No one should ever mess with another person’s desk without asking, and for crying out loud if you need a sticky don’t take the whole stack. My whole life is on my desk and when someone messes around with it, they are messing with my life. My job, my hobbies, pictures of my family are all on my desk. I get all protective and territorial over it. Don’t touch a guy’s desk! I guess I’ll have to start marking my territory….
Now that I got that off my chest let’s talk about Warhammer. The open beta for Warhammer Online started a little rocky for me. About 45 minutes late I could start patching which went excruciatingly slow. Five hours later on my broadband connection I was 96% complete, and then I get an error message and the whole patcher crashes. After some fiddling around with no success I give up. Boy was I frustrated. A late start a slow patch download, half my Sunday gone and no dice on playing. Like many of you I am sure, I freed up my whole day just to play.
Being a veteran to many beta tests and launches of bad games I took it in stride however. I reopened the patcher and went to the store. I‘m not going to waste my day anymore on waiting on a MMORPG. When I got back everything was patched and up and running…yay!!! Lesson learned – sometimes when you are frustrated just walk away.
All in all I hope this was a test to see how their servers could handle the strain. If this is how they plan to launch then they will have problems. I have struggled through much worst launches but the bar has been raised, whether it is fair or not. People expect a near perfect launch (and apparently a near perfect open beta launch too- which I will talk about in an upcoming blog).
I have to give Mythic a C+ for how they handled the launch and patch process. Slow patching, errors, crashes, late launch time all need to be improved for launch day. Maybe they should practice taking the servers down and opening them back up to get some practice, because when people log on they want to play NOW!!! Whether that is the right attitude or not I will leave up to you, but I know in my job, when I have a deadline I better meet it, test or not. What do you think? Later I will talk about some issues with the GOA launch in Europe and the rest of my open beta review.