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Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Patch Will Address "Stability Problems And Performance Issues"

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Posted by: Matt Liebl

DICE hasn't forgotten about the fans still loyal to Battlefield: Bad Company 2. In fact, they have now scheduled a patch to go live on Wednesday, September 21 that will address stability problems with the game and performance issues.

The patch is fairly large at 2.6GB and will include the following fixes:

  • Removed some memory leaks
  • Fixed crashes when the game attempted to render lots of content (high detail, high FOV or multiple-monitor modes); this should particularly help multi-monitor users
  • Chat window no longer causes lag spikes
  • Chat window reworked opacity & visibility-time is controllable through settings in settings.ini
  • Clantag is remembered when using auto-login
  • Banner URLs can be up to 252 characters in length
  • SecuROM wrapper removed from non-Steam version
  • Minor performance enhancements
  • Reduced rubberbanding on servers with more than 24 active players
  • PrintScreen takes a screenshot, file stored in Documents\BFBC2\Screenshots directory
While they could have created a smaller patch for those who have Client R10 installed already, this patch contains all of the previous patches to speed up the release process. If your Windows username contains non-English characters (such as ö, ý, etc) then PunkBuster will not activate properly. To work around this, ensure that your Windows username uses only characters from the English character set. In other words, "7-bit ASCII only, please". We caught this at the very end of the validation pass, and decided that it was better to deliver the build to the public than to give it another tour through the whole patch generation and validation process. Steam users need not worry about installing the patch. The Steam client will automatically begin distributing it to you Wednesday morning at 4AM UTC (that's European time). Non-Steam users don't have to worry either as the auto-update will discover the patch around that time, as well.

It's comforting to know that even with all of the hype surrounding Battlefield 3, DICE is still working on Bad Company 2.

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