EA Discusses Whether Fight Night Players Can Filter Out Button Users In Multiplayer


Posted July 8, 2009 - By pklepek

Fight Night Round 4

Broken multiplayer was the biggest concern about Electronic Arts' potentially game-changing decision to release downloadable content for Fight Night Round 4 in September that lets players ditch the analog-based fighting controls for a more conventional button experience. The analog controls help restrain traditional button mashing; adding button-based boxing could potentially nullify all that work.

I asked EA last night whether the company would include an option for players to filter out the Fight Night gamers who made the switch to button-based play. Such a filter would make the problem irrelevant for most players, even if it created a schism in the user base. Unfortunately, EA's answer was a little coy.

"We will be making announcements surrounding the specific implementation of the button controls over the next couple of months," said an EA representative over e-mail. "We just wanted to inform users that a button update will be coming at no cost."

Though EA's statement doesn't provide the clarification I was looking for -- "yes, we we are, hurray compromise!" or "no, we're not, let the players begin vocally rioting" -- but to say there will be further announcements about the implementation of the button controls is definitely encouraging news; it means EA is aware of the issue. Now, we just need to hear what it plans to do about it.

Are you concerned?

EA Discusses Whether Fight Night Players Can Filter Out Button Users In Multiplayer


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