There have been many critics of DICE’s latest Battlefield 3 update, version 1.04, with some gamers going as far as saying the game’s broken beyond repair, raging at DICE on Battlefield 3’s official forums. The firm’s responded to its critics.
“The biggest challenge when you release a big patch like this is to wait, because we know that if you have a favourite gun that we have balanced down or you score in a certain way by doing certain things and then we nerfed that down then you will get upset, period.
People do not care and they do not know about the big picture, but we do. Because we don’t care about single individuals, we care about everyone. We try to make sure that everyone has a great time and that the balance is overarching. So we have a lot of statistics, we look at all the data and we try to listen to people and ask ‘is this really an issue?’. And in most of the cases it is not an issue.
We get a lot of praise for it but the biggest problem is that the people that like it don’t go on forums and write about it, they just keep playing,” Bach added. “We can see that our player numbers are going up as we speak because of the patch. It’s not going down even though people say ‘I’m not playing because of the patch’.
I think if people went back to the old patch now after a couple of weeks they would see the big differences. But then again it’s not that it’s hassle free, so of course we are looking into any real issues that we need to fix.” – DICE boss Patrick Bach speaking to NowGamer.