Battlefield 3 PC Patch Delayed by Consoles; DICE Frustrated

An enormous Battlefield 3 patch full of balance changes and tweaks has released on PS3 today, but PC gamers will have to wait a while longer to receive it — and it seems consoles are the culprits. Speaking to PC Gamer, DICE executive producer Patrick Bach revealed that the Battlefield 3 PC patch was being delivered in one big lump because of console manufacturer’s requirements, rather than the granular patches typically seen with PC titles.

When asked if this was a frustrating way to deliver a patch, Bach said:

“Yes, that is correct. There are benefits to it, because you get proper testing. There’s a lot of process that is there to guarantee a great gameplay experience.

“We have had problems with patching in things like Battlefield 2 where you had to patch the patch because the patch screwed it up and then you have to apply a patch to the patch to the patch. And that’s, from a player perspective, that’s not a great experience – “Oh is this the 6.8 patch or the 6.9? Because the 6.8 broke the game and now you need to unbreak it!” So getting focus and testing and all those things is actually a positive.”

But what if a huge patch breaks the game — won’t it take longer to release a fix?

Bach said:

“It’s very frustrating when it comes to… you have the fix, it’s done but you can’t roll it out. But again, it’s not unique to us – everyone lives in this reality.

“Our problem with support is we have a very big and complex game, so if something needs to be fixed, we need to be sure that it doesn’t break something at the other end and again, like I said, we don’t want to do emergency fixes to compensate for a problem in a specific area.”

Check out the Battlefield blog for full patch notes.

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1 Comment on Battlefield 3 PC Patch Delayed by Consoles; DICE Frustrated


On March 27, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Surprisingly, Bach points to BF2′s fiasco of patching problems.

Here is a BF3 prediction, once its patched, changed, and or broken with patches, DLC, and everyone is pissed, again, its time for them to move on to BF4 or w/e the hell they want to call it and Bach won’t be sharing in anyone’s frustration, as he’ll be expecting everyone to move to the next very big and complex game (his next payday) in need of patches that change or break things as always, wash, rinse, repeat. LESSON LEARNED: Frustrations with this franchise, its complexity and its patching process is not a problem when I do not buy it.