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The "always online" controversy seems to be rolling forward with new comments from a major publisher. In an interview with The Guardian, Ubisoft Montreal CEO Yannis Mallat answered a number of questions about preparing for the next generation of consoles.
In responding to questions about hardware that requires a consistent connection to the Internet, Mallat had some surprising things to say. The furor over former Microsoft creative director Adam Orth's statements in response to rumors that the next Xbox would be an "always online" device has barely died down. Now, Ubisoft is lending credence to the speculation.
When asked if we are prepared for this requirement, Mallat stated, "Well, that's a question you should put to Microsoft and Sony! I would say that a lot of people are already always online through other devices – I would suspect that the audience is ready."
This follows a question in which the interviewer specifically brings up the botched launch of EA's online only SimCity and consumer concerns about a similar necessity for hardware. Mallat replies, "The answer lies in the question – as soon as players don't have to worry, they can only take into account the benefits that those services bring."
Just this weekend, Xbox Live suffered a number of problems that resulted from routine maintenance. Players were unable to sign into their accounts or communicate with friends. Offline play wasn't affected, but should the next Xbox require an active connection, even solo gaming might not be possible in a similar situation.
Whether Mallat's statements are his own or the official stance of the publisher isn't clear. We've reached out to Ubisoft for clarification.
[Source: The Guardian]
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This is shite, always on is bollocks i will give up on next gen before it even releases if true.
I am COMPLETELY OK with GAMES that are always-on,a lot of games are like that (Dust 514,every mmo, multiplayer only games), BUT for an ENTIRE SYSTEM to be always-on is down right disgusting...
I'll never accept "always on-line." Personally, I think that many polls (like the one on this sight) indicate that few players are ready for the move, but it's developers that'll inevitably shove it down our throats. For me, it sucks as bad as some Internet connections can be, but they're gonna do it, I guarantee it.
It isn't the fact that people are always online, the issue is that the internet isn't nearly reliable enough for everyone in order to require it. Besides, why should I have to connect to the internet to play a game like Skyrim?
it just goes to show you that the suits that run the game industry do not know their audience and only care about what makes them richer and the shareholders happier
Getting kicked out of my game because my crappy internet stutters sounds like the opposite of immersion.
I've been an Xbox gamer all my life. For the last several years I've wanted to switch over to PC gaming but lack of money, knowledge, and the fact that all my friends played on Xbox has deterred me from switching over.
An always on Xbox would just make me want to convert even more.
So everyone and their brother is complaining about the games that are require one to always be online, but this guy thinks that the audience is ready for it? Can he be more stupid?
in my opinion always online is a bad move.
These guys must live in echo chambers. "I'm always connected; surely everyone else is too! What, people think this is a bad idea? What people? Every time I ask Microsoft if it's a great idea, they say yes!"
I have really good internet where I live and am always connected to the internet, but I still believe that having a console that needs to be connected to the internet even to play games off line is a bad idea. I play primarily on PC and own all the current gen console and plan on owning all the next gen as well, but if the next Xbox needs an always on connection, I will not buy it.
Maybe the audience is ready. The publishers sure as hell aren't, as EA's deal with SimCity and Ubisoft's own shoddy track record with always online DRM requirements can show. Listen: People don't like when they are told when and how they can use what they bought. This is part of the reason why piracy is so high: Draconian DRM policies and always online BS makes the legal way to play that much more difficult than the illegal way. It's easier to sail on the high seas than to just buy the *** game.
I fully am supporting always online play....When Hades freezes over.
I agree! Not everyone wants to be online always just for the fact that not everyone plays video games 24/7. Even then always on would be counterproductive, imho!
I understand if they wanna implement sum sort of online features to all aspects of a game like in single player for tracking and challenges from other players..but for ppl that dont want to use it or dont hav a connection at all times, i hope they realize that the smartest thing to do would be to not make internet always on mandatory
Nope. Said everyone on the internet.
Nobody wants it and its clear no one has the servers to even support it. Try again next decade when internet is faster and servers are stronger.
i've already decided that if Xbox comes out with always on I will be buying a gaming PC.