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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DONT DO IT!!We dont want a always on console!
we dont want it DONT DO IT!!! if they do, i will get a ps3 so that i dont have to deal with bs like this...screw ms, since 2001, i supported you and this is what i get???
Seems like Ubisoft is also in that "Always-On Is Awesome" snowglobe, right next to Microsoft.
I will say first that I never had any intention of getting a next gen Xbox. That aside, I do think Microsoft is putting a little too much faith in many things they have no control over, if they opt for an "always connected" system. Sure this is the 21st century but as we see time and again Murphy's Law comes into play often in peoples lives. I cannot imagine the gain from such an approach can out-weigh what you stand to lose from a very uncertain consumer base.
For instance, when I was deployed to Afghanistan, I brought a PS3 back with me when I returned from leave. We were in the middle of nowhere. We had power but no internet...as least nothing strong enough to game with. That PS3 kept me and my guys sane for many months. Without it we're playing Spades 24/7 and counting the hours. There were a few Xbox's there too. Just sayin'...always on? Not always practical.
What an idiot.
Didn't Ubisoft already try to run a game that required a constant connection? I can't remember, how did that turn out?
No just no. I would like to be able to play my games years down the line when the servers are offline.
So is this how Nintendo gets back into the fray in a legitimate manner? By MS botching things with an always on console and more than likely alienating fans with less than stellar internet.
If Microsoft ends up doing this I think Sony will win this console generation since they seem ti be much more consumer orientated finally. But we will have to see what they officially announce. It would be sad since i have greatly enjoyed both the X BOX and the 360.
Well, he suspects wrong. Now go destroy a series by churning out another AC.
All of these always online people live in a huge ignorant bubble and I, for one, (assuming that always online is a real thing for the next xbox) expect to hear every single one of them eat their words by this time next year. Its not about people not being ready. It's about infrastructure. It's about things that neither Microsoft, nor their customers can control no matter how much money they throw at it.
Interesting opinion. It sounds like he wants people to continue speaking up about the issue by telling them to go to Microsoft and Sony, while expressing his own view on the issue (and not chastising dissenters). I can respect that.