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.
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