The Division's final PC visuals could be hobbled by “marketing politics”
An insider at claiming to work at Ubisoft Massive has come out and suggested that the final visual experience of The Division on high-end PCs could be hobbled as so not to highlight the difference in power between top-end gaming PCs and the next-gen console hardware.
Having seen what happened to Watch Dogs with the visuals being percieved by PC gamers as having been downgraded the anonymous insider suggested that The Division would probably not look as good as when it was first shown at E3 2013 at least in part due to what he called “marketing politics”.
“We really loved the reception to the demo we showed on the PC version at E3,” the insider noted. “Currently as it stands, there is definitely a lot of push coming from publishers to not make the experience so different on consoles as to alienate people into thinking that next generation is not as powerful as PC. This is probably what happened at Ubisoft Montreal. I think that while making stability changes is definitely important, it does not completely obliterate a lot of enhanced rendering applications.”
He went on, “Right now we already took out quite a lot of screen space reflections from the game and are working on asset management the best we can given consoles have that great unified memory. Naturally we will also be using online servers and have to produce a synchronization that higher graphics add to the latency so it had to be turned down. To me it still looks good, but not as good as the original reveal. I am sure as we get closer to launch and the actual console versions of the game featuring SD (Snowdrop) that it will start to seem all too obvious to people especially those on PCs. I just wanted to write and let you know that it definitely is not just stability but marketing politics plays into this a lot as well.”
These are of course unconfirmed comments so take them with a pinch of salt but it's certainly not outwith the realms of possibility given the hidden graphics options in the PC version of Watch Dogs.
The Division is set to release on PC, PS4 and Xbox One some time in 2015.
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