Today is the day that Electronic Arts unleashed their biggest first person shooter game in history. As of October 24th, 2011, sales statistics for this game had hit $3 million. While the sales have gone through the roof before the game hit the shelves, the secret is out and millions of people are playing it online right now…or are they?
The first problem.
Battlefield 3 is currently experiencing server problems on the Xbox 360.
On attempting to connect to the game’s multiplayer features, users are met with an error message saying the game cannot connect to the EA Online servers.
DICE is aware of these problems and is currently working to resolve them. “We’re aware of the server issues on the Xbox 360 and are working to correct them as soon as possible,” wrote the official Battlefield 3 message.
EA’s website previously warned of problems happening tonight – the game’s launch date in the US – but asserted that problems would be “temporary”. Temporary, yeah right, like two or three days…temporary sucks when you’re waiting to play one of the most anticipated games of the year. This is exactly what we want to happen. We spend good money on this game and they drop the ball for millions of us! They’ve got our money now, who’s to say they will actually regard this as a high demand priority?
“Unprecedented demand may affect online performance tonight in Battlefield 3. We’re aware of the issue and doing everything possible on our end to make sure the servers are working at 100%. We apologize for any dips in performance you may experience, but want to assure you they are only temporary.” They call total annihilation of the server “dips”. Pathetic. They aren’t going to win any competition with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 doing things like this. A total double dribble in my book! Somebody call a technical!
Xbox 360 owners are also experiencing difficulties with Battlefield 3 social platform Battlelog – the service presenting users with a “the BF3 Statistics Engine is currently down” error message when trying to access information. Read more about resolving the server crashes and resolutions used to fix it here at GameBooze. The only problem with this is that it is a PC only fix.
DICE’s last game, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, was also plagued with server problems on its opening weekend. So all in all, we should have expected this to happen. Could it be that Electronic Arts just isn’t ready to handle a game of this magnitude yet? Trying to stay on the same level as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.
All I’m saying is that if they are trying to outsell, outperform, and overall outgun the current competition which is Activision, you would think they would have given more thought to their server problem. Too much concentration on the game itself. Trying to get a great game out before Modern Warfare 3 hit the shelves probably allowed the designers over at DICE and EA to “forget” the very thing that was staring them in the face the whole time.
Hey all you big wigs at the Battlefield organization, get with the program and beef up the servers for once in your life! If this was a problem with Battlefield 2, then you would think that they would have this problem resolved. So thanks a lot everyone. Because you guys missed this one little fact, there are millions of people all over the country NOT playing the game they bought for $59.95!
News and information about Xbox Live and the server problem for Battlefield 3:
-XBox Live Solutions
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