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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Clearly the audience isn't ready if everyone is up in arms about it. What a moron.
yes people are always on with other devices but not with consoles
Are you *** Crazy!!!!!! Even if i do have internet in my home 24/7 i do NOT want it to play games.... the internet is a TOOL for College and to do my homework as well.... I use it on games because i already have it.. I DO NOT pay for internet connection to be able to play videogames....is that UNDERSTOOD you pathetic imbeciles!!!!?????...
Most games i enjoy are singleplayer FIRST!!!
Spoken by someone who lives in a big city with more than one choice for internet...
After this weekend, I feel like the always on concept showed the loop holes it will have. I think this will be a big problem if they try it and the console that doesn't do it will be the console that will get my money.
i dont want it even if i can be online because when your servers are down i cant play my games and when you move to your next console ill have a paperweight with a hundred or so useless games so go *** yourself microsoft i wont buy your ***
I can't believe all of these big wig game developers, saying this. They should come out of their ivory towers, and see the internet is not available everywhere, or it goes down alot in some places.
My unit will be always off. There are plenty of other systems to keep me happy.
i'm not ready and neither are millions of other gamers...sony for the win...
I'm not a fan of always online content. It adds nothing to the game as a benefit to me and it takes away things that shouldn't be taken away. If I purchase a game I should be able to play it offline and online. When the internet goes out, I want to continue playing Bioshock Infinite, not be out a game until the internet comes back up (just an example, not actually an always online game).