While many gamers are already knee deep in the Battlefield 3 open beta and having a blast, there is a considerable amount that are none to pleased with the experience DICE has delivered. Some have even taken to the forums to voice their complaints; while others have turned to more devious venues in order to get the experience they were hoping for.
As it turns out, though, DICE has been listening and watching intently those Battlefield 3 players who have been voicing and acting out their displeasure and are ready to make their thoughts known.
First up is the news that Origin will possibly ban those accounts that alter the beta experience by creating their own servers. By creating their own servers players are able to circumvent the player cap on the Operation Metro multiplayer map and get up to 100 players gaming at the same time.
Origin is, after all, a requirement for Battlefield 3 PC players so being banned from the service would be a considerable hit to hopeful gamers. On top of that, since the service is also a digital distributor, these “hackers” also run the risk of losing all of their digital content (games, add-ons, etc…) that they paid honest money for.
Yes, there have been some serious complaints logged over on the Battlefield 3 forums (more on that in a bit) about what was promised and what was inevitably delivered, but tampering with a product that is provided free-of-charge and for your enjoyment never ends well.
Back on the forum complaint topic is the second piece of news, which saw one of DICE’s community managers responding to the tremendous amount of beta participants complaints. Connection and glitch issues aside, there has been a tremendous amount of backlash directed DICE’s way over the selection of Operation Metro as the beta map — a map that currently only supports up to 32 players, and, frankly, DICE’s Daniel Matros was sick of it.
He took to the beta forums to put many of the whiners in their place saying that the experience is a privilege not a right, and those who have complaints are merely “ungrateful people [who] don’t understand how much work [they] are putting on this game.”
It’s true that Battlefield 3’s beta is an opportunity for players to experience a hotly anticipated game early and, as such, should not be the source of complaining, but there’s also just cause for concern. Running the beta on consoles is not the smoothest of experiences (the first update has already been detailed) and one that, with the game only 20+ days out, has us a bit concerned.
Matros’ response is certainly justified, but it makes one wonder how much is frustration over the lackluster response to the beta, and how much is telling the “spoiled children” off.
With so much hullabaloo surrounding the Battlefield 3 beta, has your opinion/anticipation for the game changed at all? Do you think that EA should use Origin to ban beta hackers?
Battlefield 3 releases October 25, 2011 for the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.