Early reports seem to indicate that Battlefield 3's Open Beta has not lived up to the hype set forth by DICE and EA. The turnout has been great, but the fan reaction has been lukewarm at best. Despite the mixed feelings on Battlefield 3, DICE is committed to releasing the best game possible. Today, DICE's General Manager, Karl Magnus Troedsson released an overview of how the Open Beta is helping shape the Battlefield 3 fans were promised.
Troedsson was quick to point out that Open Beta is just that, beta. It's a chance for DICE to stress test the servers, fix bugs, and make changes based on player feedback. It's a time to listen to fan feedback and implement changes based on fan's reactions. Still, Battlefield 3's Open Beta has received harsh criticism for numerous bugs like falling through the map. It's frustrated for players who were expected a polished game based off of the magnificent trailers.
Troeddson pointed out:
"The Battlefield 3 Open Beta is based on software that is more than one month old. We need to test the new back end dedicated server structure we’ve built. Not only have we built a new game engine, but an entirely new back end system so that everyone can enjoy the benefits of dedicated servers on all platforms.
Just like normal procedure when releasing a game, the Open Beta has had long lead times due to testing, certification, and setting up. This means that the code you are now playing is actually quite early and not representative of the final game.
We had to do this in order to have as many people testing as possible, in order to ensure a top quality experience when the game is released. However, we’re confident in the Battlefield formula and confident that our fans will support us in order to make Battlefield 3 better."
Troeddson further explained that "dedicated servers require dedicated testing", urging players to continue participating in the Open Beta and to continue reporting any bugs they may encounter.
"The biggest reason for running the Open Beta is to stress test our servers and back end. Already, we are seeing 6 times the number of simultaneous players in the Battlefield 3 Open Beta compared for Battlefield: Bad Company 2! The fact that Battlefield 3 is clearly our biggest game launch ever by a magnitude of 6 makes it doubly important to test everything."
I know you all are frustrated, especially the Battlefield veterans. But remember, Bad Company 2 has been out for over a year and Battlefield 3 is still in BETA. Have patience everyone. DICE wouldn't release a game they aren't proud of and there is far too much money invested in Battlefield 3 for these bugs not to get fixed.