Earlier today, EA and DICE released a whopping 1 GB patch for Battlefield 3 on the PlayStation 3, one that adds an absolutely massive amount of balance tweaks and improvements to just about everything.
While the patch was made available today on PlayStation 3, DICE says that there’s still no ETA on when it will be made available on PC and Xbox 360–and you have Sony and Microsoft’s certification process to thank for that.
In an interview with PC Gamer, DICE’s Patrick Bach discussed why there are no incremental updates to Battlefield 3 on the PC, which has little to no certification process, and how frustrating it is to deal with Microsoft and Sony’s thorough certification testing.
“There are benefits to it, because you get proper testing. There’s a lot of process that is there to guarantee a great gameplay experience,” Bach told PC Gamer. “We have had problems with patching in things like Battlefield 2 where you had to patch the patch because the patch screwed it up and then you have to apply a patch to the patch to the patch.
“And that’s, from a player perspective, that’s not a great experience – ‘Oh is this the 6.8 patch or the 6.9? Because the 6.8 broke the game and now you need to unbreak it!’ So getting focus and testing and all those things is actually a positive.”
On Microsoft and Sony’s certification process, Bach had this to say: “It’s very frustrating when it comes to… you have the fix, it’s done but you can’t roll it out. But again, it’s not unique to us – everyone lives in this reality.
“Our problem with support is we have a very big and complex game, so if something needs to be fixed, we need to be sure that it doesn’t break something at the other end and again, like I said, we don’t want to do emergency fixes to compensate for a problem in a specific area.”
The latest Battlefield 3 patch is expected to hit PC and Xbox 360 “soon.” For more information on all of the changes in the patch, head over to this link.