'Piracy is Basically Killing PC,' says Ubisoft

It's the same old song and dance at this point, but it bears reiterating, especially when it comes to EndWar, an upcoming RTS title which will come first to consoles.

by David Radd on Wednesday, October 08, 2008

'Piracy is Basically Killing PC,' says Ubisoft

Speaking to VG247, Ubisoft Shanghai creative director Michael de Plater talked about the upcoming EndWar. The strategy game will not be released on PC simultaneously with the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions, and according to de Plater, there's one primary reason for that: piracy.

"To be honest, if PC wasn't pirated to hell and back, there'd probably be a PC version coming out the same day as the other two," said de Plater. "But at the moment, if you release the PC version, essentially what you're doing is letting people have a free version that they rip off instead of a purchased version. Piracy's basically killing PC."

VG247 continued by asking if piracy was a reason to avoid the PC platform initially. "Yeah, at the time of release," he responded. "You know, the level of piracy that you get with the PC just cannibalizes the others, because people just steal that version."

Ubisoft recently sued the PC game disc manufacturer of Assassin's Creed for contributing to the game's piracy. Cliff Bleszinski recently noted that piracy was the primary reason that Gears of War 2 will not appear on PC.

via GameDaily

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