PC Gaming Alliance lashes out at Lucasarts

Written by Joe Martin

October 20, 2008 | 10:05

Tags: #force-unleashed #gaming-alliance #pga

Companies: #lucasarts #pcga

The Force Unleashed was available on pretty much every platform from the DS to the PlayStation 3, but it failed to make an appearance on the PC much to the chagrin of the PC Gaming Alliance. Now, PCGA President and Intel boss Randy Stude has hit back at Lucasarts and accused the Star Wars team of making uneducated excuses.

Lucasarts had previously explained that the reason for a lack of a PC version for The Force Unleashed was the massive difference between a high and low end gaming system created a market where not everyone could be happy - or that they basically didn't want to make scalable graphics. Hey, at least it wasn't piracy!

"That's an uneducated response," said Randy Stude in an interview with Videogamer.com.

"In the last several years there have been at least 100 million PCs sold that have the capabilities or better of an Xbox 360. It's ridiculous to say that there's not enough audience for that game potentially and that it falls into this enthusiast extreme category when ported over to the PC."

"If they're making games for the Wii, Xbox and PS3 they're scaling their experience to meet all three of those platforms. They're good on the Wii, better on the Xbox 360 and the best on the PS3. There's no argument that they could give not to be able to support good better and best on the PC," Stude added.

Stude then finished by claiming that Lucasarts was no longer a real developer and that it existed only to farm out the rights to the Star Wars franchise - and even then it hadn't done that very well in a long while.

"That may be a little controversial for me to say, but that's what I see. There's no development team necessarily within LucasArts any more...LucasArts hasn't made a good PC game in a long time. They make some pretty good games for the Wii, you know those little sticks you wave in the air, that seems like a natural fit for a lightsaber game, sure. But I think the last good PC game they made was probably Jedi Knight 2, and even their strategy games weren't that great."

You can check out our Xbox 360 review of The Force Unleashed for our thoughts in the game, or drop your own in the forums.
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