Dead Space 3 developer defends PC port

The PC version of Dead Space 3 will see improvements over the console versions, but Visceral Games isn't trying to create "disparity" between platforms.

Dead Space 3 executive producer Steve Papoutsis has spoken out to clarify earlier reports that Isaac Clarke's upcoming monster-tinged adventure would see a bare-bones PC port.

When asked why Dead Space 3 wouldn't see a PC-optimised version by Shacknews, Papoutsis replied by saying the platform is "by no means any less important to us; it gets a lot of attention. The PC is a very different platform. As developers, you want to deliver an experience that's as similar as possible on different platforms."

Visceral Games continues "to evolve our games as we develop them," added Papoutsis, "but we certainly don't target PC as something that's going to be significantly different. We aren't trying to create disparity in the experience that our gamers enjoy; we want to make sure everyone's having that same experience."

A powerful PC will see benefits over the console version, then, but Visceral Games isn't going out of its way to develop exclusive benefits like DICE did with the PC version of Battlefield 3. "The biggest thing is we want to make sure the quality of the experience is consistent across all platforms so we don't have one userbase saying it's better on their system," said Papoutsis. "We want it to be great on all systems, that's our approach."

Dead Space 3--complete with co-op, microtransactions, and N7 armour--will be released for the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 on February 5 in North America and February 8 in Europe.

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Thehobbitfeet
Thehobbitfeet

I paid over £1500 for my PC, to have a better gaming experience. And now EA dont want to give PC gaming much benefit in visuals over Xbox 360 or PS3?! Im calling bullsh*t, they just cant be arsed. They care less and less about the gaming community each game they painfully sh*t out. 

tgwolf
tgwolf

Speaking just about the difference among platforms since this game is garbage and it's rating confirms it, PC really has more potential anyway...It does no good to whine about it at this point.

Lp_Mastermind
Lp_Mastermind

Its because of pirates, why would they spend all that hard work to improve it on PC when it could easily be aquired as torrent

Roger_Smith
Roger_Smith

"but Visceral Games isn't going out of its way to develop exclusive benefits like DICE did with the PC version of Battlefield 3."


That's why you'll never be as good a developer like DICE. 

RonTorque
RonTorque

To Steve, you should come and see how Crysis performs on PC.

shansss123
shansss123

that's good atleast they're releasing it on the same date across all platforms and i love dead space

CaptainBerserk
CaptainBerserk

Everything in this game happens in REAL TIME (nothing "lazy"about that)That said i am sure this will be amazing on any platform. I think even the most arrogant PC players will be pleased...

MatrixGamer78
MatrixGamer78

Hey Visceral develop enhanced PC version of DS3 and charge more for it i bet most of all PC freaks will pay u a lot

e5115271
e5115271

"We aren't trying to create disparity in the experience that our gamers enjoy...". What crap. They should optimize and make the game the best it can be on all platforms.

If that means refined controls, higher res textures, support for more screen resolutions and advanced processing effects for the PC platform, then implement it! Or make it a budget £19.99 purchase for PC owners.

This is why games like Borderlands 2 and DmC get my money, because I can see they've put some effort in to making a proper PC version. A sloppily ported Xbox verion does not.

Saketume
Saketume

So by this guys logic if they ever make a game for the 3DS and then release it on the PS3 it will still look the same because they want the experience to be as similar as possible between platforms?!


Well FINE! But don't charge full price for it then. Low effort = low price.

ArataWata
ArataWata

Why are you trying to bullshit it when it's obvious you're not making the port any better cuz,

A) You're lazy

B) Not enough time

C) Not enough funding

Sure, the PC version of Dead Space 1 and 2 were pretty bleh already but they still allowed to you play around with graphics settings, not really getting into the big stuff but the common features were there, this isn't like Dark Souls where the developers didn't know wtf they were doing and had very little time to put the port together, this is a developer that's had plenty of games on PC.

So the experience is there, give me a break.

johnners2981
johnners2981

I hope no one on pc buys this game, maybe next time they'll put some effort into it

dethman75
dethman75

That is terrible to hear. I loved DS1 and DS2 on PC but i can't give money over to a company that treats the best platform as second rate. That's akin to saying here is a 1080p tv but we have limited it to 480p because we don't want our phone to suffer in comparison. Wow. That is pure laziness and confirms i will not be giving them 1c for DS3.

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

In other words;

"Yeah you'll get your 1080p but I can't see any good reason why I should do any extra work so I'm warning you now to keep your whiny little mouth shut on release."

itchyflop
itchyflop

i think every "port" should be upgraded on the pc. 

jpf1138
jpf1138

My opinion is that we, as PC enthusiasts, put a lot of effort, not to mention money, into our machines so that they CAN perform better than current-gen consoles. I feel that we deserve the extra bells and whistles of graphics customization and more interface options. Developers who overlook the PC community are turning their backs on many of the most diehard gamers out there. I've been playing games on PC since Wolfenstein 3D first released. Sure, I own a PS3 (I pretty much bought it just to play MGS4), but my desktop is where you will almost always find me gaming. Shame on you Visceral.

Bowser05
Bowser05

All I get out of this is that they are lazy. The PC is by nature a better platform, so if the game can take advantage of that why wouldn't it? That philosophy is a bunch of crap as far as I'm concerned.

billlabowski
billlabowski

Oh come on. Every Dead Space PC version is a port. What makes any of us think that Dead Space 3 will be any different? Am I going to buy it? No. But not because it's a bad ports, it's because the series has never changed. Oh wow, snow...I've never seen fields of white before.

Vaultboy-101
Vaultboy-101

We don't want it to be "similar", we want it to be "better!" like it could be on the PC, what a waste of a good opportunity.

Shadow-Phax
Shadow-Phax

Over the years I expected PC versions of games to be better since you can put a lot of really good hardware in a PC. Seems stupid not to utilize the superior hardware of the PC if it's there. If they use the same engine it will be able to make use of better graphics than the consoles.

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

If dead space 3 does well and the DLC, coop doesn't take all of the horror suspense outta of what makes DS IP special then a PC-optimised version will probably follow. I know it costs a ton to optimize and you have to have the people with talent and skills in that area available, but I think it would at least make its money back. 

comb5
comb5

So we don't even get a DirectX 10 option? Something which has been available on PCs for 7+ years now? But of course they're still going to charge $60 for it.

Gronibard
Gronibard

Regression for pc games, thanks

Saors
Saors

"but we certainly don't target PC as something that's going to be significantly different. We aren't trying to create disparity in the experience that our gamers enjoy; we want to make sure everyone's having that same experience." 

 PC's are significantly different, and the fact that promotional material for Dead Space 3 is done on High powered PC's, shows that the developers should understand this. A £1500 gaming rig designed that the person sits very close too is significantly different from a £200 console that is designed to be on a tv and for the individual to sit 6-10 feet away from. When you are spending over 5 times the amount that a gaming console costs, you do expect a little effort to be put into the port, an FoV slider at the very least, personally I find alot of ports unplayable because of lack of FoV sliders because of the motion sickness.

Comments like this, suggesting laziness from a developer would make me question the overall commitment to making a great game, ( a survival horror game with a shop you can buy everything you need from - even if optional has no place being in a survival game, cash grab) .

I await the Angry Joe review on this one before they recive any of my hard earned cash...I wish I could charge my employer micro transactions for extra tasks I do.

Goddammitj
Goddammitj

Technically theyre not dumbing down anything. It just sounds like theyre not interested in the power that is available these days, since their largest market uses old as shit hardware.

They arent bothering to make the best game they can basically, they set the bar lower than they should have. Which when it comes to graphics isnt the end of the world, but it does seem lazy.

elessarGObonzo
elessarGObonzo

so: "we're dumbing down pc version potential so consolers so don't feel so bad".

why would you come out in public and say this? won't be surprised if huge hi-res or similar pc update comes out after all the negative feedback they'll get from "us"

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

Don't worry PC gamers, I'm sure you'll still be able to play at 1080p with anti-aliasing, which is still better than the console versions.

pal_080
pal_080

So like the VCR is still going strong, why the crap do we watch things in High Definition right?  *shoots self in head due to backwards logic*

jeremy-
jeremy-

cancelling my pre-order. 

SteveTwo
SteveTwo

Stupid is as stupid does.

DrNEGA
DrNEGA

I WONDER WHAT DEVELOPERS ARE THINKING NOW IF I PORT HALO 4 ON PC....IT CAN BE DONE

IT PROVEN TRUE WHEN A GROUP OF HACKERS IS USING ONE GAME EXAMPLE ON SONIC GENERATION IT CAN BE MODDED AND RUN SONIC UNLEASHED ON THE PC...IT CAN BE DONE...SAME GOES OTHERS THAT DIDN'T CAME OUT ON PC YET...........LIKE UNREAL 3 GAMES CAN BE DONE...MK9 IS ONE THEM....I WONDER WHAT IT FEEL TO BE SCREW THE DEVELOPERS BACK............

DrNEGA
DrNEGA

WHY ALL THE FUSS.......THIS IS NOT THE FIRST CONSOLE PORT GAME...LIKE DARK SOULS...ITS FIX BY A HACKER PATCH...SIMPLE FIX...HIGH-RES TEXTURES....AND SKYRIM ...PATCH BY HACKERS AND ITS NOT DIFFICULT TO HACK THE CFG FILES..EVERY GAME HAS ONE....DEAD SPACE 2 WAS GOOD EXAMPLE HOW EASY RUN ON WINE WITH BETTER GRAPHICS THAN WINDOWS...THANKS TO NVIDIA PART...PIRATES CRACK THE GAME AND FIX THE GAME GRAPHICS TOO...........SO ITS 1 AND 2 STEPS NOW THAN 1 STEP....KEEP TRYING DEVELOPERS...WE COULD HACK ALL THE WAY 10 STEPS...........IF WE HAVE TO GO THAT FAR

Atombomb1981
Atombomb1981

A straight port and they still want 60$ for it? Not the mention the obligatory Origin DRM crap.

Alucard1475
Alucard1475

So he's saying that they are not allowed to make the PC version any better because console-gamers will complain about how much their version sucks. 

MAD_AI
MAD_AI

So no DX11 features? still going to buy it, since I love the series, but just don't make it a lousy port like Dark Souls was.

Actually they can pull it off, Dead Space 1 had in no way any advantages over the consoles on the PC, yet was extremely optimized, I managed to play on full settings with a very outdated system when it came out.

myungish
myungish

If they can't be bothered to put in the work, I won't be bothered to pay for it. With this and the introduction of micro-transactions, I'm officially OUT.

killerweee
killerweee

I remember before the 360 and PS3 came out PC graphics were way ahead of the xbox or PS2's.  Now developers are developing games for the PC second and that's why we haven't seen the quatum leap in PC graphics over consoles we've seen in the past.  This is how the develop games on the cheap now.  My PC should have games with graphics my Xbox shouldn't even compare to.

killerweee
killerweee

The fact that developers are mainly developing for the 360 and ps3 are the reason we haven't seen the quantum leap in PC graphics that we've seen in the past.

Tygraph
Tygraph

If they would at least open the game up for modding so the community could give us better textures and performance tweaks then this wouldn't really big as of a deal. We're just left with the crap they give us in this case. 

NS_Sonic204
NS_Sonic204

Reading these comments makes me terribly embarrassed to game on PC. My God, people.

rmartinezdl
rmartinezdl

who cares, gonna pirate this one anyways... since origin, ea doomed frackton of franchises, except for bf and crysis

Crazyguy105
Crazyguy105

And then the developers are going to cry when certain individuals pirate the hell out of their game, and wonder what they did wrong.

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

EA is doing it's dirty experiment again, trying to see if gamers will swallow it. And of course they will, as always.

yomonkey
yomonkey

If it looks at least as good as Dead Space 2 did on PC then I won't be complaining too much... Dead Space 2 did look significantly better on PC... if it looks like a console game AND runs like shite... then I will be complaining

GamerOuTLaWz
GamerOuTLaWz

Dead Space 3--complete with co-op, microtransactions, and N7 armour-- this made me laugh....  and also cry inside.

axlroselm
axlroselm

do not get yourself killed PC gamers. This game sucks.

Ijustbeatya
Ijustbeatya

Any 1 tried the crysis 3 multiplayer beta. Any good ?