I have to give my thanks to Sid Spyker for bringing this to my attention. In Gamespy’s latest coverage of Assassin’s Creed 3, Creative Director Alex Hutchinson said that he doesn’t see Ubisoft investing hugely in a mouse and keyboard setup. Hutchinson thinks that if you want to play on PC and you want to play Assassin’s Creed, you’ ll definitely need a controller. My guess is that this recommendation is mainly to the complaints of a lot PC gamers for both Assassin’s Creed 1&2 (as well as Revelations). The main problem with them was a mouse acceleration isse that was quite noticeable.
“We’re definitely supporting PC, we love PC, but I think it’ll be PC with a controller. I don’t see us investing hugely in a mouse and keyboard setup. I think if you want to play on PC and you want to play Assassin’s Creed, you have a controller.”
Well, excuse me for saying something like that but this is horseshit. There, I said it. We’ve seen countless of studios providing proper PC controls. Hell, Ubisoft has even went the extra mile in their previous games to feature 3D Vision and Triple-Monitor support and they can’t implement proper keyboard and mouse controls? And dear Hutchinson, saying that you love PC should mean that you’re working hard to provide a great PC experience. We don’t care about statements of companies loving the PC. We want proof. And Ubisoft seems unable to do so. For crying out loud, look at Alan Wake and its PC support.
Naturally, some die-hard PC gamers made a petition so we’d advise you to sign it up. In fact, from now on, in our Performance Analyses we’ll take into consideration everything. Even these little touches as mouse acceleration and proper game options. Personally, I’ve had enough of these ‘neutral, PR statements’ from developers. They should start taking lessons from all indie developers and small studios. And from those few who support PC gaming (like Flying Wild Hog and CD Projekt RED). And my God, forget what you’re doing and go pre-order Legend of Grimrock.
Those interested can sign the petition here. And let’s hope that Ubisoft will learn from their mistakes. DRM is awful and we are glad to see that the company decided to take another approach with some of its latest games. This, however, doesn’t mean that they will get away with sloppy ports.
Oh, and did we mention that the PC platform is not listed for the game’s October release? Incoming delay, we call it!