SL I'm not 100% sure. I've been told some of that was intentional but I can't say I know the reasons. I'll ask and get back to you.
Koontz - We've not seen any instability in MP in testing recent builds. We'll need specific info to address any potential bugs. OS, any pertinent hardware issues, have you updated drivers, what kind of firewalls are you behind, AV software have you set up your router to allow for the proper open ports, etc..
I'll add to that list, Jim, in that crashes while loading are indicative of data and graphic file incompatability with saved game and battle files.
Koontz, did you apply the new patch to a fresh install? Or did you patch an already patched game? Are these crashes occuring when playing a new battle, operation or campaign, or are they showing up when trying to continue an existing operation or campaign?
Anytime the data or graphics files have been modified, there is a good chance that the new data and graphics may not play nice with old saved games. A soldier added to a tank, or deleted from a squad, a new weapons class added or an old one deleted. These, and many other possible combinations, including the availability of off board naval artillery to new maps could be the cause of those crashes. Sometimes there are no problems. Most often there is something that causes an incompatability and finding out just exactly what that is, is like trying to finding a flea on an elephant's ass. Next to impossible and a waste of everybody's time. Ya just can't play old games on new data. Never could, and never will.
The rule of Da Thumb is to finish all ops and camps prior to installing a patch be it a beta or gold. Then start new with a fresh install and apply the patch or patches in the specified order. Start new operations or campaigns and if problems occur, give every game, system and network parameter you can so the error can be reproduced. If it can't be reproduced, it points to operator error.
C'est magnifique, mais ce n'est pas la guerre.