While the producer for notoriously difficult RPG Dark Souls is considering an "easy mode" in the series' next game, Assassin's Creed 3 lead designer Alex Hutchinson has spoken out against easy games.
Speaking to Edge, Hutchinson goes so far as to say he believes easy modes are "ruining" games.
"A lot of games have been ruined by easy modes," he said. "If you have a cover shooter and you switch it to easy and you don't haave to use cover, you kind of broke your game."
He continues: "It's like if I picked up a book and it said 'Do you want the easy version or the complicated version?' [Game designers] can simplify the language, you know; we can make it two syllables."
For those afraid Assassin's Creed 3 will considerably up the difficulty level, rest assured that balance is crucial for the team. "We're not trying to make a brutally difficult game, so we go through all the playtest data and make sure it works."
Do you think easy modes should be banished?