Dead Space 3 Executive Producer Defends PC Port
Last week, we reported that the PC version of Dead Space 3 will be a straight console port, which is never good news to PC gamers. Executive producer Steve Papoutsis has since defended the decision, stating that the team wanted to ensure that all players receive the same experience.
Speaking with Shacknews, Papoutsis was asked about his decision to not make a PC optimized version of the game. He replied:
“It’s confusing to me that this question even comes up. It’s by no means any less important to us; it gets a lot of attention. The PC is a very different platform. As developers, you want to deliver an experience that’s as similar as possible on different platforms.
“In Dead Space 2, I felt we made some great strides in terms of controls, responsiveness and even the visual improvements we got into it. We continue to evolve our games as we develop them, but we certainly don’t target PC as something that’s going to be significantly different. We aren’t trying to create disparity in the experience that our gamers enjoy; we want to make sure everyone’s having that same experience.
“At our studio, we’ve always made console games. The biggest thing is we want to make sure the quality of the experience is consistent across all platforms so we don’t have one userbase saying it’s better on their system.”
Papoutsis pointed to the fact that making the game compatible with a keyboard and mouse control scheme is significant in and of itself:
“The fact that we’re allowing you to control the game with a mouse and keyboard immediately makes the game feel different. Working with the community, we found some people wanted to map the controls a little differently because of disabilities and we supported that [in Dead Space 2]. It’s a confusing question and I hope my answer brings a little bit of light to it. We seem a little bit discredited for the amount of effort that goes into it, quite honestly.
“We want it to be great on all systems, that’s our approach.”
Does that assuage your concerns, PC players?