I Am Alive Not Coming to PC Over Piracy Concerns



One time AAA release I Am Alive – since downgraded to a single A and online only release – has been all but canceled for PC, leaving XBLA and PSN players as the only ones who will be escaping earthquake torn Chicago when the game is released sometime next year from publisher Ubisoft.

I’ll give you one guess why this happened.

Yep, that’s right, Ubisoft cited piracy as the reasoning behind the move.

Stanislas Mettra, I Am Alive’s creative director, explained the situation thusly:

We’ve heard loud and clear that PC gamers are bitching about there being no version for them… But are these people just making noise just because there’s no version or because it’s a game they actually want to play? Would they buy it if we made it?… Perhaps it will only take 12 guys three months to port the game to PC, it’s not a massive cost but it’s still a cost. If only 50,000 people buy the game then it’s not worth it.

Ubisoft, both the main company itself and its many subsidiaries, have never been shy about airing their grievances with video game piracy, especially on the PC platform. You have to wonder, though, if it perhaps wasn’t the smartest idea in the world to have an employee go on record as bitching out the PC gaming community and questioning their sincerity.

Yeah, this probably won’t end well.

Your Comments

  • avatar
    zachmartin said Nov 23rd 2011 1:36 PM

    I couldn’t help but laugh. The reason Ubisoft in particular suffers due to piracy is because they take such strong measures against it. Remember the DRM for Assassin’s Creed 2 (or was it Brotherhood?), where pirates cracked it, thereby locking out people who’d legitimately purchased the game?

    It’d be great if companies would start taking Valve’s advice by putting out products worth buying and treating their customers with respect, rather than fighting them at every turn. People say PC gaming is dying, and if it is, it’s the fault of anti-piracy, not piracy.

    • avatar
      mothmanex said Nov 23rd 2011 2:25 PM

      Also they make crappy ports like with “From Dust”.

  • avatar
    skiie said Nov 23rd 2011 1:41 PM

    Ubisoft is always like this when it comes to PC, everything they have has 10 pounds of drm or some sort of gimmicky anti-piracy measure. It’s like they have this vibe of “we’re to good for the pc market anyways” deal.

  • avatar
    yhBLAZED said Nov 23rd 2011 3:03 PM

    Mettra needs to calm his tits.

  • avatar
    Snerd said Nov 23rd 2011 6:34 PM

    Hey Anonymous! Lulzsec! Sic ‘em!


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