1. HaloEliteLegend

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    A game has to "go gold" a month or two in advanced of its release date so that there's enough time to print discs for physical copies and get them shipped around the world. This is the state of the game when it's 100% playable beginning to end at a level of quality good enough for sale. From here, part of the team will continue working on bugfixes while the rest move on to other projects.
     
  2. leon315

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    THAT MEANS all those recent Ubisoft and Bethesda games which has D1 50gb patches are never went to GOLD?
     
  3. Bedel

    Bedel The key of the blade
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    Not really. They probably went gold, but they had so much bugs so that huge day one patches were needed.
    This game will also have a day one patch. Just as any game. Nowadays it's just the best option for every AAA game.
     
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    Let's GO!!!! This game is coming out 3 days after my birthday, best birthday present ever
     
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    Going Gold is when the game is fully playable and deemed fit for sale. As I just explained, it's when discs can be printed and pushed to retail, and that needs to happen before a game launches. Teams still continue working on bugfixes past that, and that's what day-1 patches are. The build of the game you get on a disc is 1-2 months old. No game is 100% bug free, and ideally, a game goes Gold when all the major bugs are handled, and the day-1 patch can address minor bugs.

    As far as Bethesda goes, their launcher and engine are pretty dated, meaning it's likely that pretty small changes require redownloading large chunks of data, and that's the large patches you see for Fallout 76. If other companies have large patches, it means they're redownloading big chunks of the game that have been updated with bug fixes. Sometimes this is necessary to fix certain bugs.
     
  6. SonowRaevius

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    69 days until release ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°).
     
  7. waveathon

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  8. Bladexdsl

    Bladexdsl ZOMG my posts...it's over 9000!!!
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    this is it the game that will make me buy a pro
     
  9. SonyUSA

    SonyUSA We're all mad here
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    That narrator sounds dumb as hell I wish they would have used a more somber voice or maybe even a female... either way MY BODY IS READYYY!
     
  10. tiamat999

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    Well if they didnt waste time on the ds and psp side stories this probably would have been out in the 360 ps3 era
     
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    Bedel The key of the blade
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    Those... Weren't really side stories. Sad to be me the one who tell you.
     
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    Wow its final done. Now we can get the rest of the story and still be confused! This will be a long 2-3 month wait. I am so ready for this!:grog: square Enix for keeping us on the edge.
     
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    See you in 2077, boys.
     
  14. Nerdtendo

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    I've just started the first one. I'm like an hour and a half in and it already seems like a blast. It makes me *almost* want a PS4 but I think I'll wait to see if it maybe comes to PC
     
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    Meanwhile, Half Life fans got nothing from Valve officially in regards to Half Life 3 for the series' 20th anniversary yesterday...
     
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    "Finished developing", yeah right. Wait until the day one update because they were still working on it. Just say gone gold and leave it at that.
     
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    Maybe it will beat Cyberpunk
     
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  18. Ricken

    Ricken I May Be Paranoid, But I Am No Android
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    Oh my God I can't believe this is finally happening!!!
     
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    i have a feeling that a lot of us will be disappointed.
     
  20. the_randomizer

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    Wow, so why bother with QA testing when you can half-ass a game, release it and then make people pay for DLC?
     
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