Ubisoft: gamers are ready for always-online

Yannis Mallat says consoles with network requirement need to provide "clear benefits" if gamers are to adopt them.

Ubisoft Montreal CEO Yannis Mallat has weighed in on the possibility of an always-online requirement for next-generation platforms. Speaking The Guardian (via Game Informer), Mallat said he believes most gamers are already prepared for such a mandate.

"Well, that's a question you should put to Microsoft and Sony! I would say that a lot of people are already always online through other devices," Mallat said. "I would suspect that the audience is ready."

The executive added that if an always-online console hopes to see mass adoption, it must "provide clear benefits" for such a requirement, like extra content or featured services.

Microsoft's Xbox 720 is rumored to require an Internet connection--and a Kinect unit--to function. If a network signal drops for three minutes, any running applications or games will cease to work, according to a past report.

Earlier this month, Microsoft creative director Adam Orth made headlines after saying, "Sorry, I don't get the drama around having an 'always on' console. Every device now is 'always on'. That's the world we live in." He then used the hashtag "#dealwithit." He is no longer with Microsoft.

Microsoft has not commented at all on plans for a future platform, though multiple reports have indicated the company will announce the next Xbox on May 21.

The PlayStation 4 does not require an Internet connection. No console in history ever has.

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Andrew_794
Andrew_794

Whoa since when are we "always online" through other devices? My phone, tv, laptop, blender, microwave...hell literally everything I own doesn't require an internet connection to actually work...way to put words in our mouthes Ubisoft.

If they want to introduce always online then by all means go for it, but don't make it required to actually make the system run

KioSasuke
KioSasuke

Yep and after that you will sell Item and Armor online for all your game . I would rather stop playing game no matter how good they are 

Necro_Fear89
Necro_Fear89

Just like how Adam Orth is no longer at Microsoft, anyone who attempts this will no longer have a job as well. You won't see business from me, I would rather wipe my ass with the money for a new console with these requirements than to continue to feed you selfish idiots.

hitechgraphs
hitechgraphs

Not so sure about it,not even if it came sfrom Ubisoft,the benefist are only for the companies not the consumers.PERIOD.[almost flamming]

kokonut1971
kokonut1971

Yannis. " How about NO!"


Gamers should have the freedom to choose how they use their products. The usage should not be dictated by companies who are trying every which way to stop piracy which is not going to happen anyways. If your company cannot cope with this fact of life i suggest you leave the gaming business and your "online " ideas to other companies who are willing to make products that will suit their need and not yours.


You are just shooting yourself in the foot !



there will always be ways around zeros and ones. Trust me!

megakick
megakick

Kinect and Online? Kinect will be free right? If this rumor is true I will not be buying the next generation console.

tim1935
tim1935

Or always online product launches that don't fail (hu hum, D3, Simcity)

koospetoors
koospetoors

Aaaand 10 years from now we "ready" gamers eagerly dust off our PS4s\720s to play a few of our always online favorites and- oh wait, can't play because they shut the servers down, at least we've got some pretty fancy coasters.

Ubisoft.... just... no.

yuenyugo
yuenyugo

i accept always online,
IF isp is free , it can be used in any goddamn places, doesnt have problem (like connection interupted ) , and it's fast!!

and i know, it cannt be happen in present time :p

spectreSE7EN
spectreSE7EN

I like how no one cares that their computer, ipad, mobile device, etc. is always online, but make my console always online?? "awwww hell no!"

It is only a matter of time before every console in the future will require this.  Sony is backing away from it now because it makes MS look bad with all the rumors floating around, but you'll see...it won't be up to sony.  Many game publishers will start adopting this feature built into the game and not so much the console.  There are already a handful of PC games that require a connection to play and this is mostly to combat piracy that runs rampant on PC games.  That isn't the OS dictating the internet requirement, it is the game publisher.  If MS is requiring this, more than likely, they have discussed this with game publishers already.  Don't be surprised if third party developers put on the box "PSN or XBL connection required"

LEALR
LEALR

If "always online" ever comes to reality, this will be my last generation of gaming.

spagyetti
spagyetti

hahahaha... WTF are they smoking?  In what F'ing world would we be "ready to sign-up" to not be able to use a console if the internet goes down?  That is just F'ing retarded.

TheGrumold
TheGrumold

I am no longer buying Ubisoft -- after the ANNO 2070 foul-up, I was quite upset

Assassin's Creed 3 was disappointing (same crap since AC2)

Now this?  Always On web to make sure the honest ppl are using legit games?

It's like penalizing simple folf at the airport becoz 'terrorists' may be waiting in line (when we all know they have their own "back routes",,,


*/sigh

I give up

Nemesis4747
Nemesis4747

damn ubisoft, trying to play farcry 3 and the uplay crap they made me download, corrupting the game install

SC-Genjisamurai
SC-Genjisamurai

If gaming is going to be always online. I'm going to be screwed when I am done school and have to pay for my own internet when i move out.

Twiztid-Maddox
Twiztid-Maddox

Electronbisoft needs to happen! Electronic Arts merges with Ubisoft sometime in 2020...

gplayer5
gplayer5

LOL I love the comments to this article. Once I saw the title, I just had to read them. xD

Ubisoft is such as fail...

tionmedon
tionmedon

us gamers regardless of preference speak with our cash do not buy their bulls**t.........

bakasora
bakasora

I might be ready. But are your servers ready? Are your servers able to handle 10 million users activities concurrently? Your servers must not have maintenance times, are you ready?

RivalRick
RivalRick

I'd like to point out, just as a fun fact, that I believe this is coming from a company who had a massive DRM fiasco with their PC version of Assassin's Creed some years back.  The authentication server wigged out and people couldn't play their SINGLE-PLAYER GAME for several days.  Yeah Ubi - we're totally ready for that kind of bulls**t on console now, too.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I don't know one gamer that has said, "Having an always-on console would be awesome!" It's not something we want or need.

iempire68
iempire68

Hmmmmm, so like today with PSN under maintenance, my console is a brick. If the PS3 was always on line I wouldn't have even been able to play a single player game. No thanks.

ry0uz
ry0uz

Always-on is just another way of forcing DRM down gamers throats. Companies don't want you buying used games, they want you paying full price for digital editions with no boxes, printed materials, media or shipping costs. They want to reserve the right to pull games off of your consoles and then re-sell them as HD editions, 3D editions and other such crap and gimicks  that are meant to milk the purse of the ignorant. Are gamers ready for 'always-on'? Only if they're playing an mmo.

hateyourface
hateyourface

Well YANNIS, the real question isn't "are gamers ready?" it's "do gamers even want this?"


Take a look at the response to Adam Orth's comments and see if you can't answer the question on your own.

neumanbr
neumanbr

What is wrong with Ubisoft??? First they say we want AC games every year, now this!???
They might think the company is made by people who can make the Jedi Mind Trick on us, apparently weak minded gamers.

Nepti
Nepti

It's hard to imagine any benefits that publishers could offer to entice gamers into buying into always on when there are so many real downsides to that paradigm for gamers.

-Dozens of stories about people being unable to play their games on release because of server issues.

-Dozens of stories about single player games going away forever because the publisher no longer supports the servers.

-Dozens of stories of people having their entire account banned because of saying bad things about a game on a publisher's forum

-Dozens of stories about people having their accounts banned due to a mistake

-Dozens of stories about people who do not have internet, or have unreliable internet, or have limited bandwidth per month to deal with

Always on seems to have a lot of perceived perks for the Publisher and at best, gimmicky perks for customers. If the future of consoles is always on, I guess I'll be one of those who will be left behind. Always on - no thanks - I know a bad deal when I see one.

nameaprice
nameaprice

thats cause these fags never step out of their goddamn urban empires. you know statistics say after only 2-3 weeks of a large metropolis losing its food supplies people would turn cannibalistic? and after only a month its likly 50% or more would commit suicide.

Cochleadoc
Cochleadoc

If Microsoft and Ubi want to team up and provide Google fiber optic lines to all the games, then yes, we're ready.

Otherwise, suck it.

ArabrockermanX
ArabrockermanX

I like how he says gamers are ready, then says it must provide clear benefits... If it has to offer a superior experience in order pass, then gamers aren't ready.

vadagar1
vadagar1

Ubisoft: gamers are ready for always-online

 

Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

Not only is it pretty damn obvious gamers ARE NOT ready.... but neither is the internet itself. It's not widely available or even fast enough to handle EVERYTHING being always online.

Awlyeah
Awlyeah

I'm staying away from always online requirements. I like to collect games, I have been since Atari. And I like to break them out everyonce in awhile and replay them. This always online is like buying a brick just to toss into a window. You only get the experience of it the first time you play it. Its the reason why I didn't buy the new SimCity. I'd rather support small indie projects for the fun then deal with the hassles of always online DRM.Plus Reliable internet at home is a joke these days. Wait until Google Fiber is available. Then revisit this idea.

zerospecterpunk
zerospecterpunk

Whether or not I, as a gamer, am ready for always-on doesn't matter if I can't rely on my internet connection... which has a bad habit of disconnecting me at random times. That being said, whether or not I am ready also does not matter if I plan on going on vacation where there is no internet, but I would still like to take my console to play late at night or if I can't do what I originally planned that day.

CrashOV
CrashOV

that's alright Ubisoft. even in the good ol' west some people kept shooting themselves in the foot.

ati2la
ati2la

I love how everybody hates on MS and UBI for acting like bit*hez.. Loves from the bottom of my heart my dear GAMER fellows :(

MadaraSoul
MadaraSoul

If microsoft/ubisoft want always online they can pay for my internet bill!!!!!!!

Hurvl
Hurvl

Supply and *demand*! I don't care if they think we're ready, but there has to be a demand to justify the supply of always-online games.

Roy Spinoso
Roy Spinoso

Funny how people in companies never think about those who live in the "Third world",people of America,Asia or even Europe.That´s the fisrt point the have to discuss.

DarthLod
DarthLod

You know what I am ready for? These idiots working for these companies NOT being OUT OF TOUCH with the gamers. Because everything they say it a flat out pile of garbage.

kingcrimson24
kingcrimson24

i'm just going to pirate all assassin creed games  and Far Cry 3 . 

i'm also going to flash mod my xbox and i'll buy pirated games . 

you'll lose about 400 $ on that ubi ! suck it !


psycho75
psycho75

Nope, nobody asked me if i am ready so would you kindly wait for me to get ready dear Ubi? Like ten years from now? Is that too much to ask? THX!

kingcrimson24
kingcrimson24

ubisoft has no idea about people in the third world who have bad internet services and they play offline most of the time , like me , i live in iran and i have 512kbs internet that may go out every miunte . i only played Halo 4 multiplayer a few times .


deliman
deliman

I've got no doubt that an always-online console will offer some sort of benefits, but they are outweighed by the fact that if your ISP fucks up, your console WILL STOP WORKING. 


What people need to realize is that if this console sells enough units, it may very well become the industry norm.  We as consumers should NOT let that happen. 


So if you truly feel that an always online console (which requires that Kinect bullshit, no less) is a bad thing, DON'T BUY IT!