NEWS - Thursday, May 12, 2011

Brink Lag Issues Being Investigated

Brink came out this week to a somewhat mediocre response by many.  An update for the game has been released on consoles to address certain problems, and developer Splash Damage says it’s aware of the lag issues currently impacting the online experience.
 Brink director Paul Wedgwood shared an update on the Bethesda Blog today outlining what the recent console patch did and what other fixes are coming. The day one update -- released on both Xbox 360 and PS3, the latter of which can still download updates despite PSN being down -- aims to fix a number of things. Certain freezing issues are removed, only the introductory tutorial is now initially played, and, more importantly, it addresses rubber banding ("you’ll experience much less") and decreases the load times on textures through better hard drive caching. 
There have been widespread complaints both before and after launch that lag plagues the online experience. Some had hoped yesterday’s update would make things better, but that doesn’t appear to have been the case. Wedgwood wrote, "We’ve also been getting new reports of lag when playing online, especially in matches with lots of human players. We’re all huge multiplayer fans here at the office and we know how important a lag-free online experience is. We’re urgently investigating this issue and seeing what we can do to improve things in that area. Stay tuned."
A separate patch for the PC version has also been released and will be automatically downloaded through Steam. It offers Splash Damage better crash reports (which will hopefully help it iron out future problems) and fixes an issue where character data became corrupt when exiting the game without making it to the character selection screen. That’s a really significant issue for a game that focuses on customizing and building up a character, so hopefully that no longer happens. Splash Damage is also working towards fixing compatibility issues; in the meantime, it’s recommended that players ensure they have the latest video card drivers installed.
A future update on PC will, among other things, fix a problem with field-of-view that some players are experiencing. More details will be forthcoming on that "soon."
Wedgwood also reminds players that the VIP code located inside the game is intended to be redeemed on the Brink website, which offers up in-game statistics. With the website not having launched that functionality yet, you’ll want to hang onto that for now; like with the PC patch, more information will be coming soon.



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