EA Halts Work on Battlefield 4 DLC

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EA Halts Work on Battlefield 4 DLC

Battlefield 4 China Rising cover

Electronic Arts says there will be no more work on Battlefield 4 expansions until Battlefield 4 actually works.

Electronic Arts released the China Rising DLC for Battlefield 4 yesterday and at the same time announced that a promised patch for the PlayStation 4 version of the game would be delayed. That led to some rather obvious questions about the company's priorities and why it would finish and release a DLC pack for the game while letting a much-needed update slide to an unspecified later date.

In a statement to Polygon, the company acknowledged that Battlefield 4 remains a mess and said that EA DICE is working "non-stop" to update it. "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," it said. "We know many of our players are frustrated, and we feel their pain. We will not stop until this is right."

Battlefield 4 has suffered from a number of serious technical issues since launch; the delayed PS4 update was intended to correct a "one-hit kill" bug as well as crashes caused by overly large friends lists. EA also provided a link to the Battlefield 4 Control Room, where status updates on all versions of the game are being maintained.

Source: Polygon

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That's...actually not a bad sign. It's definitely sucky for EA to release a game with bugs this severe, mind you. However, the EA of old would have just said "screw it" and keep working on the expansion packs as an excuse to not fix the bugs.

In short: bad on EA for making a game with this many issues, good on EA for fixing the issues rather than washing their hands of it and moving on.

At least they aren't only patching the game on consoles when the next DLC comes out this time... Problems used to persist for months back then because they refused to patch between DLC releases.

The "one-shot" glitch and the software crashes have to be the most infuriating things about Battlefield 4 right now. It have brought to my attention that PS4 has an automated feedback mechanism built into the OS though. Every time the game crashes on me it prompts me to send an error report. Hopefully a feature like this will allow devs to get more feedback and fix problems faster.

Is this EA kind of doing something right?

Everybody into your nearest bomb shelter, quickly!.

Seriously though, good on them. Still a far cry from being "Best company in America", but its a step in the right direction.

Now to wait for that optimistic idealism to be crushed when EA releases DLC for games available before the game itself is even released...

I've been saying this way too often lately but... EA, are you feeling alright? making sensible decisions, saying sensible things...?

Oftentimes, the bad anti-consumer decisions of a company tend to be revealed easily while the better pro-consumer decisions just get hidden in the background. It's good for publicity that EA is publicizing this decision for positive PR. However, if their reputation wasn't already so poor, this wouldn't be necessary.

I'd prefer EA to simply avoid making messy decisions in the first place. BF4 is a buggy mess and it shouldn't have been; this is a bad thing. Fixing a product isn't a good thing; it's neutralizing a bad thing.

As EA apologists are often quick to point out: The people programming DLC aren't the same people working on patches.

So EA is either continuing to write DLC and are just sitting on them until the bugs are gone;
or EA has laid off their DLC development team.

So the first is them once again blatantly lying to the public, while the second is ruining people's quality of life (which is what caused people to say Bank of America is the real "Worst Company in America").

Sorry, EA. You cannot win. Give up now.

MinionJoe:
As EA apologists are often quick to point out: The people programming DLC aren't the same people working on patches.

It's not like they can't move people out of the "DLC" department and put them in the "patch" department.

Houseman:

MinionJoe:
As EA apologists are often quick to point out: The people programming DLC aren't the same people working on patches.

It's not like they can't move people out of the "DLC" department and put them in the "patch" department.

While I assume part of the DLC team could be transferred, I don'tthink the graphical artists are gonna do a lot of good with the coding.

Johny_X2:
I've been saying this way too often lately but... EA, are you feeling alright? making sensible decisions, saying sensible things...?

Even a blind squirrel finds a nut from time to time.

Electronic Arts says there will be no more work on Battlefield 4 expansions until Battlefield 4 actually works.

The fact this is even news speaks volumes.

After all, just think of how many buggy games still get DLC before fixes?

I thought they halted as in "no more work because of reasons etc etc." but wow, a sensible move. It's rare for EA to do things right nowadays, but I have to admit, it's been happening a lot more often as of last year. Can't believe I'm saying it, but good on them. Who knows, they might actually change a bit, even though I've been let down every other time I've said that.

jurnag12:

Houseman:

It's not like they can't move people out of the "DLC" department and put them in the "patch" department.

While I assume part of the DLC team could be transferred, I don'tthink the graphical artists are gonna do a lot of good with the coding.

Bah! Ninja'd!

That's the second part of the EA apologist argument that's constantly thrown back at me: "Programmers and artists do different jobs! They can patch and DLC at the same time and it doesn't matter!"

Yeah, admittedly, I'm giving EA a hard time about this seemingly innocuous announcement. Turnabout is fair play though. This is me getting even for being called "a stupid pirate" when I complained that SecuROM caused problems on my system.

"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

I'm pretty fucking sure the issues with Battlefield 4 existed before you shipped it.

Houseman:

MinionJoe:
As EA apologists are often quick to point out: The people programming DLC aren't the same people working on patches.

It's not like they can't move people out of the "DLC" department and put them in the "patch" department.

It wouldn't really make sense to either, since presumably the stability of the core game is important to any additional content added to it later. Either way, they have to sort their shit out before moving forward unless they wanted to make the problem WORSE further down the line.

It's more than they did for SimCity, at least. EA is trying to change itself, that much is certain. But with all the franchises they ruined, horrible business decisions they made, bad adverts they aired, people they fired, and consumers they angered over the 7th gen, I think it might be too little too late for them.

Wow I was pretty damn sure at the title they halted DLC because BF5 was on it's way, but this is even more surprising... did someone kill EA and put on their skin, EA doing things right is just... there must be some witchcraft or unholy possession going on.

I don't play Battlefield, but I do love Battlefront. As DICE is going to be making the latter, I don't know whether to be worried that this is all going to repeat again, or that they're working out all the kinks now so that Battlefront's launch will be flawless.

... who am I kidding :(

I won't be surprised if they decide to abandon BF4 altogether and announce BF5, scheduled to be release on nov 15th 2014 :P

Yay, you've (rightfully) stopped work on DLC to make sure the game will start working 100%, but wouldn't have it been easier to make sure it worked in the first place?

I know making the console launch window was important to you, but when you're dragging your name, one of your developers who hasn't been gutted and one of your top selling IP's through the mud in order to meet it...

They rushed a game out the door (a game that's just battlefield 3.1) and it's resulted is major issues. Surprise surpris. Glad I didn't waste my money on the crap.

Well this informed me of something new. Headshots aren't 1 hit kills... I kinda figured that it was universal that headshots in "realistic" games are 1hk.

I'd patch it so its always 1hk lol.

TiberiusEsuriens:
I don't play Battlefield, but I do love Battlefront. As DICE is going to be making the latter, I don't know whether to be worried that this is all going to repeat again, or that they're working out all the kinks now so that Battlefront's launch will be flawless.

... who am I kidding :(

Count me in as another Battlefront fan concerned that EA might royally screw it up.

Between the news of BF4's overwhelming technical issues, my disappointments with BC2 and BF3 (I did like the mini BF1943 and the BF4 beta though), as well as EA's love of microtransactions and DLC-only weapons, I can't help but feel that the next Battlefront could turn out to be a massive disappointment. It doesn't help that I'm still slightly ticked off at what LucasArts did to the franchise (I kept my hopes up for it about two years too long, iirc), so I'll certainly be one of the most upset if EA fucks this up.

Also, long progression systems in multiplayer shooters need to die off already. Bit off topic, I know, but it is something I really hope doesn't rear it's ugly head in the next Battlefront (before someone points this out, it was stupid when Battlefront 2 did it too)

About fucking time DICE and EA started accepting responsibility for the trainwreck they've been piloting since Bad Company 2. Their treasured engine is still a conflicting mess, their net code is still suboptimal, and their longstanding development process is still abhorrently ineffective. I'm just amazed it's taken them this long to admit it.

Glad I didn't buy into this shitpile of a game.

And this is why I can't understand why Battlefield is considered superior to CoD because at least CoD works.

EA, heading in a different direction? Check the weather reports for hell freezing over, the agriculture reports for pigs flying and such. One would think they really want to get gamers to like them again... If they announce a new Mutant League game, well... No thats just hoping too much.

jurnag12:

While I assume part of the DLC team could be transferred, I don'tthink the graphical artists are gonna do a lot of good with the coding.

Unless you're a texture artist or fairly senior you're probably employed in an adhoc manner as a self employed artist and let go between projects anyway.

Kumagawa Misogi:
And this is why I can't understand why Battlefield is considered superior to CoD because at least CoD works.

Then you haven't played a PC version of CoD lately.

Having said that, no version of CoD has been quite as bad as Modern Warfare 2 and it's peer to peer no admin available multiplayer, which was unbelievably shit.

Also, when it is working, Battlefield really is that good, the only series I've sunk more time into over my life is Counter Strike.

Keep in mind, everyone, EA has officially stated that being voted Worst Company in America two years in a row has apparently hurt their feelings and as such they're trying to take steps so that they can turn their horrid reputation around.

News like this certainly seems to be a sign that they're taking that promise to themselves pretty seriously. Maybe I'm an optimist, but I wouldn't be surprised if EA did more "uplifting" stuff like this in the future. It really looks like they don't want to have their name be the butt of gamer jokes anymore.

Now what'd REALLY be kick ass is if they up and decide to go ME3 on us and make all multiplayer DLC for this game completely free to download. I bet that'd earn them some points. :3

Hey, they are making progress with the patching of it now. My friend told me over Skype the other day that BF4 only crashed 4 times that evening. Apparantly that was a marked improvement from before.

RJ 17:
Now what'd REALLY be kick ass is if they up and decide to go ME3 on us and make all multiplayer DLC for this game completely free to download. I bet that'd earn them some points. :3

And on that same day pigs would fly, water would start falling upwards and satan would be taking the grand skiing tour through the snowy mountains of hell.

lancar:

RJ 17:
Now what'd REALLY be kick ass is if they up and decide to go ME3 on us and make all multiplayer DLC for this game completely free to download. I bet that'd earn them some points. :3

And on that same day pigs would fly, water would start falling upwards and satan would be taking the grand skiing tour through the snowy mountains of hell.

I know, it'd be absolutely beautiful! >:D *insert evil laugh here*

Obviously I know that'd never happen, but you cannot deny the validity of the statement itself: it WOULD kick ass if they did that, would it not? And would it also not earn them some points, at least as far as PR is concerned? It'd certainly be another big step in their plea for us to stop hating them. :P

ANNNNND just like that i think ill save my money and time and avoid BF4.

I'm glad to hear it. I really enjoyed the bit of multiplayer I've played so far. More stability is more better.

AstaresPanda:
ANNNNND just like that i think ill save my money and time and avoid BF4.

While that's totally your right, why would this be the piece of information that makes your decision? It's pretty hard to spin this in a negative that isn't retreading older complaints, not that you'd know it from listening to some people.

Everyone, please instead buy Battlefield 2142 and re-populate the servers. Play a functional game!

TiberiusEsuriens:
I don't play Battlefield, but I do love Battlefront. As DICE is going to be making the latter, I don't know whether to be worried that this is all going to repeat again, or that they're working out all the kinks now so that Battlefront's launch will be flawless.

... who am I kidding :(

I wouldn't get my hopes up. Even if they weren't blowing smoke up our asses when they said the guys who did the last medal of honor weren't the group working on it, we're still left with DICE, and DICE isn't what it used to be.

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