According to videogaming247, the PC flavor of EndWar will not launch at the same time as its console brethren.
The website quotes Ubisoft Shanghai creative director Michael de Plater:
To be honest, if PC wasn’t pirated to hell and back, there’d probably be a PC version coming out the same day as the other two. But at the moment, if you release the PC version, essentially what you’re doing is letting people have a free version that they rip off instead of a purchased version. Piracy’s basically killing PC… You know, the level of piracy that you get with the PC just cannibalizes the others, because people just steal that version.
GameSpot reports that Ubi has a track record for this sort of thing. The publisher delayed the PC versions of the Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter series as well as Assassin’s Creed.
GP: So, PC piracy is affecting sales of console editions in a significant way? Does that even make sense?
Did game consumers throw down $300-600 for Xbox 360s and PS3s in order to play bootlegged versions on their PCs?
Color me skeptical.