Why the need for a patch every day is a modern print this pageEmailVlambeer dev explains
Folk collective lament huge patch will bring a daily wipe unclaimed Sky servers, but the launch of the patch is a side effect of modern video game industry.
According Vlambeer’s Rami Ismail, who in a lengthy blog explained that lead to often for new developers to release the console version considerable launch day patch structure that is.
“When you do a game console, you must implement the system developers and platform owners are dealing with 2016 of these systems is a legacy system, the original system was built without construction, built in legacy systems,” he explains.
“Many of these systems are bulky, complex, sophisticated and truly build a team, the ability to hire more people to read the manual to find out the system. These systems come from the pre-independence era, still some manual pages by mail means copy of the message. ”
These systems Ismail, citing certification (certificate) is one of the biggest obstacles. Unlike the PC, in the studio are left to browse any potential unrest to launch its own, still use the console platform holders, pre-release version of the system in which the game to check the technical capacity.
List of certificate checking is extensive. Does the game crash? Whether it should pull out the controller? Will the UI stay outside ten percent per screen clear? This process is a long and involved in, and release scheduled in advance to ensure that the game reaches its launch date.
“Certification is a big thing. It’s process, but also a lot of things. In most cases, you must fill out a complex form of weird that you submit, then ‘a predetermined groove’ of sorts, or wait until you get a OK Submit your game, “he added. “Since people testing the game is not infinite, when you need to let others know you submit your build. So, you check which date is available, and there is usually a free slot days from today. If your version is not advance that a certain amount of time, you lose the slot, you’ll have to “book” a new one.
“When the groove start your game into the certification, there are a variety of reasons you submit can be denied, in this case, your slot, lost too much. Subsequently, the team began testing, and they the certification report violations to you. If any of them exceeds a certain level, your submission failed, you have to start from scratch, and fill out the form, find a free slot reservation one day or wait until the beginning of certification and submit a new version.
“I want to say is, certification may take a week, and in the worst case, it may take several months. This may delay your game. Finally, though, the game starts check each box Do you have your proverbial “quality seal.” you can launch the game. ”
For larger boxed game time scale, which means that the title must be one and a half and three months ahead of release sent Close certificate between what. One day at a patch, however, can submit just one week ahead of deployment.
“I know, it should be easy to see why a patch every day tend to be huge.” For a game that goes on CD-ROM, in the “gold” Construction, certified by one to three months when the big game is released, ” Ismail explained. “this gives developers two and a half weeks to a month and a half to do three and a half months worth of work to make the game” perfect “, but also hit a patch release date.
“Some people might say, developers, it should make certain the game is perfect, when they submit to the disc, this is not a valid position. This is just an unrealistic position. If you have a month to improve Games, by the certificate, and you thought you would leave these months? Do you think the audience will like a developer just a month doing nothing? it was argued that, when it should be a game “gold” is living in the 20th century 90 years to complete.
“The first day the patch is not necessarily fault the developer or platform side, they care about what they do and that the results of people trying to game the audience is expected to provide their desired date, and everyone involved in the struggle with the cutting-edge technology obsolescence system. everybody trying to own the most difficult. There’s nothing wrong person. developers are not lazy. the platform is not malicious. the first day the patch is just a patch to submit the old system which is difficult to understand. “