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Ubisoft promises to treat PCs better

Ubisoft promises to treat PCs better

Far Cry 4 and Assassin's Creed Unity are both set to be released on consoles and on the PC at the same time.

Ubisoft has set its sights on improving the way in which it deals with PC gaming.

Talking to MCV at Gamescom, Ubisoft general director of EMEA Alain Corre claimed that the company was listening to disgruntled PC gamers and is dedicated to focusing more on the PC business.

Corre highlights the company’s adoption of a one-time activation for PC games as opposed to the notorious always-connected DRM that earned Ubisoft significant ire a few years back and the publisher’s new policy of trying to get PC games released at the same time as console versions as examples of ways in which Ubisoft is already trying to improve its practises.

While many titles in the past have come to PC after their console counterparts, Far Cry 4 and Assassin’s Creed Unity will see a simultaneous release across consoles and PCs. Corre adds that this strategy will be the goal for all of Ubisoft’s major titles.

’We recognise the importance and needs of PC gamers, and want to continue to improve how we create and support games for PC,’ said Corre. ’We listen to feedback from players and continue to adapt accordingly.

As a percentage of Ubisoft’s business, PC gaming grew to 15% in 2013 to 2014, an improvement from 11% in 2012 to 2013. Corre points to this as evidence that the company has already made improvements in its PC games division.

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jcb121 15th August 2014, 17:30 Quote
now all they just have to ditch uplay.
SAimNE 15th August 2014, 17:41 Quote
to be honest i'm more concerned with quality over speed. won't mind waiting an extra month or two as long as they actually optimize the game for pc o.o
Woodspoon 15th August 2014, 18:13 Quote
so £40 for Far Cry 4 and £50 & £60 for The Crew is part of treating Pc Gamers better is it?
Corky42 15th August 2014, 18:19 Quote
If that means they aren't going to gimp anymore titles on the PC (allegedly) I'm all for it, but actions speak louder than words.
Jim 15th August 2014, 18:32 Quote
Great! I've been looking forward to the death of uplay.

If that's not what you mean Ubisoft, then you're lying. But I guess we knew that already.
XXAOSICXX 15th August 2014, 19:51 Quote
I'll believe it when I see it. Until then, my Ubiboycott remains in place.
DriftCarl 16th August 2014, 10:29 Quote
releasing on all systems at the same time is good yes, but they have to go a step further, and release the game at the same time in all countries. I am fed up of games coming out first in america and a week later in UK.
I was forced to pirate watch dogs because it was released elsewhere first, and was already cracked a week before it even was available to buy in the UK. I did buy the game because I thought it was worth it and wanted to play multiplayer. But there should be no reason why they cant release a game at the same time for everyone, at least digitally.
Corky42 16th August 2014, 10:39 Quote
Forced to steal ? That's a new one on me, maybe if you were starving and needed to feed yourself or your family i could understand, but no one forced you to steal something even if you did later pay for it because you though what you had stolen was worth paying money for.
Syphadeus 16th August 2014, 18:22 Quote
Corky is right. Plus I don't recall this big release date delay for Watch Dogs. Yes it was cracked and could be downloaded a week before but the official release digitally was THE SAME in all territories.

I don't think Ubi wanted it out, yet you're justifying your actions as though they decided to stagger the release dates in different regions when they didn't.
DriftCarl 16th August 2014, 19:33 Quote
i said forced to pirate not steal. I already had it purchased on Uplay and just had to sit around for no good reason to wait for it to be released. a crack came out and I used it. That is not stealing to me, sure it might be against terms of service but its wrong anyway, it was available on consoles before PC iirc
SMIFFYDUDE 16th August 2014, 19:38 Quote
You weren't forced to do anything.

Anyway... Anyone know why The Crew has suddenly disappeared from Steam, could it because of the mountain of hate created by it's £50 pricetag?
loftie 16th August 2014, 21:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by SMIFFYDUDE
£50 pricetag?

Sounds like they've taken some advice from EA if they're pricing it at that!
wafflesomd 16th August 2014, 22:56 Quote
Oh look another developer saying they're try harder to make their games better on pc. We've definitely never heard anyone say this before.
GravitySmacked 17th August 2014, 00:12 Quote
I'm getting a sense of déjà vu; I'm sure I've heard this from them before.
Pete J 17th August 2014, 06:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by Woodspoon
so £40 for Far Cry 4 and £50 & £60 for The Crew is part of treating Pc Gamers better is it?

It's almost as though developing a game is taking longer and requires more people to work on it nowadays (not to mention inflation), eh?
Gunsmith 17th August 2014, 10:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by Pete J
It's almost as though developing a game is taking longer and requires more people to work on it nowadays (not to mention inflation), eh?

more like how much money is being wasted in the industry. seriously AAA development is about as inefficient as it comes.
Pete J 17th August 2014, 11:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gunsmith
more like how much money is being wasted in the industry. seriously AAA development is about as inefficient as it comes.
Just like any large scale project. The more ambitious it is, the more supporting staff etc. you need: efficiency goes down.
Guinevere 17th August 2014, 22:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by DriftCarl
I was forced to pirate watch dogs because it was released elsewhere first

Sounds just like that time I was forced to kill all those people in Sainsbury's that time they had only one till open.

Of course some people may think bad of me because I was committing a crime because of my own impatience, but remember... they forced me to do it.
GravitySmacked 18th August 2014, 09:27 Quote
Meanwhile at Ubisoft....

https://i.imgur.com/8nC1F66.jpg
DriftCarl 18th August 2014, 09:27 Quote
well done for taking a figure of speech literally.
wuyanxu 18th August 2014, 09:40 Quote
Assassin's Creed and Far Cry had always been released at the same time on PC and console. IIRC?

Sounds like they are trying to make positive media articles in preparation for upcoming games. Only time will tell if any other games will follow.
Gunsmith 18th August 2014, 09:58 Quote
after watchdogs a lot of people will be skeptical of the next big ubi release.
Corky42 18th August 2014, 10:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by DriftCarl
i said forced to pirate not steal. I already had it purchased on Uplay and just had to sit around for no good reason to wait for it to be released. a crack came out and I used it. That is not stealing to me, sure it might be against terms of service but its wrong anyway, it was available on consoles before PC iirc

What do you think pirating a game is then if not stealing ? Because if you are going to claim you were making a backup of a legitimate copy the law is very clear on that subject. http://theesa.com/policy/antipiracy_faq.asp#3
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U.S. Copyright laws permit making a "backup" copy of computer programs for archival purposes. However, the right to make backup copies of computer programs for archival purposes, as embodied in 17 U.S.C. Section 117(2), does not in any way authorize the owner of a copy of a video or computer game to post or download a copy of that game to or from the Internet or make such copy available to other people for their use.
Even if you try to excuse your "need" to pirate a game you legitimately own because you couldn't wait a few days, that doesn't excuse that you also helped in distributing an illegal copy to other people who may not own a legitimate copy.
zimano 18th August 2014, 15:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by Corky42

Even if you try to excuse your "need" to pirate a game you legitimately own because you couldn't wait a few days, that doesn't excuse that you also helped in distributing an illegal copy to other people who may not own a legitimate copy.

If the game been bought and is being downloaded before it's available in his country I can't really see where there's a problem. Not all ways of getting stuff involves torrenting and uploading to others.
Corky42 27th August 2014, 09:06 Quote
Well Ubisoft promising to treat PCs better didn't last very long, or maybe it was just a PR stunt.

The Crew races at 30FPS, 1080p on Xbox One, PS4, PC
http://www.joystiq.com/2014/08/26/the-crew-races-at-30fps-1080p-on-xbox-one-ps4-pc/?ncid=rss_truncated
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An Ubisoft representative has let slip the graphical benchmarks the team behind open-world racer The Crew is currently aiming for: 30 frames per second at a resolution of 1080p on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

This revelation comes in response to a forum member's complaints that the PC beta test of the game is locked at 30 frames per second.
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