It seems that Xbox 360 owners of Battlefield 3 may have been having their fair share of issues. Between server connection problems, complaints of poor textures (even with the Texture pack installed), and reported campaign freezing, this game may be suffering from some “rush to market” issues in an attempt to get a jump on sales ahead of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. In my unofficial Twitter observations, I’ve seen the largest outcry coming from 360 owners, and several have stated that the stores they purchased them from would be accepting returns due to the volume of calls they have been receiving. This certainly is not the publicity that EA needs as they try to go toe-to-toe with Activision’s big release, and it begged the question:
Should high profile games be delayed if there are known issues that would be left unresolved at launch?
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EA is claiming that unprecedented demand is what is causing the issues, and while I could buy that excuse for the connectivity issues (Call of Duty has experienced similar issues around their previous launches), it does not explain the other issues involving poor textures and game freezes that have been reported by Xbox 360 players. I can understand why the decision was made to stick with the release date: releasing after Call of Duty would have likely hurt sales, and there is a mentality that bugs can be fixed through patches (not to mention the millions of dollars in marketing that would be invalidated with a release date change). I’m of the opinion that you only get one chance to make a first impression, and people who were new to the series (myself included) are either shying away from a purchase, or are frustrated with having purchased the game. But if an extra million copies were sold by releasing early (arbitrary number), that makes it hard to argue for delaying release over a few bugs.
What do you think? Have you experienced any issues? Vote above, and comment below!
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