Battlefield 4 developer DICE has defended Rockstar Games on troubled launch of GTA V online multiplayer portion Grand Theft Auto Online.
Patrick Bach, Battlefield 4 Producer, in a recent interview to OXM was asked to comment on Rockstar’s response to GTA Online’s troubles.
He said: “Seeing how Rockstar handled the launch of GTA Online – they are not stupid people, they’re not incompetent, and they had a lot of problems. Those are the problems you have with an online game, it’s very, very complicated.”
“People might think ‘how can they be so stupid, etc’ but it’s extremely complicated,” he added. “There are so many things that can go wrong, and you can never know until you’ve launched, because you can never fake – you can simulate a lot of load tests, but you can never know for sure. So we wept with them, when they had those problems.”
Patrick Bach was further asked whether DICE will ever consider releasing multiplayer portion of Battlefield game seperately as in the case of GTA V?.
To this Patrick replied: “No, we don’t want to play it like that. We think that Battlefield is primarily an online game, not a single player game, so releasing a single player Battlefield first, then weeks later releasing the online? That would be wrong! Maybe we should do it the other way round though, release the single player later, but we wouldn’t release the multiplayer later.”
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