May 27, 2022

Crash 4 Launches on PC, Requires an Online Connection, Chaos Ensues

That’s not the Crash I was expecting

It has only been a few days since Crash’s debut on PC with Crash 4, and players of the game didn’t expect it to… well… crash so much. The game released exclusively on Bettle.net, which means it requires a stable internet connection to play. This choice seems a bit off seeing as Crash 4 doesn’t have any online features.

Since its launch, players have reported several issues playing the game. From being unable to log into the game as a result of connectivity issues to losing connection to the game server mid-game. This is very reminiscent of the launch of Diablo 3. Back then, players who wanted to play the game single-player couldn’t do so due to server capacities and connectivity issues.

Time and time again we see how requiring an internet connection for a single-player game is a dubious decision. When people buy such a game they should be able to play it without being concerned with server maintenance or the quality of their internet connection. The problem is even greater when the publisher itself can’t guarantee that the consumer will be able to use the product they just bought. As stated on the game’s page: “Activision makes no guarantee regarding the availability of online features and may modify or discontinue those at its discretion without notice”. When one of the online features is using the damn product, that’s a problematic disclaimer.

At this point it’s better to just dust off my PS1

Since its launch, Crash 4 has been cracked. This means that whoever pirates the game can enjoy it, while people who bought it legitimately can’t. If that’s not a wake-up call for Activision/Blizzard, I don’t know what is. All we can do now is hope they will do something to fix the situation.

Source: Eurogamer


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