Epic Might Have Always-On DRM For Fortnite
Undaunted by the incredibly awful track record of always-on DRM, not to mention the fact that gamers absolutely hate it, Epic is considering making their upcoming Fortnite an unplayable mess as well. Rock, Paper, Shotgun brings us the bad news via a conversation with Fortnite producer Tanya Jessen, who said that Diablo-style game breaking DRM is still on the table. For – and you may begin stifling your laughter now – purposes of improving the game, they super swear.
“That’s something we don’t know yet,” Jessen said. “It’s gonna be really dependent on gameplay, and it’s also dependent on platform – the method of getting updates and stuff like that. So I can’t say for sure today one way or another [whether or not we're going to use it].”
Sure, sure. Because a persistent internet connection is the only possible way of getting patches and updates to players. If only someone would invent a version of the internet that allowed people to logon whenever they felt like it! Oh, also, they’re trotting out the bogus multiplayer nonsense:
“Fortnite is a game that’s being developed as a co-op experience primarily,” she said. “That’s our number one focus. This is a game you’re gonna want to play with your friends, and it’s most fun with your friends. So whatever we decide to do there is gonna be more relevant to the most fun experience you can have with your friends [than it is to piracy]. But I can’t nail that down today.”
So, yeah. They’re currently testing excuses for having a feature everyone hates. I”m sure you’ll love buying a game at full price that breaks because of DRM claimed to be needed due to multiplayer and won’t work if you aren’t online or if their servers go down. I know I will.
Honestly, everyone, let’s start voting with our dollars.