Rush to beat Call Of Duty caused the issues with Battlefield 4
It's no secret that Battlefield 4 has been suffering from a few bugs since launch.
Bugs aside the game is rather decent but candid comments from an unnamed DICE QA to a moderator of the Battlefield 4 Reddit have revealed that the bugs most probably were missed as a side-effect of the rush to beat Call Of Duty.
“First we have a company culture that always want more and more in the game until the very end of the project which puts an enormous strain on QA to test everything. Then you have EA that wants us to release 2 weeks before CoD to avoid competition,” the source said.
Testing doesn't always catch everything though especially when the game is constantly evolving. The source continued, “The biggest thing though is the time it takes to test. Imagine the number of combination of vehicles/weapons/gadgets and accessories. We do test EVERYTHING, we really do. But let’s say we test the Spas-12 with silencer in June before we release. Then a sound guy makes a change in July which breaks it. Do you test everything again? Do you forbid anyone to do work on the Spas-12 after we’ve tested it?”
The source stressed that QA testing is a very time and manpower-intensive task with the release of the game providing more QA testing time than they could ever do in house even with open beta phases.
“It’s a very hard question to answer and something we in DICE QA struggle with a lot,” he said. “Also when it comes to testing there are just so many test cases and some are really hard to solve while others are not thought of completely. Imagine we are 300 people at DICE, imagine we test the game 1000 hours per person. That’s 300,000 hours of testing.”
He added, “Then imagine we release the game and 5 million people buy it and play for one hour. That’s 5 million hours tested in the first hour the game is released and on so many different set-ups we couldn’t get close to!”
Battlefield 4 is out now on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. The PS4 and Xbox One versions will follow at their respective launches later this month. If you want to know a bit more you can always read our review of the game on PS3.
Thanks Attack Of The Fanboy.