Shortly after the launch of the Battlefield 1 beta, Electronic Arts' servers were hit with a DDOS attack, making it difficult to log into the online multiplayer test.
This week has not been a great one for online launches, as another major game is taken down by a DDOS attack. Luckily for Electronic Arts, the attack has only significantly hurt the launch of its Battlefield 1 beta, whereas yesterday’s DDOS attack on Blizzard put a dark cloud over the World of Warcraft: Legion launch.
As of right now, Battlefield 1 beta players are having middling success connecting to the EA servers, although some are getting in. Still, with a DDOS attack of this magnitude it’s best to be prepared for some connectivity issues.
It appears this latest DDOS attack is the work of hacking network PoodleCorp. No reason was given for the attack, but it seems a fair assumption to say that the individuals wanted to rain on the Battlefield 1 parade. EA’s World War 1 shooter is easily one of the most anticipated releases of the year and its beta was sure to be a major event.
Thus far Battlefield 1 developer DICE has acknowledged the server outage, but not offered a reason for the downtime. However, it’s important to mention that the attack on EA’s servers has impacted a wide variety of games, including the recently launched Madden NFL 17 and its online servers.
At this point, it seems that if an online-focused game is set to launch, then there are likely to be problems. In some cases those problems stem from a lack of server preparedness, while others are the result of a direct attack. For example, Blizzard seemed pretty well prepared for the bum rush of players on Legion launch day, but the studio couldn’t have possibly prepared for a DDOS attack.
The good news, though, is that the Battlefield 1 beta will continue and eventually the DDOS attack should be dealt with. We wouldn’t be surprised to see EA extend the beta as well, in an effort to ensure that as many players get a chance to experience it as possible.
And those who do miss out on the beta for one reason or another only have about two months to wait until the launch of Battlefield 1 proper. As was mentioned, DICE’s shooter seems to have the most buzz surrounding it out of the numerous titles releasing this fall, and is poised to do very well sales-wise. Hopefully, the launch of Battlefield 1 goes a little smoother than the beta, but these days there are no guarantees.
Have you experienced problems logging into the Battlefield 1 beta? What do you think of the beta if you have had a chance to play?
Battlefield 1 releases October 21, 2016 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.