Michael de Plater of Ubisoft tells Videogaming247 the reason that Tom Clancy’s EndWar isn’t coming out for the PC on the same day as the console versions is because of concerns about piracy, and he tells it like it is.
â€œTo 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,â€ he said, talking of the voice-controlled RTS.
â€œBut 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.â€
We asked if piracy was the main reason to keep EndWar off PC.
â€œYeah, at the time of release,â€ he said. â€œYou know, the level of piracy that you get with the PC just cannibalizes the others, because people just steal that version.â€
Let’s be honest here, he’s not far wrong, in fact he’s pretty much on the money (or potential lack there of). I don’t blame developers for not wanting to release on PC either but the Xbox 360 has it’s own fair share of piracy problems, I guess they just don’t amount to anything near as much as PC. Do you agree that what they are doing is right? Should the people who legally purchase software suffer and have to wait because the rest of the pirating PC community has stuffed it up for them?
Last Updated: October 8, 2008