Blizzard is Also Not Thrilled About Windows 8
Blizzard’s Rob Pardo is getting in on the panning of Microsoft’s upcoming Windows update, following Valve’s Gabe Newell calling the OS a “catastrophe.”
Pardo, who previously was lead designer on World of Warcraft and is now executive vice president of game design at Blizzard, took his opinion to Twitter, where he wrote, “Nice interview with Gabe Newell — ‘I think Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space’ — not awesome for Blizzard either.”
Earlier this week, Newell expressed the negative opinion of Windows 8 during an appearance at Casual Connect in Seattle. There, Newell said that integrating Linux into Steam, something Valve is looking into doing, is…well, basically a buffer against Windows 8 sucking.
“We want to make it as easy as possible for the 2,500 games on Steam to run on Linux as well. It’s a hedging strategy,” Newell said. “I think Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space. I think we’ll lose some of the top-tier PC/OEMs, who will exit the market. I think margins will be destroyed for a bunch of people. If that’s true, then it will be good to have alternatives to hedge against that eventuality.”
It’s not super-clear just what it is about Windows 8 that makes developers unhappy, though. There have been a lot of complaints about the operating system all over the board, ranging from discussions of its Metro UI and mobile inspirations, to its Windows store that will reportedly take a 30-percent cut of all software sold there. But as to whether the operating system is hard to develop for or creates other issues, we just don’t know.
We’ve pinged Blizzard and Valve for further comment about Windows 8, so stay tuned for more details as they become apparent.