Ubisoft may have acquired the cloud streaming rights to Activision Blizzard's catalog, but that doesn't mean the company believes physical media is going away.
That's according to a new Ubisoft News post on the company's official site, which takes the form of an interview with Strategic Partnerships and Business Development SVP Chris Early.
In the interview, Early says he believes physical media will never "completely go away", pointing to collector's markets, gifting, and people who "will always want to own the physical disk".
With that said, Early does say that Ubisoft believes cloud streaming will "grow over time" and "continue to get better" as internet access improves and connections become more stable.
Early also points to the unique challenges of cloud streaming in gaming versus other media.
He says that other media is "linear"; when you stream a video or a song, you don't need to worry about player inputs, making game streaming more "dynamic" and thus more challenging to implement well.
In terms of where Activision Blizzard games will be streamable in the future, Early says it's "something we'll see as time goes on and things evolve".
He won't be drawn on any other platforms that the games might come to, but at the very least, they'll be on Ubisoft+, so you'll be able to play them there.
Early's comments come in the wake of Microsoft's Activision Blizzard deal finally going through today, having cleared major hurdles in the form of US and UK regulators.
The UK CMA's concerns with the original deal revolved around cloud gaming, with the authority expressing worries that the deal would result in Microsoft gaining a cloud gaming monopoly.
With more and more of the industry seemingly moving towards digital gaming (including Xbox, if a recent leak is to be believed), Early's comments about the perpetuity of physical media are comforting. Let's just hope they apply to the industry as a whole as well.
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