id and Epic: Multiplatform because of piracy

By Chris Faylor, Mar 10, 2007 9:17am PST Across two separate lectures at this week's Game Developers Conference, id Software CEO Todd Hollenshead and Epic Games president Michael Capps both admitted that piracy of PC games caused their companies to pursue developing beyond the PC platform. "Piracy has pushed id as being multiplatform," stated Hollenshead, whose company contracted Z-Axis to handle the PlayStation 3 version and Nerve Software the Xbox 360 edition of Splash Damage's forthcoming Enemy Territory: Quake Wars (PC).

Comments made by Epic's Capps carried a similar tone. "PC gaming is really falling apart," he revealed. "It killed us to make Unreal Tournament 3 cross-platform, but Epic had to do it," adding "the market that would buy a $600 video card knows how Bittorrent works." Epic is currently developing Unreal Tournament 3 for the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in-house.

Meanwhile, Firaxis designer and programmer Soren Johnson remained confident in PC development. He suggested that "game design on the PC is going to bend toward persistence," noting Blizzard's World of Warcraft is "successful because you can't pirate WoW. You cannot pirate an MMO. Period."

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  • So long as they still keep making good PC games I'm not bothered...console ports mean the PS3 and XBox360 folks get to enjoy the games too...albeit the consoles really need a fucking KB/Mouse combo (the PS3 actually allows it)...and don't give me this whole "even playing field" bullshit...there's no such thing (see: HDTV and sound system disparities among others)...and if someone can't afford the money to buy a keyboard and a mouse...they fucking can't afford a console and are therefore irrelevant to the argument!!! The real issue is that people who don't find it comfortable to play on their couch or whatever with the kb/mouse need a more compact handheld alternative...perhaps a controller with a trackball in it or something else...something mathematically equivalent...then there would be no argument. Then again I could never understand playing from a couch (its disconcerting playing on something that you sink into...I always play my consoles on the same office chair I use for PC gaming)...so I may not be able to understand the whole issue (hell...I'm weird...I keep the TV remote on the TV and get up pick it up to use it and then put it back and sit down...never got used to using a remote properly...would still use the TV or dish network buttons if they had all the buttons I needed on the front...rotoring a big dish fucked me up permanently).