BioWare testing Dragon Age PS3 patch

Developer thinks it has a fix for crash issues introduced last month by firmware 3.3 update, work-around still needs approval from EA, Sony.

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Two weeks ago, Sony rolled out firmware update 3.3 for the PlayStation 3. The patch added new trophy-sorting options for users and made some tweaks under the hood in preparation for future features. It also had an unintended effect of causing the PS3 version of BioWare's fantasy role-playing game Dragon Age: Origins to suffer frequent crashes for some users.

BioWare's PS3 RPG should be back up on its feet shortly.

While those issues remain, the game's developer believes it has a working patch ready to go. In a post on the game's official forums, BioWare producer Fernando Melo said the team has created a patch to make the game more compatible with the firmware update.

Unfortunately, Dragon Age players will need to wait a little while longer before they can download the patch. Melo said the development team is currently testing the fix. After they sign off on it, the update will still need to clear Electronic Arts' in-house certification testing and then Sony's. Melo didn't have a release window for the patch, but he did say EA is "aware of the importance of this and will give [the Dragon Age patch] priority" in the certification process when it's ready.

For more on Dragon Age for the PS3, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

45 comments
IWKYB
IWKYB

Well, that is because consoles nowadays are like un-upgradable pcs...sadly.

OldSchoolPlaya
OldSchoolPlaya

One of the biggest problems with this generation of consoles (and I suspect, future consoles) is the need for patches, and the fact that these patches are not readily available to everyone who purchases the games that need them. I live in a rural area with no access to high-speed internet, and I'm sure I'm not the only gamer in this situation. I think that in cases like this, the game developers should offer their patches on some sort of "update disc" for free to people who purchase their products. Why isn't this the case? I mean, it's their mistake, right?

Hillsy_
Hillsy_

Yeah, and on the UK PSN Awakenings is £31.99 whilst the PC version is £14.99 and wait for it the PC version comes in a DVD case, has a manual and Oh yeah.. a game disc. Good RIP OFF Sony. I know I don't have to buy the PSN version, but damn annoying when you have the original PS3 game. This generation feels more and more like a rip off to me. Money...Money...and guess what more money. I just want to play my games without all these firmware mess up's and rip off prices!! I am ranting, somebody shut me up :)

daronstar
daronstar

Of course Sony won't acknowledge any problem since there are already rumors goin on, that the hardware itself is responsible for the crashes or the changes made to it by the recent firmware(s). Just look for the issues which affect the bluray drives of the fat PS3 in connection with the "slowing" of the disc speed... there are tons of threads around the net about this and since even AAA games that totally rely on loading from the disc, like God of War 3 or the Uncharted series still got freezing issues, maybe this a cause..

Blaze_Hrimfaxi
Blaze_Hrimfaxi

Wow. this has been going on for over two weeks and NOW you guys decide to mention it?

Lucca202
Lucca202

Meanwhile, Sony PINKY-SWEARS there is NO crashing issue with the new firmware. It seems that for every flaw in the 360's hardware, there is one on the PS3's software. And this is a PS3 owner here. Jesus... At least people at Bioware actually, you know, CARE about their costumers, unlike Sony.

scorpgul
scorpgul

Thanks for mentioning this Gamespot

gamepunk86
gamepunk86

well i haven't played dragon age in a couple of months. i was thinking of playing a origin soon but i might as well as wait for this patch. although i've never had any problem with any firmware updates on my ps3 when everyone else has so mine's probably fine

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

@ netsol2 i'd rather just get the awesome pc version

SillySkeleton
SillySkeleton

I love my PS3 and all, but I hate the firmware updates. It's pretty sad when you start to think "what's this update going to stuff up?", rather than "what's this update going to improve?".

Misfit119
Misfit119

Hey! Surprise, surprise! More glitches, bugs and crashing from Dragon Age. Boy, hasn't this game proven to be a fantastic game... when you're able to play it properly. Between the bugs in the main game that Bioware has no interest in patching (thanks guys!) and that glitch fest they call an Expansion I'm definitely not seeing much in the ways of consumer loyalty from these guys anymore.

Ugly_Geezer
Ugly_Geezer

I thought it was me, I went back to this game last week and was looking forward to losing myself. Kept on crashing, at least I know now. I do hate these seemingly constant botched updates by Sony.

Warriorboy1990
Warriorboy1990

I hope they fix the framerate issues through this patch too, maybe loading times as well.

tyrant2004
tyrant2004

@Mcdonar: I seem to recall at least twice that the 360's had a huge problem with firmware updates that it literally killed many people's systems (I guess giving RROD or something like that). Luckily I wasn't affected, but a lot of people were. So that's a hardware or software issue? Looks like the 360's software is a bit dodgy itself, but it seems to have cleared up recently.

kejigoto
kejigoto

Wow that sucks big time, and makes me kind of glad I hadn't picked this up for the PS3. Hopefully they sort this issue out soon for those who bought it on the PS3.

HollowNinja
HollowNinja

@GravityDs To put it simply, Sony does allow for m&k control on PS3. I use a keyboard frequently to navigate the XMB and type messages, and I've tested and confirmed that you can use the mouse as well. A handful of games also support the feature. I know Unreal Tournament 3 (I think it was 3) supported m&k controls. I'm not sure about others. Your best bet here is to make it known to the devs that you want m&k support. Some of them should listen, and it shouldn't be too hard to patch the feature in.

Hillsy_
Hillsy_

Sick and tired of these firmware updates which do absolutely nothing but stop games working. Uncharted 1 was freezing on the 3.00 update, Saboteur & Infamous were also crashing alot more than they should. Now Dragon Age...Well.. I've sold it, so too late for me too.

flaxgrass
flaxgrass

well this is somewhat recent issue with the firmware update, they cant anticipate firmware changes. By all sensible, scientific account the console ports both had pros and cons and were more or less equal, though the much better visuals on ps3 sealed the deal for many observers such as gamespot review. really this (retarded, crapgamer- youre retarded) argument only leads to painful truth that pc version is way better than either.

OmegaGear
OmegaGear

Since the PS3 supports any bluetooth/USB keyboard and mouse, It's probably just an issue with the software devs putting in the support. I agree with this game needing it too, because accessing all of the radial menus is awkward, even after 2 playthroughs.

GravityDs
GravityDs

Can you even play this game effectively withouth a mouse and keyboard? This game is absolutely fantastic, but I couldn't imagine playing it on anything other than a PC. Why don't devs's or sony allow for controls with a USB mouse and keyboard for games? It would make a lot of games easier to control and more fun to play.

TheHappyCamper
TheHappyCamper

Yes, the graphics are better on the PS3. But personally, I dont buy games like DAO for the graphics; but rather the story, setting, and characters.

The_crapgamer
The_crapgamer

Another crummy PS3 port. Maybe the PS3 cant do everything? I know I've been trying to get it to do 8 person party chat and it just wont!

netsol2
netsol2

Well if the patch comes out for the 360 and ps3 but instead of just fixing the crashes it should upgrade the graphics to the awesome pc graphics Who agrees if you agree message me and we can start a petition for it :D

maverick_76
maverick_76

I was thinking about buying this game at some point, hopefully everything will be worked out soon.

thorughfire
thorughfire

@Mcdonar So true dude, I got RROD and BSOD and I did the same thing you said,Just went outside and played Football. But my 360 was 3 years old and my computer was 8-9 years old running on the first version of XP.

Mcdonar
Mcdonar

Its funny how the 360 can't seem to get it's hardware right - red ring of death and Sony can't seem to get their software right - is this the 3rd/4th/5th dodgy firmware update? Whenever my consoles start acting up I turn to my old faithful PC... What's this? blue screen of death? Screw this I'm going outside to play football.

issizots
issizots

what did crapgamer say? lol i wanna know, sounds like a 360 fanboy, not sure though so i'll just await confirmation

saeryth
saeryth

does anyone know if bioware's fixed the Awakening armor glitches on the PS3 yet? (Armor of the Chosen [or whatever its called] to be exact)

flaxgrass
flaxgrass

"yeah the frequent freezing at the end of the game was a drag, or anyway I was at the end when it started freezing. it was sucking so much I had to switch to "casual" mode." riight the game was sucking... ed. for the record I want to clarify that I wrote both of those comments so people will stop negative ratings plz! Switching to casual mode is not decision I take lightly but I'd autoleveled morrigan too much (so she kind of wasn't great) and had not healer nor poultice. then on top of that game is freezing every other time I try to play, I find myself throwing controller in nerd rage at morrigans frequent death.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

I guess the_crapgamer deleted his comment, because I see a bunch of people flaming him but no comment by him. Really want to know what kind of embarrassing comment was made to make him delete his comment and make others trash him for it... I may never know.

Son_of_Bane
Son_of_Bane

@The_crapgamer Guess you made a huge fool of yourself. Do some research next time you want to start a consolewar, you fanboy.

orestes1981
orestes1981

@The_crapgamer You sure got your name right... Anywho, the PS3 version is superior to the 360 version in the terms of graphics and all those lovely things. The graphics on the 360 look considerably worse than the PS3 verson; so, it doesn't suprise me that the framerate is more stable than the PS3 version (simpler graphics put less strain on the gpu).

deathstream
deathstream

@The_crapgamer Actually the game was developed for PCs. The 360 and PS3 versions were ports done by EdgeOfReality (Well, they say that they "worked with BioWare to bring the game to consoles", but we know what that means.

The_crapgamer
The_crapgamer

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Wingman1977
Wingman1977

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dadoesch
dadoesch

Glad to hear it. Ferelden needs me and I'm not getting anywhere with all of these crashes.

johnpiszton
johnpiszton

never had a single problem playing it on my PC

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

Thanks Sony for the stupid firmware updates that I have to do more times than my PC.

Dantefan1
Dantefan1

@TheArcade actually, the game has always had a bit of a framerate issue on the PS3, causing the camera and movements to seemingly freeze for a frame or 2 every so often, but it's not awful and you get used to it. and it does seem to have gotten better. either that, or i just don't notice any more.

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

@ atopp399 Never had any problem with the PC version whatsoever.

TheArcade
TheArcade

I wasn't even aware the PS3 version is buggy... I expected it to be dead on accurate.

atopp399
atopp399

This game has had problems since it was released. At least of the PC it has.