Atari will give away the first premium DLC update for Test Drive Unlimited 2 as a way of saying sorry to the community for all the bugs and issues that plagued the game when it shipped.
Test Drive Unlimited 2 from Eden Games and Atari was apparently in pretty rough shape when it shipped earlier this month. Among the more serious problems affecting the game were difficulty logging in and staying connected to online servers, spontaneously corrupting save games, busted friends lists and invites, and various money-related exploits. A patch has already gone live for the PC and is awaiting approval from Microsoft and Sony for their platforms, but Eden and Atari are taking the extra step of throwing players a bone for their trouble.
"Thank you for your continued support and feedback. Our community has been amazing and helped us quickly identify a number of issues, which we have made significant progress in addressing in the upcoming patches," Atari wrote in a message on the Test Drive Unlimited 2 forum.
"We really appreciate your patience in this matter and we would like to announce that we will be making the first premium DLC for the game free for everybody as a way of saying thank you. The Exploration Pack contains new wrecks to be discovered that unlock the Lancia Stratos version Rallye and 1969 Dodge Charger," it continued. "We now have fixes for all of the following issues that have already gone live on PC and will follow shortly once patches are approved by Microsoft and Sony, respectively."
A full list of the issues fixed:
- Logging into the game has been improved
- Once into the game the online network experience is now much more stable in all areas
- Save games no longer corrupt
- Existing corrupted save games will be repaired in many cases
- Friends lists are now populated
- Invites now work correctly
- Clubs have been brought back online
- Exploits to gain money have been fixed
- Casino access has been improved
- Players will no longer lose money because of the Casino bug
Atari said the development team spends a lot of time keeping up with feedback from the community and invited users to continue posting problems and comments in the TDU2 forums. I think that's a pretty fair response, don't you?