“People have a right to a game that works,” says Battlefield developer
The release of Battlefield 4 has forever tainted the otherwise sterling reputation of EA’s premier FPS franchise.
The October 2013 launch was marred by consistent online server disconnects, matchmaking problems, balance issues and a host of other complaints that took DICE and EA the better part of a year to fix.
What does this mean for Battlefield Hardline, the upcoming cops & robbers shooter from Dead Space developer Visceral Games? The studio is committed to avoiding the problems that plagued BF 4. Not because of pressure from EA, but because it firmly believes “people have a right to a game that works.”
“Here’s the deal [and] it seems silly to even have to say it… but if you buy a game it should work,” says Battlefield Hardline’s creative director Ian Millham in an interview with X-ONE.
“People are trusting us with their money and time, and we should earn and deliver on that trust. Games these days are spectacularly complicated. We’re talking about five different platforms, a simultaneous launch, seven game modes, a billion vehicles, weapons, gadgets and possibilities – so it would be naïve not to expect turbulence.
It makes sense that Millham would sound so committed to getting the launch right. The release of BF4 has – and rightfully so – made many gamers very uneasy about diving back into the modern warfare shooter. But after successful betas for Hardline, not to mention hours of testing, Millham is confident that Visceral has got it right for its Battlefield debut.
“But, we are doing everything in our power, and I mean /everything in our power/, to have a stable and smooth launch experience for everybody,” continues Millham. That includes now multiple betas, hours of testing every day, a lot of certification, a lot of attention, and many, many, many people’s jobs are nothing but performance and stability.
“You can not take it more seriously than we are taking it. We are making every effort because people have a right to a game that works.”
Has Visceral been successful? We will have to wait until 20 March to find out, when Battlefield Hardline launches on Xbox One, Xbox 360 (and a few other platforms) worldwide.