Please allow me to use a popular meme – “Ubisoft pls”. Unfortunately for the large name game creator they seriously can’t catch a break as of recent – but it’s thanks to their own actions and words.
We’ve already reported that some Ubisoft developers think 60FPS “looks weird”, further claiming 30 FPS is more than sufficient for gaming, they’ve also claimed that Microsoft are pushing them to limit PC gaming to 30 FPS to mirror the efforts on consoles due to limitations. They’ve also been reported asking PC users who wish to run their new Assassins Creed game to require a minimum GTX 680 or equivalent. As the famous quote goes – “but wait, there’s more!”.
Hot off the press, Ubisoft’s Far Cry 4 Creative Director Alex Hutchinson has been asked in an interview about the resolution in their latest game release by Total Xbox – his answer includes the quote “it’s certainly not something I care about in a game”, more of his answer reads:
“It feels weird to me that people are cool about playing a sort of retro pixel game, and yet the resolution somehow matters. It’s like: is it fun, is it interesting, is it new, is it fresh, are there interesting questions. With the 4K TVs and things – somebody was telling me that with a 4K TV, to even see it, your living room has to be big enough to sit like 12 feet from the screen. I don’t know the exact numbers, but it starts to get a little crazy. I’m just in it for the experience, I’ll play a SNES game if it’s cool”
We’re not sure if you’ve played games at 480, 720 and 1080p resolution, but there’s certainly a different look in graphical quality and ease of game play when comparing the lower to the higher end of settings. Furthering on Hutchinsons’s SNES comment – a quick Google Search brings up the massive resolution offering of 256 x 224. We invite you to start producing games for this console if you’re that way inclined.
Another worrying factor about the comment above is the seeming lack of knowledge when it comes to the latest technology advancements. You can see Hutchinson’s quote clearly reading that to see a 4K TV “somebody was telling me that with a 4k TV… your living room has to be big enough to sit like 12 feet away from the screen” – does the creative director of one of the worlds biggest gaming companies really have that little of a grasp on how this technology works? We obviously don’t expect them to spend hours every night researching, but he desperately needs to hire himself a coffee-delivering intern to help keep him updated on the latest.
Ubisoft have proven themselves to be rather out of touch with both PC and Console markets as of late – they’ve made some amazing games in the past and here we are seriously hoping they can pull something through to get back to their best.
Do you care about these graphical limitations and lower resolution outputs? Or is this something that you think people are up in arms about just for the sake of being mad? We’re interested to hear your thoughts.
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