Our post yesterday calling for an increase in transparency and open communication between the Battlefield developers at DICE and the BF3 community at large has received widespread support throughout the community and thanks in part to coverage from sites such as Eurogamer, MP1st, PCGames.de and others, the people at EA have listened and responded! We also received support from several DICE developers themselves who sent words of support and encouragement on Twitter, including Elxx, zh1nt0, and stormonster.
This morning, lead Battlefield community manager Daniel "zh1nt0" Matros posted a partial (but nevertheless extensive) list of changes for the upcoming patch, including bugfixes, tweaks, and gameplay balancing changes. On top of that, Eurogamer announced today that EA has informed them of plans to launch a weekly blog feature on the Battlefield Blog called "Inside DICE" which they say "will debut next week and is a way for us to update you, our fans, with all the latest news, content plans, updates and upgrades we have planned for Battlefield 3." This is obviously a direct response to the groundswell of support and community outcry that commenced after our BF3 Blackout post yesterday.
So pat yourselves on the back everyone! This is the kind of positive change that can be made if gamers take a respectful and mature attitude towards voicing their concerns and needs. We spoke, and EA has listened and responded directly with two measures meant to mollify our concerns and address the issues of communication that we raised as a community. Thanks to everybody who showed their support and to all of the gaming press outlets and community sites who helped us spread our plea for communication. We would like to emphasize that we don't claim responsibility for making this happen - the Battlefield community is responsible for that. We are just a mouthpiece and we'd be nothing without the support of the thousands of you who helped to spread the word and let EA know what we want as a community.
Of course, while this is all a great step and an unexpectedly prompt response from the folks at EA, we need to emphasize that it needs to be the beginning of increased communication, not just a band-aid for the problems at hand - they have thrown us a bone, and it's delicious, but we need to make sure they know that a one-time solution like this won't fix the problem. To extend the metaphor, we don't just want a bone now and then - we want our doghouse renovated! This is a great move on EA's behalf to show that they are willing to listen to and address the concerns of the Battlefield community, but nevertheless they need to commit to a permanent increase in the level of communication and transparency between the devs at DICE and the BF3 community.
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