Wednesday, October 19th 2011

Battlefield 3 To Ship With Release Day Patch

On the same day that Battlefield 3 is released, October 25th, a patch fixing bugs and making general improvements will be made available. While this may seem an odd thing to do, it's being done, because the developer DICE are perfectionists and want to released the best possible product. This means that development will continue right up to release day and the patch includes the sorts of things one would expect, such as added features as well as the bugfixes and is available for free on all three gaming platforms. This is the official statement from DICE about the patch:
Copies are set to arrive on Tuesday because there is a Day 1 update. DICE are perfectionists -- they will not stop polishing the game until it is in your hands. The Day 1 update incorporates real-time feedback from the beta, ensuring that the consumer experience on launch day is outstanding. It is the actual consumer experience that we wish to be reviewed. The game with the Day 1 update will be available for review on Oct. 25.

Given this high expectation, gamers and reviewers alike will be expecting the game to be near-perfect in every way and certainly to be free of any obvious and annoying bugs such as crashes or graphical and gameplay glitches.

Here is an interesting Gametrailers interview with Kevin O'Leary of EA discussing the beta and final fixes. The graphics certainly look very impressive indeed and it has great social networking and gameplay features.

Official Battlefield 3 website: www.battlefield.comSources: enterbf3.com, uk.gamespot.com
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56 Comments on Battlefield 3 To Ship With Release Day Patch

#1
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
Thanks go to Live OR Die for the tip. :toast:
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#2
Darkleoco
Great news here any patches to make the release day game as close to perfect as possible are great :D
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#3
Makaveli
I agree this will be a day 1 purchase for me if I can find it in stock!
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#4
erocker
by: qubit
the developer DICE are perfectionists
Lol.

Anyways, I suppose this is to be expected, especially with retail copies.
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#5
random
BLIZZARD games are perfectionists, DICE seems like they're just rushing. Again I'd rather a delayed game than a first day patch, it sorta suggests a buggy-ish launch or what not, I remembered waiting for months for Starcraft II to come out because of Blizzard and their delays but it ended up being the GOTY for me.
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#6
..'Ant'..
The beta was kinda buggy hopefully the retail will be not as buggy and playable.
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#7
Grim_Reaper
YOu may find this quite bitching. I might be wrong, but in my opinion, perfectionists would rather include patch in the release game version, then tell about, how good they are. Or even will do it silently, for nobody know that game is bugged as hell. Why can't the release version be already fixed and clean? Especially if it's coming exactly same day and game itself? Nonsense. I remember times when games had only 3 patches, and even then those patches had mostly new implementations, rather then fixes of bugs which haven't being fixed since alpha.
So far,this is exactly same story as it was with BC2. BF2/2142 patches were delayed due BC2. Then BC2 came, and they were busy to fix it because of MOH, then BF3 appeared on horizon, MOH was bugged because developers were busy with BF3, and by this reason the release Onslaught for PC has been declined. Now BF3 is going to be released, but I'm sure they will release it with "emergency" patch, because later they will say, "sorry we can't fix BF3, because we are busy with NFS Run".
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#8
hhumas
great news .. my country is not listed .. i can't place pre order wtf
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#9
[H]@RD5TUFF
Not a good sign good thing I am waiting to buy it.
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#10
DannibusX
Good news. I don't what the deal is with a day 1 patch. It's not like their going to recall all of the discs that have been manufactered so they can spend the money on having them remanufactured.

Props for finding an issue before the release and trying to fix it before people bitch about a broken game. Like RAGE and Dead Island.
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#11
AsRock
TPU addict
by: [H]@RD5TUFF
Not a good sign good thing I am waiting to buy it.
I spell some thing rotten.. Like giving hope to those who are on the fence of buying it due to hearing about the bugs.

I am just glad it's not my kinda game even more so all the issue's people have been having with it.
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#12
Hawkster13
Im waiting to see if I can get a BF3 bundled copy with a Nvidia GTX560 Ti Card :cool:
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#14
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
by: qubit
While this may seem an odd thing to do, it's being done, because the developer DICE are perfectionists and want to released the best possible product.
says you...
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#15
1Kurgan1
The Knife in your Back
Expected this, the Beta test was too close to launch time, pretty sure they had already "gone gold" by the time the beta was running, so any fixes from the beta would have to be in a patch.

by: random
BLIZZARD games are perfectionists, DICE seems like they're just rushing. Again I'd rather a delayed game than a first day patch, it sorta suggests a buggy-ish launch or what not, I remembered waiting for months for Starcraft II to come out because of Blizzard and their delays but it ended up being the GOTY for me.
Thats why I have been playing WoW since 2005 and after BC came out that game has always run like crap for me with many different hardware configurations that are so far over Recommended Specs it isn't even funny? SCII may have had a great launch, but some of their other titles haven't so you can't base it on just that.
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#16
Darkleoco
by: 1Kurgan1
Expected this, the Beta test was too close to launch time, pretty sure they had already "gone gold" by the time the beta was running, so any fixes from the beta would have to be in a patch.



Thats why I have been playing WoW since 2005 and after BC came out that game has always run like crap for me with many different hardware configurations that are so far over Recommended Specs it isn't even funny? SCII may have had a great launch, but some of their other titles haven't so you can't base it on just that.
They really did do the beta way too close to launch if I recall the BFBC2 beta was much more in advance wasn't it?
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#17
NC37
by: random
BLIZZARD games are perfectionists, DICE seems like they're just rushing. Again I'd rather a delayed game than a first day patch, it sorta suggests a buggy-ish launch or what not, I remembered waiting for months for Starcraft II to come out because of Blizzard and their delays but it ended up being the GOTY for me.
ZOMG you didn't just go there. Shall I start with a whole essay on how broken every expansion has been at their launch, or just go right to the fail that is Cataclysm? Blizzard is not perfectionists. I've been in their betas and seen their products at launch. They are very far from perfectionists. They've gotten a perception of quality from their older releases which were quality games.

I'm not surprised by DICE here, or any other dev that needs to do this. You will always find more bugs even after you get the game in printing. In this day and age, this is just a given. Specially since it is relatively easy to patch titles.
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#18
1Kurgan1
The Knife in your Back
by: Darkleoco
They really did do the beta way too close to launch if I recall the BFBC2 beta was much more in advance wasn't it?
The BC2 beta on PS3 was in November which was like 4 months before launch. the PC beta though was only done about a month in advance as well.
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#19
random
by: 1Kurgan1
Expected this, the Beta test was too close to launch time, pretty sure they had already "gone gold" by the time the beta was running, so any fixes from the beta would have to be in a patch.



Thats why I have been playing WoW since 2005 and after BC came out that game has always run like crap for me with many different hardware configurations that are so far over Recommended Specs it isn't even funny? SCII may have had a great launch, but some of their other titles haven't so you can't base it on just that.
Considering Blizzard's future title delays I think basing it on SCII is just right for me as their future titles also have been delayed resulting into extended beta in their upcoming Diablo 3 which leads me to assume they are coming out with a trend. But then again we're not entirely sure whether it'll be coming out on consoles as well and that could change alot of things. To be quite honest Battlefield Bad Company 2 hasn't been perfect for me to this day, there are still random crashes and server kicks and my DLC kits even don't show up sometimes also they have an issue with my ATI card running with MSI Afterburner while I know this only effects a small amount of people, its quite frustrating for me to have my computer BSOD just because I forget to turn off the software. Fortunately though I didn't experience any of this in Battlefield 3 BETA and am still quite hopeful on what they're going to bring at launch, I don't expect much though as the only complaints I had in the beta are not being able to choose a squad and falling through a map lol.

by: NC37
ZOMG you didn't just go there. Shall I start with a whole essay on how broken every expansion has been at their launch, or just go right to the fail that is Cataclysm? Blizzard is not perfectionists. I've been in their betas and seen their products at launch. They are very far from perfectionists. They've gotten a perception of quality from their older releases which were quality games.

I'm not surprised by DICE here, or any other dev that needs to do this. You will always find more bugs even after you get the game in printing. In this day and age, this is just a given. Specially since it is relatively easy to patch titles.
Uh are you speaking of game bugs or game balances? because so far there may have been a raid boss or two that were "Glitched" but I've grinded through a tonne of MMOs and they don't really compare stability wise. I wasn't referring to MMOs anyway as they have to manage a whole in-game world, not just a couple of in-game maps and performance issues.
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#20
Disruptor4
Why are you all whinging and bitching that there is going to be a Day 1 patch?
They are going to be patching the game throughout its life, so what difference does it make that they bring out a patch sooner? At least they are fixing bugs etc that are being reported and they find rather than wait to release a patch.
They probably found these issues after RTM.

Oh wait, I'm sorry, FIXING something must mean it's a bad thing.:banghead:
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#22
n-ster
You guys think this has anything to do with the recent BF3 torrent thing? Probably not but ya never know :p
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#23
Batou1986
As bad as i want to play this im just gonna wait every time a new game comes out it takes a month or two for things to stabilize and to work out all the server kinks.
Id rather wait a month save a few bucks maybe and not become infuriated with crashes, loosing stats, glitches, server disconnects, etc.
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#24
n-ster
I'd rather not wait and play the greatest game in the world now, suit yourselves xD
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#25
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
by: Easy Rhino
says you...
Says DICE. Look at the quote.
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