Ubisoft promises to improve its PC games
Posted: 15.08.2014 09:30 by nickhorth1 Comments: 9
Stop me if you've heard this one before. Despite being heavily criticized in the past for its DRM policies and lacklustre PC ports, Ubisoft has promised that it will take PC gaming more seriously as the importance of the platform continues to grow.

Speaking to MCV, Ubisoft's European boss Alain Corre said; "We recognise the importance and needs of PC gamers, and want to continue to improve how we create and support games for PC.”

"We listen to feedback from players and continue to adapt accordingly,"
Corre claims. "For instance, we switched to a simple, one- time activation for our PC games – a standard practice in the industry. We’re also doing our best to bring our games to PC at the same time as the console versions. Assassin’s Creed Unity and Far Cry 4, for example, will be released simultaneously on console and PC, and this will continue to be the goal for all our major titles."

“Finally, we are committed to improving the optimisation of our games for each platform on which they’re released – including PC.”

Ubisoft has, you might remember, stated that PC versions of its games would release alongside their console counterparts before, only to eventually delay them for week or even months. Hopefully the company is as good as its word this time, although concerns have already been raised at the fact that the PC versions of both Unity and Far Cry 4 are being handled by Ubisoft Kiev, whose previous ports haven't been particularly well received.

We'll see how much care has gone into the PC versions of both games when they launch later this year - Assassin's Creed Unity hits on October 28, while Far Cry 4 follows a month later on November 18.

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By MeanSerbian (SI Veteran Member) on Aug 15, 2014
This better be true. Ubisoft has made a habbit of lying to their customers.
By Gale47 (SI Core) on Aug 15, 2014
Optimization is the only thing I really care about. I'd hate to see Unity lagging on my machine.
By Voqar (SI Core Veteran) on Aug 15, 2014
Design for PC and pee on consoles would be a good first step. If it ports to console in some fashion eventually, fine, but designing with consoles in mind and calling it a PC game is about the same as crappy PC ports.

Ditching UPlay would be a great idea since I don't think I've ever read the comment "I really LOVE UPlay, I wish every company had their own launcher and hokey ass store"

"Optimization is the only thing I really care about. I'd hate to see Unity lagging on my machine."

My machine is hardly bleeding/cutting edge, just a quality machine I built probably 2 years ago, and it vaporizes every game I play, even the graphically intense ones, and certainly any Unity game.

That said, I don't give a rat's backside about Linux (1-2% market share on a good day) or Mac (< 10% market share and not known for being a system gamers use anyways) and thus don't give a crap about games being able to be played on anything other than PCs, and yeah, it would be nice to have games optimized for ONE system rather than watered down to be able to play on all systems, and there does always seem to be SOME Kind of screwy issue with every Unity-based game I play, and the UI's are usually never quite right.
By Gale47 (SI Core) on Aug 16, 2014
I was talking about Assassin's Creed Unity, not the Unity engine, man :D
But taking your comment into consideration, yes, the damn thing does always seem to make a game somehow "wrong" in one way or another.
By LS35A (SI Member) on Aug 16, 2014
I haven't bought a Ubisoft game in years and years. I see Ubisoft is the publisher, I move on. Their insane DRM practices.... don't want.
By Gale47 (SI Core) on Aug 16, 2014
Hmmmmm... they certainly aren't as bad as, say, EA. While they do have a one-time activation procedure that involves UPlay, this hasn't been an issue since the days of Assassin's Creed 2. Their servers are pretty stable and UPlay does offer quite a lot of cool goodies for using it. It's also fairly reasonable as far as multiplayer goes. Unlike Origin, with which I had many issues in the past (especially with multiplayer titles), not to mention EA's practice of locking their titles to Origin.

The thing I cannot comprehend is the fact that people ignore games made by [insert hated dev here] even though they find them interesting at the very least. When I spend my money on a game, it's because I believe that *that* particular game is worth my time and monies - I don't give two shits about what development house created it.

After all, aren't games what it's all about? O.o
By LS35A (SI Member) on Aug 17, 2014
My computer is not a toy. And it does not belong to anyone but me.

Anyone who requires me to install software that I deem malware is not going to get my business no matter how 'interested' in the game I am.

PC's are not game consoles. I've never spent two days reinstalling an OS on a game console because of installed software from an incompetent company.
By Gale47 (SI Core) on Aug 17, 2014
Well, if that's your point of view, so be it. I'm not trying to make you change your mind or anything like that. But, how exactly would your PC not be yours, should you install a service you deem "malware-ish" (I'm talking about UPlay, in particular)? Do these programmes control our computers while we're away? I was not aware of that. I'm sorry if this comes off as if I'm mocking you, but your opinion seems stagnant to me.

The industry has changed. For better or worse - that is left for you to decide, but there's no going around the fact that things aren't going to be the way they were. And as unpopular as this opinion might be, I believe we get better games today than they were, say, ten years ago. My point is that by refusing to keep up with the changes in the industry, you lock yourself out of a very big part of gaming library currently on offer. This seems utterly pointless, now doesn't it?

Oh, so you're implying that UPlay, Origin or Steam crashed your OS? Or somehow bugged it so that it was unresponsive, which made your reinstall OS, perhaps? That's the first time I've heard that one.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Aug 17, 2014
Hahahahha....oh thanks, I needed a good laugh. As if PC gaming is high on Ubi's list. Just making a nod to the PC gaming community doesn't cut much with us older gamers who remember too well the failures of the recent past.