So far the Defiance launch has been pretty good by general mmo launch standards. Personally I have not run into any game breaking issues yet but have encountered occasional minor bugs. Thus far Trion has been pretty good about trying to keep on top of any issues that have come up through daily game updates for Defiance as well as making daily blog posts outlining the top issues that the Defiance team is focusing on fixing. Right now the top issues they are addressing are:
- Game Server Crashes – Let’s be sure to not confuse these with us taking down the server to apply updates. This is totally different and started getting much worse, especially for XBOX in the last 24 hours. You will experience this as disconnects but just tonight, it has ended with full server crashes. Twice. No amount of whiskey, dances of tango or foxtrot can fully convey our (calm professinal) rage and frustration over this.
- FKN LAAAAG – Icelandic technical term which usually translates quite well to most other languages for some reason. This started showing up yesterday when scaling up certain platforms well beyond anything we’ve had before and we ran into glass ceilings. We don’t like lag. We hate lag. So we respond to it fast. You should also note that lag manifests itself for many reasons, ranging from networking to game servers. So especially if you are on XBOX, grab whiskey and take a dance or two, the game server problem above is causing this as well.
- Patching woes – If you are experiencing this it’s for very different reasons. It’s depending on platform and location which is why we’ve been working with our content distribution networks and service providers to address this, identify where it’s happening etc. There is a thread here you can contribute your information to which will help us. If you can’t patch, you can’t enter the game and play. That’s like batshit level serious for us. We want you ingame just as much as we do. And it’s not just so we can stalk you while cloaked. Honest.
- Client crashes – Like, 120hz. And others. We’re already deploying some of these out. We don’t like these crashes. The reason this steps into this list is that after these two days, we got enough information from you to identify and summarily fix certain crashes. You see, we often rely as much on your feedback as we do on our internal testing, because we like to listen to you (especially when you are in a good mood) and our internal testing never comes close to all of you hammering our code when you’re playing.
I have seen that people have been complaining about issues in these areas but so far I haven’t run into any of these problems nor have the 20ish members of my clan. Trion has been pretty open so far about admitting where they are having issues and about letting their customers know that they are listening to them and trying their best to correct any issues that are popping up.
So expect lots more game updates over the next few weeks. And if you are having any issues in the game, make sure you submit a bug report. Hope you are all having lots of fun in Defiance so far and I hope to see you all in game.
Source: Defiance Community Blog