Ubisoft Delays Assassin's Creed 3 on PC

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Ubisoft Delays Assassin's Creed 3 on PC

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Despite previous denials, Ubisoft has now pushed the PC version of Assassin's Creed 3 back by nearly a month.

As recently as two days ago, Assassin's Creed 3 was slated to launch on all three major platforms - Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC - simultaneously, on October 30. Back in July, Ubisoft actually countered a rumor that the PC version would be held back, telling Polygon that the reports were incorrect and that it would be out on October 30. And yet in spite of all that, are any of us really surprised to find out that the PC edition won't actually hit the shelves until three weeks after the console release?

The correct answer, of course, is "no." This is Ubisoft we're talking about, and delaying PC releases for a month is what it does. So it is that the company today announced that while the 360 and PS3 versions of Assassin's Creed 3 will come out on schedule, the PC version won't launch until November 20 in North America and November 23 in the U.K.

No reasons for the delay were given, so with little more to say on the matter I'll instead direct your attention to GameSpy's interesting and illuminating March interview with Ubisoft, which went thusly:

GameSpy: So when's the PC release date?

Ubisoft PR: October 30th.

GameSpy: Yeah, but when's the real PC release date?

Ubisoft PR: It's October 30th.

GameSpy: Uh huh. And can you say that with a straight face?

Ubisoft PR: You can ask me as many times as you like, but the answer will be the same.

GameSpy: Very well, let's move on. So, when will you announce the delay of the PC version?

Ubisoft PR: ...

Indeed.

Source: Joystiq

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Gamespy should have asked what the shitty DRM will be

but if they didn't hold back the release date how could they implement the annoying, invasive DRM?

any bets what it will be this time?
securom? always online? always online securom that has a security flaw that gives hackers full access to your computer?

Lol Ubisoft, Why do they even bother making PC ports at this point?

Ubisoft is the kind of company that feel the need to constantly remind PC gamers that theirs is a sad existence that will always be tormented by late release dates, crappy console ports and painful DRM.

Nonetheless i still forget it from time to time.

DVS BSTrD:
Lol Ubisoft, Why do they even bother making PC ports at this point?

So then can whine when people pirate them so they can actually play them?

I haven't bought a Ubisoft PC game since Assassin's Creed 1. I got the rest on console because sod that DRM.

captcha: Skynet is watching.
I think I just shat my pants.

Ubisoft delays the PC version of their game?! Stop the fucking presses.

Yeah... have fun Ubisoft. I won't be getting this until it is dirt-cheap on Steam. Because Valve is awesome and you are not. :P

I remember guessing this back when they said they weren't investing in Kb + M for AC3 and everyone panicked.

I had fucking called it.

That is the single greatest interview excerpt I have ever seen.

Surprise, Surprise. Except not really. This has happened every single time. And they wonder why PC gamers don't like Ubisoft, and why they pirate their games.. Tsk tsk.

Sleezeballs. Of course; all pc-gamers are pirates

Andy Chalk:
And yet in spite of all that, are any of us really surprised to find out that the PC edition won't actually hit the shelves until three weeks after the console release?

Of course not. Those 3 extra weeks are vital for Ubisoft to break UPlay, downgrade their DRM servers, fill the PC version boxes with rabid ferrets or whatever trick they've decided to use to ensure PC gamers cannot enjoy any of their games.

Hey, look, Ubisoft:

Why you all got to be a buncha jerks with the PC?

I'm sure this is just a ploy to ensure that day-one sales aren't destroyed by the Goddamn pirates. Except now everyone on the PC is going to pirate it anyway out of spite. Smooth, Ubisoft.

The delay is to allow Ubisoft to perfect their newish brand of DRM of course. I'm going to buy it for the console then download a DRM-free PC copy later.

Chance it will end the same like the pc version of Driver San Fransisco.

Well, crap, I guess I have to start viewing gamespy as a serious source of something now.

And who bet's the PC version will be leaked to Torrent sites a week before the console release?

Oh, who am I kidding? A month before at least.

Ubisoft dear boy, delaying the PC version of a game dose bugger all to stop pirates - in fact it tends to encourage people to pirate since they can't get the game for their platform right then and there. You want to stop pirates? Make buying the game easier than pirating it - you do that by having it on sale on time, at a reasonable price, without making the customer jump though multiple hoops and (most importantly) fully working. Plus, you can always release an uberborked version to the pirate sites to make the pirated versions even more of a crapshoot.

0takuMetalhead:
Chance it will end the same like the pc version of Driver San Fransisco.

Why, what happened there? Far as I remember they just downgraded the DRM to a one-off online activation once they realised some of their versions only had that much anyway?

Somethingfake:
Gamespy should have asked what the shitty DRM will be

Its this thing called Steam. A client through which you purchase all of your games digitally so the publishers can maintain complete control over them, even after you shell out the cash. Weird, right?

OT: Ubisoft is worse than EA, hands down. Its not like you could even resolve to not buy their games, because they don't care. The console market more than makes up for any losses they would incur by alienating their PC customers.

Fun fact: first week when it comes out on PC, their DRM servers will be overloaded... and you will need to crack your legally bought game to have a chance to play it.

Also:

from the gamespy preview:
Sadly the PC version won't get much special treatment, he admitted: "We're definitely supporting PC, we love PC, but I think it'll be PC with a controller. I don't see us investing hugely in a mouse and keyboard setup. I think if you want to play on PC and you want to play Assassin's Creed, you have a controller." So status quo for the series there, though I personally found the previous games to be playable with mouse and keyboard.?

Really, Ubisoft, really?

Don't see yourself "investing hugely" in a mouse and keyboard setup? You mean giving a single coder a few hours to code key binds? Yeah, great. Does anyone actually BUY Ubisoft PC releases anymore, given their track record?

Somethingfake:
Gamespy should have asked what the shitty DRM will be

Games websites are only allowed to ask the questions the games producers tell them are o.k to ask.

Is this even news? They've done it with every other Assassin's Creed game.

Did they take out the stupid DRM?

Question, is Future soldier even playable on PC yet? Last I heard the cracked and upatched version is still the only playable one for PC. . .

I think we should just start planning to throw elaborate parties on the same day they make these announcements to underscore exactly how predictable this is.

Please excuse me while I pretend to be shocked.

Andy Chalk:

GameSpy: So when's the PC release date?

Ubisoft PR: October 30th.

GameSpy: Yeah, but when's the real PC release date?

Ubisoft PR: It's October 30th.

GameSpy: Uh huh. And can you say that with a straight face?

Ubisoft PR: You can ask me as many times as you like, but the answer will be the same.

GameSpy: Very well, let's move on. So, when will you announce the delay of the PC version?

Ubisoft PR: ...

Indeed.

That's just gold. I wonder if it actually happened.

Squilookle:

0takuMetalhead:
Chance it will end the same like the pc version of Driver San Fransisco.

Why, what happened there? Far as I remember they just downgraded the DRM to a one-off online activation once they realised some of their versions only had that much anyway?

Compare the pc version to the console version, you will notice a big diffirence.

PC version is missing post processing and HDR lighting, looks darker but not better. shadows on PC are to dark and overall lighting is unrealistic dimmed. also the sepia 70s tint is not present on PC, destroy the entire sunny 70s feeling.

ZippyDSMlee:
Did they take out the stupid DRM?

Probably not, but why is it that we allow Blizzard to get away with far more draconian DRM on Diablo 3, but complain like hell when someone else does it? :)

I've played a few Ubisoft PC games recently, and yes they have online activation etc, but they do have offline modes.. something D3 doesn't have.

0takuMetalhead:

Squilookle:

0takuMetalhead:
Chance it will end the same like the pc version of Driver San Fransisco.

Why, what happened there? Far as I remember they just downgraded the DRM to a one-off online activation once they realised some of their versions only had that much anyway?

Compare the pc version to the console version, you will notice a big diffirence.

PC version is missing post processing and HDR lighting, looks darker but not better. shadows on PC are to dark and overall lighting is unrealistic dimmed. also the sepia 70s tint is not present on PC, destroy the entire sunny 70s feeling.

Ahh, THAT stuff. Yeah. Thought you were talking about DRM, that's all.

Alfador_VII:

ZippyDSMlee:
Did they take out the stupid DRM?

Probably not, but why is it that we allow Blizzard to get away with far more draconian DRM on Diablo 3, but complain like hell when someone else does it? :)

But we don't. They even got swarmed by South Korean police for it.

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