Patch-gate; SOA responds to Aliens vs. Predator console patch cancellation
SEGA have been taking a lot of heat recently from the Aliens vs. Predator community when it was announced on the forums that console patches would no longer be coming to the game, despite the PC having received five already. We now have an official response from SEGA of America.
It all started on July 1st when Assistant Community Manager Clumsyorchid stated in a blog response that console patches were being prepared and that we would be updated with patch notes or a release date when more information was available.
Players have been voicing their disappointment with the multiplayer’s difficulty of setting up matches and balancing of characters among other aspects. It looked as if things would be fixed, just in time or shortly after the release of the new Bughunt Map Pack DLC on July 7th. Then, on July 13th, Clumsyorchid returned to the Aliens vs. Predator forums to post this unfortunate message:
“I’ve just received a mail this AM regarding patches for the console versions of AVP and I regret to inform everyone that these have sadly been scrapped. I had previously made a claim that these were coming and at the time, this was very much on the table. For the console community, I apologize, as I know there are many features and updates that you’d like to see. I’ll keep fighting internally for this to happen, but until I hear otherwise, there will not be a console patch for either Xbox or PS3.”
Naturally, the AvP community was angry and voiced their disdain for the news. Fingers were pointed at all parties; SEGA, the developers Rebellion, and even Clumsyorchid just for being the messenger. Clumsyorchid informed people to continue to post in the thread so that they would have something to show the higher ups and hopefully convince them otherwise. Even Trigger, a member of the Rebellion development team, chimed in stating:
“Rebellion would like to keep supporting the title on all formats for as long as we are allowed. However, ultimately the licence belongs to Fox and the game is published by Sega, and any decisions rest with them.”
Clumsyorchid has now updated their original post with an official response from SEGA.
After discussion internally and with Rebellion, we’d like to address the AVP concerns regarding patches:
Following the last patch for Consoles, we looked at feedback from community, customer service concerns, and decided that the game was stable and balanced to a point we were comfortable with. After this, Rebellion crafted an additional 2 PC patches as an experiment using their own in house resources to resolve some technical issues and provide an opportunity for PC players to see some minor balance changes. Given the AVP games were not cross platform, this didn’t seem like it would alter the balance between console and PC products.
It was never our intention to give PC games a superior version while console owners are left out. We had no plans to work on another console patch for AvP – the PC update was meant as a favor without wanting console users to feel bad about the update. We are and we have always been very sympathetic with our awesome console community and had not intended to make them feel left out in these changes. We’re sorry for any ill will towards the product and ultimately wanted players to enjoy the game as it was intended across the 3 platforms.
So there you have it folks. It looks like the console versions of the game will remain as is. Do those of you who own AvP feel the console version is inferior to the PC? Does that make it any less enjoyable? Leave your opinions in the comments section below.