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Post by Steve Farrelly @ 10:37am 30/06/10 | 12 Comments
Want to know why DICE are continually having issues patching Battlefield: Bad Company 2, and want said explanation on the absolute opposite end of any PR or marketing spiel? DICE's own Mikael Kalms has what ails you, which it turns out ails him a lot more.
And that's where we finally ran into real problems. It was too difficult for one person to identify which changes were required and which were not, and how to update the patch generation process to accommodate the latest set of changes. Most of the delay of Client R8 was because there are very few people at DICE who have the in-depth knowledge of the far-spanning corners of the game engine *and* the cooking tools *and* the patch generation process, to work out what is going wrong, why, and how to fix it.
This quote is one small part of Kalm's overall conclusion, but he runs you through the issue from start to finish, and does not hold back on the heavy in the process. It's not really an indication of anything good regarding patches for the future, but at least it's an honest explanation.

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TicMan
Posted 11:07am 30/6/10
Sounds like a bunch of excuses for not planning these things in advance. Sure there is complexities involved with an FPS but if MMOs can release patches and new content all the time without it being massive in size, why can't these guys!?

Using old tools from older games is terrible and seems to be a cost cutting exercise that has now bit them in the arse.
Eorl
Posted 11:09am 30/6/10
They only have one person in charge of patching the servers? Really? F*****g pathetic.
Tollaz0r!
Posted 11:12am 30/6/10

The new content did work a long while ago - but the patch was back then approximately 7GB large. The patch had to get down to less than 1GB, or else some customers in Australia and South Africa would not be able to download it due to bandwith caps.


At least they think of us to an extent.
NoLogic
Posted 11:19am 30/6/10
Next patch content...

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Totenkopf
Posted 12:06pm 30/6/10
patch out yet?
koopz
Posted 03:10pm 30/6/10
it's tonite...

though they've been regularly putting it off for weeks now.

I just want the knife fixed
TiT
Posted 03:30pm 30/6/10
patch is out on steam!
koopz
Posted 03:34pm 30/6/10
w00t!
cgl_guardian
Posted 04:06pm 30/6/10
As someone who writes software professionally it's great to see someone go into such detail, and to see someone being so honest about their problems. It's also nice to know I'm not the only one who has to deal with short sighted decisions made by others ;-)
`ViPER`
Posted 05:11pm 30/6/10
It's also nice to know I'm not the only one who has to deal with short sighted decisions made by others ;-)


thats pretty much how it seems. They used an engine designed for a console, and an updater for a different game, and tried to wack it all together, and then realised it doesnt work well, WOW, couldnt see that coming.

Sounds like they need to go have a chat to the people at valve.
Martz
Posted 05:16pm 30/6/10
huh? where the f*** did Games On Net get this load of crap from then??

The good news is that the Romanian transport industry has settled down and the testers can get to work, but the bad news is that they found a problem, and had to chop some chunks of content out ahead of the patch's expected June 23rd releases.

The troublesome content was the new SPECACT equipment, which has had to be rolled back, and will not be included in this patch.


http://games.on.net/article/9385/Bad_Company_2_PC_patch_due_23rd_may_be_delayed_again
koopz
Posted 05:31pm 30/6/10
Can Valve's engine do this type of game?

I was thinking UT.. and then my subconscious reminded me that UT is played by f***

As someone who writes software professionally it's great to see someone go into such detail, and to see someone being so honest about their problems.


I think what he's described described most software in general.

( not that I've seen it all - it's just that bean counting seems to f*** up otherwise great projects more often than not )


dammit where's Spook to do this editing crap for me... I just bought beer and everything @#$@

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