Update: Battlefield 1's server problems may be the result of a hacker group. A group of hackers calling themselves PoodleCorps claim to have gone after EA's servers, as it now looks like not just Battlefield 1 but other EA games, like Madden NFL 17, are also being effected by server issues. EA has yet to officially state a reason for the issues, but in a recent tweet did say the company is working to resolve the problems as soon as possible.
The Battlefield 1 beta is now open to the public on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, and along with the large amount of players diving in for the first time is a variety of server problems.
Everything seemed to have been working fine for a few lucky players who were allowed to start playing the beta yesterday during its early access period, but it seems like the flood of newcomers to the game today may be creating issues. Some — but not all — players across all three of the game's platforms are reporting they are unable to play the beta, as they receive an error message that reads, "Failed to connect to EA Online." Some players are also reporting matchmaking problems, as the game is unable to find a suitable multiplayer match.
The issues have spawned a lengthy discussion on the official Battlefield forums, but so far, it's not 100 percent clear what is causing the issues. In a response to a tweet regarding the beta's current server issues, the official Battlefield Twitter account simply responded, "We've had some other reports of that. It's being investigated."
Hopefully, developer DICE can get the issues figured out as fast as possible. That being said, fans likely don't have too much to worry about. As of right now, the beta doesn't have an official end date. It seems a given that it will be live, at the very least until Sept. 5, the end of Labor Day weekend in the United States.
This, of course, is what betas are for. It's much more desirable for DICE to catch issues with the game's servers now than it is for all these problems to manifest themselves at release. That way, DICE has plenty of time to fix the problems and ensure a smooth launch. Battlefield has a rocky history when it comes to stable launches, so here's hoping Battlefield 1 doesn't fall into that same trap.
Battlefield 1 is shaping up to be one of the biggest shooters of the year, as fans have responded well to the game's World War I setting. The game's reveal trailer broke records for number of views and was "liked" a substantially larger amount of times than its chief competition, Activision's Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.
Battlefield 1 releases for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC on Oct. 21.