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Bethesda “enthusiastic” about “headache” of PC support

Wednesday, 9 November 2011 23:24 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Despite acknowledging problems with piracy and hardware hassles, Bethesda still loves the PC.

“From a technical standpoint, yes, the PC is a headache. It just is,” Bethesda VP of marketing Pete Hines told Joystiq.

“A million different possibilities of hardware, drivers, etc. As you saw with Rage, all it takes is some bad video card drivers and years of hard work comes off as ‘buggy’ when in fact it’s a really solid, stable game.”

Hines doesn’t seem too fazed by piracy, though.

“Unless you decide not to make your games available for PC, [piracy is] a problem and you have to deal with it,” he said.

“So we do the best we can to protect it without resorting to Draconian measures, and we continue to enthusiastically support our PC fans with things like the Creation Kit and the ability to create and add unlimited amounts of mods and content to your existing PC game.”

As such, the publisher remains committed to the platform.

“Good games are good games, so the core experience is the same on all platforms,” Hines said. “And we try to do some things with the UI for PC folks to have the best experience possible.”

Despite its love for the PC, Bethesda has indicated it considers consoles to be Skyrim’s lead platform.

This platform agnosticism doesn’t extend to social networks and iDevice, though; “Don’t hold your breath,” was Hines’s reply to a question a possible Elder Scrolls title.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim releases on November 11. That’s tomorrow, here!

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22 Comments

  1. Kabby

    A headache you can minimize with proper testing.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Stardog

    I pre-ordered the Steam version today. Almost exactly 24 hours until it unlocks.

    There’s only been a few PC games I’ve had technical issues with. Splinter Cell: Double Agent was the worst.

    It also coincides with the dev’s making their games console-first.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Noodlemanny

    @ Kabby
    Yes but the testing is a headache and will never find all the holes.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. GrimRita

    Does anyone know is Skyrim is a port? If it is, they can shove it up their arse!

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Colin Gallacher

    @4 Of course it’s a port :(

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Talkar

    @1
    Testing in general is a headache. Unit testing for example can take ages depending on how many classes you have, and i bet there are several hundreds in Skyrim. And testing, where you actually play the game can be an even bigger headache, first you have to find a lot of people, then you have to coordinate with them, get their feedback, read it all, try to make sense of what some persons write, et cetera. It isn’t easy at all!

    @4
    Of course it is a port. But just because a game is a port doesn’t mean it is bad by default. I refer to Arkham Asylum (haven’t tried Arkham City yet), Deus Ex: Human Revolution, GTA San Andreas, Mass Effect, Assassin’s Creed, and so on. You’ll just have to wait and see how much effort there has been put into porting this to the PC, only then will one know if it is a bad or good port, because there is of course bad ports, but there most certainly also is good ports. Some where the port is better than the original!

    #6 3 years ago
  7. fearmonkey

    tomorrow cannot get here soon enough….. I’ll be picking up my copy at a midnight launch, took friday off, will have the entire night and next day for Skyrim, cannot wait :)

    #7 3 years ago
  8. JimFear-666

    bethesda cant do a game right. They are a bunch of incompetent who dont know how to do a game playable on day 1. I will never buy another game from this overrated shitty studio.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. klewd

    “Unless you decide not to make your games available for PC, [piracy is] a problem and you have to deal with it”
    does he not know how easy it is to pirate 360 games? that most of the pirated skyrim copies right now are 360 games?

    #9 3 years ago
  10. unacomn

    @6 That’s why most large studios have a Q&A department with hundreds of people. Ubisoft for example tends to use 2-3 studios just for Q&A on some games, like the AC series, big studios… and they hate PC games.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. GrimRita

    Thanks. No sale for me then. I will never hand over money to lazy developers. There simply is no such thing as a ‘good port’. Not to draw this into a PC v Console debate, it will be a limited experience in terms of quality.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Maximum Payne

    @11 How there is not good port ?
    Not to mention 90% of multiplatform games are port to PC.
    And please, you would bought game but now its port and all of sadden that is something bad ? it support Mod tools what else you want from PC version ?

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Kabby

    Big studios do not have ‘hundreds’ of testers. If they did we wouldn’t see the buggy turds we get on a weekly basis.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Erthazus

    @12, it’s not supporting mod tools. YET.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. GrimRita

    @12 – of course its bad. To me, it tells me the following

    a) the developer is lazy in creating a PC version
    b) it will be a limited experience(graphics capped at XXX level because it has been ported)
    c) Controls will be clunky as they have been designed for the console market.

    So why should I part with £40 for a half baked effort? If they sold it at a half baked price, then maybe I would be interested.

    Studios moan about pirates, PC in decline etc etc but the reality is, if a studio spends some time working on the PC version, it will sell – Football Manager, Total War shows that.

    If I wanted a console game, I would own a console. Its that simple.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Erthazus

    Agree with GrimRita on everything.

    Besides, i remember that TES series always pushed visuals, gameplay, gameplay mechanics but after console development gameplay mechanics and visuals are not the best. Since Oblivion.

    Oblivion shows that. It was a mediocre experience and i don’t know what to expect from SKYRIM on the PC.
    Fallout 3 was ok at best, while old school developers like OBSIDIAN entertainment returned old Fallout feel in it in Fallout:NV.

    I don’t give a fuck if it’s going to be 100% on metacritic because of some bias journalism. All AAA titles this year have 89% on metacritic minimum because it is a mainstream business.

    90% of games on the market this generation is consolized and stupid crap.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Ireland Michael

    @16 Every Elder Scrolls game since Morrowind has had a console version.

    So by your own logic, Arena and Daggerfall are the only two Elder Scrolls games that matter. And those most certainly weren’t “pushing visuals”, even back then.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. somberlain

    @ 17 “Every Elder Scrolls game since Morrowind has had a console version.”
    You just said it yourself:

    Morrowind > port to console

    Oblivion > port to pc

    and that makes all the difference…..

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Erthazus

    @17,
    Morrowind is a fantastic experience but it is a shitty PC port for XBOX 1.

    It was designed as a PC game, not as a console game. While it was awesome, inventory and etc. were huge problems for Xbox 1 because without mouse it’s a frustrating experience.

    So no, everything started from Oblivion which is a console port and to be honest it was not even good on consoles to begin with. Maybe for some people who never played Elder Scrolls it is something special… but for people who played Daggerfall and Morrowind, Oblivion was a mediocre experience in most cases.

    Mods saved it for some people. I played Oblivion for example with 45+ mods.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. Ireland Michael

    @19 I started with Arena, right back at the very birth of the franchise. I put countless hours into Daggerfall, and lost half my life on the original Xbox version of Morrowind. I’ve also played many of the numerous spin-offs, as bad as they were.

    I’m as big an Elder Scrolls fan as you can get.

    Oblivion’s problems had nothing to do with hardware. It was simply a dull, uninspired, derivative game-world, in a franchise whose lore had always stood out amongst the hordes of Tolkien rip-offs as a strong, deep, and mature setting.

    There’s only been one game since Oblivion (which you don’t have any first hand experience of yet), so your complaint about it all going downhill from there has absolutely no structure to support it beyond your own narrow-sighted disdain for consoles.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. StolenGlory

    @20

    Oh man, Arena. How I loved that game. I absolutely loved Daggerfall too, although the abundance of game-breaking bugs (one-way dungeon entrances being a particularly galling one) did piss me off a fair bit.

    Still, utter classics and I love them to bits.

    Also, in a nutshell Michael, what are your impressions of Skyrim thus far? I would go back through forum posts to see but I haven’t had coffee yet and so as a result, i’m too fucking lazy :)

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Ireland Michael

    @21 I’m a big believer in “less is more”. Although the past games had strong RPG elements, I’ve always though the franchise’s true strength was in creating these massive, deeply engrossing game worlds for you to explore.

    In the transition from Daggerfall to Morrowind, my biggest concern was a focus on a smaller, more structured map (instead of the practically endless, procedurally generated map of Daggerfall), would take away from the sense of scale the previous two games are, but I found that it gave the series a lot more focus, and the world a lot more depth, because they could really focus on making them come alive as distinctive, unique differently locations.

    Oblivion disappointed me because it’s setting was so dull and utterly clichéd. Based on what I’ve seen so far, this seems to be a valid criticism that Bethesda has taken to heart, and this one looks a lot more distinctive, inventive, and willing to embrace the lore of the Elder Scrolls franchise.

    I also don’t mind the removal of skills, as long as what’s there is solid and works well. That’s going to be impossible to judge until I have the final game in my hands though, so we’ll just have to wait and see if the gameplay works.

    #22 3 years ago

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    Tomasz Waclawek has polished up his freeware title Ronin and will be releasing it through publisher Devolver Digital later this year. The turn-based action platformer stars a vengeful ninja who is determined to kill important memebers of a powerful corporation. Weapons at your disposal include razor wire and a katana, or you avoid combat by […]

  • Footage of cancelled Justice League brawler surfaces

    Footage of the cancelled Double Helix-developed Justice League brawler has surfaced online. The game was supposed to be a tie-in title for the also cancelled Justice League film directed by George Miller, according to leaked images and information from 2012. Jon Gwyn, the game’s artist and now Rockstar San Diego staffer, said at the time […]

  • Free Icona Vulcano DLC for DriveClub releases next week

    Sony has posted a video of the Icona Vulcano, which will be released as DLC next week for DriveClub. The video was posted on Facebook and we’ve embedded the video below courtesy of GamesHQMeida. It was announced earlier this week the Icona Vulcano would be released on the PS Store as a free download.

  • The Bard’s Tale 4 announced by inXile Entertainment at PAX South

    The Bard’s Tale 4 was announced today by inXile Entertainment CEO Brian Fargo during a panel at PAX South. inXile hinted around back in December that a sequel was in the works. Granted, The Bard’s Tale wasn’t mentioned. Still, everyone figured this was the game when Wasteland 2 project lead Chris Keenan stated the team […]

  • Here’s another Majora’s Mask 3DS vs N64 comparison video

    Last week, YouTube user Master0fHyrule uploaded a Majora’s Mask 3DS vs N64 comparison video, and we’ve embedded it for you below. The video shows 4.5 minutes of footage which appears before hitting the start button and the first meeting between Link and the Skull Kid. Another comparison video was released by another user back in […]

  • The Game Awards 2015 already in the planning stages

    The Game Awards 2015 are already in the planning stages, according to Geoff Keighley. The inaugural show took place on December 6, 2014. Keighley announced the 2015 show during his Storytime with Geoff Keighley panel at PAX South this weekend and through Twitter. He said more details will be announced in the spring. You can […]

  • Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered listed for January release

    It looks like Quantic Dream’s Indigo Prophecy is returning in remastered form next week, if an Amazon listing is any indication. According to the listing posted on NeoGAF, the uncut version of the game contains Steam DRM and will release January 29 at 12pm PST/3pm EST for a Linux, Mac and PC download. Titled Fahrenheit: […]

  • Indie Flash Sale kicks off on North American PS Store

    The North American end of the PlayStation Store is hosting a Flash Sale a beefy list of indie games and some films. The sales includes titles such as Resogun, Shadow Warrior, The Unfinished Swan, FEZ, Costume Quest 2, Joe Danger, Brothers: a Tale of Two Sons, and more for up to 80% off. The full […]

  • The Witcher 3 Twitch stream to show 15 minutes of new gameplay footage

    New The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt gameplay footage will be shown Monday, January 26 on GOG.com’s Twitch channel. Along with the footage, the developers will be answering questions from the community as well as providing commentary on the gameplay being shown. Live questions posted via Twitter chat will be answered by senior gameplay designer Damien […]

  • Borderlands 3 information teased for tomorrow’s Gearbox PAX South panel

    During PAX South this weekend, Gearbox Software is hosting a panel titled Inside Gearbox Software which will provide “the latest news and updates on Borderlands and upcoming Gearbox titles.” Yesterday during Gearbox’s panel called Question and Answer Time, CEO Rady Pitchford was asked “when or if” fans can expect Borderlands 3. “I’ll tell you what,” […]

  • Best Buy cancels multiple pre-order units of Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL

    Multiple sources reported overnight Best Buy has cancelled some pre-orders for the Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL. As of press time, it appears to only affect those who pre-ordered more than one system. Only one system was allotted per order, so the cancellation notices were sent out to comply with the restriction. Those […]

  • Rob Huebel is your KillCameraman in this CoD: Advanced Warfare video

    A live-action video for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Havoc has been released by Activision. Subtitled: Randall Higgins: KillCameraman gives you a look at the action from a different perspective. In the video, Higgins is played by comedic actor and writer Rob Huebel (Children’s Hospital, Parks and Rec, The Mindy Project). The first DLC […]

  • Xbox App features included with Windows 10 January build outlined

    The January build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview includes a basic version of the Xbox App announced earlier this week. With the initial preview release, the team at Microsoft wanted to only include the basics such as high resolution monitor support along with keyboard and mouse input. Additional functionality will be released with each […]

  • Standalone version of DayZ has sold 3 million units

    The standalone version of DayZ sold 3 million units, Bohemia Interactive has announced. Release Just over a year ago on Steam Early Access, the milestone was hit yesterday. The standalone version was created by Dean Hall as a Arma 2 modification which has been updated 24 times since its initial release. In 2014, the development […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt video shows gameplay clips, global hands-on events

    CD Projekt has released a video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, giving a glimpse of gameplay and noting that hands-on impressions of the game will be bombarding the Internet next week. We’ll have extensive coverage of The Witcher 3 on Monday Jan 26 at 3pm GMT. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is coming to […]

  • Microsoft looking into possible HoloLens support for PC, Xbox One

    Microsoft’s HoloLens may be a dedicated device, but the company is obviously looking into how it could be used with PC and Xbox One. Speaking with Polygon, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said should the stand-alone product become a success, “specific scenarios” on how it could be used with Xbox One are already being brainstormed. “We […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD video compares PSP graphics to PS4, Xbox One

    A video for Final Fantasy Type-0 comparing the upcoming console version of the game to the original PSP version has been released by Square Enix. While comparing PSP graphics to those of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One seems rather unfair, it’s worth a watch anyway. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD releases March 17 in North America […]

  • Payday 2′s The Bomb Heists and Dragan Character Pack released

    In case you forgot, The Bomb Heists and Dragan Character content packs for Payday 2 were released yesterday. The new heist pack is available for $6.99/€6.99/£4.99 and the Dragan character will run you $4.99/€4.99/£3.99 through Steam and other digital distribution sites. Here’s the details: The Bomb Heists A new contact, called the Butcher, brought to […]

  • Rockstar offers tips on scaling GTA Online creations to support 30 players

    Rockstar has posted a tutorial of sorts on how to edit your GTA Online’s creations to support up to 30 players. According to the developer, when selecting Load Creation, users will be able to access any previously published Jobs and edit them in any way they wish. Users can also increase the Maximum Players races […]

  • Video for Life is Strange shows you how to rewind time

    If you could rewind time, would you change the events of your day or leave things be? In Life is Strange, you will make this choice. In the developer diary below, Dontnot Entertainment touches upon the main character’s ability to rewind time. How Max’s ability works and originated is also discussed. The first episode of […]

  • Take a look at one of the historical battles in Total War: Attila

    The Creative Assembly has revealed historical battles for Total War: Attila and shown off one of them. In the latest episode of Rally Point, developer Creative Assembly takes a look at one of the nine historical battles that will be included in Total War: Attila when it launches next month. But before you see the […]

  • ARMA 3 video lists 33 of its features, teases upcoming expansion

    ARMA 3 is an impressive military simulator, but that’s not the only thing impressive about it. In fact, this video lists 33 of the game’s most notable features. ARMA 3′s latest video gives you a tour of many of its strengths. It goes over the number of vehicles, weapons and playable area. But that’s not […]

  • No Man’s Sky dev explains what you actually do in the game

    No Man’s Sky is simultaneously the most intriguing mystery and the most scary. Developer Hello Games is asked some questions and gives some solid answers. Eurogamer asked Hello Games’ Sean Murray a number of questions that are on everyone’s mind when they think about No Man’s Sky. The biggest one being, what do you actually […]

  • Dying Light physical release set for February 27, Be The Zombie mode goes free

    The release date for the physical version of Dying Light has been confirmed for Europe, along with the release dates for all regions. Dying Light developer Techland has confirmed that the PC version of the game will release digitally, worldwide, on January 27. The physical version and the digital PS4 and Xbox One versions will […]

  • Guild Wars 2 is $10 this weekend

    ArenaNet is offering Guild Wars 2 for $10 this weekend only, and hosting a double XP event during the same period. The regular and Digital Deluxe editions of Guild Wars 2 are both offered at 75% off this weekend. The regular edition can be yours for just $10 while the Deluxe is $15. The offer […]

  • Cyberpunk 2077 development still going, but the focus is on The Witcher 3, says dev

    If you’re dying to hear anything about CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077, you’ll be waiting a while still. The focus is on The Witcher 3 right now. Ever since Cyberpunk 2077′s announcement all the way back in 2012 developer CD Projekt Red has been really quiet about the sci-fi RPG. We’ve not seen any gameplay […]

  • Digital pet Animin gamecards get May release

    With AR being all the go, it might be worth checking out virtual pet Animin for iOS and Android. Game-cards for Animin, the virtual pet for iOS and Android, are set to appear at UK retail this May, the developers have announced. Animin sits on your touch device and does cute stuff. The little dude […]

  • You won’t need a new GPU for DirectX 12, except for some features

    Microsoft has clarified that while you’ll need a new GPU to get the full potential of DirectX 12, existing hardware will support it just fine. Microsoft’s Mike Ybarra said in a press meeting following the Windows 10 event that you will need a new graphics card to get “the full benefits” of DirectX 12. “There […]

  • Assassin’s Creed Victory: fans speculate over characters and locations

    Ubisoft has not yet started talking about Assassin’s Creed: Victory, so some eager fans are speculating about everything they can just from those leaked screens. A very popular thread right now on the Ubisoft forums attempts to gather fans’ specualtion about characters, events and story of Assassin’s Creed: Victory. What followed was quite a lot […]

  • This is what co-op looks like in Dying Light

    Dying Light’s cop-op mode has been given a short demo by developer Techland. Dying Light supports drop-in/ drop-out co-op for up to four players. The entire campaign is playable in co-op, and there are special co-op challenges. Watch as four members of developer Techland take on the game’s zombie apocalypse. Dying Light is out January […]

  • Get Saints Row 2, Saints Row: The Third and all DLC for $5

    Bundle Stars’ latest bundle packs Saints Row 2 and the complete Saints Row: The Third for $5. The Saints Row bundle is priced $5. It is live now and for another 14 days. It comes with Saints Row 2, Saints Row: The Third – The Full Package, which is basically the game plus all the […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for January 23, 24

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has made the trek to Destiny’s Tower for another week of business. Destiny’s Exotics vendor, Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at the Tower as per the weekly schedule. Xur will sell you Exotic weapons and armour pieces if you have the Strange Coins to afford it. He also […]

  • Bloodborne is getting two special edition PS4s in Japan

    Sony will launch two limited-edition, Bloodborne-themed PlayStation 4 bundles in Japan. Two bundles are available, one in black and another in white, complete with a controller and a headset. The hard disk cover is engraved with the title and the cover shot. Both bundles come with the collector’s edition release of the game, which was […]

  • Best Destiny videos of the week – Xur vs Cryptarch rap battle

    Destiny has once more produced a slew of entertaining, educational and occasionally baffling videos. Destiny players have repeatedly sparked crazes by exploiting the game’s little foibles – Sparrow surfing is one example. This latest one is kind of mysterious; I don’t know how it’s done, or why you would want to, but Hidden Reach has […]

  • The Sims 4 free for 48 hours with Origin Game Time

    The Sims 4 is the latest game to be offered free through Origin’s Game Time promotion. The Sims 4 is now free to download from Origin, granting you a 48 hour window to try it out and see if you want to pay for the full game. The free time starts counting as soon as […]

  • Check out Destiny’s new PvP mode, Doubles

    Destiny Crucible players can enjoy a new kind of PvP action with Doubles. Destiny may not be as PvP focused as some Halo fans were hoping, but Bungie is slowly ramping up Crucible support, starting with better Iron Banner events. Some time ago the developer promised to introduce experimental game modes, and the latest Bungie […]

  • Halo: New Blood novel launching digitally in March

    A new Halo novel will explore the backstory of Gunnery Sergeant Edward Buck. Halo: New Blood is a digital-first short novel launching on March 2. The 60,000 word novel was penned by Matt Forbeck, an award-winning author of many licensed fantasy and sci-fi publications. It’s an all-new story, but fans of Halo 3: ODST will […]

  • Destiny players purchased 1.1 million Ice Breakers last week

    Destiny players know what’s hot, and Exotic sniper rifle Ice Breaker is definitely warm. Destiny vendor Xur offered Ice Breaker for sale last weekend, much to the delight of everyone yet to find this terrific bit of gear. According to the latest Bungle Weekly Update, Xur sold 1,143,320 Ice Breakers. He left the tower with […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition nets GLAAD special recognition award

    Dragon Age: Inquisition has been honoured for its diverse representation by LGBT advocacy body GLAAD. Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a special recognition award for “the many complex and unique LGBT characters prominently integrated throughout the game”. GLAAD doesn’t normally honour video games (maybe one day, if we ever have enough that deserve it), but […]