Boycott Ubisoft

I’ve been wanting to write this for quite a while, but remained limited to forum rants only. This time I’m going “big”.

We all remember Ubisoft from the olden days. It was a game developer and publisher devoted to PC gamers with really good games and they also published several really good games like Far Cry, Dark Messiah of Might & Magic, The Elder Scrolls: Morrowind etc. I loved their games and I still own many of them (retail versions and also on GOG). Until something changed. They’ve became obsessed with protection of their games with all the wrong methods. First it was moronic StarForce protection that was known to cause idiotic problems with stuff not even related to game protected with it. Then they ditched it after the outrage by the gamers. Then they focused on what was even worse than StarForce. Their horrible always connected protection.

And that was the moment where I’ve decided not to buy a single game from them ever again from that point on. The games were unplayable on release day, because all the gamers connecting to their crap server simply DoS-ed it and with no connection, no playing. WTF!? What was even worse, when you did login to the game, started playing, connection was lost because of their crap servers and you were thrown out of the game, because no connection meant a non functional game. Thumbs up for that lads at Ubisoft.

And then they released their Uplay. A yet another game client in a line of many clients. Steam was first, fair enough. Then it was Origin. Fair enough, EA has been pushing it for a while even before the Steam with EA Downloader (EADM) which wasn’t the best thing out there, but since it wasn’t enforced to use it (you could install the game without it), I was fine with it. But we seriously don’t need the friggin’ third one. And it wouldn’t be such a problem as such if it wasn’t running on top of existing client. So, if you buy a game on Steam, you have to run Steam and also Uplay. WHY!? If you also release the damn game on Steam, use only their friggin’ framework. They also have copy protections, so why the need to run clients on top of other clients. Idiotic.

People who PAID for the games have to deal with all this nonsense. Guess how life was terrifyingly complicated for pirates who downloaded the game for free? Absolutely no problems. They games worked from first minute, they didn’t have to deal with stupid always connected nonsense back then and they still don’t have to deal with shitty Uplay. That’s a great reward for anyone who decides to actually pay for your shit Ubisoft.

And then there is their arrogance and faking of game graphics quality. Last one on the wall is Watch_Dogs. The game is filled with bugs, stuffed with stupid Uplay and worst of all, the graphics for PC were purposely and deliberately dumbed down to pathetic levels. And it doesn’t look anything like it was presented in teasers and trailers and in E3 show.

And this line of text snapped from their game code from Watch_Dogs shows how much they really care about PC gamers…


And then they have thrown out a large number of next gen effects that actually made the game really impressive looking and i wanted to buy it just because of that. So I could wander around Chicago in all the graphics beauty. It would be the first Ubisoft game I even considered buying after a long time boycott. Just to first find out about bugs and later on about this crap they pulled with graphics. So I just dropped it from my wishlist immediately.

Lets start with comparison of Watch_Dogs (2014) game with Mafia (2002). Pay attention that there are 12 years in between both games. There is no excuse not to include such “details” into a modern game if a game from more than decade ago has it. I know what it is, it’s the NVIDIA PhysX bullcrap Ubisoft decided to use to “improve” things. The “improvements” for everyone else are limited to quality of a game from year 1998…

And then there is what they showed us in trailers and E3 and what we actually got…

And this presentation:

You can just dream on to ever see such graphics on PC, especially not if you use AMD Radeon graphic card well capable of rendering full DirectX 11 feature set. That also includes the hyped HBAO which can just as easily be rendered on any Radeon.

What was the official Ubisoft response to this ridiculous downgrade?

“The dev team is completely dedicated to getting the most out of each platform, so the notion that we would actively downgrade quality is contrary to everything we’ve set out to achieve,” Ubisoft wrote. “We test and optimise our games for each platform on which they’re released, striving for the best possible quality.

“The PC version does indeed contain some old, unused render settings that were deactivated for a variety of reasons, including possible impacts on visual fidelity, stability, performance and overall gameplay quality.

Ok Ubisoft, should I spell you the word BUUUUUUUUUUUUUULLLLLLLLLLSHIIIIIIITTTTTTT ? Dedicated to getting most out of each platform? Really? How is it making a 2014 game look worse than it was showcased back in friggin’ 2012 a dedication of any sort? Why wouldn’t you just admit it was deliberately downgraded in graphics quality so that even current gen modern consoles wouldn’t look bad compared to what PC can do? After all Ubisoft is lately primarily a console only developer and I wouldn’t be surprised if this was actually true (and I strongly believe it is). Can’t see any other explanation for it.

And the game doesn’t contain “some old, unused render settings”, because you friggin’ removed it entirely. “deactivated for variety of reasons, including impacts on visual fidelity…”. It sure does affect it indeed. In a fuckin’ negative way. It looks like shit because of it. They’ve even added a line “This is PC only, who cares”. And then they have the balls to release such statement for the outrage by everyone who paid fuckin’ 49,99 € for this joke they call a game. Or 69,99 € for some sort of shitty digital “deluxe” version. Get fuckin’ serious Ubisoft.

I really don’t know what we gamers have to do to sober up these briefcase carrying tie wearing morons who don’t give a shit about gamers. Those gamers who made Ubisoft into what they are today. That’s right, like in so many cases, PC gamers build your company and now you’re screwing them without any Vaseline. Just because we don’t like stupid consoles, that doesn’t mean we are all bunch of thieves who steal every single game released. Having over 300 games on Steam, over 120 on GOG, over 10 games on Origin and over 50 retail physical discs. Yes, I’m a fucking thief.

Yet, I still refuse to buy any Ubisoft game because of everything I’ve said above. And I’ve been this way since their release of always connected crap. They have canceled it, yet their lame attitude was so bad I’ve decided to entirely boycott them. And not in a way that I’d still play their game obtained from warez scene. No, I ignore their stuff entirely. Like it doesn’t even exist for me. And more people should follow my example. You’ll soon notice you don’t really miss their games at all, because there are so many other still honest developers and publishers who deserve your money more. And they also release just as good if not a lot better games. When I say EA also falls into this group of good developers, you can see I am dead serious.

We don’t need your shit. Think about your marketing strategy again and once you make it right again, I’ll be the first one to write praises and compliments and not just piss over the Ubisoft name and logo. Yes, I will write about that if it ever happens. And I’ll be all mister positive. But with their current direction I just don’t see it happening in my lifetime…

Until then, Ubisoft, F & U.

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