World in Conflict retreats from consoles

Ubisoft confirms Xbox 360, PS3 editions of alternate-history RTS no longer planned for release.

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In January, Ubisoft attached a March release window to the PC edition of World in Conflict: Soviet Assault, the much-anticipated follow-up to the original real-time strategy game from Massive Entertainment. However, the French company's announcement came with some confusion, given that no mention was made of the expected Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 editions of the game.

Today, Ubisoft's silence on the matter came into focus when the publisher confirmed that it currently has no plans to release a console edition of World in Conflict: Soviet Assault. "World of Conflict: Soviet Assault will be released for the PC later this month," an Ubisoft representative told GameSpot. "A console version of World in Conflict is not planned for release at this time."

World in Conflict was originally announced for the Xbox 360, and later the PS3, shortly before the original PC game shipped to critical acclaim in 2007. However, the status of the title was brought into question in 2008, when Activision Blizzard announced that it had no plans to publish a number of games--including Soviet Assault--that were previously slated to fall under the Vivendi Games or Sierra Entertainment labels. The game appeared to be saved in November, though, when Ubisoft acquired Massive.

Soviet Assault is an expansion to the original, offering a new Soviet story and a number of tweaks to the online multiplayer mode, in addition to the original game's campaign. Speaking to GameSpot earlier this month, lead designer Magnus Jansen said that a lot of the adjustments made to the PC edition of Soviet Assault stemmed from work done on the console games.

For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of World in Conflict: Soviet Assault.

Discussion

109 comments
hahamanin
hahamanin

wow audioslave n world in conflict.....this game still gives me goosebumps

Hotsora
Hotsora

Saw this game at a vendor show last year & it ran butter. Didn't have hands-on but the mix of button & voice command had depth but punchy enough to make me want it...would have done well.

skywarp001
skywarp001

ona console? as if u would. thats crazy talk. not enough buttons.

bomber1992
bomber1992

everyone out there in this discussion that wants it on pc probably has a great computer but some of us can barely afford a console, let alone a 2 or 3 thousend dollar computer. i for one hape they decide to release it on console. i would buy it in a minute. im sorry if you hate consoles, but thats your problem, get off your soapbox.

blaze11987
blaze11987

well thats a huge disappointment. was looking foward to WiC since its announcement and even had it pre-ordered. i don't really get all the console RTS bashing that goes on in forums. i grew up playing the C&C games on the pc all the way up until Generals: Zero Hour then got a 360 and to be honest, i enjoy C&C on consoles just as much as i used to on PC, the only downside being the max unit cap and a slight degrade in graphics. The console versions can do everything the PC can, only that the consoles rely on a combination of buttons to pull it off, and not just one key like the PC versions. The genre suffers so much probably because the lower IQ gamers among us can't grasp the 'difficult and complicated' controls, hence why they brought out Halo Wars. I was excited about the game until i played the demo. HORRIBLE. It has been stripped bare of tactical options by the complete dumbing down of the entire play system and options and makes a mockery of the genre as a whole which says a lot for the fans of Halo. Don't get me wrong, i like Halo as much as the next person but it makes me remember why i stopped playing Halo 3 online; The online crowd is almost entirely comprised of immature 12-16 year olds who think its a hoot to troll your earpiece with **** when your wiping the floor with them. Rant over lol

xSithiSx
xSithiSx

some of you people truly disgust me.

VENOM192
VENOM192

I think they could have made tons of money if World In Conflict was on console's. I have the game and it was great and the graphics was just amazing. I am mostly a pc gamer but I feel real sorry for console owners that can't get this game.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

I've never been a big pc gamer, and the first RTS game I played was Command and Conquer on my Saturn. I know a lot of people say that RTS games aren't for consoles, but I really don't have a problem with the control scheme or interface of most console RTS games.I thought Lord of the Rings Battle for Middle Earth was a outstanding game, along with the latest Command and Conquer game. I was really looking forward to this one though.

arijit_2404
arijit_2404

RTS games were never meant to be for consoles.

bloise
bloise

that suck dam i was wating this game for the 360 if halo wars is one of the best selling game for 360 rts this game will rape halo wars

FallenAngelXBL
FallenAngelXBL

If this made the consoles it would more than likely have terrible controls and even worse graphics. What are the chances the puny power of current gen consoles can match a 2 year old game...i laugh at the insolence of developers XD

JackHoleFace00
JackHoleFace00

That's too bad. I own this game for PC and played the crap out of it (it's such a fun game), but then my AGP video card died and would've had to buy a whole new rig, which I couldn't afford, so I kinda wanted to see it on my PS3. Still, I can't say I'm too surprised. Even with some good examples/exceptions like C&C 3 on 360, RTSs have a hard time on consoles, and ESPECIALLY the controls on WIC, which are very different from other RTSs. Just wish they woulda made a decision long before this instead of keeping the devs hanging

MattyWoah
MattyWoah

I played the demo of this game on my PC, and it was a great game, but in the back of my head I consistently felt "How could this POSSIBLY work on a console?"

devoid27
devoid27

RTS not RTS. WATEVER! Lets play it all! It looks wicked. "snake : hey, anyone got any smokes?"

SatanAntichrist
SatanAntichrist

Good. RTSs need to stay away from consoles and on the PC where they belong.

Inconnux
Inconnux

RTS games generally don't work for consoles. not until they use a mouse/keyboard as a standard controller!

Unlimitedbigdad
Unlimitedbigdad

Even the idea of making a RTS for consoles is funny.

darknvd
darknvd

lol I could care less about WIC on consoles...RTS is made for PC and it would stay that way. I don't mind however if it was released on consoles as long as they can do a good job, but of course I prefer mouse over consoles for RTS any day.

aloisabreu
aloisabreu

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Evolution-X0
Evolution-X0

Ahh screw them.. i dont want to pay £1000+ just to get a great computer which gets outdated easily. PC Gamers can have there game.

xSithiSx
xSithiSx

I dont know why people piss on console RTS so much, even though WIC is a RTT game. Play halo wars, its an amazing game and its proof that RTS games can work on a console. Dont flame it till you have actually tried it, nobody has played the console version of WIC so nobody knows what it would be like. And to say the game will suffer because of the "delay trying to make the console version" is a ridiculous statement, they know what they are doing WIC is one of the best RTT games out there.

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

I don't mind. I hope Ubi-Soft makes Massive work on the next Tom Clancy End War. That would be sick.

ckat609
ckat609

too bad... i was waiting for it to come out

magusat999
magusat999

And I thought PC gaming was "waning" - oh, please! Mwa-ha-ha-ha-hwaa!

ps3thabest
ps3thabest

Was that the Nazi game? Or was that fall of liberty?

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

It just shows how much console gaming is causing PC gaming grief! This PC game will suffer because of the delay of trying to get the console version done. It's a total cock-up!

machine_B
machine_B

I was wondering if this game was ever going to come out at all. If they had not have worked on the console version the PC version probably would've been out by now - it's been ages since WiC was released - quite annoying how the console dev slowed it down for PC release.

gamer082009
gamer082009

Good call on them to cancel the console versions of this game, because it just seems to me that this type of game is much more well suited for a PC. The game is unstoppable when played on a PC that can handle it at it's full graphical prowess. Can't wait for Soviet Assault, it should be quite the addition!

skrat_01
skrat_01

Looking foward to it. Otherwise its the type of RTS that would work perfectly on consoles, moreso than any other. In controls and design. Of course hardware is an issue.

fzaynoun
fzaynoun

It is simple, PS3 and XBOX360 can't handle this, while they do well in "fighting each other", this game is out of their league, time maybe for PS4 and XBOX720

DistortedGecko
DistortedGecko

They would have to dumb it down in order for it to play on the consoles. I still don't like console rts games. I prefer my mouse.

andrew_ribbons
andrew_ribbons

Hrm, good job i didn't hold out for these versions and got the PC versions months back XD PC version would have been superior anyway, X360 as much as I love it can't do DirectX10 rendering, and this is one game where that particular feature really shines. KABOOM 83

Makhdoom82
Makhdoom82

I played it on PC and i would still love it

punkpunker
punkpunker

meh... my waiting is wasted. well at least my pc can handle the game on all low with 14fps max :lol:

Gaming_Guru_Guy
Gaming_Guru_Guy

Oh no I was totally planning on not getting this.........

crazyfist36
crazyfist36

ubisoft probably learned their lessson from the stupid EndWar game.

doomsoth
doomsoth

I find it funny that many people stated several generations ago that shooters wouldn't work on consoles and man were they wrong. I'm glad that most developers listen to their creativity and ingenuity to get games to work on different platforms rather than the people who say it can't happen or won't work.

shawn7324
shawn7324

Could care less as I always planned on getting it for PC anyways.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Couldnt care less as the first one was total pap, check out the Review & score for more details. Much better FPS's available that have actually had a little TLc put into them.

the_real_VIP
the_real_VIP

@ Alpha0026: same point as for any games on console and not on PC, almost no piracy on console games. But hey, I'm a hardcore PC RTS gamer.

Alpha0026
Alpha0026

i loved this game on the PC i'm ecstatic that it got pulled from the consoles, less room (to the reel VIP) if console games need a keyboard and a mouse, whats the point in making RTS's on the consoles???

DOHBOY_87
DOHBOY_87

Is this a surprise to any one really?

InuHanyou1701
InuHanyou1701

Didn't we know this months ago...? I never have liked RTS games on consoles. I'm a traditionalist (Halo Wars is the first Console RTS game I've ever liked but that's just because of how simplified the gameplay is) and I need a mouse and keyboard. The only advantage to having WIC come to consoles would have been the graphics requirements. Gorgeous graphics but they require a pretty high end machine.

the_real_VIP
the_real_VIP

@ Waffen_SS84: Unreal Tournament 3 on PS3 can be played with keyboard and mouse. I would say RTS doesn't have to be only on PC, but if it should feels good on a console, console RTS should NEED keyboard and mouse.

3picuri3
3picuri3

KC_Hokie Civ is not an RTS. learn your genres mate.

Waffen_SS84
Waffen_SS84

A mouse and keyboard for a console? Whats next, a PC screen?