Ubisoft Montreal CEO Yannis Mallat claims that gamers are ready to embrace a world where your game and console are always online – particularly with the upcoming next-gen consoles from Sony and Nintendo.
Speaking to The Guardian, Mallat said that most gamers are already prepared for always online gameplay. Even if that were the truth (which it isn't if you live in a rural area that doesn't provide broadband), it is pretty clear the most game companies are not prepared for facilitating games that are always online. If you need examples, simply ask Ubisoft's about their DRM servers for PC games that would go offline, or ask EA about the launch of SimCity.
"Well, that's a question you should put to Microsoft and Sony! I would say that a lot of people are already always online through other devices," Mallat said. "I would suspect that the audience is ready."
He went on to say that if an always-online console wants to be widely adopted by gamers, it has to "provide clear benefits" for such a requirement, like extra content or featured services.
Microsoft's Xbox 720 is rumored to have such a requirement, though Microsoft has not confirmed that. The PS4 does not require a constant Internet connection.