Battlefield 3 Beta Defended: ‘It Will Be Beta (“Better”)’
It’s a shocker, that’s for sure, but it turns out Battlefield 3’s beta isn’t indicative of how the final game will actually play. Well, it is in the most part, but all those annoying little faults and niggles? Yeah, they’re going to be fixed.
Should this have to be pointed out though? Shouldn’t we be smart enough to know that code released as a ‘beta’ a month before the actual game comes out isn’t going to be the same as the finished game? Do we need people to be taught in the classroom that a beta isn’t just a demo? Seems we might do. That, or we can just listen to Karl Magnus Troedsson – mainly because he has a brilliant name but also because he put some words on the Battlefield 3 blog:
“The Open Beta is a true Beta
The Battlefield 3 Open Beta is based on software that is more than one month old. We need to test the new back end dedicated server structure we’ve built. Not only have we built a new game engine, but an entirely new back end system so that everyone can enjoy the benefits of dedicated servers on all platforms.
Just like normal procedure when releasing a game, the Open Beta has had long lead times due to testing, certification, and setting up. This means that the code you are now playing is actually quite early and not representative of the final game.
We had to do this in order to have as many people testing as possible, in order to ensure a top quality experience when the game is released. However, we’re confident in the Battlefield formula and confident that our fans will support us in order to make Battlefield 3 better.
The final game will look, play and sound better than the Open Beta. You have helped making sure of that.”
This happened last time around, when the Medal Of Honor beta was released. It happened the time before that, too, when the Bad Company 2 beta came out. What is it with people and not paying attention, or not understanding what a beta is? Let’s all pay attention in future and wait until the final product to judge its quality.
And yes, that even includes the people judging it positively.