At the Spike TV VGA's, Epic Games announced that a new Map Pack would be available for purchase on XBox Live that night. For most games this would be a good thing.
For Epic's new Gears of War 2 and its "broken multiplayer" (as dubbed by some) the news created an instant backlash. Gears 2 was released just a little over a month ago to rave reviews and huge sales.
Initially fans seemed pleased, but quickly a growing number of gamers began to complain of Multiplayer glitches that affected the game so much that some considered the multiplayer broken.
One example that is commonly heard is, enemies being able to basically sit on respawning spots and kill their opponents over and over again. Some fans have been left to stew in anger. Last nights announcement was like putting salt in wound. Message boards instantly started to see chatter of anger at Epic.
The consensus is that Epic should have fixed the problems before releasing any new Map Packs. Another point of anger was the fact that the game just came out. Many Xbox 360 gamers share the point of view that these maps should have just been included in the games release.
Meanwhile there has been no word out of Epic Games on these matters. It may be sad to say, but this type of thing is becoming all too relevant in gaming today. Recent highly anticipated games like Grand Theft Auto 4, Socom and Little Big Planet also had huge issues.
It just seems common sense that developers would get things right before they print all the copies. For now gamers will have to wait for fixes to Gears of War 2.
In time they will come and all will be forgiven. Until then there is just a backlash on a message board and many gamers reluctantly plunking down 800 MS Points for the latest "broken multiplayer". More PlayStation 3 News...