EA Halts Battlefield 4 DLC Development To Fix The Issues

Written by Chris Barraclough on Thu, Dec 5, 2013 11:50 AM
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After Battlefield 4’s China Rising expansion this week introduced a raft of new problems to EA's already troubled title, the publishing giant has finally made the move to halt development on all Battlefield 4 DLC, as well as Star Wars Battlefront, until the title is fixed.

Great news for those wanting a competent edition of Battlefield 4, terrible news for those who are champing at the bit for a new Star Wars Battlefront title…

Battlefield 4’s problems have been many and varied across all five of the release platforms, with many versions almost unplayable due to crashes, bugs and server boots. The recently released China Rising expansion has seen users booted, dropped and unable to connect to servers, while the recently announced fix for the one-hit-kill glitch has not proven entirely effective.

A spokesperson for EA said; "First, we want to thank the fans out there that are playing and supporting us with Battlefield 4, 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.

They continued; “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."

It looks like this is probably for the best for now; at the moment Battlefield 4 is attracting all the wrong kinds of attention. The DLC release this week surely irked many users who are yet to play the base game to a satisfactory standard yet.

It’s not currently known when the subsequent expansions will eventually make their way to users; EA DICE has three more planned along with the Xbox One timed exclusive Second Assault, including Naval Strike, Dragon’s Teeth and Final Stand.

Star Wars Battlefront is tentatively dated for a Q1/Q2 2015 release alongside the upcoming films, so it's fair to say halted development on this might not have too large an impact. 

Would you have preferred them to keep a percentage of the team working on DLC?

Is DICE taking on too much by releasing on too many platforms simultaneously?

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04:08 Dec-06-2013

About time you focused of fixing this game instead of concentrating on DLCs...! What took you guys so long to make this announcement...? Or better yet, why did you not just postpone the release of the title to begin with to get all the kinks out...?

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15:42 Dec-06-2013

Answer: Money

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15:52 Dec-06-2013

^

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02:05 Dec-06-2013

I thought he said Star Wars Battlefront just to toy with us, be its not a joke! I guess its now true! I can't wait for it!!!!!! Just think of how much fun it will be! Like a early x-mas present to hear such thing. Mabey levolution on SWBF3?!??!!

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21:01 Dec-05-2013

I miss the old days where if you bought a game, it was finished and playable. Unfortunately I have a feeling that this will be more common as pressure is put on developers to knock out the titles at a quick pace. Here is my top tip for making a successful game. FINISH THE F@#!&ING GAME!!! Pardon my French but this is appalling. Back before 2010, the game would be pulled of the shelves, like that recently failed cricket game, and re-released with free goodies when it was FINISHED. Sad times :(

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22:36 Dec-05-2013

hehe you're right :D
btw I understood your F@€#ch pretty well =D

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00:29 Dec-06-2013

hehe thanks

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21:00 Dec-05-2013

all i want is proper xbox controller support (and show onscreen prompts) and id be happy but it will never happen

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21:17 Dec-05-2013

xbox controller support for pc Battlefield 4? well i wonder why you would want that but you could try a little program called Xpadder. You can map your controller's keys to anything on your keyboard or mouse. Try it. Works pretty well for me although i am just using it for gba/ds emulators etc.

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20:22 Dec-05-2013

So what did they think: "Let's cut some costs, the world economy bla bla bla. We won't waste much time testing the game, the customers will when they buy it. We need to get the product on the market yesterday. If any issues appear, we'll fix them on the way."
It would be interesting to know if they would have actually saved some money by fixing the issues in the testing phase, rather than after the launch. If they come to this conclusion, then they really blew it...

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16:22 Dec-05-2013

Nooo, not star wars battlefront T_T

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01:29 Dec-06-2013

+1

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12:46 Dec-05-2013

lol...I guess EA has a biiig problem when they decide to actually do something with it :O

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14:02 Dec-05-2013

Hahaha, like this one.

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12:18 Dec-05-2013

Thank God, EA IS listening. I just hope that they learned their lesson and will let developers clean up their games before releasing it. (Especially for the new Battlefront and other super hyped games)

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12:13 Dec-05-2013

Do I detect some thinking on EA's part? How is this possible?!!

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17:26 Dec-05-2013

Its a miracle!!! They woke up! EA has common sense!!

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12:04 Dec-05-2013

I guess BF4 had a very bumpy start, guess I'm gonna find out how bad it really is.

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11:55 Dec-05-2013

i think it's paramount for them to fix bf4 before they continue with other projects.
we want the same support with battlefront when it's released too. no more unfinished products please.

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