Battlefield 1’s open beta recently kicked off, although many players have found themselves unable to join in on the fun and connect to the game’s servers.
EA’s Origin online service actually went down the first evening the beta was live – although there’s a chance EA isn’t entirely to blame.
New reports suggests that the company’s online services were actually targeted and shot down by a DDoS attack. Known hacker group PoodleCorps claimed responsibility.
For anyone who isn’t aware of the scarily named PoodleCorps, they’re the guys who ‘allegedly’ (but probably really didn’t) take down Pokemon GO for that weekend about a month ago.
Let’s be honest though: both Pokemon GO and the Battlefield 1 beta were two games that were always gonna suffer from server problems – I’m sensing something of a pattern from PoodleCorp and their ‘claims’ of responsibility.
Of course, whether it was hackers or a good old fashioned fuck up from the good folks at EA didn’t really make a difference to the fans who were itching to play the WWI shooter, many of whom were (understandably) not amused.
Take a look at a small selection of salty goodness below.
Trying to get into a server on battlefield 1… ???? pic.twitter.com/EjlChqQ4uJ
— AJ (@I_Smell_A_Taco) September 1, 2016
As far as I can see, Battlefield 1’s beta is back and running at the time of writing – of course, the whole point of a beta is to find and address problems like this so they can’t happen at launch, so let’s just hope October 21 goes off without a hitch.
In the meantime, you can find our impressions from the beta right here.
Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.