Since the beginning of February PlayStation 3 owners have been having major difficulties getting online with Battlefield 3, but it's becoming increasingly difficult to find out precisely what's going on, and what's being done to fix it.
Problems arose as early as February 1, with PS3 Battlefield players seeing a massive reduction in servers online. In most games players were struggling to get above one bar of ping in Australia.
"I thought it was just me but looks like everyone has issues," said JOEBEEZ, from the official Battlefield forums. "Ever since monday maintainance my server browser has only shown 10 Australian games, 5-6 being CONSTANTLY EMPTY B2K servers and 4-5 others being conquest and rush which are CONSTANTLY FULL. Ain't that a kick in the pants."
That was February 2, but today, March 5, players have been given next to no info on the situation, or a specific timeframe for its solution.
We contacted EA, who initially sent us to Sony. After some back and forth we received this statement from EA.
EA are aware of the Battlefield 3 PS3 server issue and are working hard to resolve it. We will provide an update as soon as possible. We apologise for the inconvenience this may have caused.
As you'd expect — for gamers who have spent time going through customer service procedures to no avail, it feels like a pretty lacklustre response.
Forum user Fluxburner attempted to do some research of his own, but contact i3D.net — the hosts of the Australian Battlefield servers — directly. This was March 2, and apparently at this stage, despite numerous enquiries to EA's customer service, i3D had not heard anything about the issues.
That being said, EA does appear to now be attempting to solve the problem. We'll continue to chase and provide any updates when we receive them.