So, has World of Warcraft seemed a bit more… buggy to you lately? Because there have been some notable bugs since the whole worldwide level scaling thing. There’s the unintentional raid boss health bump; there’s an unintended issue wherein enemies in Heroic dungeons have less health than the normal scaled version. It’s kind of a mess, and that’s why the game is undergoing another round of maintenance today starting at 10:00 a.m. EST. Yep, on a Friday.
It’s going to be a long maintenance, too, running until 6:00 p.m. EST, so hopefully you didn’t have the day off with plans for an extended session in the game. There’s no official word about what will be changed in maintenance, although there are obviously several possible bugs to be patched out. We’ll see what’s getting changed when we see the list of updates today, but considering that the original patch ran long on maintenance, don’t be surprised if today runs longer than expected as well.
Another four-week silence from the ROKH development team has been broken by the latest update on the state of the game. The last lengthy silence was apparently the result of a legal dispute, but this one was just a matter of identifying and hopefully fixing a variety of bugs and issues within the game. Both teams involved with the game have been picking through the code and identifying issues, trying to compile build times, understand some of the tangled mess within the code, and make the whole thing work better.
Among the main issues explored are freezing problems when players would attempt to alt-tab to another window and crashes while exploring the map, both of which could be… well, rather serious long-term problems. The current plan is to roll out an improvement patch in December for NDA testers, so if you’re still eager to see what this Mars-based survivalbox has to offer, you’ll need to wait a little bit longer.
The latest Crowfall Q&A video changes tack about halfway through. For the first half, lead designer Thomas Blair and executive producer Gordon Walton helpfully discuss various player questions like how the team is preparing for the next major release and why they haven’t shown up frequently at conventions. But then the video becomes a journey into a side of development we all know about but rarely see – the process of hunting down and fixing bugs in the game.
Picking out specific bugs shows the full interface and the testing process, starting with the reported bug of Roasted Bloodworm causing 12 damage instead of healing it. If you think that fixing it is as simple as changing a plus or minus sign somewhere… no, first it requires hunting down why it has the problem in the first place, looking at all of the components, and so forth. You can see it for yourself in the video just below. (Fair warning, it’s lengthy.)
At long last, the vicious mule exploits of Pathfinder Online have been addressed. No longer will players group up with their friends and attack their own mules for… some reason. Actually, it probably wasn’t an exploit in the first place, it was just a minor issue from the last patch that has been fixed now. Regardless, in-game mules can breathe a bit easier now.
The patch also brings out various other bug fixes, like no longer making ammunition messages permanent floating fixtures if your character could not fully restock and preventing the housing maintenance cost window from closing in error when paying ahead. It’s nothing earth-shattering, but players who enjoyed the various elements brought out with the last patch will doubtlessly be happy to see the array of fixes correcting issues.
Here is a fun bug indeed: Overwatch has a glitch that’s been accidentally slinging seasonal bans at players who did not deserve them. It’s not a particularly widespread issue, having only impacted about 200 accounts, but it has concerned Blizzard and stirred the team to resolve it and restore affected players to their glory.
“We recently identified a bug that, in extremely rare cases, can cause players to lose their skill rating progress and receive a seasonal ban from competitive play without any prior penalties for leaving early or being kicked for inactivity,” Game Director Jeff Kaplan posted in the forums. “This bug is a high priority for our team, and we’re working on a fix to prevent further instances of it occurring as we speak. In the meantime, we’ll be removing the seasonal ban for all players affected by this bug as well as restoring their skill rating.”
On a happier note, Blizzard published a new 12-page comic starring everyone’s favorite Russian heavy hitter, Zarya. Keep your eyes open; another Overwatch hero or two might be popping in to say hi during this one.
With the popularity of this month’s Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire
, the pressure is on for ArenaNet
to keep the game running as smoothly as possible for all veteran, new, and returning players. While we have been hearing positive word-of-mouth about the expansion, there have been some serious issues that have kept many players from enjoying it – including our own columnist.
Login difficulties are the start of ANet’s woes, and the studio is racing to fix them. Even more dire are instance creation problems, which were serious enough to elicit a statement by Mike O’Brien, who said that the team has been “working on the connection and story instance creation problems that have been cropping up during peak hours in Europe.” The Guild Wars 2 boss said that the team believes the underlying issues have been fixed but will be keeping an eye on the situation to make sure this is true.
Meanwhile, there are smaller bugs and corrections that have been addressed via hotfixes to bolster the new expansion.
Early access or no, players expect their games to work right when they’re shelling out money for them. The developers of the reworked Dark and Light are cognizant of this fact, and as such are working hard on a build to eliminate some of the more serious bugs that have been dragging down the game experience in its testing phase.
One of the more notorious issues is the “black screen bug” that continues to keep some players from entering the game itself. Other bug fixes include help with taming Nidhogs and Goblins, preserving data for soul stones, and retaining donation totals for vendors.
“As an early access game, we’re expecting to face a number of bugs ranging from minor to severe — with new content, new bugs are bound to show up as well,” the team said. “Our main focus is to try and make Dark and Light the best experience possible, both in terms of content and stability. We’re working to tweak existing content, like the exceedingly-difficult Ice Cave, while fixing bugs and creating new, exciting content to keep Archos’s Adventurers busy for a long time.”
Curious whether Dark and Light is worth playing (and paying)? Check out one player’s impressions after the break!
Nobody wants to see the word “rollback” associated with a game, including the designers. You can tell that the staff behind Dark and Light isn’t exactly wild about saying that its most recent patch resulted in some rollbacks, either. Nor is the staff happy about the fact that the patch and the ensuing rollback was made worse by poor communication. Basically, as annoyed as the players are, they’re not happy with how they handled things either. That’s the real takeaway here.
“We know that we haven’t been very good being transparent with our community when it comes to our updates, and we apologize,” says one of the lead producers. “When we first started working on the Ice Caves, we were nervous on how it would turn out. But as we came closer and closer to the release date, the nervousness turned into excitement. We wanted to see the kinds of strategies that players would come up with traversing the cave and defeating the powerful enemies inside. When the release date came around, a few critical issues came up that made the game virtually unplayable. As much as we wanted to push new content out, we wanted to make sure it was also playable, would preserve player data, as well as live up to the standard of quality that we aim to meet.”
In the strictest sense, there’s nothing wrong with non-responsive AI in a game. Even in Citadel: Forged with Fire, it just means that whatever NPC you started smacking will not smack you back. So it technically means you get an easy win… while also feeling like you’ve cheesed the system and not actually won at all. Good thing that the game’s last patch last week was aimed at finally stomping out this particular problem once and for all, right?
The team is also looking ahead to its next Wednesday patch, which promises to add new creatures requested by the community, full WASD rebinding, and corpse markers on the map. Of course, it’s worth noting that those new creatures should all be responding and hitting you back at this point, so just keep that in mind before you decide to prod some kind of burning bird.
Everyone knows there are going to be issues with an expansion on launch, and Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood
is no exception. Players have hit up against a pretty nasty one, however, even beyond the usual matters of queues and server loads; something seems to be causing issues with instanced content, including a very early part of the main scenario that’s causing huge population bottlenecks around one questgiver.
Producer and director Naoki Yoshida has been doing his best to keep players updated, but at this point getting past this early instance is largely a matter of clicking for entry repeatedly and hoping to not get the now-dreaded error message stating that the instanced battle could not be started. It’s not exactly surprising that the game would have some issues with early access, but players are left unable to progress beyond the first two areas of the expansion without some appreciable luck (and the instance servers aren’t at their most stable even for other purposes). The issue is being addressed, so keep your eyes peeled for updates when the logjam is finally broken.
Some players in Dungeons and Dragons Online
are complaining that a rather nasty bug is wiping out years of “hard-earned” inventory — and saying that Standing Stone Games
is unable or unwilling to help.
The bug concerns the game’s reincarnation system, which allows players to reroll their character in exchange for more build points and other advantages. However, some players assert that when they have gone through this process a certain way, the game got rid of all inventory on their character (which is obviously not part of the whole deal). To further compound the problem, help tickets have gone unresolved because the CS agent cannot see what was in the player’s inventory prior to the wipe.
An extensive forum thread is documenting some of these players’ struggle with the situation and their frustration with the lack of assistance from the studio. “Our crappy little stack of past lives and gear and tomes is our reminder of where we come from and how far we have ventured,” one player posted. “As it so happens it is also a neccessary MEANS to play the game on higher difficulties and for some it also is equivalent to invested real money.”
Update: The devs have shifted the ETA to April 25th; we’ve updated below.
While Elite Dangerous’ community should be celebrating over the addition of player-created avatars and multi-crew ships with Horizons Update 2.3, instead they’re dealing with one of the buggiest updates to date for the space sim. Even following a rollback last week of the background sim data that manages political factions, there are still numerous issues that have yet to be resolved.
The good news is that there’s a patch coming to take care of much of this. The bad news is that players are going to have to wait until next month to see fixes for the login bugs, stability issues, weird errors, and frame rate drops.
“We’ve seen your feedback with regards to a number of bugs in the latest update,” Frontier reported on the forums, “and the development team have been busy working on a release that focuses on fixing a large number of the common complaints. The release is currently scheduled for early May.”
With the soft launch of APB Reloaded on the PlayStation 4 have come some hard truths: namely that the game isn’t quite where the devs want it to be.
Players have reported both numerous crashes and severe slowdown with the console edition. Apparently the slowdown is thanks to APB’s incredibly high character detail that’s since caused issues whenever new players load into areas, and most of the crashes were due to a single memory issue. Fortunately, the devs say that they’re on the case and have fixes coming in the first patch.
APB soft launched on consoles on March 30th and will continue as such for 30 days until its formal launch. The team is giving players freebies if they log in to play during this period.