PC Gamers : You can not have “I Am Alive”

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I Am Alive -  Ubisoft’s on-again, off again, definitely back on-again gripping and beautiful tale of survival and despair, based heavily on Cormac McCarthy’s post-apocalyptic novel The Road will be hitting consoles via the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade. It really does look interesting – and PC gamers have been wondering – quite vocally- where a version for their beloved platform is.

Well, it’s not coming – and the game’s director Stanislas Mettra is here to tell you why. PC gamers, do try hold back your vitriol.

"We’ve heard loud and clear that PC gamers are bitching about there being no version for them," Mettra said to Incgamers. "But are these people,” he questioned inflammatorily “just making noise just because there’s no version or because it’s a game they actually want to play? Would they buy it if we made it?"

On the basis of it being a business decision, he reckons it’s just not worth porting the game to PC.

"It’s hard because there’s so much piracy and so few people are paying for PC games that we have to precisely weigh it up against the cost of making it. Perhaps it will only take 12 guys three months to port the game to PC, it’s not a massive cost but it’s still a cost. If only 50,000 people buy the game then it’s not worth it."

To summarise :

You can’t have a PC version because you’re all pirates, and nobody plays PC games anyway! Ubisoft has not been making friends with PC gamers of late; if they’re not saddling their PC games with restrictive, draconian DRM they’re otherwise just not making them.

Last Updated: November 24, 2011

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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