Originally posted by MauiHawk:
We are clearly stuck at an impasse where a lot of potential SH5 buyers sat on the sideline due to apparent sad state of SH5 (myself included), but Ubisoft has concluded the series is not worth investing any more $ in (at least partly due to those of us sitting on the sideline).
It's shameful that the code sitting out there that, given some more massaging, could potentially yield a great game yet has essentially been locked away with little hope of seeing the light of day again.
So.... assuming at least some of the modders are experience programmers and would be willing, what if the code could be made available for modders to try to fix?
Clearly Ubisoft wouldn't just release the code (opensoure). But maybe there is a remote chance they would consider allowing modders to join Ubisoft as "volunteer" employees in order to create an un-official patch?
While I'm guessing this idea would be dismissed out-of-hand, I think there are a lot of positives for Ubisoft:
- They would still own and be in full control of the code.
- They could still approve of anything going out the door (even if the patch(es) are un-official)
- Cost would be limited to paperwork, administrative tasks, and how to allow access to game code while not allowing access to sensitive code (DRM).
- They earn back some goodwill from those that have sworn off Ubisoft.
- They could recoup a little $ from the project if it got people like me to buy.
- They would be in a position to consider creating expansion packs for the game.
Personally, I would be willing to "pre-order" the game at the original full price (as well as donate to the modders) if they would be willing to allow this. I realize its disgusting that I would want to pay Ubisoft to allow the community to fix their game for free, but the bottom line is I had been very anxious for SH5 and it is starting to look as if hair-brained ideas like this one are about the only way it will ever happen.
Okay... open fire on me.