"There’s Been A Misunderstanding Of The Term Beta Test"
The Battlefield 3 beta has gotten a lot of gamers very excited indeed... but caused a fair bit of controversy thanks to its limited scope and a fair few bugs. In fact, many gamers and pundits reckon that launching an open beta so close to release has actually done more harm than good. However, DICE has hit back at the sceptics by hammering home the fact that it's a "test" in the truest sense of the phrase - and was primarily designed to make sure that their back end will be fit for task during the heavy launch period. We've got the full quotes and reasoning below.
In an interview with The Guardian, DICE's Patrick Liu states that the recent beta was "entirely" designed to test the online infrastructure, and that many players simply didn't grasp that it's a learning exercise for the company - not a PR tool or demo.
Yeah, I think there’s been a misunderstanding of the term ‘beta test.
We ran the alpha tests with a rush map and we wanted to have some sort of reference so we could compare results – so we needed to have more-or-less the same map. But we do understand the concerns that we didn’t show a conquest map, but we have demoed Caspian Border, and we did run a conquest map as a limited PC-only test.
Our primary intentions have been to test the backend. As we said at the beginning, we have six times the number of players we had with Bad Company 2, we have record high concurrent users compared to anything we've done before. And we know it works. In previous games, like Bad Company and 1943, we've had serious problems with the backend, it's just been overloaded – this time it hasn't been a problem.
Many open betas (Resistance 3 and Killzone 3 being prime examples) are primarily designed to be polished demonstrations that give loyal pre-order customers and press a taste of the game. Our expectations of what an eleventh hour beta should contain has been fairly skewed over the last few years, and we're confident that the quality will not be representative of the final version. [The Guardian]
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