The lights are on
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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The sheer idiocy of these pro-always online arguments astounds me.
This is retarded. NO, some of us just have *** connections.. the internet isnt perfect enough for this yet jerk*ss. And some of us pay for a lower connection so we can afford your precious consoles.
hah!. lost a customer then.
This coming from a guy whose parent company implemented always-online DRM for its PC games only a few years ago. Not surprising from them, and not generally surprising from a major publisher.
I think the CEO of Ubisoft has been playing too much of Watch Dogs... He wants access to everyone through the internet. ;)
It's not boding well for Microsofts next console and its looking more and more likely that when I come to choose between the PS4 and Durango, my money is going to Sony.
Not giving an option to go offline to play a game is not a service, it's a punishment.
I don't want anything to do with the next xbox. I'm a college student with bad campus internet at times, my mom's house has good internet, but my dad doesn't have it at all right now and since he lives in the same town as my girlfriend, I'd want to spend the most time there. Also, I don't have a cable box anywhere where I would be gaming, so that whole integration is pointless
This just shows that there is a big disconnect between these publishers/developers and us, the public.
Yes I´m allways on on my computer and ps3 but I feel better knowing that if the internet goes down my gaming experience doesn´t end seriously this allways on thing is getting ridiculous, if they do this and stream the game from their servers then might as well just charge 10 euros for an account to access the game because I wont be giving almost 100 euros (note in m country minimal wage is 400) for a ps3 game that I don´t actually own -.-