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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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I would suspect Yannis doesn't know *** about malicious attackers.
The gaming industry needs to seriously stop trying to force always online down our throats. It's a *** idea. Broadband services are for one not available everywhere. I had dial up only 3 years ago! Second, majority of the "always online" devices people own right now are cellular based not broadband based.
I'd bet money that he's wrong.
And those services bring no benefits, only restrictions, Mr. Mallat.
we are in the process of moving. even if we go and get the internet over at the new house its gonna be awhile. id hate not being able to play my games when thats all i can really do after we are down unpacking
If this is true.. then it's time I switched to PS4
Don't they ever learn? Geez
I just really *** hate the industry right now.
WE NEED OFFLINE GAMING
not only are we nowhere near being ready they don't seem to be thinking about real scenarios like if someone has thousands of £'s invested in a console and game's, then can no longer afford their broadband the console and games collection they paid thousands for is worthless it makes no sense at all, in fact the only ppl to benefit would be microsoft by selling advertising to ppl that will RAM it down out throats.. isn't that why we pay for live to subsidise the development of security and severs for microsoft
I'm lucky enough to have a good and fast internet connection, but it still drops now and then. I wont buy an always online console no matter how badly I want it.
He does know internet can still go down, take it mine went down last night while I was playing a game... I suspect everyone will just think its ok for their game to go off when this happens.
I'm sorry i lovely 360 more than my ps3 n Have the hours to prove it but if the nextbox Is always on I will jus be getting a ps4 I have a great connection but *** happens and I'm noy have a console tht can't play my games if my internet is messed up tht jus sewms dumb to me
When my internet is down [Whic happens because no ISP is ideal or no one who cut the underground fiber optics don't care about us], what do I do? I watch a movie or play a Singel Player game. GOT ME?
But nobody is trying very hard to fix any of these issues...They're just trying to implement more DRM. Also, when's the last time Ubisoft was relevant?