“Mass Effect: Andromeda” developers at BioWare are defending the controversial day-one patch of “No Man’s Sky.” While totally unrelated to the studio’s current project, tweets reveal why early patches are important for the industry in general.
Gamble began the conversation when he said that “a day-one patch is a good idea 100 percent of the time.” He further added that it “means better quality [and a] more stable game.” Because disc certification is such a long process, it’s suggested that all extra time should be used to make the finished product better than its standard retail state. To these remarks, Condominas simply replied with “truth.”
A day1 patch is a good idea 100% of the time. Means a better quality, more stable game. Disc certification is a long process. Use the time.
— Michael Gamble (@GambleMike) August 7, 2016
These statements come after Hello Games’ recent announcement that its latest release, “No Man’s Sky,” would launch with an 824 MB day-one update to version 1.03 that makes massive changes to the experience. The list of fixes is numerous, but it includes environmental and graphical adjustments alongside choice structures and written avenues for multiple endings. The download was so important to the shipped product that it was advised not to play the game until everything had been installed.
The biggest controversy surrounding that rollout, of course, was that not all gamers have access to a reliable Internet connection to make sure the 1.03 changes are in place. When asked about this caveat, Gamble replied “I didn’t say anything about releasing an unplayable game.”
Given that these two BioWare heads seem to favor the use of day-one updates, one would assume that “Mass Effect: Andromeda” might have one of its own when it releases early next year. Currently, the studio is testing the game and has already teased fans about a major reveal this fall.
As for “No Man’s Sky,” its launch has generally lived up to being one of 2016’s most anticipated titles. Most major outlets have yet to post a review, so that leaves the public at large to make an initial consensus.
“No Man’s Sky” is available now for PS4 and comes to PC on Aug. 12. “Mass Effect: Andromeda” is set for a 2017 arrival across PS4, Xbox One and PC.
What do you think of “No Man’s Sky’s” big update? Does it hurt those without Internet access? Tell us in the comments section!