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Battlefield 3 PC patch delayed by “frustrating” console certification

Tuesday, 27th March 2012 22:23 GMT By Brenna Hillier

DICE is irritated by, but benefits from, the delays to PC fixes caused by the console certification process.

In order to keep all three versions of the game on the same level, DICE holds back incremental fixes to the PC version of Battlefield 3 until it can patch the console releases at the same time. The cost of these patches – and the significant certification waiting times – mean these patches don’t roll out as often as the developer would like.

Executive producer Patrick Bach agreed with PC Gamer that waiting for console certification to roll out important fixes is headache-inducing.

“It’s very frustrating when it comes to – you have the fix, it’s done but you can’t roll it out,” he said.

“It’s not unique to us – everyone lives in this reality.”

But Bach also said there are some benefits to the forced wait time.

“You get proper testing. There’s a lot of process that is there to guarantee a great gameplay experience,” he said.

“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.

“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.”

The next patch for Battlefield 3 has a release date of “soon” – the PlayStation 3 version began rolling out today.

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  1. Gekidami

    Is this the rent a server patch? …The one that went live on PS3 earlier today? You know… Before it did on PC?

    #1 2 years ago
  2. LOLshock94

    dice hate pc users but since bf3 has good graphics they are to blind to see

    #2 2 years ago
  3. pukem0n

    why is the PC patch delayed because of console certification?
    i dont get it

    #3 2 years ago
  4. KillerDD

    Agreed with #3! I don’t see why they should delay the PC version…

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Gekidami

    ^ Because when you’ve got a good scapegoat you’d better use it at every possible occasion, especially when console hate will score some points with the most vocal of your games fans.

    ((Dont worry DICE, i wont tell anyone this patch came out on PS3 today, your secret is safe with me. We’ll just pretend its still in Sony certification. Shhh.))

    #5 2 years ago
  6. absolutezero

    And from the other side of the smug fence to Geki why bother upsetting your majority/immature player base by releasing an update for something they can’t play on?

    Its always nice to keep console players onside because you get more money from them.

    monies monies monies.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. endgame

    @5 No Geki. They do have the patch ready. They’re just being a**holes.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Brenna Hillier

    I’ve updated this story to make it more clear that it refers to PC updates coming out in major patches alongside the console versions rather than the incremental fixes the platform enables. I think my first post was too vague and caused some confusion and undue anger.

    This still doesn’t explain why the PS3 version is out now ahead of the PC and Xbox 360 patches, so you’re right to be a bit miffed there I think.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. NeoSquall

    @8 Sony made a deal with EA to get a 1 week exclusive over BF3 DLC/Expansions releases, so I guess this patch is considered a DLC because it adds the rent a server features, who knows…

    #9 2 years ago
  10. freedoms_stain

    Valve deliver updates and patches to their PC games when they’re ready irrespective of other platforms.

    Why? Because they designed a delivery system that allows that to happen and they take advantage of it. They also know what decent customer service is.

    So EA baked Origin in to BF3, ostensibly for the same reasons, right? right? Nah, doesn’t look like it.

    There is no cross-platform play between PC and console, therefore there is absolutely no excuse for holding back patches on the PC platform when they’re ready. The deal with Sony is bollocks. It isn’t even a good deal for PS3 users. A week? What a laugh.

    #10 2 years ago