Volition brings PC development in-house

— 12:45 PM on March 18, 2011

While some developers farm out work on the PC versions of games they're building primarily for consoles, Volition is bringing its PC efforts in-house. According to Eurogamer, the studio wasn't impressed with PC variants of Saints Row 2 and Red Faction: Guerrilla, which were handled by external teams. For its next game, Red Faction: Armageddon, Volition is taking on the PC itself.

Studio manager Eric Barker says the upcoming game "looks absolutely beautiful" on the PC. He also says PC games can be "phenomenal" when they're done well. However, he doesn't give any indication that Red Faction: Guerrilla will give the computer crowd anything above and beyond what's in console versions of the game. Bummer.

Piracy is often cited by developers as a reason to avoid the PC, but it doesn't discourage Barker, who says "let's make a game that's worth stealing, and then we'll worry about making sure they don't." I've never really understood the notion that piracy is more rampant on the PC, anyway. A mod chip or software hack is all that's needed to enable consoles to play pirated games. Like their PC counterparts, console releases are readily available on torrent sites and can often be downloaded before games hit store shelves.

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