Battlefield 1943 suffers server snafu

EA Dice's multiplayer-only downloadable shooter experiencing matchmaking technical difficulties after Xbox 360 launch this morning.

EA declared war on Battlefield 1943 today, officially releasing the $15 multiplayer-only downloadable shooter through Xbox Live this morning. However, some gamers may find themselves at a loss as to what their dollars were spent on, as the online matchmaking component for EA Dice's shooter is currently suffering from debilitating technical difficulties.

Battlefield 1943 has hit some turbulence.

As related by an in-game ticker and menus observed by GameSpot, Battlefield 1943's current issues appear to be a result of unanticipated high demand. "We are over capacity and adding extra servers which may cause some disconnections, please bear with us," reads one message. "Connection Problem: The game appears to be unavailable, please try again," reads a second message.

According to a post on the official Battlefield 1943 message boards by EA Dice producer Gordon Van Dyke, "Good News, the game is incredibly successful beyond even my expectations. We have reached server capacity, but the bad news about this now some people can't join unless someone leaves. But don't worry, we are adding more servers ASAP to Xbox and in preparation PS3 that should start going up ASAP with priority on Xbox 360."

Van Dyke went on to note that while the team is adding additional servers, players may continue to experience problems "from now until 17:30." And while additional servers appear to have been added, according to a post on the Battlefield 1943 Twitter feed, they were primarily for European gamers.

EA had not responded to requests for an ETA on when servers for all players are expected to normalize. For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Battlefield 1943.

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173 comments
bradly_2795
bradly_2795

I actually finally got to play the game last night. Well worth the wait (although it has been a few days)!

KO4U
KO4U

the online performance is so bad (for me) that it's virtually unplayable. anyone who hasn't bought yet WAIT until EA officailly announces that more servers are up.

MajorWaffle
MajorWaffle

it happened to me 3 times also my squad member went to other team

luc11044
luc11044

I'm surprised that so many people bought this game...online only? So when people stop playing, that's it...you're done? Throw in some bot battle options like they did in Gears 2 and Killzone 2 and then I'll buy.

ajw62428
ajw62428

This game is good to go. Although I wish it had more trophies.

TheRealMantera
TheRealMantera

this game launched on the xbox 360 only (so far) correct? the ps3 servers will be in anticipation of the game actully becoming available for the platform. So why do we feel the need to flame on about PSN (which is inferior in every possible way but price, when the problem lies with EA's servers. in other words servers run by EA, and not MS??? anybody. nice friggin try, go fish somewhere else you fruits.

Timesplitt
Timesplitt

@ascalon94 you only say that because you have to pay $50 a year to play people who are 12 lol. (i don't have PSN) on topic. from what people have played they SAY IT is BORING and to play bad company instead. I cant say anything myself because i haven't played them but im just spreading what others have said.

am_shaegar_nr1
am_shaegar_nr1

Long live the testers at EA who have made the game what it is today.

Majali4
Majali4

they shud make games like these that dont have campaigns so it can have a small size but yet have bad ass multiplayer for ppl to get from psn or xbox live

SHARPSHOOTER25
SHARPSHOOTER25

I have yet to get into a game. This is why matchmaking fails.

D3A7HJ0K3R
D3A7HJ0K3R

is this like an FPS Warhawk or something?

hman1111
hman1111

to all ps3 fanboys, the reason the 360 version has problems with servers is because MORE PEOPLE PLAY THE 360 VERSION,so the servers get filled way more quickly

Ton77
Ton77

no surprise. its 360 haha. i couldnt connect for hours but when i did it was PERFECT! *and the guy in 1st has 40 hours played*

ascalon94
ascalon94

After two days I finally connected to a match and have loved the game since... It goes from one match to another seamlessly

ascalon94
ascalon94

@all PS3 fanboys, PSN is $hit compared to live and you know it.. And I own both consoles

YoJim8obaJoe
YoJim8obaJoe

FIRE-WARRI0R Posted Jul 9, 2009 10:52 pm GMT couldn't get a server at all yesterday, tried for half an hour (RAGE!!). btw, are you gonna review this game anytime soon gamespot? they proberly cant get it working to review,lol why dont they just take down the demo servers and assaign them for the paying customers?

YoJim8obaJoe
YoJim8obaJoe

Battlehead90 Posted Jul 11, 2009 5:12 am GMT strange...FREE PSN has no problems but the $50 YR LIVE is crap? hmmmm is all I have to do all 360 games lag and disconnect like crazy,it nothing new

menserman
menserman

i still cant log onto the server. been trying for days now. glad its only the trail version. i would be so pissed if i bought the game.

Battlehead90
Battlehead90

strange...FREE PSN has no problems but the $50 YR LIVE is crap? hmmmm is all I have to do

rockwii13
rockwii13

I'm glad I haven't gotten this game yet. I think I will wait till I get back from vacation, then everything should hopefully be settled down.

nickythenewt21
nickythenewt21

That's really funny when you can't get into a game because it's too popular. Well, this just shows what a splendid job the marketing team did!

dickieg
dickieg

its really not that bad, just keep trying and you will get in

ArticRecon
ArticRecon

Ya, kinda bugged me... here I downloaded this thing and wheeee no server connection... my "im gonna get this" meter is rapidly headed to the ground..

Garrett101
Garrett101

As a veteran of the Battlefield series, playing since BF1942's first release back in 2002, I must say that after first hearing about and then downloading and playing BF1943 for the 360 that I have definitely been brought back to the "good ol' days" of the franchise. This "arcade game" is simply fantastic and could easily have been sold as a retail version. :]

derek3257
derek3257

I've played it a few times on PS3 and it's pretty good.

CreatureRising
CreatureRising

Also to People saying its a waste of Money for just Menus, Go play the Tutorial It will just give you something to do I mean I am going to be the patient man here and maybe wait 2 days for the Servers to be up

CreatureRising
CreatureRising

They Didnt Expect This Many People But when the Servers Get Fixed It Shouold be just Dandy!

SlayerX13
SlayerX13

The game is great. To many people bought it was the only issue.

ferntfactor
ferntfactor

so it does work eventually, eh? well i bought it last night, but apparently they ship the engine out at a later date. one thing surprises me: why no WW2 outcry? i mean they went to modern with Bad Company and now it's back to Tojo. i know that caused quite the consternation with COD. ;-)

Wolfie600
Wolfie600

Its a reaaallly fun game but fix the damn connection issues >.>

Hikaru_Isamu
Hikaru_Isamu

I'm having fun with my $15 dollar menu as of now...

moha15
moha15

it’s a good game

squarejp
squarejp

I couldn't connect at all last night. I totally gave up on Battlefield 1943. I was just trying the demo and decide if I'm going to purchase it. What a disappointment. Hopefully I can connect today and give another shot.

Warnerator
Warnerator

I have a japanese account for psn as well, so I got to play the demo rather early, but when I bought the full game unlock in english it was still all japanese, now I am re-downloading the english demo then downloading the full game unlock -__- when I tried to get online it said I couldn't get connected to EA, so hopefully the american version will get me connected.

FIRE-WARRI0R
FIRE-WARRI0R

couldn't get a server at all yesterday, tried for half an hour (RAGE!!). btw, are you gonna review this game anytime soon gamespot?

ferntfactor
ferntfactor

inside sources tell me that for the sake of authenticity, EA is using servers from 1943. they were captured from Hitler's bunker.

ferntfactor
ferntfactor

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InfectX
InfectX

NOOOO! The North Koreans have struck the EA servers! DDoS!

bodfranco
bodfranco

It is near 4:00 PM and i still can't find the download link on PSN ... What's happening ?

JAM_Masta_Kid
JAM_Masta_Kid

@ imaidiot I can semi-testify for this process. I downloaded the Facebreaker demo and it got to about 50% when I tried BF1943 again and I was able to login. Strange...I don't think it was related, but...for what it's worth :P

imaidiot
imaidiot

For the 360 people with the 'Failed to Connect to EA Servers' issue...To resolve this, you need to download the demo of 'Facebreakers', create and upload a boxer, then just delete the demo, because its crap. This will update your EA profile. Then just go back to 1943 and it should be fixed. Note: This will not fix the game servers issue, just the connecting to your ea account issue.

game_overdose54
game_overdose54

When is this game coming on the PSN? It's 9 in the morning and it's still not here!

H3llrazah420
H3llrazah420

i hate ea i pay 15 bucks for a game thats only online keep in mind and they say we need to add servers because there maxed out are they stupid its a ONLY ONLINE GAME so that means alot of people are got to be playing multi player so they should have been ready for this they have a big company image but its run buy people that took the little bus to school im sick of every ea game having trouble with online when the hell are they got to figure it out and get it right. and ea if you read this u should of included a asian hooker with purchase of 1943 because atleast someone could have been playing with a joystick lastnight because i couldent play the game i bought

Ne_rome
Ne_rome

man.. what time does it come out on playstation store?!

Ne_rome
Ne_rome

it is 10:30 in the morning. the game still isnt on psn. what the crap??!?!?!!

Potemkin2005
Potemkin2005

Yes, "Failed to connect to EA Online." That's the one. Well it's good to know I'm not the only one getting this error. It sucks to know this is still a problem though. I'm really interested in this game but I'm not going to spend $15 before getting an idea for how the game plays.

mburns05
mburns05

Do you mean you're getting "Failed to connect to EA Online"? If so, that is the problem for many of us. I've been getting it for 24 hours now.

Potemkin2005
Potemkin2005

I downloaded the demo at about 11:30 PM Eastern Time last night. I tried to get online but got an error message saying "Could not connect to EA Searvers." Is that related or is it a completely separate issue? Has anyone else gotten that error with the demo?