While some believe that the bug-infested Battlefield 3 beta on the PS3 did more harm than good, DICE argues quite the opposite, citing four major ways they’ve been able to improve the experience based on player feedback.
According to a report on the PS Blog, junior product manager Tommy Rydling explains that many changes have been made in light of what they have learned from the beta. Here are the four most notable:
- Improved Squad Functionality: There will be improved squad functionality in the retail game (including but not limited to): the ability to create squads prior to launching into a game, sticking with your squad when joining a game and continuing together through future games (if team balance on the server allows it), inviting friends to a squad, and changing squads once in game.
- More Accessible Settings Menu: The ability to modify your settings via the deploy screen has been added into the retail game.
- Improved Kill Cam: In the Open Beta, the Kill Cam would sometimes behave erratically. This has been fixed for the launch of the retail game.
- Netcode Optimization: The netcode is one of the many things that we tested as part of the Open Beta and it was not necessarily reflective of the final retail game. The DICE team appreciates, and has heard, the feedback you’ve provided and is further optimizing online play.
There’s no doubt that DICE has been hard at work optimizing the online experience. Look for Battlefield 3 when it hits retailers next week.