Battlefield 4 launched to plenty of buzz, but it’s fair to say it certainly won’t go down as the smoothest launch in gaming history. Electronic Arts is no stranger to problematic launches, with games like SimCity having massive server failures and Battlefield 4 following suit with its own set of server issues. Despite the setbacks, developer DICE released the first two digital content packages for Battlefield (titled China Rising and Second Assault respectively) which both promptly introduced their own set of problems.
The China Rising DLC invaded store shelves across the globe earlier this week, introducing a series of new themed maps, weapons, and vehicles - but also introducing an abundance of bugs to go with them. Plenty of gamers are reporting that they were kicked out of servers mere seconds after joining, meaning they can’t even play the content they just downloaded.
For those who were able to successfully log in and join the fray, however, the new content brings plenty of fresh air to a game which still feels comparatively young. Still, more content is always good – so long as it works.
Here’s a top-down video of the new China Rising maps, provided by a Reddit user named Andersso:
As China Rising gets sorted out, DICE has made it clear they’re focusing on fixing these kinds of issues before releasing future downloadable content packages. They’ve already delayed any future expansions until they work on the outburst of problems and glitches found across the current release of Battlefield 4.
Second Assault released earlier this week exclusively for the Xbox One, with many gamers finding that they can’t even download the game through the menus. Instead of listing the DLC, the menu reads ‘null data’, with the description of ‘null description’ and a price field saying ‘empty’. An EA Spokesperson had this to say about the issue:
“I know some of you have said already that it is being looked into, I wanted to just confirm that for you so you guys have a [staff] post to refer to. Right now all I can say is that we are aware of this issue and are currently investigating this with Microsoft. Once we have some more details I’ll be sure to let you know.”
It’s clear that Electronic Arts has plenty to do when it comes to fixing not only issues with the base game, but both of their content packages as well. In an era where DLC content has become a normal part of each game’s experience, it’s a shame to see such a rocky start with the next generation.
For those who are able to successfully play Second Assault, here’s a video detailing how to use the environment to your advantage in both Operation Firestorm and the Caspian Border maps.
Battlefield 4 has always been known for its unique and destructible environments, and both China Rising and Second Assault deliver plenty of surprises across their geography. Whether it’s a hurricane wreaking havoc on the map or planted explosives leaving huge craters, one has to applaud DICE for taking the time to make the environments really come to life.
What do you think, Ranters? Have you acquired China Rising or Second Assault? Have you had any Battlefield 4 issues?
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