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Gears of War PC... Eventually

The Mark Rein Q&A on TeamXbox follows up on a couple of long-debunked rumors (story and story) with the first semi-solid confirmation of plans for a PC port of Gears of War, which the Epic veep now says is inevitable, eventually (thanks Joystiq). After answering one question reaffirming the game as an Xbox 360 exclusive, Mark offers the following response to the question of whether it will stay that way:

íTil thereís something else. (chuckles) People ask me, ďAre you going to do it on PC?Ē Yeah, eventuallyÖI donít think thatís any great secret that we would like to do it on PC, but for now itís a 360 game. Eventually weíll get around to a PC version. I just donít know when.

Thatís worked successfully for Halo. Halo was a big seller on PC long after it kind of peaked on the original Xbox, and theyíre doing the same thing now with Halo 2. We work at the pleasure of a publisher who thinks both of those are their platforms, so I think itís ultimately inevitable, and obviously weíre a PC company.

The big challenge is to make a game that was designed solely for the consoleÖto take advantage of every last little corner of that console, to fill every little crack and run as many threads as we could and do as much to exploit the power of that machine, and make it run well on enough PCs to be worth releasing. Thatís a challenge. UT will help us there, because Unreal Tournament 3 will be kind of our vanguard PC product, and itís helping us get optimization on the PC. So itís just a matter of, now, can we make Gears run on enough PCs that itís worth sellingÖor do we have to wait in five years until everyone has a PC that can run it?

Itís inevitable, but itís just not there today.

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67. Re: Crysis again-- Feb 17, 2007, 13:27 Of Rock Star Fame
It's funny, recently someone asked me why bandai is still around when they make nothing but bad games. Why? Because dumbfucks in japan will buy any game that has gundam in the title. Sort of reminds me of pc gamers.

You know why pc gamers are considered 2nd class citizens now? Because you dumb fucks will buy whatever generic rts or fps that comes out because the graphics are pretty.

It's pretty sad that most pc vs console debates come down to graphics, because to pc gamers gameplay is second afterall.

That is some of the most unsubstantiated bullshit I have heard in a long time, bravo, I actually reread that part, nothing after, for fear of losing my self in your swirling tide of a unique and preposterous stupidity.

The PC is the only platform where games with just gameplay and the shit ugliest graphics ever seen will get a fair shake.

A recent example DEFCON an ugly yet engaging game. I am at work can't type to much but I look forward to pointing out how stupid you are in the future.

This comment was edited on Feb 17, 13:27.
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