players that installing graphics mods could have "various negative impacts"
Posted: 20.06.2014 08:24 by nickhorth1 Comments: 5
PC Watch Dogs players have been flocking to download a fan-created fix from modder TheWorse, which edits several config files in order to restore the game's graphics to their E3 2012 settings.

Now developer Ubisoft has released a statement denying that they downgraded the graphics of the PC version, and warning that installing unofficial mods could have "various negative impacts” on performance and stability.

“The dev team is completely dedicated to getting the most out of each platform, so the notion that we would actively downgrade quality is contrary to everything we’ve set out to achieve. We test and optimize our games for each platform on which they’re released, striving for the best possible quality,” Ubisoft write on the Watch Dogs website.

"The PC version does indeed contain some old, unused render settings that were deactivated for a variety of reasons, including possible impacts on visual fidelity, stability, performance and overall gameplay quality. Modders are usually creative and passionate players, and while we appreciate their enthusiasm, the mod in question (which uses those old settings) subjectively enhances the game’s visual fidelity in certain situations but also can have various negative impacts. Those could range from performance issues, to difficulty in reading the environment in order to appreciate the gameplay, to potentially making the game less enjoyable or even unstable."

I think they mean more unstable. Even unmodded, players have been encountering various technical bugs and problems with the PC version of Watch Dogs. Ubisoft have at least acknowledged these issues, and are working on a patch to rectify them, set to roll out in the next few days.

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By LukeDion1987 (SI Core Member) on Jun 20, 2014
Haha, Ubi just hates to be proven wrong by PC players/modders..
By MeanSerbian (SI Veteran Member) on Jun 21, 2014
I bet they are pissed off!
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Jun 21, 2014
A loss of some FPS for better visuals is not really a negative impact, we call that a graphics setting in the PC gaming circles.
By V4ndall (SI Veteran Member) on Jun 22, 2014
Graphics or not WD is the first game I deleted without finishing in like 5 years. So congrats to ubi for creating such an utterly boring AAA title. And still, statements like that make me laugh, as they prove that gamers with decent knowledge know more about their software than they do themselves.
By MeanSerbian (SI Veteran Member) on Jun 22, 2014
Its funny how modders do a better job on a game for free, while devs get grand cash for making horrible games. It just proves that you can't make good games without a natural talent, will, inspiration and love for whatever it is you are going to make. In other words, studios today are making games for money, not because they want to make them. We need more studios like: CDProjektRed, Bethesda, CAPCOM(yes, yes, they messed up a lot of games, but in a good way :), DICE, and more that i just can't remember at the moment.