With the launch of Titanfall looming in the horizon, there have been many questions regarding the stability of EA’s servers. Whether or not they can handle an initial launch-day onslaught, and also whether they can sustain long play sessions.
And while the initial beta test for Titanfall went relatively smoothly, it didn’t fully assuage gamer concerns. We’ve seen how poorly an always-online game, or even a game with a strong online component, can utterly crash and burn under EA’s watch, even after a previous game failed.
The latest cause for concern, however, is even more troubling considering the circumstances. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is, like Titanfall, exclusive to Microsoft platforms (granted, Titanfall is also launching on the PC), and is an EA product. It’s also a game built specifically with multiplayer in mind.
And almost like clockwork, when Garden Warfare hit the gaming public, the servers were severely crippled within a matter of hours. Many gamers that were hoping to try out PopCap Games‘ cooperative shooter were instead met with error messages. Again, a multiplayer EA title had gone out into the world, and again it had crashed and burned.
Now, the struggles of Plants vs. Zombies are admittedly not on the scale of SimCity or Battlefield 4, but neither is the potential fan base for the game. As you know from our review, Plants vs. Zombies: GW is built with a very specific gamer in mind.
Titanfall, on the other hand, is hoping to be a juggernaut on the scale of Call of Duty or Battlefield, albeit on fewer platforms. So, if Electronic Arts can’t even pull off a smooth launch with Garden Warfare, what’s to say Titanfall‘s will be any better?
Well, there’s likely a lot more attention devoted towards Titanfall and keeping its servers stable and running. Moreover, Microsoft is equally as invested in Titanfall as EA, so they will certainly have a hand in ensuring the game’s launch is a success. The last thing either EA or Microsoft want is for Titanfall‘s big, day-1 news items to be focused on server troubles. We’ll find out whether they can pull it off in just a few weeks.
Do you think that the Titanfall launch will have airs of the Battlefield 4 and Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare launches, in that the servers will not be stable at launch? Will some online troubles early on impact your opinion of the game?
Titanfall launches March 11, 2014 for the PC and Xbox One, and March 25th for the Xbox 360.
Source: Plants vs. Zombies – Twitter