Battlefield 3 launched in the UK yesterday to a huge welcome from fans of the franchise and first person shooters on the whole. Despite widespread acclaim for the single player campaign aspect of the game many have reported difficulties connecting to the Battlefield 3 multiplayer server.
Some have reported errors when connecting, with the most common error reading “Failed To Connect to EA Online Please Try Again”. Other gamers have reported server crashes mid game, a big disappointment and source of frustration to say the least.
The errors seemed to have cleared up this morning but more have began to pop up this evening as more people login to play. Inevitably gamers have been voicing their frustration on forums and Twitter.
One Tweet by RevJB said “Great! So Battlefield 3 has decide its going to repeatedly crash my video driver and culminated with a BSOD 🙁 not fun.” whilst another read, “@Battlefield I’m more looking forward to stable servers that don’t crash every 3 or 4 maps into the cycle. #fail”.
It’s clear that the unprecedented demand for online gameplay has put strain on the Battlefield 3 servers. But surely they should have expected that? It seems a little naive not to be prepared, especially when Modern Warfare 3 is so close to being released.
Both gamers, and myself, will be hoping that these initial teething problems will be quickly ironed out. In the meantime at least we can revert to good old single player gaming, is this enough though?
Let us know your thoughts and experiences, has it been plain sailing or are you experiencing downtime or crashes on your Xbox or PS3?