DICE Delays Future ‘Battlefield 4′ DLC Expansions Until Game is Fixed

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Battlefield 4 DLC Delay Fix Problems

In late October, DICE finally released their highly anticipated FPS sequel Battlefield 4 to a hungry cavalcade of fans. Since that time, however, the next-gen and current-gen game has been plagued with numerous issues, from server connection problems to significant and troublesome gameplay bugs.

While the game’s issues in and of themselves were cause for concern, even more troubling was the fact DICE continued to promote their forthcoming DLC packages. In fact, the latest DLC expansion for Battlefield 4, China Rising, hit digital storefronts earlier this week.

Obviously, the decision to stick to DLC plans despite a significantly flawed base product has drawn the ire of the Battlefield franchise’s fan base. What’s the point of DLC if the game is unplayable or if players can’t access it? Thankfully, at least onn that front, DICE has an answer: no more DLC work until Battlefield 4 is fixed.

The developer, along with publisher Electronic Arts, confirmed the news earlier today saying that they will cease work on future Battlefield 4 expansions until they can iron out the game’s major problems. Problems that now include China Rising-related issues as well.

“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. 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.”

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While those who are experiencing issues with China Rising are directed to this help page, DICE continues to promise updates on the way. Unfortunately, even those game-improving updates might not actually be fixing anything after all. A recent update for the game, for example, purported to eliminate Battlefield 4‘s “One-Hit Bug,” but it reportedly did not. The actual one-hit bug, which downs a player with a single bullet, was eliminated, but another, seemingly one-hit kill scenario still exists:

“The other is an issue with how deaths are communicated from server to client, which means you can sometimes appear to die instantly, but whoever shot you still actually shot the appropriate amount of bullets. The fix for this is a server-side fix, and we are looking at getting it out as soon as possible.”

Needless to say, the experience with Battlefield 4 thus far has been less than ideal. Gamers have been unable to play the game for several weeks, especially on the Xbox One and PS4, and the announcements and details regarding future expansions are only exacerbating things. It may put future DLC expansions off their current schedule, but it’s comforting to know DICE is finally making a determined effort to fix the game.

Do you think it’s a smart move by DICE to delay future Battlefield 4 expansions? What issues have you experienced with the game?

Source: EA, MP1st, Polygon

TAGS: Battlefield, Battlefield 4, DICE, Electronic Arts, PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One

  • Joe Funky

    Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the future of gaming-
    Where companies can release unfinished games to turn the quick buck, and then make those who bought it wait until they want to fix it to be able to play it, before making those same customers purchase the other 50% of the game unreleased as DLC.

    Okay, maybe that’s a little blown out of proportion, but honestly that what it seems like it’s coming to.

    • Shane

      That’s how I’m seeing it too. I understand bugs coming out on games, because it’s nearly impossible to catch them all, even with a large scale beta, but BF4’s bugs are just insane. I think they rushed too fast to keep in competition with Ghost and make the next gen launch nights.

  • G

    Are all these problems on console? I don’t have really any issues playing on PC. I occasionally think I had the hit multiplier that caused one hit kills. But that’s supposed to be fixed. Haven’t played it since patch this week.

    • Jeff

      I’ve been having a lot of issues on PC, though most of them are related to the crap origin system. Still, a lot of audio glitches. Dunno what this one hit kill bullet issue is though as I play on hardcore servers and most of those guns will kill ya quick anyways.

    • Ken J

      It used to crash ALL THE TIME on the PC before this latest patch. But since the patch I’ve played the crap out of the game and so far so good…

  • JJ422

    Buyer beware trusting corporations is always foolish.Buy it on sale and be patient I got my copy for half price.So far the game is ok but different than BF3.BF3 was bugy and had patches that made it a bit better and frustrating all at the same time.I will expect the same for BF4.

    • Jeff

      Yeah, I’m happy with the game considering I got the base game for twenty bucks and the premium addon for thirty seven. So basically, I got full premium, the hundred plus package, for three dollars less than the base game sold for at launch. I was quite happy on Black Friday 😀

  • boogoo

    It’s a smart move but also an obvious one.

  • Carrington S

    I haven’t been able to play China Rising at all, so I take it that is one of the issues they’ve been focused on dealing with.

    • Jeff

      It’s just a bunch of huge vehicle/sniper maps. It’s not bad, but for someone who enjoys playing mainly assault/medic class, it’s a nightmare.

  • Deepset Rogue

    I hear the destruction is not as prolific as in Battlefield 3. Is this true? The map events seem pretty awesome though.

    • Ken J

      @Deepset Rogue

      Uh, whoever told you that is on crack. The destruction in BF4 is a lot more than in BF3. It’s what Bad Company 2 had in the larger scale (like taking down entire small buildings) with the micro-destruction from BF3’s close quarters DLC they had. So it’s actually pretty darn cool. It’s still not 100% destructibility like I’ve always wanted, but it’s getting really close now.

      A lot of people don’t realize that BF3 was actually a step back from Bad Company 2 when it came to destruction, which is weird, lol.

      There’s one map where the weather changes drastically, as it begins with clear skies but then a huge storm rolls in and instantly changes the setting completely. It is now dark, horizontal rain, and huge waves crashing on the rocks. It’s actually pretty awesome. When I played that map for the firs time and that happened, I literally stopped playing to look around at the weather effects, lol.

      • Deepset Rogue

        I kind of figured as much. I can’t really trust my friend with describing a game or suggesting a game. He once told me he didn’t like Assassin’s Creed 3 yet hadn’t played it. He also said Fallout: New Vegas was terrible and I personally think it’s better than Fallout 3.

  • sporeboy100

    and this, people, is why ubisoft delayed WATCH DOGS and The Crew, to ensure they dont churn out a crash whore just to make next gen launch, which would’ve netted them a lawsuit


    Can anyone say LIARS. There are still major core game problems (bordering on game breaking) that need fixed. And they have released 2 sets of DLC since this article.