Cracking down on piracy is not considered a priority for Saints Row and Red Faction developers, Volition. Instead, the developer is mainly focused on making games that are ‘worth stealing
’, according to Studio Manager Eric Barker.
The studio, owned by THQ, still considers PC versions of multi-platform releases to be worth their time and money despite the threat of piracy, according to Eurogamer
‘Some people say PC is dying,
’ said Barker. ‘Some people say PC is the future,
’ he said. ‘PC is the most variable, because it depends on what you've got under the hood.
‘For us, the key thing was making sure the PC version was done in-house.
The threat of piracy is often used by studios as a reason for not bringing multi-platform releases to the PC. Most recently, Crysis 2 showed up on torrent sites
49 days before its release.
As Barker suggests, despite PC development being difficult, the pay off can be significant. We recently explored some of the untapped potential of the PC in our Farewell to DirectX
Consoles aren't immune from piracy either, however. Sony's Killzone 3 was leaked for PlayStation 3
ahead of release too.
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