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Ubisoft suspects “audience is ready” for always online

The audience is “ready” for always online game consoles, according to Ubisoft Montreal CEO, Yannis Mallat.

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RmanX10001142d ago

Always Online = Always No Buy

NewMonday1142d ago

is that what they learned form Uplay?

darthv721142d ago (Edited 1142d ago )

already have games that require you to be online to play?

It says righ on the front of MAG. "Online multiplayer only". Even Warhawk is Multiplayer only and while it offers local split screen, we all know the main selling point is online.

"Always online" seems to be more of a catch phrase because we all know the existing platforms of ps3, 360 even wii-u are capable of supporting that.

Games that push for that requirement are the real hot topic, not the platforms themselves.

Yi-Long1142d ago (Edited 1142d ago )

... Ubisofts' suspicions are wrong!

The problem with 'always online' means you'll be at the mercy of a publisher keeping its' servers up.

Also, not everyone lives in a place where the connection is dependable.

There have been many times where the internet has gone down for a few hours, and I was so glad I could just turn on my console, or start up a game of SimCity 4 on my PC, to pass the time.

HammockGames1142d ago (Edited 1142d ago )

Spot on

The audience clearly isn't receptive.

The infrastructure isn't there.

The recent evidence against the rationale of "always on" gaming should make this clear.

Further, mandating "always on" seems a great way to alienate customers.

Why o why1142d ago

If sony allow ubisoft or any other 3rd party to do this ill be equally pissed with the both of them. The ps4 will be my main console. What happens on the 360 isn't my main concern as it will be my secondary play thing...the wii u doesn't even come into this until some more games that appeal to me turn up

Knight_Crawler1141d ago

Sony has already confirmed that always online will be up to the developer...so I guess not Watch Dog for you son.

Why o why1141d ago

Pissed. Ill take one for the team then.. I'd be gutted if it turns out to be a great game but if we don't take a stand we'll always be rinsed by these guys.

colonel1791142d ago (Edited 1142d ago )

Having a lot of devs commenting on this rumor, makes me believe that it is actually true. It might be used for something besides games, but if it does, it will be the tryout to get it to games.

I don't know how Microsoft will defend it if it actually becomes true. Developers will certainly support it (specially Ubisoft) since they love DRM. The biggest problem is that if the next Xbox implements it, and it actually sells well, Sony and Nintendo will follow suit.

With every generation, gaming is becoming worse. Gaming used to be about sitting down, playing games and enjoying with friends or alone. Now, companies want to make it about movies, social, tv, everything but games! Which is a GAMING console to begin with. They are trying to cater to a market that it is not interested and by that they are leaving games as a second thought.

Sony is doing well with the PS4 going for the gaming market FIRST, but it will be stupid to believe that if Microsoft sells better, they won't start redirecting the PS4 just like MS did with the 360 and now with the next Xbox.

Salooh1141d ago

Instead of making challenging gameplay they make it hard to start the games with the limitation they are making such as how the vita works. It makes me upset instead of happy to play in it. This is one of the reasons i'm getting bored of gaming..

Zhipp1142d ago

That may be the case for you(and for myself, as well), but I think he's right. Most games played these days are online, anyway, and I doubt that the average suburb/city user will even notice that they are required to be online. Audiences probably are ready for always online. Audiences probably are ready for always online. That said, it's clear from the colossal launch failures of Diablo 3 and Simcity that the companies themselves are not!

3-4-51142d ago

^ Many studios who go the always online route this gen could end up being out of business.

Always online is too arrogant.

They may have the tech to get it down, but the tech isn't there amongst the masses to maintain it like it will be promised.

They forget that gamer's are nostalgic and we will gladly go bakc and play old games while waiting for actual good games to be made.

So yea if there is a 3 year drought of always online BS, we have thousands and thousands of games to hold us over.

KiLLUMiNATi_891142d ago

I agree... Idc about the Xbox 720 but I hope sony doesn't adopt this junk later on... MS can do what they want it won't affect me but theses Devs better not agree to this junk... Most will because " it does bring in more money"... I have a feeling Kinectables 720 will be always online console, the support will prevent it from failing...

rainslacker1141d ago

I agree.

I also wonder why he feels it's important for them to provide a direct connection to the consumer at all times. Maybe for them it is, but not for me. To me my only connection to the publisher is within the context of the game itself. If I want to connect otherwise, I will go to them. They don't need to come to me.

Otherwise I do agree that the service would have to provide a clear benefit, and for gaming...at least in single player...there is no real benefit. Any "benefit" would be superficial for quite a while, and likely be in favor of the publisher.

At least he realizes that there are worries on the consumers part. Now if they wait until those worries disappear, then I'd be happy to discuss the topic again.:) Luckily that worry will never go away in my lifetime.

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steve30x1142d ago

Its Ubishaft that introduced Always online so why wouldn't they say such a thing

BlackIceJoe1142d ago

Well then I am happy to not buy your games.

TheoreticalParticle1142d ago

Vote with your wallets people. Make sure you only rent Ubisoft games this coming gen.

grassyknoll1142d ago

With always online, it'll probably limit used sales too. Best just leave their games on the shelf, there's many other developers that deserve your money.

ziggurcat1142d ago

"The audience is “ready” for always online game consoles, according to Ubisoft Montreal CEO, Yannis Mallat."

where did they get that idea from? haven't they been reading anything anywhere on the internet?

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