We’ve heard it before; Battlefield Hardline developer Visceral Games promising a stable launch for their cops and criminals shooter in leu of previous disappointments with Battlefield 4 and its publicly ridiculed release in 2013.
Looking forward, the studio is still anxious to deliver a launch Battlefield fans can be proud of.
“Stability has been one of the largest areas we’re focusing our attention at Visceral while developing Hardline. I think we can all agree that Battlefield 4’s stability at launch was less than stellar,” Gameplay Systems Producer Mike Glosecki wrote in a recent Battlefield Hardline blog update.
As you might remember, Battlefield 4’s performance issues were so severe, it even lead DICE and EA into legal investigations conducted by the companies’ investors. Although cleared, it forced all parties involved in the game’s development to engage in “some very tough discussions about what [they] are doing.” So, how does Visceral plan to ensure a smooth launch this March 17 and avoid the same mistakes made in the past?
“In order to address stability for our game at launch, we’ve had the game up and running in the multiplayer environment for the last two years with both the development and quality assurance teams playing in daily matches,” Glosecki explained.
“We’ve run two betas for the game as well, one at E3 and the pre-launch beta which just completed on Feb 9th. Both of these have not only helped us solidify the stability of our servers, but have also provided great feedback for us to address in the game. As a side note, we are also making changes to Battlelog to include a new pop-up on how to activate the plugin in your browser since this was an issue for some of our players.”
Glosecki also reassured fans that the valuable feedback gained from Battlefield 4’s Community Test Environment has made its continuation in Battlefield Hardline a high priority. “This will allow us to gain valuable feedback from our players before changes migrate out to the world” he said. “Look for more details on the CTE in the coming months.”