Valve: "XBL patching is a train wreck"

Written by Joe Martin

September 13, 2010 | 11:04

Tags: #team-fortress-2 #xbox-live-arcade

Companies: #microsoft #valve

Valve's founder, Gabe Newell, has admitted that the Kirkland-based developer has "totally failed" to update Team Fortress 2 on the Xbox 360 with any of the content from the PC version, but has insisted that Microsoft is to blame.

Put simply, Newell says Microsoft's restrictions on how games can be updated and patched over Xbox Live is a "train wreck".

"We thought that there would be something that would emerge," Gabe told PC Gamer.

"We figured it was a sort of untenable... 'Oh yeah, we understand that these are the rules now, but it's such a train wreck that something will have to change.'"

Valve has complained about XBL patching before too, taking issue with the fact that Microsoft apparently only allows one free update per game.

"That's why we're really happy with the current situation with the PS3," Newell said, referring to Valve's plan to start developing it's own PS3 ports. "We're solving it now in a way that is going to work for our customers, rather than assuming something is going to emerge later that will allow us to fix this."

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