Assassin’s Creed 3’s creative director, Alex Hutchinson, has declared that Ubisoft won’t be “investing hugely in a mouse and keyboard setup”, saying PC gamers should be using a controller instead.
Let’s take a moment to think about this. An industry in which not a week goes by without someone standing up and whining about how piracy or used-games sales are killing their business, can’t be bothered to get the very most basic interaction the player has with their game right, on one of the platforms they release on.
And let’s talk about “investing hugely”. How much is “hugely”, exactly? How much of that massive AAA budget would it take to have some designers sit down and calibrate the thing properly? This is not rocket science, it’s some movement controls and a few context sensitive action keys.
And for those about to say “But it needs a controller! Analogue sticks blah blah!”, don’t make me laugh. I’ve played this series, for movement all you need is 3 basic states : standing still, walking, running, and transitions between them. For most of the game, you just mash “run motherfucker”.
This is utterly contemptible. They’re basically announcing that they can’t be bothered to spend a tiny amount of time and money making sure that the game feels ‘tight’ on one of the platforms they’re releasing on, and expecting gamers to not feel like it’s a slap in the face.
So yeah Ubisoft, please, keep crying about those used games sales killing your business.