Madden NFL 23 has been tormented by a lot of server-side points for months, and essentially the most impactful of them so far has resulted in an unknown variety of player-made leagues being deleted completely.
We coated Madden’s most up-to-date Franchise mode points only a few weeks in the past. Throughout that point, some gamers had been locked out of their leagues, whereas others weren’t. A repair arrived on December 15, although the same problem cropped up days later, which the game’s support account on Twitter acknowledged on December 26. Two days later, the identical account announced that points had been resolved and “customers ought to now be capable to play [Connected Franchise Mode] with out problem.” Sadly, a day later, the staff as soon as extra revealed points surrounding the mode, and it is this latter pair of messages that will show extraordinarily expensive to some gamers.
As introduced on December 30, gamers who logged into Franchise mode throughout a selected window of time could have misplaced their saved information without end on account of a “information storage problem,” said Tiburon on the game’s official forums.
“On Wednesday 12/28 round 2:45 pm EST, Gamers attempting to entry the Franchise server got an error that leagues had been unavailable. The difficulty continued till 12:45 am EST on Thursday 12/29. Sadly, in case you logged into Franchise leagues throughout this time, your information was affected due to an information storage problem that resulted in Franchise recordsdata being corrupted.”
This specified window adopted the announcement that leagues had been as soon as once more up and working for all gamers, which doubtless means some gamers jumped again into Franchise considering all was properly, solely to have unwittingly contributed to the deletion of their leagues.
Tiburon added that it believes an estimated 40% of Franchise saves that had been misplaced can nonetheless be recovered, although gamers are ready to listen to extra about how this would possibly occur. The staff additionally admits that some are misplaced for good, and prompt affected gamers begin over.
“When you logged in in the course of the above window, we encourage you to start out a brand new franchise because the mode is up and working,” the discussion board submit learn. For a lot of gamers, Franchise is the sport’s centerpiece and an incredible timesink. Placing in a number of seasons and build up a digital dynasty can take dozens and even a whole lot of hours, on par with main RPGs. Naturally, the staff’s subsequent response has felt insufficient for a lot of gamers, with many on social media demanding refunds and/or selling the #BoycottMadden24 hashtag on Twitter.
Regardless of the staff’s complicated wording, which really makes this unhealthy problem sound even worse, some leagues weren’t affected at all–I do know this firsthand as my league was taking part in video games inside the now-fateful window of time. So the overall variety of misplaced leagues is, in accordance with Tiburon, 60% of these affected by the bug, not 60% of all Madden Franchise saves. Some skeptical gamers have doubted the staff’s honesty when it is mentioned 40% of leagues should be restored, given that tough numbers weren’t shared, however we have seen no proof to this point to recommend the chances are fabricated. Nonetheless, it is clear that the sport’s troubled historical past doesn’t foster goodwill amongst lots of its gamers.
The continued server points, basically, have appeared widespread and chaotic. Different issues embrace recreation outcomes being misplaced on the finish of video games, roster strikes being undone, and an particularly nagging problem, which at present appears to be resolved, wherein leagues would revert backward in time, generally by a number of in-game weeks or months. The style wherein these server-side points haven’t but disappeared and proceed to spring up in new kinds could make taking part in Madden really feel like an train in playing with one’s personal invested effort and time.
We have reached out to an EA consultant for extra particulars, although they didn’t present remark earlier than this text was revealed. We’ll replace it if or after they do and as we study extra.
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