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Do We Want Ubisoft To Support Linux?
Posted , 20 June 2014 at 7:07 pm UTC / 14014 views
Followers of the penguin, witness with me the insolence that is Ubisoft's most recent tomfoolery. Speaking to GameSpot, Ubisoft VP of digital publishing Chris Early enlightens us with what many of us knew years ago, namely that any game will be cracked and made available online given enough time and effort. Here's the kicker! Developing games that people actually want to pay for fixes this! No way!

Ubisoft VP of digital publishing Chris EarlyWhat becomes key for us is making sure we're delivering an experience to paying players that is quality. I don't want us in a position where we're punishing a paying player for what a pirate can get around. Anything is going to be able to be pirated given enough time and enough effort to get in there. So the question becomes, what do we create as services, or as benefits, and the quality of the game, that will just have people want to pay for it?

Sounds reasonable, right? Well, as is logical, take one step forward, two steps back. As this visionary goes on, it is eventually revealed that the focus shouldn't merely be on developing better, more compelling games, rather, that Ubisoft's games should have more online services (which pirates do not have access to) built into them.

Ubisoft VP of digital publishing Chris EarlyI think it's much more important for us to focus on making a great game and delivering good services. The reality is, the more service there is in a game, pirates don't get that," Early said. "So when it's a good game and there's good services around it, you're incentivized to not pirate the game to get the full experience.

Ahhh, what Ubisoft really means is that current DRM is failing, so new DRM needs to be brought in to fix this. Got it. To my knowledge, Ubisoft does not yet have a presence on Linux, but with Windows gamers constantly getting shafted, do Linux gamers want such a company to join the fray?

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Hyeron commented on 20 June 2014 at 7:25 pm UTC

Does a healthy system need a cancer? Does a healthy ecosystem need a plague?
What kind of question is that? ;p

Does a healthy system need a cancer? Does a healthy ecosystem need a plague? What kind of question is that? ;p

stss commented on 20 June 2014 at 7:26 pm UTC

The sad thing is, people actually will buy those services.

When all is said and done it's not the companies that are ruining gaming with their online stores and pay to win features, it's the gamers who buy them, and there are a lot of them. Enough of them to actually earn those companies more money through online stores then they make off of game sales.

Apparently those of us who expect the full product of a game to be uneffected by their business model are a minority

(even buying everything isn't good enough because they've probably chopped the game up forcefully into pieces where it might not even make sense to do so. One example is taking a weapon that was already balanced and splitting it's features up into multiple separate weapons which are all now unbalanced just so they can put more items in their store)

Especially in online gaming. The people who can buy advantages and not be bothered by it disgust me.
As far as I can tell it's basically the exact same mindset of a person who can download a hack to win in a game.
I'm not cheap either, I'd pay $100 for a game much sooner than I would spend even a single dollar in a free to play game that gives me an advantage in any way.

The sad thing is, people actually will buy those services. When all is said and done it's not the companies that are ruining gaming with their online stores and pay to win features, it's the gamers who buy them, and there are a lot of them. Enough of them to actually earn those companies more money through online stores then they make off of game sales. Apparently those of us who expect the full product of a game to be uneffected by their business model are a minority (even buying everything isn't good enough because they've probably chopped the game up forcefully into pieces where it might not even make sense to do so. One example is taking a weapon that was already balanced and splitting it's features up into multiple separate weapons which are all now unbalanced just so they can put more items in their store) Especially in online gaming. The people who can buy advantages and not be bothered by it disgust me. As far as I can tell it's basically the exact same mindset of a person who can download a hack to win in a game. I'm not cheap either, I'd pay $100 for a game much sooner than I would spend even a single dollar in a free to play game that gives me an advantage in any way.

killx_den commented on 20 June 2014 at 7:31 pm UTC
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Perfect timing for this article, I am trying to get Farcry 3 running on wine and just struggle because of uplay for like 2 hours now. I think I will just crack it, will be easier and save some nerves.

Perfect timing for this article, I am trying to get Farcry 3 running on wine and just struggle because of uplay for like 2 hours now. I think I will just crack it, will be easier and save some nerves.

Imants commented on 20 June 2014 at 7:35 pm UTC

I want ubisoft on Linux because I liked ubisoft games when I was still using windows.

I want ubisoft on Linux because I liked ubisoft games when I was still using windows.

Half-Shot commented on 20 June 2014 at 7:40 pm UTC

Services? UPlay isn't a service.

Services? UPlay isn't a service.

Maquis196 commented on 20 June 2014 at 7:57 pm UTC

Not bothered about Ubisoft, I want (for all my sins, I know they suck...) EA on Linux.

Although I'm going to have to by a PS4 just for uncharted 4, so might as well play FIFA on there. I will put a caveat on my EA thing though, I'd want stuff like Mirrors Edge and Mass Effect, but directly on Steam.

EA's "origin" can burn in the same fire as Uplay for all im concerned!

Not bothered about Ubisoft, I want (for all my sins, I know they suck...) EA on Linux. Although I'm going to have to by a PS4 just for uncharted 4, so might as well play FIFA on there. I will put a caveat on my EA thing though, I'd want stuff like Mirrors Edge and Mass Effect, but directly on Steam. EA's "origin" can burn in the same fire as Uplay for all im concerned!

godlike commented on 20 June 2014 at 7:57 pm UTC

Yes we want Ubisoft's support because they are making really good games. DRM no DRM who gives a fudge about this dispute? I just want to have a choice. And if someone doesn't like DRM he can always avoid clicking "buy"... that simple.

Yes we want Ubisoft's support because they are making really good games. DRM no DRM who gives a fudge about this dispute? I just want to have a choice. And if someone doesn't like DRM he can always avoid clicking "buy"... that simple.

liamdawe commented on 20 June 2014 at 8:04 pm UTC

I picked up Ghost Recon Future Soldier on PS3 second hand recently for a bit of fun with my friend online, but nope that's another £7 to play online because of their online pass system.

£7 to play online on a two year old game.

I never agree that second hand buyers need to pay again to play online, why should they? Ubisoft got their money on the first purchase.

They are not a nice company to deal with.

I picked up Ghost Recon Future Soldier on PS3 second hand recently for a bit of fun with my friend online, but nope that's another £7 to play online because of their online pass system. £7 to play online on a two year old game. I never agree that second hand buyers need to pay again to play online, why should they? Ubisoft got their money on the first purchase. They are not a nice company to deal with.

PKMpl commented on 20 June 2014 at 8:08 pm UTC

Of course we want the support of one the biggest publishers and developers, why would anyone even hesitate?

Of course we want the support of one the biggest publishers and developers, why would anyone even hesitate?

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