Battlefield 4 faced a rocky launch in 2013, suffering through severe and widespread issues. Now, developer DICE has come out to say it is hopeful to avoid a repeat of those troubles with this year’s Battlefield 1.
Asked by GamesBeat what DICE is doing to ensure a Battlefield 4-like launch won’t happen again, lead designer Daniel Berlin said Star Wars Battlefront‘s smooth rollout is evidence that DICE is improving. He also said he expects Battlefield 1’s upcoming beta to help hammer out any issues before launch.
“It’s a focus for us,” Berlin said about ensuring Battlefield 1 gets off on the right foot. “We know [Battlefield 4] was a difficult launch. We’ve been working on this for a long time. We released Battlefront, which did really well. We’re pushing an open beta to ensure stability. We’ve taken a lot of learnings from that experience, and we feel like we succeeded with Battlefront. We’ll take everything we learned there and apply it to Battlefield 1 as well.”
You can read the full GamesBeat interview here.
Battlefield 4’s launch problems were attributed in part to “complexity” around the title, including 64-player and the fact that DICE was working with what were new consoles at the time with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Battlefield 4 was a launch title for both systems, so there was never a beta.
The game’s rocky launch “absolutely” damaged the trust gamers have in developer DICE’s ability to release a game smoothly, producer David Sirland said in 2014. He also said at the time that future installments won’t suffer the same fate because DICE has changed its processes.
Battlefield 1 comes out on October 21 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. A beta will be held before launch, but there is no word yet on when it will begin. EA or Origin Access members on Xbox One and PC, meanwhile, will be able to play the full game on October 18.