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On Gears of War 2, PCs, and Piracy

Total Video Games has a Q&A with Epic's Cliff Bleszinski talking with the artist formerly known as CliffyB about progress on Gears of War 2, the upcoming console shooter sequel he says is nearly gold. When asked about PC support, he cites piracy as one of their problems with the platform, saying: "Right now, it makes sense for us to focus on Xbox 360 for a number of reasons. Not least PCs with multiple configurations and piracy." He elaborates: "The PC right now is a fair amount different to what it was back in the day, with all the badly integrated video chips. Here's the problem right now; the person who is savvy enough to want to have a good PC to upgrade their video card, is a person who is savvy enough to know bit torrent to know all the elements so they can pirate software. Therefore, high-end videogames are suffering very much on the PC." Thanks Dagok and Kotaku.

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76. Re: No subject Sep 30, 2008, 18:05 Verno
 
Verno, do not feed the troll!

Sorry, I need to find the ignore feature on this board

So, the fix is to not make any PC game versions, thus throw away all the revenue you COULD and would make in total from PC sales.... all because you are losing any kind of monies from piracy????

Well maybe they think the PC version won't make money at all, in which case why bother? These guys are in business to make a profit, you don't stay in business to lose money. They don't care about the goodwill of the community and frankly nor does anyone else. Even the beloved Stardock would stop making games in an instant if they couldn't break even.

People are just assuming the PC version would break even but who knows, maybe it wouldn't. Gears of War PC didn't exactly light a fire either. Plus people just complain about getting the game months too late so why do they care about not getting GoW2 as well? It would be just as late so this is a non-starter.

 
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