Oh look, Ubisoft thinks they deserve a series of service games now too. People struggle with playing your games for even 20 hours bros. Because they don't have that magic. Could it have something to do with the lifeless worlds maybe? I guess it wasn't good enough with tens of millions of sales for every annual release. Should have stayed in your lane.
Still lol'ing at their meager attempt to turn the Division into a service game. Things will certainly go better with even less soul put into these new projects.
Looks like I'm done with Ubisoft now. Pretty sad considering how talented they are. Not that I played their games that much to begin with. All those $100 Gold Editions, carved content DLCs, and luckluster support. Like if you want to do Destiny then you've gotta put the money and resources into doing Destiny. That's your full time commitment. If you want to make Facebook games, gatcha, or F2P/P2W nonsense then just go do that. Not everybody gets to be the next Fortnite.
Probably b/c most games don't deserve to be over 10-20 hours. After a while, they get repetitious and lack unique content - and if anyone's the epitome of that, it's UbiSoft. Also now w/ so many game companies & actual games on the market, often copying each other 'til the game-genre gets milked by every company, they probably could make 10-15 hour games and we'd all be happy. Cheaper barrier of entry and probably cheaper to make. The other problem is - some of these game companies still think they can charge $60-100 for these shorter games...and most aren't deserving to do so.
Not every game needs to be 30-200 hour Skyrim epic, chasing the Skyrim dragon.
They'd probably make more $ making shorter games and charging less for them, especially if they want to do yearly iterations.
Also, I don't know why every company thinks they can be the next Fortnite, WoW, or Destiny, GTA Online - not many can do that. There's pretty much not much room for games of that type, as those type of games are insane and major time-sinks and life-sinks.
Don't like the idea of UbiSoft going live service w/ FC and AC also, thinking they can top what Division has done. Meh. As if we don't get enough fatigue w/ their games & formula...and now there's THIS w/ FC.
Oh, and where's that always online BG&E 2? SKull and Bones?
The core Diablo guys leaving Blizzard b/c of always-online D3 plans; Dan Houser & Leslie leaving probably b/c GTA Online got too big and Take-2 wants more of that; and now Day Hay leaves Ubi b/c of the Live Service crap.
Square had all kinds of mess w/ putting a single-player company like Crystal Dynamics on Avengers Live service game and Fallout 76 tanked. When will these publishers learn?
Didn't check this forum for a week and missed a bunch of posts relevant to my interests.
Pretty crazy seeing that PC Gamer cover since I actually have a specific memory associated with it. I remember going to the Renaissance Fair with my friends and one of them brought that magazine along. I was excited to see what DNF looked like. Crazy that it's been 24 years. My current group of friends was first formed back then because online gaming hadn't quite taken off and we would go to each other's house every weekend and LAN with Quake, Duke 3D or whatever. I posted about that PC Gamer in our group chat and the friend that had the magazine posted a picture of him with the magazine; he still has it.
It's funny for me to see people say Blizzard lost its quality 10+ years ago. I love the Diablo series and I greatly enjoyed Warcraft 1, but by the time WC2 came out the RTS formula was already getting stale. I hated SC1 and never liked WoW. OTOH, Overwatch is the first truly great fps since Quake 3 and Hearthstone is my favorite game of all time. I have a slight preference for D2, but I believe overall D3 is the best of the Diablos although truly the best Diablo game ever is Marvel Heroes. I never liked RTS's in multiplayer, but SC2 is definitely the best single-player RTS Blizz ever made. So, I feel the last 10 years of Blizzard is insanely better than what they put out in the 90s and 00s.
I'll take Bioshock series, FEAR 1 and Left 4 Dead 2 any day over Overwatch.