Rebellion apologizes for Aliens vs. Predator demo fiasco

The arrival of the Aliens vs. Predator demo this week did not bring much conversation concerning the game’s quality. Unfortunately, rather than talk about the game itself, most people were talking about what a load of crap the demo was. Terrible matchmaking was the order of the day, with people taking at least ten minutes to get into a game. 

Rebellion, thank f*ck, has apologized, but not without squeezing in a few words about how brilliant AvP is.

“Unprecedented demand for Aliens vs. Predator following the release of the cross-platform demo yesterday morning brought to light matchmaking issues on the PC platform resulting in players having to wait to join games, or even not find games at all,” explains the studio. “We’re really sorry that this issue tainted a day in which we saw many people get hands on with AvP for the first time and we’re hugely gratified by the positive feedback to the game.”

Rebellion adds that a small patch has fixed the problem on the PC version, so nobody should have any issues. Not sure where this “unprecedented demand” is coming from though, considering on the Xbox 360, I kept getting into one-on-one matches because nobody was playing the thing.

Rebellion apologizes for AvP demo troubles [VG247]

 

“Unprecedented demand for Aliens vs. Predator following the release of the cross-platform demo yesterday morning brought to light matchmaking issues on the PC platform resulting in players having to wait to join games, or even not find games at all.

We’re pleased to say later in the day the issue was corrected and a small patch to the PC executable next time you launch it from Steam will have you finding and playing games using Quick Match as it was intended.

While this issue did not affect the Xbox 360, we are, with SEGA’s assistance investigating reports of a similar nature on the PlayStation 3 and working flat out on a solution.

The full game features the ability to browse for and create games but for the purposes of simplicity the demo was limited to matchmaking, alongside the ability to set up groups with friends which mitigated yesterday’s issues for many.

We’re really sorry that this issue tainted a day in which we saw many people get hands on with AvP for the first time and we’re hugely gratified by the positive feedback to the game.“

 

Jim Sterling