There’s already been a lot of talk when it comes to “always-online” when it comes to both gamers, and industry people alike. So much so, that a Microsoft employee “resigned” over the talks surrounding it, and even developers who are not actively working on any game has commented on it, too.
Now, it’s Ubisoft Montreal CEO Yannis Mallat’s turn. And to be frank, some people might not agree with what he has to say.
In an interview with TheGuardian (via GameInformer), Mallat was asked about the “always-on” rumors and was given the recent SimCity launch as a reference point. While he thinks these services need to provide clear benefits, he “suspects” that the audience is “ready” as well.
The answer lies in the question – as soon as players don’t have to worry, then they will only take into account the benefits that those services bring. And I agree, these services need to provide clear benefits. It’s important to be able to provide direct connections between us and our consumers, whether that’s extra content or online services, a lot of successful games have that.
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 – I would suspect that the audience is ready.
Do you agree with Mallat? Are we gamers ready for an “always-on” console generation? This is one question I suspect will have different answers depending on where a person lives.