It seems Battlefield 4 developers DICE can’t quite figure out which way is up when it comes to digging themselves out of the ditch they currently find themselves in.
Despite a number of patching attempts, and even yesterday’s offering of the game’s first Premium-wide DLC, China Rising, many users are still unable to enjoy the full Battlefield 4 experience thanks to continuing crashes and a handful of gameplay and technical bugs.
Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation3 and PlayStation 4 users still wait patiently for an incoming game update meant to address the severe “one-hit kill bug”, as well as constant sound drop-outs in a few Conquest maps, though we learned yesterday that the issue may not have been entirely solved as DICE continues to look for ways to smooth out networking factors.
Yesterdays’ launch of China Rising would have done well to calm tensions between the developer/publisher and consumer, but as EA support has recently pointed out, “Some PC players of Battlefield 4 China Rising have found themselves getting kicked from servers within seconds of joining,” while “Some Xbox 360 Battlefield 4 China Rising players have been unable to join China Rising servers after installing their downloadable content.” In a positive light, “DICE have identified the issue and is implementing a solution to the problem. This fix will take some time to be fully completed, but players should be noticing normal gameplay behavior soon.”
It’s with all this in mind that developers DICE have decided to discontinue work on future projects in an effort to make things right.
“First, we want to thank the fans out there that are playing and supporting us with Battlefield 4,” a spokesperson write in a statement issued to Polygon. “We know we still have a ways to go with fixing the game — it is absolutely our No. 1 priority. The team at DICE is working non-stop to update the game. Since Battlefield 4 China Rising expansion pack was already in the final stages of development by the time issues began with Battlefield 4, we decided to fulfill our promise to deliver it this week, but we’re not moving onto future projects or expansions until we sort out all the issues with Battlefield 4. We know many of our players are frustrated, and we feel their pain. We will not stop until this is right.”
IGN, asking how the shift in focus may affect upcoming titles like Star Wars: Battlefront, received a similar statement saying, “We haven’t announced a ship date for Battlefront but right now the team is focused on fixing Battlefield 4.”
There may be a light at the end of this tunnel after all, and with the additional manpower behind DICE and EA’s flagship shooter, we’ll heopefully get there sooner, rather than later.
What has your experience with Battlefield 4 been like in the past few days? If you are a Premium member, are you able to enjoy China Rising?