from the neverending-story dept
Video video games have all the time had bugs on the time of their launch, although there was a pattern coinciding with the uptick in digital sport gross sales by which video games appear to be revealed in damaged states far too typically and are then “mounted” with a day-one patch or one thing of the like. A few of these bugs are on the extra minor facet, whereas some contain sport releases that have been very clearly pushed for approach too early.
And then there’s the Nintendo Swap port of Star Wars: Knights of the Outdated Republic 2, which got here out a couple of weeks again and, nicely…
Er, whoops. Aspyr, the developer/porter behind the current launch of Knights Of The Outdated Republic II on Nintendo Swap, has tweeted that it’s conscious the sport is at the moment not possible to complete. After some urgent from a buyer, the studio acknowledged it’s conscious the sport is presently bugged such that it can’t be accomplished on Nintendo’s handheld.
Aspyr’s Twitter account replied with a, “Yup, we all know, we’ll get you a patch, thanks for all of your persistence.” Now, a few issues on this. First, releasing a sport that merely can’t be completed on a platform most likely deserves a stronger mea culpa than Aspyr supplied up. Shopping for a sport and being unable to finish it’s most likely worse than paying cash for no product in any respect. The purpose of video video games, largely, is to play and full them. Think about a launch of Mike Tyson’s Punchout that simply shut down each time you managed to get to the struggle in opposition to Mike Tyson. That’s a bit like mendacity on the sofa whereas somebody sits at a piano and performs each single word on a significant scale besides the final one. It might completely drive you insane.
And I’ll admit to being a bit stunned that this might occur on a Nintendo console. Nintendo isn’t the developer right here. It isn’t the one which labored on the sport. Nonetheless, I’ve lengthy criticized Nintendo’s observe of absurdly strict management over its consoles, IP, and platforms. One of many frequent responses to that criticism is that such strict management provides Nintendo the power to do nice high quality management on something that touches its programs. Regardless of the course of was for QC testing on this case, it seems to have fully failed.
It raises some moderately vital questions concerning the QA on the sport, that it may very well be licensed and launched in a type not possible to complete. There’s additionally the query of for a way lengthy Aspyr has been conscious its product has a game-breaking bug that impacts all gamers, however haven’t communicated this to potential and present clients. We’ve contacted Aspyr to ask these questions.
It’s a must to assume the refund requests are arriving in droves in the meanwhile. And that is considered one of issues that you just most likely can solely do as soon as, at most. Think about Aspyr or Nintendo asserting that the bug has been patched after which asking the general public to purchase the sport as soon as extra.