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Ubisoft is one of the leading game developers of the industry with an impressive portfolio of quality games. However, PC users might not feel the same way due to the inconstant gaming experience provided to them. Ubisoft have a history of mismanaging game releases and making buggy games ports for the PC fan base.
Many Ubisoft published titles have been delayed on PC due to unjustified reasons (such as Assassin’s Creed series, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier etc) while many games have been unable to perform admirably even on relatively powerful machines. (H.A.W.X, Assassin’s Creed III, and to some extent Watch Dogs). Other than that, their notorious Always-on DRM was frowned upon by the community, yet Ubisoft were too stubborn to accept that, at the earlier stage atleast. However, this might change soon if the words of Alain Corre, the executive director of Ubisoft EMEA, are to be believed. Speaking to MCV at GamesCon, he said
“We recognise the importance and needs of PC gamers, and want to continue to improve how we create and support games for PC.
As a percentage of our business, PC grew last year, from 11 per cent in 2012/13 to 15 per cent in 2013/14, which is an indication of the progress we’re making”
He also mentioned that after getting feedback from the customers, Ubisoft plans to launch the games simultaneously on all platforms
“We listen to feedback from players and continue to adapt accordingly; 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, regarding the poor quality of PC ports, he said
“We are committed to improving the optimisation of our games for each platform on which they’re released – including PC.”
These are certainly strong words and only time will tell if Ubisoft actually means it or it is just to lure PC gamers in giving them their hard earned cash!