The servers in WWE ’12 have been unreliable for the better part of nine months now. THQ is now making improvements to the servers in hopes the same mistake doesn’t happen for the release of WWE ’13 later this year.
THQ announced the following on its official website:
“Even the most casual members of the WWE Games community knows that there was one issue with WWE ’12 that trumped them all: The reliability of Community Creations. We’ve heard you loud and clear and are hard at work trying to not only improve the WWE ’12 experience, but also ensure that there are no similar issues on the upcoming WWE ’13.
As part of our weekly server updates and down periods, we’ve recently made some very specific changes that are already paying dividends, with drastically higher connection rates and more community members than ever able to download user-generated content. For many users, one of the largest issues was that with such a wealth of content on the servers, it took far too long to sort through it all. After looking at reams of data, our team discovered that the vast majority of content on Community Creations had never once been downloaded or rated.
Instead of allowing all that unpopular, unused data and code to clog up our servers, we’ve started taking a more aggressive approach to culling extraneous content. We have always set the system to delete undownloaded UGC (much of it uploaded simply to receive an achievement), but from here on out, unpopular content will have a much shorter half-life.
This will help the Community Creations feature in WWE ’12 in two key ways. First, there will be less content for the servers to search through, which means faster, more reliable service over all. Second, as undownloaded, unpopular content will be removed at a faster rate, the content you find will, on average, be of much higher quality (or at least popularity) than what you experienced before.
We’re excited about this update, and anticipate seeing great benefit from this simple change, but that doesn’t mean we’re resting on our laurels. Our weekly down period early every Tuesday morning will continue as we continue making improvements and shoring things up for WWE ‘13’s October 30, 2012 release.
Whether you’re pleased with the changes in server performance, or of the opinion that more needs to be done, we hope that you’ll take part in one of our upcoming Server Performance Surveys. Thanks for your patience and support.”
Several people have tweeted that the servers have been improving as of late. Let’s hope THQ keeps this up or else there will be a lot of unhappy customers if the servers aren’t up to scratch for the release of WWE ’13…