Ubisoft Massive Planning to Take “Full Advantage” of PS4 for The Division

the-division-headerI’d give up writing about Ubisoft but their constant corporate about-faces about graphics and framerates and the console wars is just an absolute gold mine of laughs and punditry and page views. After three different explanations for the framerate and resolution of Assassin’s Creed Unity being 900p and 30 FPS from Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft Massive is singing a completely different tune when it comes to Tom Clancy’s The Division.

In an interview with PlayStation Universe, The Division’s executive producer Fredrik Rundqvist told PSU, “[The Division] takes full advantage of the PlayStation, and it’s an amazing machine.”

So why would I consider a pretty standard quote news? Well, it’s all about context. Recently, Assassin’s Creed Unity senior producer Vincent Pontbriand said that they were locking the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game to the same framerate and resolution “to avoid all the debates and stuff.” The way Rundqvist is talking, it sound like he’s going to maximize the visual quality of the game on each console, equality be damned.

Massive even has a better explanation for The Division running at 30 FPS. They say it’s to be able to turn up the visual fidelity by allowing it to run a lower framerate. Ubi Montreal’s explanation? Because 30 FPS is more cinematic… allegedly. I like the Ubisoft Massive guys. They sound sensible.

At this point, I’m not sure I love Ubisoft or hate them. All I know is that I can’t help but roll my eyes and laugh every time I see their name in a headline. It’s just opening their mouths to change feet at this point.

It reminds me of something that Jim Cornette said about the car crash style of wrestling writing. He likened it to two dogs screwing by the side of the road. You drive by, stop to have a laugh and carry on. The second day, you drive by and say “They’re at it again?” So you stop for a bit and drive away. By the third day, it’s been there, seen that and you drive on by. At this point, we’re still at “They’re at it again?” with Ubisoft. The good news is that soon enough we’ll be so used to their lunacy that we’ll just drive on by. Maybe that was their plan all along.

Source: PlayStation Universe


About Steve Murray

Steve is the founder and editor of The Lowdown Blog and et geekera. On The Lowdown Blog, he often writes about motorsports, hockey, politics and pop culture. Over on et geekera, Steve writes about geek interests and lifestyle. Steve is on Twitter at @TheSteveMurray.

Posted on October 22, 2014, in Games and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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