EA confident that Titanfall won't repeat Battlefield 4's launch woes

Titanfall testing is showing "great results," says EA boss. "We're really looking forward to seeing the gamer reaction in March."

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EA executives have said that the launch of much-anticipated shooter Titanfall will not be marred by technical hiccups, unlike the publisher's holiday blockbuster Battlefield 4.

The company was asked the question last night during its quarterly earnings call, with EA Games chief Patrick Soderlund stepping in to explain the reasoning behind Battlefield 4's launch issues.

"When Battlefield 4 launched," said Soderlund (transcription via Seeking Alpha), "it was a very complex game, launching on 2 entirely new console platforms, as well as current-gen and PC."

"We were pushing innovation heavily and we're delivering 60 frames per second gameplay for 64 players plus the ability to connect via mobile tablet as a commander into the product, coupled those with some very innovative features in the gameplay side."

EA was "confident" that Battlefield 4 was ready to launch when it did, based off its prelaunch testing. "Shortly after launch," Soderlund recalled, "we began hearing about problems from our player community, and the development team quickly began to address the situation."

"The challenge that we've faced with Battlefield 4 were different from anything that we've seen before with other games," continued the exec, emphasising that EA is working to ensure that a similar thing does not happen in its future games, such as Titanfall.

"There were different issues that only manifest its scale in the post-launch live environment. We're taking multiple steps to evaluate what occurred and incorporate those learnings into our development process for future products, so we don't experience the same problems again."

DICE announced last night that February would be Battlefield 4's player appreciation month, and that the shooter will dish out a suite of bonuses to players as atonement for the game's shaky launch.

CEO Andrew WIlson also stepped into the discussion, bringing up the experience of Respawn Entertainment and Microsoft in launching shooters. "We're currently moving through kind of public tests of [Titanfall], and we're seeing great results and we're really looking forward to seeing the gamer reaction in March."

Titanfall will launch for Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC on March 11.

Discussion

198 comments
garrapignado
garrapignado

I need a Shut up and DON'T take my money meme for EA news.

sinthytech
sinthytech

This game should, work it uses a 9 year old engine, it better work. If not maybe Valve could buy EA, that would be the Shit.

danielcliment
danielcliment

EA lives in a parallel universe....where products are sold to the public unfinished and broken...

and then have the guts to say "We're really looking forward to seeing the gamer reaction in March."...Do you know what the gamer reaction will be? "Have some respect for gamers and a public apology for the releases like BF4..." And no. I'm not getting TITANFALL or anything related to EA...

xuvial
xuvial

"EA was confident that Battlefield 4 was ready to launch when it did, based off its prelaunch testing" hahaha what a load of bullshit. It's well-known now that EA pushed BF4 through QA testing to beat CoD:Ghosts to release...an internal DICE QA tester already confirmed that. Yet EA continue to lie and make excuses instead of just owning up to what they did. Proof that EA haven't changed and will most likely never change.

xuvial
xuvial

At this point if people still want to pre-order games from a company that has a history of being greedy/anti-consumer and won Worst Company In USA for 2 years in a row...I'm not going to blame EA if the game is a pile of garbage. People need to learn what pattern recognition is.

Every time people pre-order a game, they give less incentive for the company to actually finish the product.

wizzzer_thy_133
wizzzer_thy_133

call me a silly optimist, but since Titanfall is a source engine game, i bet my mom it will have a rock solid netcode foundation. it also doesn't look anywhere nearly as busy and hardware intensive game as Battlefield.

kapeller
kapeller

Screw me once shame on you, screw me twice shame on me.

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

You should excuse us if we aren't so "confident" EA.



Cillerboy
Cillerboy

I should buy shares in the run up to release and then sell them the day before release. Lots of money to be made here, ladies and gentlemen!

Lostat
Lostat

Hollow re-assurances considering all the hype & promises EA said in the run-up to Battlefield 4's launch.  Maybe they'll be asking people to work for them to iron-out all the bugs under zero-hours contracts!

Azubedo
Azubedo

Bookmarked and ss'd prepare for legal action EA

shnelle
shnelle

Haven't even fixed BF4 or SimCity and you expect us to believe you guys suddenly can make a game that isn't broken?  Wow that's funny.  I'm looking forward to seeing EAs stock plummet in March and another few law suits get piled on.

jyml8582
jyml8582

"We're really looking forward to seeing the gamer reaction in March."

Troll alert?

sniperwol_basic
sniperwol_basic

HAHAHAHAHA  EA you know you are EA and you never speak the truth. lol same thing we heard about BF4.

hadlee73
hadlee73

A bunch of people who didn't realize EA was publishing Titanfall just cried out at once, and were suddenly silent.

[seriously though, I know people who are under the impression this game is a Microsoft title]

Hagan
Hagan

wow EA is so full crap its coming out of their ears? BF is a complex game? Oh I'm sorry I wasn't aware the PC, PS3, and 360 were all recently released in the past few months, and that Battlefield is entirely new franchise. /end sarcasm


The problems that have existed since launch still plague the game, and its been out for 4 months. Let's get it together. I think Titanfall will be a great game, but with EA placing their "guide handing" on the release, there will definitely be issues.

ender707
ender707

Gamer less confident that Titanfall will not suffer from similar launch woes.

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

Probably because DICE isn't making it.

Baconelite
Baconelite

Doesn't matter. BF4 was the last straw for me. I will not be buying any game that EA has any association with for atleast a few months after it's launch.

deadpen
deadpen

Then why did bf 4 launch as bad as SimCity did shouldn't they have learned by now.

MJ-X
MJ-X

Eh, Didn't he (EA boss) say the same thing about BF4 b4 it was launched? about it being stable a blast and crapload of innovation with stable game/servers compared to the SC5 fiaso?

My last game from EA that I bought at full price was Crysis 1 and i dont miss their games one bit unless they are on sale and going for dirt cheap. at least i get a game that is fully patched'ish.

rob9999991
rob9999991

I've known more than a few who have worked at EA... From what they say, EA constantly being named worst company in the US to work for is spot on.

riggles_nz
riggles_nz

"Shortly after launch we began hearing about problems from our player community". What he means that they heard of problems during both internal testing and the public beta and decided to ship the game anyway.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Given that EA are simply Marketing this game and have absoloutely no technical input or control whatsoever i'd say the chances of another BF fiasco are highly unlikely.



b74kd3th
b74kd3th

If there's a snow balls chance in hell for a fuck up, ea's on the job

TheSargeGuy
TheSargeGuy

As much as I dislike EA's ass kissing they a very true when it comes to the complexity in games especially when it comes to next gen. A few titles were pushed back due to this fact, Watch Dogs. Yes, this does not excuse EA from their faults however, if any one here has ever tested a game and seen it through there are always new problems that magically appear when the game launches; ranging from a few to many issues. At the very least I'm glad to see that a lot of bug crushing has occurred and is still ongoing. Still has a ways to go, but I trust the devs not the publisher to tell me when it is and isn't good.

dmastor
dmastor

EA Shut up Just SHUT UP! I want to forget you even publishing this game because I played some of it and love it just try not to get in the way 

JtheGrind
JtheGrind

I'll believe it when I see it, but I'm looking foward to this game soooo much.

Tigarian
Tigarian

Of course it won't. It's using an engine that has been refined over ten years and is only 6 vs 6.

SerOlmy
SerOlmy

TitanFail will be another SimCity.  EA has shown they are completely incapable of being prepared for a multiplayer game launch and are completely unwilling to be straight with the consumers.  It doen't matter if it is 1 million people at launch (SimCity) or 5+ million (BF4), they have been unable to produce a functional product on Day 1.  They then "crowd source" their bug fixes over the next 6 months using people who payed $60 for an alpha/early-beta product.  They then have the audacity to claim they had no previous expectations that there would be issues.

STOP GIVING THESE PEOPLE YOUR MONEY ON DAY 1.  They will keep pulling this shit as long as people are dumb enough to pay them $60 for an unfinished PoS game. 

beuneus12
beuneus12

Spin that Shit, Spin it!

1 more time Spinderella!

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

I still maintain TF won't have even a fraction of the absurd issues BF4 has because unlike Frostbite, Source is a functional game engine.

rad8045
rad8045

What EA is the publisher of TitanFall ? Definitely going to flop, But I am sure millions will get suckered into thinking this game will be any good.

eyeball2452
eyeball2452

Hope the execs don't get sued again for making materially false statements about products released from a public company ...


After two failed launches last year, does anyone have any confidence in EA to do a successful online game right now?

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

So they REALLY wren't aware of the huge amount of problems with BF4 before releasing to the public...?  That's actually more worrying than a company that did know, but didn't tell... this just points toward total incompetence, not just being liars.

roman4545
roman4545

@kapeller Screw you thrice, shame on you forever.


youre so full of cliche man... haha do something different !

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

@exiled_paladin 

Sony ponies?  Seriously, try to talk like you are older than 8.

As for the rest of your silliness, have fun.  We'll be playing real games while you circle jerk with the rest of your dudebros in shootrzland.

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

@SerOlmy It's true, for a company that recently entirely abandoned single player only, EA games sucks completely at maintaining server functionality and releasing a new game with enough servers to accommodate players.  It's a total farce really, that they are still in the same situation after so many releases.  It all just points toward lack of consumer respect and overzealous savings where server costs are concerned.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

@rad8045

and there in lies the core truth.  EA are merely the publisher and Marketing company, and have absoloutely no technical input or influence over Titanfall.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

@rad8045EA's titles can sell well if they're hyped well enough, regardless of quality or polish.

longestsprout
longestsprout

@nl_skipper Really? Because unpredictable post launch issues is shit that actually happens. Sometimes problems you had no way of knowing about just expose themselves after becoming accessible to the wider public. Doesn't need or require much in terms of idiocy or incompetence.

cris7198
cris7198

@thenephariouson @rad8045 They may have a few influence on the game, but i won't say it's a lot, mainly because that's the reason the directors of Respawn Entertainment left Infinity Ward and started another studio. But we know how is EA, and maybe there will be a few thechnical problems on day one, problems that could have been solved by a little delay on the game.