Diablo 4 lead warns servers “might be a little bumpy on the first day”

Diablo 4 lead warns servers “might be a little bumpy on the first day”
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With plenty of eager players wanting to get in on Diablo 4 when the game launches later this week, Blizzard has been keeping a close eye on its server infrastructure to reassure fans they’ll be able to play right away.

Now, Diablo 4 general manager Rod Fergusson has been speaking to GamesRadar about Diablo 4’s servers, following the Server Slam stress test a couple of weeks ago. Rod’s very aware of the challenges Blizzard will no doubt face on launch day, but “We’ve done the work, and we’ve done a lot of testing, and so we’re prepared. But you know, never say never. It might be a little bumpy on the first day, but our hopes are that, like we did on those weekends, we learn and adapt.”

Of course gamers with long memories may remember the furore around Diablo 3’s launch, which spawned the infamous Error 37 where gamers were unable to login to the game and play, being met with the message “The servers are busy at this time.” – obviously, this is something Blizzard is hoping to avoid with the aforementioned Server Slam and other multiple betas over the past six months. “We learned a lot from each of them,” he says. “We’re feeling better, like we feel good about that, like all the stuff that we’ve learned.”

However, while the initial launch could be a little bumpy, over time – Fergusson says – things should smooth out, in something akin to an ‘amusement park’. “We’ve done the work we could do to make launch day as smooth as possible. And we feel good about where we are.”

Obviously, the proof will be in the pudding. In the last 24 hours, we already found out the game will be getting a Day One patch when it goes live for Early Access users later this week – although the changes may not be quite as dramatic as we first thought. But the work doesn’t stop at launch, of course – so it’ll be an ongoing project to ensure Diablo 4 runs smoothly for many moons to come.

Diablo 4 will be available for those who’ve bought the game’s special editions from June 2, followed by the general release on June 6, 2023. The Diablo 4 preload is now live on all platforms – and if you haven’t yet, check out our Diablo 4 review.

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