Blizzard’s Views About Windows 8 Are No Different From Newell’s
Windows 8 isn’t being very well received by game developers. It all started in July at Casual Connect, with Gabe Newell saying that Windows 8 is no less than “a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space,” saying, “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.”
The executive VP of game design at Blizzard’s Diablo 3 studio agreed with Newell, commenting on Windows 8 by saying that it’s “not awesome for Blizzard either.” Apparently, the source of these complaints stem from the fact that Microsoft wants to have more control of applications and purchases made through Windows 8.
With the imminent release of WoW’s Mist of Pandaria, Blizzard is now saying that they’re going to put WoW on Windows 8.
Senior software engineer Darren Williams had this to say on previous criticism, “Well, we haven’t worked with Windows 8 directly yet, but we’ll certainly switch over to it. I think that we’ll go with the platforms that the most people are on. There’s no particular fear we have of Windows 8.”
From that quote, I can’t really say that he’s the sound of authority on the subject of windows 8. Gabe Newell has shown to be ahead of the curve on these sorts of subjects, so I think I’m going to side with him until I see ample reason not to.